Jabo Ibehre's double pulled Colchester out of the relegation zone and heaped more misery on Stevenage.

George Porter's effort was cleared off the Boro goaline, before Anthony Grant drew a fine save from Sam Walker at the other end.

But Ibehre struck twice in the second half, heading in Billy Clifford's free-kick and tapping in a simple chance.

Gary Smith's Stevenage have now lost six in succession and have taken six points from the last 39 available.

They are seven points clear of League One's bottom four though, while the U's have created a two-point safety cushion.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's the toughest challenge without a shadow of a doubt that I've faced as a young manager.

"The players are very good individuals, they're very good characters - they're feeling the pinch at the minute, we all are.

"Our challenge is probably three wins to make sure we secure our League One status and I have absolutely no doubt in the last 12 games we can get that.

"The chairman's a very good guy, he's a good businessman - it's his prerogative to make changes, but I'd be deeply disappointed at this stage."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"The result speaks for itself, it was never easy.

"For the first time in a while, we really got the ball down and played. We had a game plan and I thought we could find a bit of confidence with the ball. We did that, which was great.

"We said at half-time if we can create the same amount of chances, we would finish them. All we needed was the finishing touches on our moves and we got them.

"The effort and the commitment has given us the reward."

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

League One

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stevenage 0-2 Colchester FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Ibehre 62
    • Ibehre 73

    Stevenage

    • 16 Day
    • 02 Gray
    • 04 Charles
    • 14 Roberts
    • 33 Chorley
    • 06 Tansey
    • 07 Grant yellow card
    • 08 Dunne yellow card (Freeman 67)
    • 18 Mahon (Shroot 75)
    • 09 Haber
    • 11 Akins (Beleck 63)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Arnold,
    • 21 Iro,
    • 22 Comminges,
    • 32 Shroot,
    • 15 Freeman,
    • 28 Beleck,
    • 30 Hoskins

    Colchester

    • 44 Walker
    • 03 Garmston
    • 04 Okuonghae
    • 18 Eastman
    • 20 Wilson
    • 41 Clifford
    • 14 Bond
    • 39 Porter (Thompson 90+2)
    • 11 Sears (Morrison 71)
    • 17 Ibehre
    • 21 Massey (White 86)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Cousins,
    • 02 Wright,
    • 25 White,
    • 40 Thompson,
    • 15 Bean,
    • 09 Morrison,
    • 33 Compton
    Ref: DuncanAtt: 3,144
    STEVENAGE
    COLCHESTER

    Possession

    • Stevenage 46%
    • Colchester 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Stevenage 2
    • Colchester 5

    Attempts off target

    • Stevenage 5
    • Colchester 8

    Corners

    • Stevenage 5
    • Colchester 8

    Fouls

    • Stevenage 10
    • Colchester 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:39 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+2:52 Booking Booking for Anthony Grant for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+2:45 Unfair challenge on John White by Anthony Grant results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Clifford.
    • 90:00+1:17 Substitution Josh Thompson is brought on as a substitute for George Porter.
    • 90:00+1:17 Short corner worked by Clinton Morrison.
    • 90:00+0:24 Bradley Garmston takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
    • 90:00+0:10 The referee penalises Greg Tansey for handball. Direct free kick taken by Billy Clifford.
    • 85:35 Substitution John White comes on in place of Gavin Massey.
    • 85:35 The ball is delivered by Mark Roberts.
    • 81:28 Shot by Bradley Garmston from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target. Inswinging corner taken by Billy Clifford, clearance by Steve Beleck.
    • 78:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jabo Ibehre on Ben Chorley. Chris Day takes the free kick.
    • 74:51 Substitution Robin Shroot is brought on as a substitute for Gavin Mahon.
    • 74:51 The referee penalises Marcus Haber for handball. Tom Eastman takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:05 Assist by Gavin Massey.
    • 72:05 GOAL - Jabo IbehreStevenage 0 - 2 Colchester Jabo Ibehre gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 0-2 Colchester.
    • 71:39 The referee blows for offside. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:08 The referee blows for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Direct free kick taken by Mark Roberts.
    • 69:49 Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Clinton Morrison coming on for Freddie Sears.
    • 69:49 Luke Freeman crosses the ball. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey from the right by-line, save made by Sam Walker.
    • 65:47 Substitution Luke Freeman replaces James Dunne.
    • 65:47 James Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Jabo Ibehre. Tom Eastman takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:44 The assistant referee flags for offside against Freddie Sears. Chris Day takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:07 Effort from inside the area by Marcus Haber misses to the right of the goal.
    • 61:14 Substitution Steve Beleck is brought on as a substitute for Lucas Akins.
    • 61:14 Assist on the goal came from Billy Clifford.
    • 61:14 GOAL - Jabo IbehreStevenage 0 - 1 Colchester Jabo Ibehre finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Stevenage 0-1 Colchester.
    • 60:33 Booking James Dunne goes into the referee's book.
    • 60:14 James Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on George Porter. Billy Clifford delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
    • 59:53 George Porter takes a shot. Gavin Mahon gets a block in.
    • Correction - 58:33 Anthony Grant concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Clifford. Magnus Okuonghae takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Grant on Billy Clifford. Direct free kick taken by Billy Clifford.
    • 57:18 Greg Tansey concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Clifford. Tom Eastman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:32 A cross is delivered by George Porter, Ben Chorley makes a clearance.
    • 54:29 Unfair challenge on David Gray by Gavin Massey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Greg Tansey.
    • 52:53 Jabo Ibehre challenges Lucas Akins unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Greg Tansey, Brian Wilson makes a clearance.
    • 50:04 Centre by James Dunne. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey from the left by-line, save made by Sam Walker.
    • 48:57 The ball is sent over by Marcus Haber.
    • 46:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jabo Ibehre on Lucas Akins. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
    • 46:19 Unfair challenge on Billy Clifford by Lucas Akins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.
    • 45:10 Gavin Mahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jabo Ibehre. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Billy Clifford, Anthony Grant gets a block in.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:21 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+0:59 Jabo Ibehre is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
    • 45:00+0:16 Centre by Freddie Sears, Darius Charles makes a clearance. George Porter takes a short corner.
    • 42:52 Greg Tansey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 41:04 The assistant referee signals for offside against George Porter. Chris Day takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:55 Freddie Sears produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 35:43 Anthony Grant takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker. Greg Tansey takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Sam Walker makes a save.
    • 35:10 Greg Tansey takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Brian Wilson.
    • 34:16 Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
    • 31:21 George Porter takes a shot. Clearance by James Dunne. Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Clearance made by James Dunne. Corner taken by Billy Clifford from the left by-line. Foul by Billy Clifford on Greg Tansey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Darius Charles.
    • 29:15 The offside flag is raised against Jabo Ibehre. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
    • 28:59 The ball is swung over by Anthony Grant, clearance by Tom Eastman.
    • 28:09 The assistant referee flags for offside against Lucas Akins. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Garmston.
    • 26:53 Corner from the right by-line taken by Billy Clifford, Close range header by Jabo Ibehre goes over the bar.
    • 25:44 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Billy Clifford, Lucas Akins makes a clearance. Brian Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Chorley.
    • 24:22 Andy Bond concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Grant. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Greg Tansey, clearance by Tom Eastman.
    • 23:06 Corner taken by Billy Clifford from the right by-line to the near post, Tom Eastman takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
    • 21:01 Anthony Grant concedes a free kick for a foul on Freddie Sears. Billy Clifford takes the free kick. Andy Bond takes a shot. Mark Roberts gets a block in. George Porter produces a cross, clearance made by James Dunne.
    • 19:14 The ball is delivered by Freddie Sears.
    • 18:41 The referee penalises Anthony Grant for handball. Free kick taken by Andy Bond.
    • 17:14 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Lucas Akins goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 15:33 The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Chris Day.
    • 14:48 Corner taken by Greg Tansey, Header on goal by Marcus Haber from just inside the area goes over the goal.
    • 14:36 James Dunne produces a cross, Tom Eastman manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:31 Anthony Grant fouled by Magnus Okuonghae, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Greg Tansey from right channel, save made by Sam Walker.
    • 10:31 Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford.
    • 9:43 James Dunne challenges Andy Bond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Billy Clifford.
    • 8:59 Marcus Haber produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 8:40 The referee blows for offside against Freddie Sears. Direct free kick taken by Mark Roberts.
    • 6:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Roberts on Freddie Sears. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:21 The ball is sent over by Lucas Akins, Tom Eastman makes a clearance.
    • 2:42 David Gray delivers the ball, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.
    • 1:34 Lucas Akins takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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