January 26, 2013
Ibehre dream debut as U's end losing run
Colchester ended their nine-match losing run with a vital 2-0 win over in-form Walsall thanks to goals from new signing Jabo Ibehre and Freddie Sears.
Ibehre volleyed just wide from the edge of the area for Colchester before the former MK Dons striker broke the deadlock with 12 minutes to go when he slotted in from the edge of the area, after Freddie Sears had closed down goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin's clearance.
And Sears wrapped up the U's win in the final minute when he tapped in from close range, following fellow substitute George Porter's low cross.
Sam Mantom's saw his strike deflected inches wide for Walsall in the first half, while James Baxendale wastefully shot across the face of goal and wide, after he was picked out by Mantom following a swift counter attack.
The closest Colchester came to scoring before half-time was when Ibehre's brave header looked goalbound before being cleared, following John White's long punt forward.
The game continued in similar tight fashion in the second half, although the U's looked the more likely to create chances.
|44 Sam Walker||28 Ian McLoughlin|
|2 David Wright||4 Andy Butler|
|20 Brian Wilson||14 Ben Purkiss|
|4 Magnus Okuonghae||22 Paul Downing|
|25 John White||20 Malvind Benning|
|40 Josh Thompson||7 Adam Chambers|
|41 Billy Clifford||6 Nicky Featherstone|
|15 Marcus Bean||27 Sam Mantom|
|30 Drey Wright||24 James Baxendale|
|17 Jabo Ibehre||10 Jamie Paterson|
|21 Gavin Massey||9 William Grigg|
|29 Shaun Phillips||David Grof 1|
|18 Tom Eastman||James Chambers 25|
|14 Andrew Bond||Dean Holden 5|
|39 George Porter||Andy Taylor 26|
|9 Clinton Morrison||Ashley Hemmings 11|
|11 Fred Sears||Kieron Morris 21|
|12 Dominic Samuel||George Bowerman 17|
|Tom Eastman for Josh Thompson (46)||Ashley Hemmings for James Baxendale (80)|
|George Porter for Drey Wright (62)||George Bowerman for Nicky Featherstone (85)|
|Fred Sears for Marcus Bean (75)|
|Billy Clifford (25)|
|Magnus Okuonghae (51)|
|· Squads: Colchester United | Walsall|