Sears strike rescues point as U's draw with Bristol City

Sears strike rescues point as U's draw with Bristol City

Sears strike rescues point as U's draw with Bristol City

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Colchester came from two goals behind to salvage a 2-2 draw with Bristol City this afternoon.

Colchester started slowly, with former Ipswich attacker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’s long-range half-volley parried away by U's keeper Sam Walker early on.

And Joe Dunne's side were behind in the eighth minute when Martin Paterson composed himself before firing past Walker inside the area after Emmanuel-Thomas had advanced into the box.

City goalkeeper Frank Fielding made a fine diving save to parry away Alex Gilbey’s fierce shot.

But Emmanuel-Thomas curled a good opportunity wide from inside the area, just before the break.

And Bristol City doubled their lead three minutes after the break through Scott Wagstaff, who eventualy scored after Walker had fumbled Brendan Moloney’s low cross.

Colchester substitute Freddie Sears saw his effort pushed over by Fielding on the hour before the U's were given hope when Gavin Massey bundled in Marcus Bean's low cross from close range, with 17 minutes to go.

And six minutes later, Sears lashed in a superb low shot from 20 yards to salvage a point for Colchester.

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

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5:59pm Sat 22 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Bristol city gave us all a good example of how not to defend a two goal lead.colchester eventually woke up and started to play.bristol were good for their lead tho and it was a hard game.
Bristol city gave us all a good example of how not to defend a two goal lead.colchester eventually woke up and started to play.bristol were good for their lead tho and it was a hard game. stevedawson
  • Score: 18

8:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

25414nora says...

At 2-0 down I thought it was curtains. Credit to the u's for the comeback,
this point could be crucial for our Lg 1 survival.
Good game in Cardiff to-day, Roll on MOTD.
At 2-0 down I thought it was curtains. Credit to the u's for the comeback, this point could be crucial for our Lg 1 survival. Good game in Cardiff to-day, Roll on MOTD. 25414nora
  • Score: 12

9:01pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Medicated Soap says...

Yay for a rather unlikely point and a massive let off for the U’s having made unbelievably shocking starts to both halves. We could barely string a pass together in the opening ten minutes, as Emanuel-Thomas surged down the right with embarrassing ease to tee-up Paterson for their first. Whilst we improved during the half we never looked like scoring, as Bristol easily dealt with our depressingly predictable direct play. To be fair the visitors should’ve been at least 3-0 up by the interval, with the wildly inconsistent Emanuel-Thomas spurning the best of their clear-cut chances.

The second half also started on a calamitous note with Bristol once again found joy on the left-hand side of the U’s defence, this time Maloney got in behind to find Wagstaff for the second. Bristol City looked like cruising towards the points, and it could’ve been 3-0 moments later with Maloney finding the net only to fall foul of the offside flag. The turning point was a couple of opposition substitutions which seemed to disrupt their rhythm as they began defending deep which allowed us to pile forwards having previously been kept at arm’s length for the first hour. Out of the blue Massey latched on to a Jabo cross which looked like it took a bit of a deflection and Sears scored a fine 25-yard strike to level the match. Tosin Olufemi even threatened an undeserved winner narrowly heading wide in injury time.

This was a somewhat fortuitous point capitalizing on our opponents inability to convert enough of their chances when through on an open goal.
Yay for a rather unlikely point and a massive let off for the U’s having made unbelievably shocking starts to both halves. We could barely string a pass together in the opening ten minutes, as Emanuel-Thomas surged down the right with embarrassing ease to tee-up Paterson for their first. Whilst we improved during the half we never looked like scoring, as Bristol easily dealt with our depressingly predictable direct play. To be fair the visitors should’ve been at least 3-0 up by the interval, with the wildly inconsistent Emanuel-Thomas spurning the best of their clear-cut chances. The second half also started on a calamitous note with Bristol once again found joy on the left-hand side of the U’s defence, this time Maloney got in behind to find Wagstaff for the second. Bristol City looked like cruising towards the points, and it could’ve been 3-0 moments later with Maloney finding the net only to fall foul of the offside flag. The turning point was a couple of opposition substitutions which seemed to disrupt their rhythm as they began defending deep which allowed us to pile forwards having previously been kept at arm’s length for the first hour. Out of the blue Massey latched on to a Jabo cross which looked like it took a bit of a deflection and Sears scored a fine 25-yard strike to level the match. Tosin Olufemi even threatened an undeserved winner narrowly heading wide in injury time. This was a somewhat fortuitous point capitalizing on our opponents inability to convert enough of their chances when through on an open goal. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 24

7:26am Sun 23 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

This was another unconvincing display by the U's as for 70 minutes Bristol City were far the better side. Defensive slackness saw us go 2 - 0 down inside 50 minutes whilst we looked lightweight at the other end. We lacked any semblance of creativity, apart from a sterling performance from Vose, who looked like he was the only player to turn up and fully justified his man of the match rating. After the second goal Bristol City then started to sit back on their lead and were gradually pushed further and further back ending up too deep at times. We then pulled a goal back, which left Bristol appealing for an earlier handball in the build up play, when Massey got on the end of a Marcus Bean cross to tap the ball in, Just before this goal both teams made a raft of substitutions and it was one of these in the form of Freddie Sears, who hit a wonderful equaliser from 22 yds

The abysmal record of not being able to achieve back to back home wins, which already stretches back some 18 months, still goes on and it is beginning to look like it won't occur now during this season. Colchester are just too inconsistent even within games, never mind from game to game, to ever climb much above the relegation area and with youth being the future, there will be much more inconsistency to come.
This was another unconvincing display by the U's as for 70 minutes Bristol City were far the better side. Defensive slackness saw us go 2 - 0 down inside 50 minutes whilst we looked lightweight at the other end. We lacked any semblance of creativity, apart from a sterling performance from Vose, who looked like he was the only player to turn up and fully justified his man of the match rating. After the second goal Bristol City then started to sit back on their lead and were gradually pushed further and further back ending up too deep at times. We then pulled a goal back, which left Bristol appealing for an earlier handball in the build up play, when Massey got on the end of a Marcus Bean cross to tap the ball in, Just before this goal both teams made a raft of substitutions and it was one of these in the form of Freddie Sears, who hit a wonderful equaliser from 22 yds The abysmal record of not being able to achieve back to back home wins, which already stretches back some 18 months, still goes on and it is beginning to look like it won't occur now during this season. Colchester are just too inconsistent even within games, never mind from game to game, to ever climb much above the relegation area and with youth being the future, there will be much more inconsistency to come. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 16

9:41am Sun 23 Mar 14

GLADSTONE 1 says...

Great come back, just need to start the game like the last 30 mins of yesterday game
Great come back, just need to start the game like the last 30 mins of yesterday game GLADSTONE 1
  • Score: 7

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