Searle - 7 – had a nervy opening, but made some important saves to prevent Colchester extending their lead. Certainly a reliable substitute.
Lewington – 7 – another faultless performance from the skipper. Played some great passes up the wing for Chadwick to chase and was hardly troubled at the back.
Doumbe – 7 – his misplaced header lead to Colchester’s opener, but had an otherwise good game. Threw himself in front of some powerful shots and made a good clearance off the line with the scores still at 0-0.
MacKenzie – 7 – was a rock at the back and never looked in trouble despite Colchester’s second half pressure. But he hobbled off ominously in the second half with a nasty looking foot injury.
Woodards – 7 – is forming a great working relationship with Powell. Attacked really well in the first half and put two dangerous crosses into the box.
Gleeson – 7 – pulled the strings in midfield in the second half. Reliable in both defence and in attack.
Hughes – 8 – showed his class as a Championship player. Was hard in the tackle, has a great first touch and was instrumental in creating the second goal.
Chadwick – 8 – broke with pace and confidently took on Colchester defenders. Had a hand in creating the third, after taking a ball to the face.
Powell – 7 – had a quiet game by his recent standards, but performed well. Impressed when tracking back and when covering for Woodards at right back.
Vine – 7 – like Hughes, he showed great touches and took up some great positions. Worked well with Baldock.
Baldock – 8 – could have had a hat-trick inside seven minutes of the second half, but led the line with his hard work paying off.
Subs: O’Hanlon – 7 – came on for MacKernzie and joined the fray when Dons were under pressure, but he stood up well against Odejayi.
Ibehre – 6 – replaced Vine. Held up play well late in the game.
Top Don – Baldock – his first hat-trick in senior football three days ahead of his 22nd birthday. Easily had the pace on the defenders and took all his goals very well.