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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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2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40