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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 17,070) 5th September 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Scott

So'ton Southampton vs Colchester United Colchester

So'ton 0


Colchester 0

K Izzet (S/O 36)

New boss draws a blank

Ten-man Colchester earn point for Boothroyd

Last Updated: 05/09/09 6:46pm

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Boothroyd: Watched new side battle for a point

Boothroyd: Watched new side battle for a point

Aidy Boothroyd's first game in charge at Colchester ended in a 0-0 draw as his ten men earned a point in a battling performance at Southampton.

Saints' fans got their first glimpse of new signing Senegalese striker Papa Waigo N'Diaye who was introduced to the crowd before kick-off.

However N'Diaye did not play in the match, which started slowly for both teams.

With 12 minutes gone Jacob Mellis held the ball up well and picked out Rickie Lambert. But the ball came off his body and flew wide of the post.

Five minutes later, Lambert turned supplier as he headed a fast ball forward for Matthew Paterson to stab home. Although the ball appeared to cross the line, it was hooked clear by centre-back Marcus Okuonghae.

Colchester were reduced to ten men in the 35th minute when Kemal Izzet was red carded for a dangerous tackle on Adam Lallana.

Buoyed by the one-man advantage, Southampton created chances but Colchester were unlucky to go into the half level as Ashley Vincent had a strong shot rebound off the bar with keeper Kelvin Davis beaten.

With the second period offering little in the way of entertainment, Southampton's introduction of Morgan Schneiderlin was followed by a flurry of quick corners which came to nothing.

On 84 minutes, Schneiderlin tested the keeper with a low drive from 25 yards out.

And Southampton's Dean Hammond almost gave his former side something to remember him by when his dipping 25-year volley landed on the roof of the net just before stoppage time.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 44 93
2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 82
4 Swindon Town 42 76
5 Sheffield United 44 69
6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 43 60
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Barnsley 44 59
11 Peterborough United 44 59
12 Bradford City 43 58
13 Doncaster Rovers 43 58
14 Oldham Athletic 44 56
15 Walsall 43 55
16 Coventry City 44 52
17 Scunthorpe United 43 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 43 47
22 Notts County 43 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40