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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 20 42
2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
4 Preston North End 20 38
5 Sheffield United 20 32
6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
11 Fleetwood Town 20 26
12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
15 Barnsley 20 23
16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16