U's hold promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday

On target - Ian Henderson scored Colchester United's opener in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

On target - Ian Henderson scored Colchester United's opener in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

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Colchester United dented Sheffield Wednesday's hopes of automatic promotion with an impressive 1-1 draw this afternoon, in front of their biggest home crowd of the season.

Colchester took a third-minute lead when Ian Henderson poked home from close range, after Steven Gillespie had capitalised on Michail Antonio's mistake in the area.

Gary Madine and Chris Lines went close for the Owls after that and Nile Ranger missed a gilt-edged chance for the visitors when he sliced well wide in front of goal, following Antonio's driven pass.

Wednesday equalised seven minutes after half-time through Miguel Angel Llera, who bundled in from close range from Lines' free-kick into the area.

Both sides went in search of a winner after that and Jermaine Johnson curled a shot just wide for the visitors.

But Colchester were worth their point, in front of a bumper crowd of 6,643.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's game against Sheffield Wednesday, see Monday's Gazette.

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1:56am Sun 15 Apr 12

Boris says...

The U's certainly deserved their point. Odejayi looked good when he came on near the end.
Good to see all those old U's players on the other side, none of them scoring against us.
Up the U's.
The U's certainly deserved their point. Odejayi looked good when he came on near the end. Good to see all those old U's players on the other side, none of them scoring against us. Up the U's. Boris
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7:59am Sun 15 Apr 12

Sparkfilms says...

There was a very clear difference in team shape with the Wednesday central midfield able to roll the ball out wide ( Kevin Watson style ) time and time again. This allowed their game to flow.

Colchester did not have this option and despite some great threaded passes from Bond our attacking options were ( are ) very limited.

Magnus Okuonghae was impressive throughout and his partnership with Tom Eastman would seem to be the defensive anchor for next season ( all being well ).

Kem set a great example.

Gillespie showed flashes of high skill and movement.

A much slimmer squad beckons but new aquisitions are vital to give us a cutting edge.

Once again our squad has been numerically overloaded with too many players ( for differing reasons ) cast to the sidelines.

Wednesday were desperate for 3 points and this result may see them return to WHCS next season.

The great Owl's travelling support would be welcome here anytime.
There was a very clear difference in team shape with the Wednesday central midfield able to roll the ball out wide ( Kevin Watson style ) time and time again. This allowed their game to flow. Colchester did not have this option and despite some great threaded passes from Bond our attacking options were ( are ) very limited. Magnus Okuonghae was impressive throughout and his partnership with Tom Eastman would seem to be the defensive anchor for next season ( all being well ). Kem set a great example. Gillespie showed flashes of high skill and movement. A much slimmer squad beckons but new aquisitions are vital to give us a cutting edge. Once again our squad has been numerically overloaded with too many players ( for differing reasons ) cast to the sidelines. Wednesday were desperate for 3 points and this result may see them return to WHCS next season. The great Owl's travelling support would be welcome here anytime. Sparkfilms
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9:19am Sun 15 Apr 12

crazy comments says...

Yes I agree with you on this Sparky.
Yes I agree with you on this Sparky. crazy comments
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10:12am Mon 16 Apr 12

Surb says...

Nice report Sparky, you should be a news reporter.

Good result on saturday. Izzet suprised me, recently he has been playing poorly, but on saturday showed that he can actually play football. Good work.
Nice report Sparky, you should be a news reporter. Good result on saturday. Izzet suprised me, recently he has been playing poorly, but on saturday showed that he can actually play football. Good work. Surb
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1:31pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Sparkfilms says...

Thanks guys.

Something else.

I thought Henderson very astute in his split second decision to punt the ball as there was no time for a back lift as he homed in on Gillespie's quite brilliant assist.

The goal was very much about skill and technique.

It was to be a rare opportunity.

It's a great shame Gillespie has suffered from so many injuries as he displays such an abundance of close skills - several reminded me of a certain Rodney Marsh, and although some of them did not quite come off, it is to his credit that he has shows individual expression - something that seems to have drifted from the modern game.
Thanks guys. Something else. I thought Henderson very astute in his split second decision to punt the ball as there was no time for a back lift as he homed in on Gillespie's quite brilliant assist. The goal was very much about skill and technique. It was to be a rare opportunity. It's a great shame Gillespie has suffered from so many injuries as he displays such an abundance of close skills - several reminded me of a certain Rodney Marsh, and although some of them did not quite come off, it is to his credit that he has shows individual expression - something that seems to have drifted from the modern game. Sparkfilms
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