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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.

"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:

"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
  • 7Sanchez Watt

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 2, Colchester United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Colchester United 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Curtis Obeng.

  7. Booking

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

  8. Dismissal

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

  9. Booking

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

  10. Goal!

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

  13. Booking

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Gavin Massey.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Freddie Sears.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sam Walker.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves42289576255193
2Brentford42269766372987
3Leyton Orient422311878393980
4Rotherham422213777492879
5Preston422116563402379
6Peterborough422141764541067
7Swindon42179165954560
8MK Dons42177185857158
9Port Vale42176195770-1357
10Walsall421414144543256
11Sheff Utd411511154243-156
12Bradford421117145251150
13Bristol City421117146464050
14Coventry421611157172-149
15Crawley401213154249-749
16Gillingham42146225574-1948
17Oldham411211184657-1147
18Colchester421113184859-1146
19Tranmere411210195171-2046
20Notts County42134255974-1543
21Carlisle411110204167-2643
22Crewe421110214978-2943
23Shrewsbury42914193852-1441
24Stevenage42109234264-2239
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