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Colchester 0-3 Town
Tuesday, 23rd Jul 2013 21:33

Goals from Luke Chambers, David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy (pen) saw the Blues to a 3-0 victory over Colchester at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and maintained their 100% record in pre-season. Town were well on top in a first half and were two goals up at the break with Murphy adding the third from the spot after he had been fouled in a half in which the U’s presented a greater threat.

Striker Michael Chopra was a notable absentee from the Town squad, the 29-year-old reportedly having held talks with Barnsley yesterday, while Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has said he could also be interested in signing his former Cardiff player.

New right-back Frederic Veseli started, while Christophe Berra was in a Town squad for the first time and was on the bench. Paul Taylor was also in the 22 for the first time since suffering his serious foot injury last September.

Former Blue Tom Eastman started for the U’s, while David Wright and Drey Wright, son of ex-Blue Jermaine, were both on the bench. U’s keeper Sam Walker is a Town fan.

The game started in explosive fashion when David McGoldrick unleashed a fearsome dipping 30-yard strike which Walker did superbly to tip onto the bar.

In the fourth minute Wordsworth, who was on the receiving end of abuse from his old fans from the off, headed an Aaron Cresswell freekick over at the far post. For the U’s, Sanchez Watt hit a low effort through to Scott Loach after a Freddie Sears burst through the middle.

On six Walker thwarted another excellent McGoldrick strike, this time pushing a shot from a tight angle on the left wide. From the resultant corner on the Town right, Jay Tabb played the ball short to Wordsworth but again Walker was equal to his stab at goal. From the corner, Tommy Smith won a free header, but his knock-back was cleared.

In the 18th minute Cole Skuse made way for Elliott Hewitt, the midfielder having taken a knock to his hip a few minutes earlier. Hewitt went to right midfield with Tabb switching to the left and Wordsworth, who moments later curled a freekick wide, in the centre.

The Blues went ahead in the 27th minute when Wordsworth sent in a corner from the left and an unmarked Luke Chambers attacked the ball and headed home his first goal of pre-season. The centre-half had another chance only a couple of minutes later, but this time nodded the ball to Walker.

Town had been worthy of their lead but just before the half hour ex-West Ham man Sears curled a freekick wide of Loach’s right post.

In the 32nd minute Town made it 2-0. Hewitt sent in a long throw from the right, the U’s couldn’t clear a weak McGoldrick header and the ex-Forest man hit the loose ball into the corner of the net from 15 yards to notch his fourth goal of pre-season.

The excellent McGoldrick wasn’t far wide from 25 yards in the 40th minute with the Blues continuing to have much the better of it.

The whistle went for the end of the first half soon after with the Blues having been very much on top, having put in one of their best 45-minute displays of pre-season so far with McGoldrick the stand-out man.

At the break, Christophe Berra replaced Tommy Smith at the heart of the Town defence for his first appearance for the Blues, while Dean Gerken took over from Loach in goal.

Town came under pressure for the first time in the early stages of the second period but without Gerken being forced into a save until just after the hour mark when Andy Bond hit a low shot which failed to significantly test the Blues keeper.

In the 66th minute Nouble and man of the match McGoldrick made way for Daryl Murphy and, back after 10 months out of action with a foot injury, Paul Taylor. Four minutes later, Kyle Hammond and Tyrone Mings replaced full-backs Veseli and Cresswell.

The home side were continuing to have more of the second half and in the 72nd minute Chambers made an important challenge as ex-Blue David Wright looked to get on the end of Alex Gilbey’s cut-back.

However, a minute later it was 3-0 when Murphy netted his third goal of pre-season from the penalty spot. Wordsworth had played an excellent through ball to the Irishman, however, his first touch was too heavy but he still beat Walker to the ball and the keeper sent him to ground as he dived at his feet. The striker sent the ball to his left and Walker to his right from the spot.

The U’s almost pulled a goal back soon after, Bond forcing Gerken into a save, before the Blues replaced Chambers, Tabb, Hyam and Wordsworth with David October, Byron Lawrence, Amir Berkane and Josh Carson.

Berra forced Walker into an uncomfortable save with a header into the ground from Lawrence’s corner, Taylor, who was enjoying a lively cameo, making life difficult for the keeper as he did so.

Taylor miscued a through ball to Murphy moments before referee Mr Breakspear blew the whistle on Town’s biggest win of pre-season so far.

The Blues had been very much on top in the first half but were less impressive after the break when the U’s looked the more dangerous side until Murphy netted from the spot.

Town: Loach (Gerken 46), Veseli (Hammond 70), Chambers (October 78), Smith (Berra 46), Cresswell (Mings 70), Tabb (Lawrence 78), Skuse (Hewitt 18), Hyam (Berkane 78), Wordsworth (Carson 78), Nouble (Murphy 66), McGoldrick (Taylor 66). Subs: Gerken, Hewitt, Murphy, Taylor, Mings, Carson, Berkane, Lawrence, Hammond, October. Att: 4,585.

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Jimmys_Law added 21:34 - Jul 23
Things are really looking up! Can't wait for the new season to start. COYB!!!

Michael11 added 21:41 - Jul 23
David McGoldrick is bang in form at the minute! I think that starting 11 with Edwards/Anderson for Wordsworth will be similar to what we start with at Reading. Keep it up boys!!

TractorBoy666 added 21:42 - Jul 23
Great work, a nice win with another clean sheet. Nice to see Murphy taking the spot kick to get his confidence high as well as McGoldrick's. Looking very good indeed!

itsalltootoomuch added 21:44 - Jul 23
I just wish we had a bit longer before Reading to help the players really gel. But it's all sounding really optimistic. COYB.

IpswichLewis added 21:45 - Jul 23
Obviously Reading will be a much Sterner test on the 3rd rather than Gillingham, Barnet, Crawley & Colchester...Happy with the 100% record though. Murphy seems to be putting away the important goals. I believe McGoldrick will be a very important signing for us next season, he cant half hit a ball from distance. Nice one lads

itfc94 added 21:52 - Jul 23
Anyone at the game able to comment on the performance of Taylor?
I know he wasn't on for long but did he look sharp?

Mcgoldrick and murphy scoring and coming into good form at the right time!
Love this town!

GavTWTD added 22:09 - Jul 23
itfc94 see the forum thread. Seems he was good.

TractorCam added 22:12 - Jul 23
Just got back, was a walkover really. Great team performance from us, were all over them. Huge away following from the tractorboys, was a good atmosphere and as usual outsung them totally.

Also, Alan Lee was amongst the supporters and I got his autograph!

TractorCam added 22:13 - Jul 23
Oh and Paul Taylor looked decent when he came on, picked out some good passes and made some decent runs

SouperJim added 22:14 - Jul 23
Taylor was excellent, caused lots of problems, was good on the turn and got in behind 2 or 3 times. Very encouraging.

Simonds92 added 22:14 - Jul 23
Very impressed with Taylor's first game in 10 months looked a lot sharper than I was expecting. Didn't back out of any challenges looked confident on the ball and pretty decent touches. Could be a big player this season if he gets his head right.

daniel9624 added 22:24 - Jul 23
We lacked a little pace in wide areas, but hopefully Anderson will sort that out, and thought Nouble was poor, but other than that very pleased with what I saw. Also impressed by the young men coming on second half, yes it was game over, but they moved the ball around well

BiggestMick added 22:26 - Jul 23
Great play from all , great turnout from town put col u to shame ! Things are looking up COYB !

kerryblue added 22:27 - Jul 23
Anouther good result,friendly or not they all count,nice to see Murphy is in scoring form,would love to see him have a lashing season and get back into the Ireland squad .

Lightningboy added 22:28 - Jul 23
Can't wait for a week saturday..things are looking up at long last.

ManningtreeBlue99 added 22:36 - Jul 23
Paul Taylor was brilliant when he came on, dribbling and speed particulary. Shooting was a bit poor but combined with McGoldrick; who's shots were excellent, we could have a great partnership.

dannym09 added 22:53 - Jul 23 ... please do not read this if you want to be disheartened for the new season and if want to fall out with wolves as a football club, interesting read but be prepared

kerryblue added 22:59 - Jul 23
Dannym09 ,Wolves are now in league 1,hurting ,do you honestly think any of them would have a single good word to say about Mick,Christophe ,Nouble etc?????They would love to be where are right now and they would have loved MIck not to have been sacked .

algarvefan added 23:53 - Jul 23
Agreed kerryblue nothing but a load of sour grapes from disgruntled Wolves fans.

However Wolves don't belong in Div1 and I wish them well for the season ahead, sure they will bounce back up with Kenny at the helm.

Pessimistic added 00:26 - Jul 24
Great result tonight but it counts of course for nothing. Pleased though that Paul Taylor got some game time because I think he will make a big difference this season if he stays fits both mentally and physically.

Garv added 01:18 - Jul 24
McGoldrick and Taylor excellent.

floridaboy added 06:48 - Jul 24
Don't really see where Edwards is going to fit in. Anderson ahead of him if honest. Still good player to have come off the bench

About time though because he did not warrant a starting place last season!

itsalltootoomuch added 08:34 - Jul 24
@dannym09, looks like some Wolves fans havn't yet realised they're in Div 1. They'll probably do well with KJ, but I suspect they'll still be a division below us in a year's time.

brian_a_mul added 08:39 - Jul 24
We have good/genuine competition for places up front. McGoldrick & Murphy are in goal scoring form and Taylor is making a real go to get in to the team. How did Nouble play up front? Not much about him in the report.

Also we have some really good set piece takers at last! Wordsworth/Cresswell for corners/free kicks and Hewitt for throws. With Smith, Chambers, Berra, Murphy, McGoldrick and big Frank we can be a real threat from deadballs.

daniel9624 added 08:53 - Jul 24
brian_a_mul... I thought Nouble was our worst player last night, Mcgoldricks movement made FN look pedestrian, though when they swapped and he managed to get himself on Eastman, it looked like he had more time and space, but still did little. When Taylor came on he and Murphy looked better as a pair, so I'm thinking one of these two will be the better partner for DM, and it'll probably be Taylor once fully fit.

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