September 29, 2012
Job Dunne as U's off the mark
Jabo Ibehre struck twice on his Colchester debut to help them to a 3-1 win over Hartlepool as Joe Dunne made a winning start to life as their new manager.
Pools took a fifth-minute lead through Craig Lynch, who pounced on Craig Eastmond's error before advancing towards goal and planting a shot past Colchester goalkeeper Mark Cousins.
Steve Howard went close for Pools and Michael Rose nodded Antony Sweeney's header off the goalline, before visiting goalkeeper Scott Flinders tipped over Anthony Wordsworth's close-range effort.
Colchester equalised six minutes before the break through Gavin Massey, who controlled well before firing past Flinders from debutant Sanchez Watt's excellent defence-splitting pass.
The U's turned the game around less than four minutes later when Ibehre capitalised on Peter Hartley's mistake midway inside his own half to slot calmly past Flinders.
Flinders denied both Ibehre and Marcus Bean early in the second half, but Ibehre made it 3-1 just after the hour when he controlled Rose's well-delivered cross before stabbing home from a yard out to seal Colchester's first win of the season.
|Colchester United||Hartlepool United|
|1 Mark Cousins||1 Scott Flinders|
|3 Michael Rose||5 Sam Collins|
|20 Brian Wilson||2 Neil Austin|
|4 Magnus Okuonghae||6 Evan Horwood|
|33 Craig Eastmond||29 Peter Hartley|
|18 Tom Eastman||18 Jack Baldwin|
|15 Marcus Bean||20 Paul Murray|
|22 Anthony Wordsworth||15 Antony Sweeney|
|12 Jabo Ibehre||7 Jonathan Franks|
|39 Sanchez Watt||39 Steve Howard|
|21 Gavin Massey||24 Craig Lynch|
|35 Carl Pentney||Adam McHugh 31|
|25 John White||Darren Holden 22|
|10 Kemal Izzet||Andy Monkhouse 11|
|7 Karl Duguid||Ritchie Humphreys 3|
|9 Clinton Morrison||Jordan Richards 19|
|16 Ian Henderson||James Poole 10|
|11 Fred Sears||Luke James 33|
|Fred Sears for Gavin Massey (81)||Andy Monkhouse for Craig Lynch (56)|
|Ian Henderson for Sanchez Watt (81)||James Poole for Paul Murray (67)|
|Kemal Izzet for Jabo Ibehre (90)|
|Steve Howard (44)|
|· Squads: Colchester United | Hartlepool United|