Colchester United serve up a poor display in home defeat

Drey Wright celebrates with his Colchester team-mates after putting the U's 1-0 up today. Picture:

Drey Wright celebrates with his Colchester team-mates after putting the U's 1-0 up today. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Colchester United 1 Accrington Stanley 2

Colchester United surrendered a half-time lead, to slither to a home defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

Drey Wright’s first goal of the season, which arrived after just seven minutes, was cancelled out by second-half goals from Romuald Boco and Billy Kee.

All-in-all, it was a very disappointing display from John McGreal’s side.

The U’s lacked urgency, when in the ascendancy, and had no answer when Stanley turned the game on its head.

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Just as the U’s had taken the lead early on, at Barnet the previous weekend, so they repeated the dose against Accrington.

Wright latched onto Tarique Fosu’s lay-off and let fly from just outside the box with a rasping shot that flew into the far corner of the net.

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But the visitors levelled, just before the hour mark.

A U’s attack broke down, on the edge of the Accrington penalty area, and suddenly Frenchman Boco was bursting through the middle, uncontested.

Attacking midfielder Boco was able to run more than half the length of the pitch before his speculative low shot, which was not cleanly struck, rolled agonisingly in at the far post, via a slight deflection off Lewis Kinsella.

And worse was to come, as Kee helped himself to his fourth goal of the season to sweep Accrington into a 2-1 lead on 68 minutes.

Kee could hardly miss, planting Scotty Brown’s low cross, from the right, into an empty net from point blank range.

There was no way back for the U’s, whose second-half performance was terribly disappointing.

Stanley were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time, with Scotty Brown’s red card (two yellows), but they held out for a third league win on the bounce.


COLCHESTER: Walker, Brindley, Prosser, Eastman, Kinsella, Slater, Guthrie (sub Akinwande, 72), Szmodics, Wright, Porter (sub Johnstone, 64) Fosu (sub Dickenson, 75). Unused subs: Bransgrove, Vincent-Young, Wynter, Kamara.

ACCRINGTON: Parish, Vyner (sub Gornell, 61), Pearson, Beckles, Donacien, Brown, Boco, Lacey (sub Hewitt, 90+5), Clark, McConville, Kee. Unused subs: Chapman, Hughes, Davies, Jones,Eagles.

Referee: Grant Horwood (Luton)

Attendance: 3,109 (93 away fans)

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