Colchester 4-1 Brentford: Match Report

26 April 2014 05:31
Colchester 4-1 Brentford: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.

Sears double give U's huge lift

Colchester thrashed already-promoted Brentford 4-1 to effectively seal their Sky Bet League One status for another season.

Joe Dunne's side began the day a point above the bottom four, but first-half goals from Marcus Bean, Alex Wynter and Freddie Sears' penalty put them in control.

Stuart Dallas pulled one back for Brentford on the stroke of half-time, but Sears scored his second midway through the second half.

Jabo Ibehre squandered a good early chance for Colchester, while Bees goalkeeper David Button denied Sears.

The U's took a 25th-minute lead through Bean, who bundled in Brian Wilson's free-kick under pressure from George Saville.

The U's doubled their lead three minutes later when loanee Wynter powered home a fine header from Ryan Dickson's corner and Sears scored from the spot to make it 3-0, after Alan McCormack had fouled Sanchez Watt.

Brentford pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage-time when Dallas lashed in from 20 yards from Clayton Donaldson's lay-off.

But Sears restored Colchester's three-goal cushion in the 64th minute after he thumped into an empty net after Button and James Tarkowski had failed to deal with a long pass.

U's goalkeeper Sam Walker saved a penalty from Alan Judge, who had taken the spot-kick after being fouled by Alex Gilbey with 14 minutes remaining, as Colchester claimed a huge win.

Source: PA