Injury-ravaged U’s suffer the Blues against Coventry

Coventry City 2 Colchester United 0

Patched-up Colchester United were soundly beaten by hosts Coventry City, at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium this afternoon.

A goal in each half from striker Callum Wilson, his seventh and eighth goals of the season, comfortably disposed of Joe Dunne’s injury-plagued side.

The U’s were effectively without half-a-team, due to Magnus Okuonghae’s suspension, and injuries to Freddie Sears, Sanchez Watt, Josh Thompson and Gavin Massey.

They held out until the 38th minute, when a red-hot Callum Wilson reacted first to bury the rebound after keeper Sam Walker could only parry Blair Adams’ low drive.

And Wilson snuffed out any chance of a Colchester comeback by rounding Walker to slot home the second in the 58th minute for a fine solo goal.

Wilson is now League One’s leading scorer, with eight goals netted in the first six games of the season.

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The U’s were on the back foot for virtually the whole afternoon, although Alex Gilbey did squander a good chance to break the deadlock, just three minutes before Wilson’s first goal. Gilbey lashed over at point blank range.

Squads

COVENTRY: Murphy, Christie, Webster, J Clarke, Adams, Fleck, Baker (sub Daniels, 81), Thomas, Moussa (sub Willis 90+1), Wilson (sub Manset, 86), L Clarke. Unused subs: Burge, Barton, Haynes, Lobjoit.

COLCHESTER: Walker, Olufemi, Wilson, Eastman, Dickson (sub Spence, 19), David Wright (sub Morrison, 46), Eastmond, Bean (sub Bond, 61), Gilbey, Drey Wright, Ibehre. Unused subs: Cousins, Sanderson, Hubble, O’Donoghue.

Referee: S Martin (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 1,789 (272 U’s fans)

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