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Stevenage 2-3 Colchester United

Colchester eased their relegation worries with victory over troubled Stevenage.

The home side took the lead after Michael Doughty slotted past onrushing Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

A Freddie Sears double either side of a Jabo Ibehre strike gave the visitors a two-goal cushion.

Luke Freeman's free-kick reduced the deficit, but it was too little too late as the hosts also had Filipe Morais sent off for dissent.

Colchester are now three points clear of the relegation zone in 18th place, but Stevenage look to be in serious danger as they lie four points away from safety with four games to play.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Our work ethic was not at the level that it takes to win. I always ask for a little bit more not a little bit less, and we've had a tendency this year to do a little bit less.

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Colchester loss

"You look at the mentality of the team; I think there's some good individuals there. I don't think some of the individuals have learned yet to be team players and spread the winning habit.

"We got ourselves ahead today and took the game to them. And once we did we were happy to stay in the comfort zone of defending our lead. As much as I tried to urge the team to do a little bit more and take the game to them, it didn't seem until we were 3-1 down that we really wanted to take the initiative.

"If the impossible is going to become possible, the work ethic has got to go up, the discipline has got to go up, the sense of responsibility has to go up and we've got to be prepared to play the game that we work on all week."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"Overall I thought the first half was a bit scrappy. Edgy game, two teams looking edgy also.

"We tactically changed it during the first half and we started to get the ball down and really play.

"I thought second half we were magnificent, so I have to pay great credit to the players for that.

"The important key to today was we were first to everything. We were first to the loose balls, we were pressing, closing down. It sets a tempo."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 15Freeman
  • 8MousinhoBooked at 80mins
  • 4Dembele
  • 25Flanagan
  • 20Smith
  • 33HendersonSubstituted forMoraisat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Zoko
  • 11AkinsSubstituted forBurrowat 69'minutes
  • 24DoughtySubstituted forHeslopat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ashton
  • 7Morais
  • 10Burrow
  • 14Heslop
  • 28N'Guessan
  • 29Hartley
  • 40Goodliffe

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 2WrightSubstituted forOlufemiat 45'minutes
  • 16Wynter
  • 18EastmanBooked at 90mins
  • 4OkuonghaeBooked at 87mins
  • 22Gilbey
  • 15Bean
  • 21MasseySubstituted forVoseat 85'minutes
  • 11SearsSubstituted forMorrisonat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Ibehre
  • 7Watt

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 23Olufemi
  • 25Vose
  • 30Wright
  • 40Szmodics
  • 42Kent
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
3,108

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Colchester United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Colchester United 3.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Curtis Obeng.

Booking

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) is shown the red card for fighting.

Booking

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Colchester United 3. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

Booking

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Gavin Massey.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Freddie Sears.

Attempt missed. Bira Dembele (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

Booking

John Mousinho (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Mousinho (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

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

(Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Simon Heslop replaces Michael Doughty.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 1, Colchester United 3. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jabo Ibehre.

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Lucas Akins.

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

Foul by John Mousinho (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lucas Akins.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Conor Henderson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4228955193
2Brentford4226972987
3Leyton Orient42231183980
4Rotherham42221372879
5Preston42211652379
6Peterborough42214171067
7Swindon4217916560
8MK Dons4217718158
9Port Vale4217619-1357
10Walsall42141414256
11Sheff Utd41151115-156
12Bradford42111714150
13Bristol City42111714050
14Coventry42161115-149
15Crawley40121315-749
16Gillingham4214622-1948
17Oldham41121118-1147
18Colchester42111318-1146
19Tranmere41121019-2046
20Notts County4213425-1543
21Carlisle41111020-2643
22Crewe42111021-2943
23Shrewsbury4291419-1441
24Stevenage4210923-2239
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