Late Wilson own goal condemns U's to narrow defeat against Preston

Essex County Standard: On target - Jabo Ibehre marked his return to Colchester's starting line-up with a goal against Preston. On target - Jabo Ibehre marked his return to Colchester's starting line-up with a goal against Preston.

Brian Wilson’s unfortunate own goal saw Colchester United fall to a 2-1 home defeat against promotion-chasing Preston North End this afternoon.

Dominic Vose, who was Colchester’s best played in the first half, fired a shot well wide early on after picking up possession from the halfway line before advancing towards the area.

But the U’s received a let-off in the seventh minute when Preston striker Joe Garner’s header clattered the crossbar after Chris Humphrey’s cross had picked him out in the area.

Gavin Massey’s powerful long-range shot flashed just wide of the near post while at the other end, Craig Davies ran at the Colchester defence before firing in a powerful shot which flashed inches over the bar.

Colchester fell behind just before the half hour when Tom Clarke powerfully headed in Paul Gallagher’s corner.

The U’s had a golden opportunity to equalise minutes later when goalkeeper Declan Rudd brought Marcus Bean down in the area.

But Rudd recovered to save Jabo Ibehre’s weak penalty and the U’s went in trailing at half-time.

Ibehre made up for his penalty miss nine minutes into the second half, though.

He ran superbly from the halfway line and shrugged off Clarke in the area and although his first attempt was blocked, the former MK Dons man planted a superb shot past Rudd and into the far corner.

Colchester sent Freddie Sears on for Craig Eastmond with 20 minutes to go, as both sides went in search of a winner.

U’s goalkeeper Sam Walker made an excellent save from point-blank range to deny Garner’s downward header and Ibehre almost connected with Sears’ cross in the area.

But Preston regained their lead with nine minutes to go when Humphrey latched onto Garner’s cross and his cross hit Brian Wilson before sailing into the net, to condemn the U’s to defeat.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester’s game with Preston, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.

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5:31pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Daffyyd says...

Some games are won from team efforts and other are won because a team has that one great player that can create goal opportunities. On this occasion, it was Chris Humphrey for Preston. He was fast, skillful and dangerous to the U's defence. Colchester had their moments and could of turned the game around, however we missed a penalty and still have some hesitation to shooting. Now approx 3 points from relegation zone, some hard games ahead; another end of season relegation scrap to come.
Some games are won from team efforts and other are won because a team has that one great player that can create goal opportunities. On this occasion, it was Chris Humphrey for Preston. He was fast, skillful and dangerous to the U's defence. Colchester had their moments and could of turned the game around, however we missed a penalty and still have some hesitation to shooting. Now approx 3 points from relegation zone, some hard games ahead; another end of season relegation scrap to come. Daffyyd
  • Score: 15

5:58pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Bampotonian says...

What a shame we have lost the momentum we were gaining before the bad weather caused all the postponements. Now without Sanchez Watt this is an even tougher ask. Getting sucked right back into the dogfight, as the games in hand are slipping away now - and the four teams immediately below us all won, closing the gap between us & the bottom four to just 3 points. Really hope this isn't another scenario of having to rely on goal difference to keep us up. Here's hoping for a change of fortune!
What a shame we have lost the momentum we were gaining before the bad weather caused all the postponements. Now without Sanchez Watt this is an even tougher ask. Getting sucked right back into the dogfight, as the games in hand are slipping away now - and the four teams immediately below us all won, closing the gap between us & the bottom four to just 3 points. Really hope this isn't another scenario of having to rely on goal difference to keep us up. Here's hoping for a change of fortune! Bampotonian
  • Score: 13

6:35pm Sat 22 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

Shame about late own goal shiukd have been a draw. Although good to see the u's go for a win. Lots of silly decisions still costing us passing it when all if needed was smash out of play, then wild kicks up field when not under any pressure. Hard to play a nice passing game on that pitch. Relegation seems way off if we play like that against one of the leagues top teams we also have about 3 games in hand.
Mid tanks obscurity looms, in a cold depressing ground, no attmosphere, no hot food at half time again. If you think the crowds are low wait till next month,
Shame about late own goal shiukd have been a draw. Although good to see the u's go for a win. Lots of silly decisions still costing us passing it when all if needed was smash out of play, then wild kicks up field when not under any pressure. Hard to play a nice passing game on that pitch. Relegation seems way off if we play like that against one of the leagues top teams we also have about 3 games in hand. Mid tanks obscurity looms, in a cold depressing ground, no attmosphere, no hot food at half time again. If you think the crowds are low wait till next month, angryman!!!
  • Score: -9

6:40pm Sat 22 Feb 14

United we stand says...

I thought that we played quite well but basics like the needless corner leading to Preston's first goal and the less than convincing spot kick means "we leave with nothing". I'd far rather have a few more points in the bag and a few less games in which to play "catch-up".
It does feel that we are being sucked back into another relegation battle.
Our full-backs struggled continually against North End's pacy forwards and wing-play. Dickson excellent going forward but neither him or Wilson look great at their 'day job' defending. Much too much room given to the opposition to run at us.
I thought that we played quite well but basics like the needless corner leading to Preston's first goal and the less than convincing spot kick means "we leave with nothing". I'd far rather have a few more points in the bag and a few less games in which to play "catch-up". It does feel that we are being sucked back into another relegation battle. Our full-backs struggled continually against North End's pacy forwards and wing-play. Dickson excellent going forward but neither him or Wilson look great at their 'day job' defending. Much too much room given to the opposition to run at us. United we stand
  • Score: 7

8:59am Sun 23 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

We were beaten by a far better organized and more professional outfit in my opinion. Preston were prepared to play well within themselves for long periods and were then able to step it up at the right time to get the win. If were learn nothing else from this game I hope the U's noticed, if nothing else, how Preston, with their noses in front in the final 10 minutes of the game, defended their lead in our half of the field and didn't sit back and hope.

In the first half, excluding the penalty, we had 4 or 5 opportunities in and around the edge of the box when all it called for was for someone to put their foot through the ball, but nobody took responsibility and the chances went begging. I'm sorry but until we can get it right in and around the opposition's box, we are always going to be a struggling side. With having one of the worst home records over the last 2/3 seasons, once again it is becoming clear we are already in a battle at the wrong end of the table.
We were beaten by a far better organized and more professional outfit in my opinion. Preston were prepared to play well within themselves for long periods and were then able to step it up at the right time to get the win. If were learn nothing else from this game I hope the U's noticed, if nothing else, how Preston, with their noses in front in the final 10 minutes of the game, defended their lead in our half of the field and didn't sit back and hope. In the first half, excluding the penalty, we had 4 or 5 opportunities in and around the edge of the box when all it called for was for someone to put their foot through the ball, but nobody took responsibility and the chances went begging. I'm sorry but until we can get it right in and around the opposition's box, we are always going to be a struggling side. With having one of the worst home records over the last 2/3 seasons, once again it is becoming clear we are already in a battle at the wrong end of the table. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 8

9:04am Sun 23 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Should have read 3rd sentence ' If we learn.......
Should have read 3rd sentence ' If we learn....... BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 2

9:56am Sun 23 Feb 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Without a home game for so long ,i had forgot what disappointment felt like,but after yesterdays game against preston i was soon reminded. We look like a team that is waiting to be beaten,as i said on here several months ago,the defence is a shambles,the midfield disappears for long periods,and the forward line virtually non existant,and nothing has changed since.I have no idea what Magnus was thinking of when he headed that ball out for the corner that led to prestons first goal,maybe a call from Sam Walker would have helped him,nonetheless it was a school boy error that cost us dearly,and as for Jabo's penalty miss,if i could have been quick enough to have got a bet on that he was going to miss i would have been putting as much money on as i could,he only took about two paces up to the ball before striking it,and hit it with the power of a ten year old with carpet slippers on.Hang your head in shame Jabo despite scoring and being man of the match,that miss alone cost us a potential draw and a valuable point.One point from the last possible nine is just not good enough,Joe Dunne had said earlier during the week he was looking to strengthen one position but would not be specific which one,may i suggest it be the managers position,im sorry Joe but your just not up to the job,theres only one place your taking the club,and thats relegation to league two,if not this season then next,and in my opinion i believe you would struggle in there as well,as you are so far out of your depth,you need to be learning your trade as a football manager in a lot lower league than you are at the moment..Yesterdays game sent me straight to the whiskey bottle when i got home,and with a game coming up tuesday night iv made sure iv left some over for when i get home tuesday night,please make that be a celebration drink and not one to drown the sorrows of yet another home defeat.
Without a home game for so long ,i had forgot what disappointment felt like,but after yesterdays game against preston i was soon reminded. We look like a team that is waiting to be beaten,as i said on here several months ago,the defence is a shambles,the midfield disappears for long periods,and the forward line virtually non existant,and nothing has changed since.I have no idea what Magnus was thinking of when he headed that ball out for the corner that led to prestons first goal,maybe a call from Sam Walker would have helped him,nonetheless it was a school boy error that cost us dearly,and as for Jabo's penalty miss,if i could have been quick enough to have got a bet on that he was going to miss i would have been putting as much money on as i could,he only took about two paces up to the ball before striking it,and hit it with the power of a ten year old with carpet slippers on.Hang your head in shame Jabo despite scoring and being man of the match,that miss alone cost us a potential draw and a valuable point.One point from the last possible nine is just not good enough,Joe Dunne had said earlier during the week he was looking to strengthen one position but would not be specific which one,may i suggest it be the managers position,im sorry Joe but your just not up to the job,theres only one place your taking the club,and thats relegation to league two,if not this season then next,and in my opinion i believe you would struggle in there as well,as you are so far out of your depth,you need to be learning your trade as a football manager in a lot lower league than you are at the moment..Yesterdays game sent me straight to the whiskey bottle when i got home,and with a game coming up tuesday night iv made sure iv left some over for when i get home tuesday night,please make that be a celebration drink and not one to drown the sorrows of yet another home defeat. WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 5

10:53am Sun 23 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

That's been our problem for the past two season no one takes their chances. The build up play is general pretty good, then we get to box no one shoots we keep passing until eventually we lose the ball or some one takes a chance from a much worse position than we started at.
No one in the team is a good finisher. We've got payers that can hold up the ball, players that can pass and players that can run with the ball but no out and out striker. We need the likes of bonne, drey wright and Gilbey who aren't scared to shoot.
Also good point on our home record. It's because it's such depressing atmosphere the away team alway feels like they have an advantage. There are so many things that could be done to the ground, of course filling corners in, putting in a bar and making the ground less concrete and sterile cost, but one cheap option would be at least having the away fans next to south, at least that would generate some atmosphere?
That's been our problem for the past two season no one takes their chances. The build up play is general pretty good, then we get to box no one shoots we keep passing until eventually we lose the ball or some one takes a chance from a much worse position than we started at. No one in the team is a good finisher. We've got payers that can hold up the ball, players that can pass and players that can run with the ball but no out and out striker. We need the likes of bonne, drey wright and Gilbey who aren't scared to shoot. Also good point on our home record. It's because it's such depressing atmosphere the away team alway feels like they have an advantage. There are so many things that could be done to the ground, of course filling corners in, putting in a bar and making the ground less concrete and sterile cost, but one cheap option would be at least having the away fans next to south, at least that would generate some atmosphere? angryman!!!
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Ozzie says...

I concur with all the previous comments yet I am amazed at how we don't see how poor our record is at home - Look at it. Lost 6; drawn 3; won 5. I almost expect to see us lose or draw every home game now and it is so depressing. Yes I like the slick passing game, but I would rather see results to bolster our slowly worsening position in the table. Yes, we have games in hand, but Dunne has already intimated that he is going to use that and the pressure the boys are under to keep fit as an excuse to use when the results don't come. He is a pathetic, cheap skate excuse of a manager and this club will not go forward unless we make a change. I just do not understand his tactics sometimes. Playing ONE attacker at home is ridiculous! Jabo works his socks off but cannot do it all on his own. He needs a partner and the ideal partner would seem to be Freddie Sears, but he is kept on the bench until ten minutes to go when he is brought on 'to try and win the game'. But we were losing, Mr Dunne! We have so many defensive frailties that this, together with non communication and misunderstandings between central defenders and goalkeeper, will cost us this season if we do not address this as soon as possible. I, for one, think the remainder of the season, as I have maintained previously, seems to be like it will be one almighty scrap until the last match of the season. We have some tough fixtures coming up and we need to start picking up points. One point from a possibly nine in 6 weeks is not going to be good enough. After Tuesday, that could be one in twelve! I sincerely hope not. Up the U's!!
I concur with all the previous comments yet I am amazed at how we don't see how poor our record is at home - Look at it. Lost 6; drawn 3; won 5. I almost expect to see us lose or draw every home game now and it is so depressing. Yes I like the slick passing game, but I would rather see results to bolster our slowly worsening position in the table. Yes, we have games in hand, but Dunne has already intimated that he is going to use that and the pressure the boys are under to keep fit as an excuse to use when the results don't come. He is a pathetic, cheap skate excuse of a manager and this club will not go forward unless we make a change. I just do not understand his tactics sometimes. Playing ONE attacker at home is ridiculous! Jabo works his socks off but cannot do it all on his own. He needs a partner and the ideal partner would seem to be Freddie Sears, but he is kept on the bench until ten minutes to go when he is brought on 'to try and win the game'. But we were losing, Mr Dunne! We have so many defensive frailties that this, together with non communication and misunderstandings between central defenders and goalkeeper, will cost us this season if we do not address this as soon as possible. I, for one, think the remainder of the season, as I have maintained previously, seems to be like it will be one almighty scrap until the last match of the season. We have some tough fixtures coming up and we need to start picking up points. One point from a possibly nine in 6 weeks is not going to be good enough. After Tuesday, that could be one in twelve! I sincerely hope not. Up the U's!! Ozzie
  • Score: 5

1:26pm Sun 23 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

We still have games in hand.dont panic yet.l bet the lads like playing away rather than in the cold concrete mausoleum that is whcs.
We still have games in hand.dont panic yet.l bet the lads like playing away rather than in the cold concrete mausoleum that is whcs. stevedawson
  • Score: -1

8:33pm Sun 23 Feb 14

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Against a team currently sitting 4th in the table, I thought we performed rather well. Had we got the draw it would have been considered a good result.

On a positive note, at least the loss allows the moaners to carry on moaning on here (not that they ever need a reason).
Against a team currently sitting 4th in the table, I thought we performed rather well. Had we got the draw it would have been considered a good result. On a positive note, at least the loss allows the moaners to carry on moaning on here (not that they ever need a reason). We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: -6

5:06pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Medicated Soap says...

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