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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,215) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

Colchester Colchester United vs Preston North End Preston

Colchester 1

F Sears (55)

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Preston 0

B Wright (S/O 83)

U's too hot for 10-man Preston

Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:15pm

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Freddie Sears: Scored the winner

Freddie Sears: Scored the winner

Colchester eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over struggling Preston, who had Bailey Wright sent off.

U's striker Freddie Sears slammed home his fourth goal in five matches in the 55th minute to seal the points.

Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker brilliantly denied Andy Proctor's header early on, while U's striker Freddie Sears was foiled by Preston keeper Thorsten Stuckmann., which rattled the post.

But Joe Garner's header from John Welsh's cross looped over the bar for Preston late in the half, as both teams attempted to break the deadlock.

Sears' low shot flashed wide, but the former West Ham youngster made no mistake 10 minutes after half-time when he converted from close range after Jabo Ibehre had latched on to George Porter's pass and lifted a shot towards goal.

Preston's Lee Holmes hit the crossbar with a curling shot with 18 minutes to go.

But the visitors' hopes were ended when defender Wright was sent off following an off-the-ball altercation with Ibehre with eight minutes remaining as Colchester secured a crucial win.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 39 84
2 Preston North End 37 73
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 38 52
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33