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Corner taken short by Gavin Massey.
Gavin Massey decides to take the corner short.
Short corner worked by Kayode Odejayi.
Gary Alexander takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.
Short corner worked by Ian Henderson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gillespie by Harlee Dean. Ian Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Leon Legge concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Williams. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.
Marcus Bean leaves the field to be replaced by Saido Berahino.
Sam Saunders handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Steven Gillespie from outside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Colchester 2-1 Brentford.The assist for the goal came from Kayode Odejayi.
Effort on goal by Kayode Odejayi from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Steven Gillespie finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Colchester 1-1 Brentford.The assist for the goal came from Anthony Wordsworth.
Clayton Donaldson comes on in place of Niall McGinn.
Martin Rowlands fouled by Sam Saunders, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Martin Rowlands, Magnus Okuonghae takes a shot. Richard Lee makes a save.
Corner taken by Martin Rowlands, Jonathan Douglas makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Martin Rowlands from the right by-line.
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Jonathan Douglas gets a block in.
Martin Rowlands challenges Sam Saunders unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Martin Rowlands a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Sam Saunders has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Ben Williams makes a save.
Anthony Wordsworth produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Harlee Dean results in a free kick. Martin Rowlands takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Shaleum Logan by Steven Gillespie results in a free kick. Richard Lee restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Niall McGinn, John White makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Richard Lee takes the indirect free kick.
Martin Rowlands is brought on as a substitute for Kemal Izzet.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Tom Eastman.
Steven Gillespie replaces Lloyd James.
Sam Saunders comes on in place of Myles Weston.
Anthony Wordsworth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Douglas. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jonathan Douglas.
Brian Wilson is given a yellow card.
Kayode Odejayi comes on in place of Karl Duguid.
Niall McGinn has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Goal scored by Niall McGinn from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Brentford.
Foul by Karl Duguid on Jake Bidwell, Penalty awarded. Booking for Karl Duguid. Placed penalty taken by Gary Alexander saved by Ben Williams. Colchester 0-0 Brentford.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Bean by Lloyd James. Direct free kick taken by Harlee Dean.
Effort on goal by Niall McGinn from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Niall McGinn takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Lloyd James.
Gary Alexander fouled by Tom Eastman, the ref awards a free kick. Myles Weston restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niall McGinn by John White. Free kick crossed by Jonathan Douglas.
The referee blows for offside against Gary Alexander. Magnus Okuonghae restarts play with the free kick.
Toumani Diagouraga takes a shot. Tom Eastman gets a block in.
Niall McGinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Kemal Izzet. Tom Eastman restarts play with the free kick.
Lloyd James has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John White by Gary Alexander. Direct free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.
Ian Henderson takes a shot. Save by Richard Lee.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Anthony Wordsworth goes wide right of the goal.
Shaleum Logan challenges Ian Henderson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lloyd James delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Leon Legge results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Lloyd James from the free kick.
Myles Weston concedes a free kick for a foul on John White. Ben Williams takes the free kick.
Gary Alexander is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Niall McGinn, Brian Wilson manages to make a clearance.
Shot from outside the area by Brian Wilson misses to the left of the goal.
Marcus Bean challenges Kemal Izzet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Anthony Wordsworth.
Effort from deep inside the area by Karl Duguid misses to the right of the goal.
Shot by Niall McGinn from long range hits the post.
Close range effort by Leon Legge goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jonathan Douglas takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Foul by Gary Alexander on Magnus Okuonghae, free kick awarded. Brian Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Lloyd James from the left by-line, clearance made by Gary Alexander.
The referee blows for offside against Ian Henderson. Free kick taken by Richard Lee.
Marcus Bean challenges Anthony Wordsworth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.
Pair back in contention
Ashley Vincent and Matt Heath could return to contention for Colchester's home clash against Brentford.
Vincent has been sidelined since the start of December with a hamstring injury but, having almost once made a return only to suffer a setback in his progress, the winger is now approaching full fitness and could feature on the bench.
Defender Heath has also returned to full training following a second groin injury and may push for a starting berth against the Bees.
Manager John Ward told the club's official website: "We've got Matt and Ashley back in training and on Friday we had 21 outfield players training. The games are coming thick and fast so we have to be ready for that and it's great we've got the two lads back with us."
With back-to-back postponements against Sheffield United and Walsall, the U's were last in action at the end of January as they ended a three-match winless streak with a 1-0 triumph at Leyton Orient.
And Ward could be tempted to keep faith with the same starting XI who triumphed at Brisbane Road, although experienced midfielder Martin Rowlands is another pushing for inclusion as he still waits for his debut having arrived at the start of the month as a free agent.
Adam Thompson and Saido Berahino will be added to the Brentford squad for their trip.
Defender Thompson rejoined the Bees on loan from Watford last week and striker Berahino arrived from West Brom via a spell with Northampton.
Manager Uwe Rosler has no new injury worries but was dealt a blow last week when skipper Kevin O'Connor's comeback was put on hold.
The long-serving midfielder, who has been out since November with a foot injury, was due back this month but suffered a setback as he stepped up his recovery and faces another spell out.
Centre-half Karleigh Osborne (leg) misses out again while full-back Jake Bidwell plays the final game of his current loan spell from Everton.
Gilly at the double
A dramatic double from substitute Steven Gillespie helped Colchester come from behind to beat play-off hopefuls Brentford 2-1.
Niall McGinn's long-range shot rattled the far post early on, after leaving goalkeeper Ben Williams motionless.
At the other end Anthony Wordsworth lashed a shot over and Bees goalkeeper Richard Lee denied Ian Henderson from close range on the half hour, after Karl Duguid had helped the ball on in the area.
But Brentford went ahead 11 minutes into the second half. Duguid was adjudged to have brought down Brentford left-back Jake Bidwell in the area and although Williams made a good save from Gary Alexander's penalty, the U's failed to clear and McGinn lashed a superb low shot into the net.
But Gillespie equalised with seven minutes left when he followed up to score from close range after Anthony Wordsworth's fierce effort had rattled the bar.
And two minutes later he lashed in a shot from more than 25 yards which eluded Lee and sailed in to give Colchester victory.
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