Notts County manager Keith Curle said he was proud of his side after they beat Colchester 2-0 to continue their fine form on their travels.

First-half goals from Neal Bishop and Alan Judge gave the Magpies their fifth away win of the season and lifted them up to fifth in npower League One.

Curle said: "The away record is something that we're very proud of. It's built on a desire to work hard and defend our goal and also attacking when we earn the right to play.

"We needed to work hard for our win, because Colchester asked us a lot of questions. We kept going right until the end and we kept probing, but we also needed that resilience and willingness to see the game out.

Bishop gave Notts County a 17th-minute when he volleyed in first time from Judge's free-kick.

Jabo Ibehre and Marcus Bean went close for Colchester, before the break, but the Magpies doubled their advantage just before half-time through Judge, who prodded in from just inside the area after Francois Zoko had helped on a free-kick.

Curle added: "Goals change games and the timing of our goals helped us. It forced Colchester to change their style of play and we needed to be professional right until the end. Colchester is a difficult place to come and play and they try and play the game in the right way, but on the night, things went our way."

Colchester manager Joe Dunne was disappointed with both goals his side conceded.

He said: "I'm very disappointed, but initially I thought that we were on top. We set our stall out to get after them and we did that. We attacked them and got balls into the box and into good positions.

"But again it was our old bad habit of conceding from set-pieces and giving away stupid free-kicks in wrong areas that cost us and I probably now need to look at changing things."