U's beaten at Tranmere as Lowe bags brace

Essex County Standard: Defeated - but Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker was unlucky to finish on the losing side at Prenton Park. Defeated - but Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker was unlucky to finish on the losing side at Prenton Park.

Colchester United fell to defeat at Prenton Park after losing 2-1 to Tranmere Rovers this afternoon.

Colchester made the better start of the two teams and Jabo Ibehre stabbed a good chance wide in the opening four minutes.

And their chances were boosted when Tranmere bizarrely had to make two changes to their back four in the space of seven minutes when debutant Jon Otsemobor and veteran Ian Goodison both hobbled off in the opening stages.

Ibehre fired over under pressure after Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams had pushed away Alex Gilbey’s low effort and at that stage, Colchester edging proceedings.

But U's keeper Sam Walker pushed away Tranmere skipper James Wallace’s shot.

And from the resultant corner, Wallace nodded on Chris Atkinson’s corner to allow Ryan Lowe to stoop to head in from close range.

Jim McNulty almost put through his own net when his defensive header dropped just past the lurking Ibehre and the far post, as Colchester went in at half-time trailing.

But Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro almost added to Tranmere's lead in the opening seconds of the second half when he fired wide from close range.

And the U's fell further behind ten minutes after the interval when Lowe scored his second of the game from the spot after Brian Wilson had fouled Akpa-Akpro in the area.

Substitute Macauley Bonne headed a good chance over from Ryan Dickson's cross into the area and substitute Clinton Morrison scored in stoppage-time to give the U's brief hope, but it proved only a consolation.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's game at Tranmere Rovers, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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8:41pm Sat 30 Nov 13

stevedawson says...

Clinton on the score sheet.shame we couldn't grab a point but it wasn't the hammering l expected.
Clinton on the score sheet.shame we couldn't grab a point but it wasn't the hammering l expected. stevedawson

11:32pm Sat 30 Nov 13

Medicated Soap says...

Dreadful, that was a really bad performance against a mediocre and injury ravaged Tranmere side. We couldn’t even get the basics right: our defending was schoolboy particularly at set pieces; our passing and distribution was pathetic, I lost track of the number of times we gave away the ball under zero pressure; our collective shooting ability is just embarrassing - utterly shocking!

Tranmere suffered a series of injuries forcing several substitutions and reconfiguration of their defence which defined the first twenty minutes and naturally saw the hosts on the back foot. Alas we couldn’t capitalize on this gift horse as our players did their best imitation of a donkey when given a sight of goal. A clash of heads between Eastman and Akpa Akpro reduced both sides to ten men for a quarter of an hour, with Eastman the first to re-emerge.

Once Tranmere went more than five minutes without losing someone to injury they began to dominate the proceedings, and despite a numerical disadvantage they took the lead through Ryan Lowe as we failed to defend the simplest of corner routines.

The second half was a complete write-off as we simply didn’t bother to turn up. Akpa Akpro should’ve made it to 2-0 seconds after the restart, although the hosts didn’t have to wait long before Brian Wilson hauled that man - Akpa Akpro - down after another epic fail at defending a corner for a penalty that Ryan Lowe duly put away. There were a couple of half chances for Bonne and Bond as a bruised Tranmere tired in the last ten, before Clinton Morrison netted a scantily deserved consolation at the death, but it was too little far too late.

A very disappointing defeat against the side with the worst home record in the division, raising real concerns over whether we are capable of building the foundations of survival this month.
Dreadful, that was a really bad performance against a mediocre and injury ravaged Tranmere side. We couldn’t even get the basics right: our defending was schoolboy particularly at set pieces; our passing and distribution was pathetic, I lost track of the number of times we gave away the ball under zero pressure; our collective shooting ability is just embarrassing - utterly shocking! Tranmere suffered a series of injuries forcing several substitutions and reconfiguration of their defence which defined the first twenty minutes and naturally saw the hosts on the back foot. Alas we couldn’t capitalize on this gift horse as our players did their best imitation of a donkey when given a sight of goal. A clash of heads between Eastman and Akpa Akpro reduced both sides to ten men for a quarter of an hour, with Eastman the first to re-emerge. Once Tranmere went more than five minutes without losing someone to injury they began to dominate the proceedings, and despite a numerical disadvantage they took the lead through Ryan Lowe as we failed to defend the simplest of corner routines. The second half was a complete write-off as we simply didn’t bother to turn up. Akpa Akpro should’ve made it to 2-0 seconds after the restart, although the hosts didn’t have to wait long before Brian Wilson hauled that man - Akpa Akpro - down after another epic fail at defending a corner for a penalty that Ryan Lowe duly put away. There were a couple of half chances for Bonne and Bond as a bruised Tranmere tired in the last ten, before Clinton Morrison netted a scantily deserved consolation at the death, but it was too little far too late. A very disappointing defeat against the side with the worst home record in the division, raising real concerns over whether we are capable of building the foundations of survival this month. Medicated Soap

2:34am Sun 1 Dec 13

Dylan McThomas says...

USUAL Colchester joke team, hahaha.

You lads are truly hopeless. We at TRFC always expect an easy win, home or away!

Can we play you every week? Please?
USUAL Colchester joke team, hahaha. You lads are truly hopeless. We at TRFC always expect an easy win, home or away! Can we play you every week? Please? Dylan McThomas

7:35am Sun 1 Dec 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

This game was about as disappointing as it gets with the return of all the teams frailties of the past. These include lack of concentration at the back from set pieces, an inability to pass and retain possession in midfield and poor finishing up front, After the performance against MK Dons we should have been able to see the team kick on from that game but all the old horrors returned, I think JD needs to take a much closer look at the character and attitudes of all the individuals in the team as they consistently have the inability to learn and put into practice lessons learnt from previous games. This was a performance too sloppy by far and these need to be cut out in the future if we are going to survive as a League one club.
This game was about as disappointing as it gets with the return of all the teams frailties of the past. These include lack of concentration at the back from set pieces, an inability to pass and retain possession in midfield and poor finishing up front, After the performance against MK Dons we should have been able to see the team kick on from that game but all the old horrors returned, I think JD needs to take a much closer look at the character and attitudes of all the individuals in the team as they consistently have the inability to learn and put into practice lessons learnt from previous games. This was a performance too sloppy by far and these need to be cut out in the future if we are going to survive as a League one club. BlueandWhiteBaz

8:52am Sun 1 Dec 13

angryman!!! says...

Same old Colchester get good results against two good sides then lose to one of the worst teams in the league who have got more injury worries than us. Just what we needed with a two week window coming up. If we expected to get hammered by the likes of trampmere we might as well give up now. It's the place we should be looking to win and at worst draw.
Same old Colchester get good results against two good sides then lose to one of the worst teams in the league who have got more injury worries than us. Just what we needed with a two week window coming up. If we expected to get hammered by the likes of trampmere we might as well give up now. It's the place we should be looking to win and at worst draw. angryman!!!

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