U's secure vital win after beating Sky Blues

Gazette: Tussle - Colchester United midfielder Marcus Bean battles with Coventry goalscorer Callum Wilson during the U's 2-1 victory. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90351-26) Tussle - Colchester United midfielder Marcus Bean battles with Coventry goalscorer Callum Wilson during the U's 2-1 victory. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90351-26)

Colchester United ended a run of six games without a win with a vital 2-1 victory over Coventry City.

The U's got back to winning ways, in front of the U's third highest home crowd of the season.

Colchester were ahead in the fourth minute through Freddie Sears, who broke clear of the Coventry defence and confidently slotted the ball through goalkeeper Joe Murphy’s legs.

Sears fired straight into Murphy’s arms soon after while at the other end, John Fleck’s free-kick flew straight into the arms of keeper Sam Walker from the edge of the area.

But Colchester doubled their lead midway through the first half through Gavin Massey, who finished clinically into the bottom corner after latching onto David Wright’s ball over the top of the Coventry defence.

Walker pushed away Chuba Akpom’s fine low shot before Coventry reduced the deficit, just before half-time.

Callum Wilson picked up possession at a tight angle and somehow squeezed a superb low shot past Walker and into the far bottom right corner.

The second half was a tightly-contested affair, with Walker doing well to push away Jordan Clarke's low attempt and at the other end, substitute Craig Eastmond firing over from a decent position.

Wilson squandered a great chance to equalise for Coventry with 15 minutes to go when he escaped the U's defence and five minutes of stoppage-time made for a nervy finish for U's fans but they held out for a vital win.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester United's game with Coventry City, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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5:12pm Sat 8 Mar 14

down the line says...

Well played lads. And that's a bit more like it with the attendance.
A good day had by all at the WHCS it seems. Hope them people come back Tuesday night!
Up the U's!
Well played lads. And that's a bit more like it with the attendance. A good day had by all at the WHCS it seems. Hope them people come back Tuesday night! Up the U's! down the line
  • Score: 9

5:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Bampotonian says...

I wasn't there but I'm guessing the attendance was because Coventry fans are treating away games as home matches, and must have accounted for about a third of the gate. Great result though - I must admit I wasn't expecting that!
I wasn't there but I'm guessing the attendance was because Coventry fans are treating away games as home matches, and must have accounted for about a third of the gate. Great result though - I must admit I wasn't expecting that! Bampotonian
  • Score: 5

6:11pm Sat 8 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Well done joe and the boys shame about the away goal just before half time but they did have two pacy and dangerous wingers.l could not fathom where the 5mins extra came from.up the u's lets have more of the same.
Well done joe and the boys shame about the away goal just before half time but they did have two pacy and dangerous wingers.l could not fathom where the 5mins extra came from.up the u's lets have more of the same. stevedawson
  • Score: 3

7:19pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Medicated Soap says...

A very much-needed win that fully capitalized on Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through.

The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer.

Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now.
A very much-needed win that fully capitalized on Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through. The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer. Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 5

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