Play-off chasing Stevenage and Colchester played out a goalless draw as the hosts had striker Jordan Slew sent off for violent conduct.

Slew had the best chance of the first half but saw his shot saved by Ben Williams at his near post.

The forward was shown a straight red card just before half-time as he lashed out at Anthony Wordsworth after being fouled by the Colchester midfielder.

Steven Gillespie went close for the U's but put his curling shot wide.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I saw some extremely encouraging signs in the opening exchanges; the pressure to try and pin teams in, techniques and quality to switch play.

"There was a real nice feel about the group, lots of energy and I think one or two of the guys that have been brought in are really starting to warm to the group, and the group to them.

"Unfortunately, losing a player causes a huge difficulty. The incident is so avoidable and Jordan (Slew) realises that now."

Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"There's no argument, we didn't work their keeper enough.

"We've worked hard with our shape and our defending and it's paid off in a lot of recent games. That's why we've had one defeat in 11 because we've been very strong in terms of the whole team defending - and looking confident doing it as well.

"We've got good goalscorers that haven't fired tonight - but they will do, they'll be back firing, they'll be OK.

"We'll just crack on with it and try and improve for Saturday, see if we can create some more openings and win a game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 03 Laird
  • 04 Charles
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 25 Henry
  • 02 Wilson
  • 13 Byrom Booked
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 27 Slew Dismissed
  • 29 Agyemang (Beardsley - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Lascelles
  • 11 Myrie-Williams
  • 10 Reid
  • 15 Freeman
  • 20 Beardsley (Reid - 70' )

Colchester

  • 01 Williams
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 20 Wilson
  • 25 White
  • 10 Izzet (Sears - 80' )
  • 14 Bond (Massey - 65' )
  • 22 Wordsworth Booked
  • 09 Gillespie
  • 15 Odejayi
  • 16 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 03 Rose
  • 06 Heath
  • 27 Duguid
  • 11 Sears
  • 21 Massey
Ref: Deadman
Att: 2,419

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

4 0

Corners

4 3

Fouls

6 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:44 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:14

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Freddie Sears goes wide of the right-hand upright.

89:48

Scott Laird takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

88:37

Steven Gillespie takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

87:36

Kayode Odejayi has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

86:47

Scott Laird is ruled offside. Ben Williams takes the free kick.

85:03

The offside flag is raised against Scott Laird. Ben Williams takes the indirect free kick.

83:38

Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by John White.

79:44 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Freddie Sears coming on for Kemal Izzet.

79:44

Steven Gillespie takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

77:17

The referee blows for offside. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

75:39

Brian Wilson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.

74:05

Unfair challenge on Jon Ashton by Gavin Massey results in a free kick. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

73:46

Foul by Joel Byrom on Brian Wilson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tom Eastman.

73:01

Effort from the edge of the box by Steven Gillespie goes wide of the left-hand post.

72:28

Joel Byrom produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

69:21 Substitution

Substitution Craig Reid joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Beardsley.

66:53

Joel Byrom takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.

66:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom, clearance made by Tom Eastman.

65:02

Anthony Wordsworth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Day. Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.

63:51 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Gavin Massey coming on for Andy Bond.

63:51

Scott Laird produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

62:32

Unfair challenge on Chris Beardsley by Magnus Okuonghae results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Joel Byrom, Tom Eastman makes a clearance.

61:58

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Steven Gillespie goes wide of the right-hand upright.

60:06

Corner taken right-footed by Kayode Odejayi from the right by-line, clearance made by Darius Charles.

59:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Brian Wilson. Darius Charles restarts play with the free kick.

56:04

Effort on goal by Steven Gillespie from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

51:33 Substitution

Substitution Chris Beardsley is brought on as a substitute for Patrick Agyemang.

51:33

Short corner worked by Ian Henderson. Steven Gillespie produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

50:00 Booking

Booking Joel Byrom goes into the referee's book.

49:41

Joel Byrom challenges Kayode Odejayi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Eastman restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:31 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:18 Booking

Booking Anthony Wordsworth is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

44:54 Dismissal

Dismissal Jordan Slew dismissed for violent conduct.

44:27

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth on Jordan Slew, free kick awarded. Ronnie Henry restarts play with the free kick.

42:42

Anthony Wordsworth produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

39:44

Lawrie Wilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kemal Izzet. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

38:14

Jordan Slew concedes a free kick for a foul on Magnus Okuonghae. Free kick taken by Kemal Izzet.

37:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Henry by Kayode Odejayi. Chris Day takes the free kick.

30:17

Corner taken by Ian Henderson from the left by-line played to the near post, save made by Chris Day.

29:22

Corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom from the right by-line, save by Ben Williams.

25:43

The referee blows for offside against Steven Gillespie. Chris Day takes the free kick.

22:42

Jordan Slew has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

17:41

Kemal Izzet fouled by Michael Bostwick, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Wilson takes the free kick.

16:16

Effort on goal by Kayode Odejayi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

13:03

The offside flag is raised against Kayode Odejayi. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

11:39

Steven Gillespie produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

9:11

Darius Charles takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

8:44

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joel Byrom, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.

6:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ian Henderson. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.

4:57

Scott Laird takes a shot. Ben Williams makes a save.

4:15

Jordan Slew concedes a free kick for a foul on John White. Free kick taken by Ben Williams.

3:21

Jordan Slew takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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