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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,416) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Colchester Colchester United vs Preston North End Preston

Colchester 1

J Ibehre (55)

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Preston 2

T Clarke (28)
B Wilson (og 82)

Cruel blow for U's skipper Wilson

Last Updated: 22/02/14 7:25pm

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Brian Wilson: Scored at the wrong end

Brian Wilson: Scored at the wrong end

Brian Wilson's late own goal clinched promotion-chasing Preston a hard-earned 2-1 victory at Colchester.

The U's skipper inadvertently headed Joe Garner's cross into his own net in the 82nd minute to hand Preston victory.

Preston went close in the seventh minute when Joe Garner's header clattered the crossbar from Chris Humphrey's cross.

But the visitors took the lead just before the half-hour mark when defender Tom Clarke powerfully headed home Paul Gallagher's set-piece to score.

Colchester were awarded a penalty soon after following Declan Rudd's foul on Marcus Bean in the area, but the Preston goalkeeper recovered to save Jabo Ibehre's weak penalty.

Ibehre made up for his miss nine minutes after half-time when he planted a superb shot into the far corner after his long run from the halfway line had initially resulted in his shot being blocked.

U's goalkeeper Sam Walker made a superb save to foil Garner's header from point-blank range as Preston pressed.

The visitors' winner arrived with nine minutes to go when Humphrey latched on to Garner's pass and his cross hit U's skipper Wilson before sailing into the net for the winner.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 44 77
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Leyton Orient 45 48
23 Colchester United 44 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40