U's blow two-goal lead

Colchester United 2 Watford 3COLCHESTER United blew a two-goal lead in a Championship thriller at Layer Road, as league leaders Watford regained their winning touch.

By Carl Marston

Colchester United 2 Watford 3

COLCHESTER United blew a two-goal lead in a Championship thriller at Layer Road, as league leaders Watford regained their winning touch last night.

The U's were two-up inside the first half-hour, thanks to close-range strikes from Clive Platt and Matthew Connolly. But they could not hold on for what have been only their third home victory of the campaign.


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Watford came storming back, and were level before half-time thanks to two goals in as many minutes. First Marlon King rammed home his 10th goal of the season, and John-Joe O'Toole then bundled home at the far post.

The wind was not exactly taken out of the U's sails, but they never reached the heights of their rip-roaring start and Hungarian international striker, Tamas Priskin, nodded home what proved to be the winner in the 64th minute.

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Chances continued to flow, but once again the U's vulnerability at the back cost them dear. They have now conceded 19 goals in 10 home games, which is a depressing ratio.

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