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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30