Jabo Ibehre claimed a second-half winner for the only goal of the game as Colchester United beat fellow League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town.

Shrewsbury should have scored early on when the unmarked Tom Eaves headed over from Jermaine Grandison's cross before being denied by U's keeper Sam Walker.

The U's were then twice denied by the woodwork before Ibehre struck.

Twisting and turning in the box, Ibehre fired a low left-foot shot into the corner for the U's 55th-minute winner.

  • Shrewsbury, who had drawn on their last three visits, suffered their first defeat at Colchester since September 1978.

Colchester, who have 10 games left, move five points clear of danger.

The home side should have led on 25 minutes when skipper Brian Wilson's excellent free-kick from the edge of the area slammed against the underside of the bar.

And they struck the woodwork again four minutes before half-time when Dominic Vose's long-range shot also bounced off the bar.

Shrewsbury's fifth game without a win leaves Mike Jackson's men four points adrift of safety with nine games to go.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I thought we dominated the game. We made some good chances, the back four were disciplined - as they have been for a long time.

"The front four gave us that energy and the midfield had the legs to get in and around people.

"I think, overall, we were comfortable in terms of defending and also looked threatening on the attack.

"I'm pleased for Jabo [Ibehre], I thought it was an excellent goal, we've been encouraging him to get clean strikes on the ball and he did that."

Shrewsbury Town manager Mark Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I don't think we can go away thinking we deserved to win. We'd be kidding ourselves.

"But it's so frustrating that we missed that chance so early on. Then it might have been different.

"I understand why the fans are despondent. We fell short - but the players aren't trying to lose games.

"But we know where we are and we know what we have to do - and yes, we can still get out of this mess,"

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 03 Dickson
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 18 Eastman
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 25 Vose (Eastmond - 74' )
  • 15 Bean (Wright - 80' )
  • 17 Ibehre (Bonne - 85' )
  • 07 Watt
  • 21 Massey

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 02 Wright
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 09 Morrison
  • 39 Sesay
  • 40 Szmodics
  • 41 Bonne

Shrewsbury Town

  • 25 Anyon
  • 02 Grandison (Iorfa - 79' )
  • 03 Jacobson (Taylor - 64' )
  • 22 Woods Booked
  • 18 Goldson
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 17 Parry
  • 29 Hall
  • 24 Eaves (Atajic - 62' )
  • 10 Foley
  • 27 Mills

Substitutes

  • 01 Weale
  • 05 Iorfa
  • 06 Winfield
  • 08 McAllister
  • 11 Taylor
  • 26 Atajic
Ref: Gary Sutton
Att: 2,508

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

2 5

Corners

8 1

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +3:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +1:37

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

90:00 +1:37

Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:53

Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:53

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

88:33

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

84:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Jabo Ibehre.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. David Wright replaces Marcus Bean.

78:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Dominic Iorfa replaces Jermaine Grandison.

77:06

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

77:06

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:22

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

75:30

Attempt blocked. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

74:38

Attempt saved. Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

73:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Dominic Vose.

73:31

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

73:31

Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:46

Attempt saved. Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:46

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:46

Foul by Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town).

63:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jon Taylor replaces Joe Jacobson.

62:46

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

62:46

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves.

61:25

Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).

61:25

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:42

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

59:48

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

59:48

Sam Foley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:30

Hand ball by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

57:37

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

55:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Gilbey.

54:36

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:36

Foul by Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town).

53:39

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

51:02

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

47:47

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

47:18

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

46:43

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

46:43

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

44:14

Attempt saved. Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:01

Attempt saved. Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:08

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

43:08

Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:11

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

42:11

Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:08

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

38:49

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:23

Attempt blocked. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

35:01

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jermaine Grandison.

33:07

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

32:29

Foul by Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town).

32:29

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:54

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

23:49

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

23:49

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:20

Attempt missed. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21:09

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jermaine Grandison.

20:50

Attempt blocked. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

16:53

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Asa Hall.

16:12 Booking

Booking Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

16:07

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

16:07

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:36

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:36

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

13:06

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

13:06

Ryan Dickson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:53

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:53

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

9:22

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:28

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

5:11

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:11

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

3:49

Attempt blocked. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:05

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:05

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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