Gavin Massey on target as lowly Colchester United win at Coventry

Gavin Massey celebrates his first half goal at Coventry

Gavin Massey celebrates his first half goal at Coventry

Coventry City 0 Colchester United 1

Colchester United completed back-to-back wins, for the first time since last September, to keep alive their slender hopes of avoiding relegation with a hard-earned victory at Coventry City tonight.

Four days after thumping Doncaster Rovers, the U’s made it six points out of six, over the Easter break, thanks to Gavin Massey’s 17th minute winner.

Elliot Lee was the creator, scampering into penalty area and just managing to keep the ball in play, dragging it back for an unmarked Massey to steer into an unguarded net.

Out-of-sorts Coventry should have equalised just before the half-time, only for Jacob Murphy’s penalty to be superbly saved by Elliott Parish.

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The U’s remain third-from-bottom, following what was only their third win in 25 league matches, but Kevin Keen’s men are on a roll.

They are now seven points adrift of safety, although hampered by a poor goal difference, and have at least given themselves a fighting chance of staying up, going into the last seven games of the season.

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COVENTRY: Charles-Cook, Ricketts, Vincelot, Martin, Lorentzson (sub Thomas, 71), Stephens, Fleck, Jones, Murphy (sub Lameiras, 63), Cole, Fortune (sub Tudgay, 61). Unused subs: Addai, Bigirimana, Kelly-Evans, Hunt.

COLCHESTER: Parish, Edwards (sub Brindley, 46), Kent, Eastman, Shorey, Massey, Garvan, Gilbey, Moncur (sub Harney, 90), Lee (sub Lapslie, 66), Porter. Unused subs: Barnes, Wright, Bonne, Ambrose.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Attendance: 10,027 (180 away fans)

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