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Dean Court (ATT 6,145) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: B Malone

B'mouth Bournemouth vs Colchester United Colchester

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L Grabban (41)

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Cherries grab another victory

Last Updated: 15/12/12 6:31pm

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Grabban: On target yet again

Grabban: On target yet again

Lewis Grabban scored his sixth goal in as many matches to lead play-off chasing Bournemouth to a 1-0 win at home to Colchester.

Grabban's strike four minutes before half-time extended Bournemouth's unbeaten run to 13 games since manager Eddie Howe's return to the club in mid-October.

But the victory was soured by a nasty injury to midfielder Shaun MacDonald, who was carried off shortly before half-time with a serious ankle problem.

Bournemouth found it difficult to penetrate as Colchester, beaten six times in their last seven matches, defended in numbers.

Wes Fogden, Steve Cook and Brett Pitman all went close before the in-form Cherries eventually took the lead after 41 minutes.

Colchester failed to clear their lines from a corner and Shaun O'Kane slipped Grabban in for his ninth goal of the season.

Colchester made three substitutions and eventually fashioned a shot but Josh Thompson was off target.

For the Cherries Marc Pugh became increasingly more of a threat on the left flank and twice set up opportunities wasted by Pitman.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15