Notts County 2 – 1 Colchester United: 9 man County hold on for first league win

Notts County 2-1 Colchester United

Notts County claimed their first victory of the season against Colchester despite having two men and manager Shaun Derry sent off.

The Magpies made a blistering start at Meadow Lane, taking the lead through Ronan Murray on 6 minutes.

The hosts looked on top for the duration of the first half but were unable to extend their lead.

And they were made to pay as Colchester deservedly equalised on 69 minutes through Freddie Sears following a period of extended pressure by the visitors.

Veteran goalkeeper Roy Carroll was on hand to deny the U’s a number of goalscoring opportunities as they searched for the lead.

It was County though who took the lead 2 minutes later courtesy of a beautiful curling shot from Liam Noble.

What followed was a contentious final 15 minutes with County’s Cieron Keane and Wroe both dismissed for second bookable offences.

Derry was then sent to the stands for protesting but his side managed to hang on for their first win of the new campaign.

“Unlike Saturday where we didn’t dig in, we did tonight and it gave us a platform in the second half to come out and show everyone what these boys are all about,” Derry told BBC Radio Nottingham.

“I’m disappointed I let myself down by being sent off, I take full responsibility for that. But it’s an emotional game and you just want people to be consistent.”

Notts will look to build on this victory with a tricky away tie against unbeaten Port Vale this Saturday.

Notts County: Carroll, Dumbuya, Mullins, Hollis, Keane, Wroe, Noble, Jones, Ismail (C Thompson – 80′ ) Murray, Cassidy. Subs not used: Spiess, Balmy, Dawson, Whitehouse, Edwards, Bishop

Colchester United: Walker, Gordon, Okuonghae, Gilbey, Ibehre, Sears, Bean (Massey – 78′), Eastman, Colhessy, Moncur, Vose (Szmodics – 78′). Subs not used: Lewington, Eastmond, Holman, Kent, Curtis

Attendance: 3,792


Alex Clarke


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