A debut goal from Jabo Ibehre helped Colchester end their run of nine league games without a point.

Sam Mantom and James Baxendale both fired wide as Walsall dominated the game before Colchester's late show.

Ibehre calmly slotted home after Freddie Sears had closed down Ian McLoughlin to open the scoring.

Sears added a second from close range from substitute George Porter's cross to give the hosts their first points since November.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM:

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I thought it was well deserved, especially our second-half performance. I felt we had to be very competitive today in terms of the game plan.

"It wasn't a great game, in terms of style or football. We dug in and it was a real good performance.

"It (the win) has been a long time coming.

"You feel all kinds of emotion when you lose that many games, the chairman two weeks ago talked me out of leaving. It's a great response from the players."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Colchester

  • 44 Walker
  • 02 Wright
  • 04 Okuonghae Booked
  • 20 Wilson
  • 25 White
  • 40 Thompson (Eastman - 46' )
  • 41 Clifford Booked
  • 15 Bean (Sears - 75' )
  • 30 Wright (Porter - 62' )
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 21 Massey

Substitutes

  • 29 Shaun Phillips
  • 18 Eastman
  • 14 Bond
  • 39 Porter
  • 09 Morrison
  • 11 Sears
  • 12 Samuel

Walsall

  • 28 McLoughlin
  • 04 Butler
  • 14 Purkiss
  • 20 Benning
  • 22 Downing
  • 06 Featherstone (Bowerman - 85' )
  • 07 A Chambers
  • 24 Baxendale (Hemmings - 80' )
  • 27 Mantom
  • 09 Grigg
  • 10 Paterson

Substitutes

  • 01 Grof
  • 05 Holden
  • 25 J Chambers
  • 26 Taylor
  • 11 Hemmings
  • 21 Morris
  • 17 Bowerman
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 2,865

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

7 4

Corners

6 6

Fouls

9 5

Live Text Commentary

94:26 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:50

Sam Mantom takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker. Sam Mantom decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +0:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Ian McLoughlin takes the free kick.

88:42

George Porter provided the assist for the goal.

88:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Freddie Sears - Colchester 2 - 0 Walsall Goal scored by Freddie Sears from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 2-0 Walsall.

86:38

Gavin Massey takes a shot. Ian McLoughlin makes a save.

84:25 Substitution

Substitution George Bowerman on for Nicky Featherstone.

83:39

Brian Wilson fouled by Ashley Hemmings, the ref awards a free kick. George Porter restarts play with the free kick.

83:23

Freddie Sears takes a shot.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Hemmings joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Baxendale.

78:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Jabo Ibehre - Colchester 1 - 0 Walsall Jabo Ibehre grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Colchester 1-0 Walsall.

76:58

Foul by Andy Butler on Tom Eastman, free kick awarded. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

76:06

Foul by John White on Will Grigg, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Malvind Benning.

74:17 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Bean goes off and Freddie Sears comes on.

73:12

Jabo Ibehre produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

71:56

Nicky Featherstone is caught offside. Sam Walker takes the indirect free kick.

71:11

Marcus Bean takes a shot. Save made by Ian McLoughlin.

70:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Featherstone by Brian Wilson. Ben Purkiss takes the direct free kick.

66:21

Effort from the edge of the area by Sam Mantom goes wide of the left-hand post.

65:33

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

60:44

David Wright takes the free kick.

60:44 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with George Porter coming on for Drey Wright.

60:44

Jabo Ibehre fouled by Ben Purkiss, the ref awards a free kick.

57:41

Sam Mantom fouled by Drey Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Mantom.

56:58

Corner from the right by-line taken by Drey Wright, Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.

55:19

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Drey Wright, clearance by Sam Mantom.

51:57

Billy Clifford challenges Adam Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Chambers takes the direct free kick.

50:56

Inswinging corner taken by Sam Mantom, clearance made by Jabo Ibehre.

50:02

Free kick crossed by Malvind Benning.

50:02 Booking

Booking Caution for Magnus Okuonghae.

49:27

Magnus Okuonghae concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Grigg.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Tom Eastman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Josh Thompson.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

43:55

Brian Wilson takes a shot. Save made by Ian McLoughlin.

43:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Paterson by David Wright. Jamie Paterson restarts play with the free kick.

41:39

Effort on goal by James Baxendale from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

40:57

Corner from the right by-line taken by Billy Clifford, Malvind Benning manages to make a clearance.

38:39

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Chambers.

37:19

Effort on goal by Billy Clifford from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

32:22

Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Clearance made by Andy Butler. Corner taken by Drey Wright.

31:16

Marcus Bean fouled by Adam Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Wright.

28:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massey by Sam Mantom. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

26:43

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Sam Mantom, Paul Downing has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

25:53

Adam Chambers fouled by Billy Clifford, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian McLoughlin.

25:31

Drey Wright takes a shot. Paul Downing gets a block in.

24:12

Jamie Paterson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Sam Walker.

24:12 Booking

Booking The referee shows Billy Clifford a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

22:34

Gavin Massey handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

20:31

Sam Mantom takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Thompson. Sam Mantom decides to take the corner short.

19:51

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Brian Wilson.

18:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Bean on Ben Purkiss. Paul Downing restarts play with the free kick.

14:43

Corner taken by Drey Wright from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Sam Mantom.

14:00

Adam Chambers produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

13:29

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Paterson from the left by-line, clearance made by Marcus Bean.

12:24

Josh Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Grigg. Free kick taken by Malvind Benning.

3:50

Corner taken right-footed by Drey Wright from the right by-line, Sam Mantom manages to make a clearance.

1:46

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Malvind Benning.

0:50

The offside flag is raised against Jabo Ibehre. Ian McLoughlin restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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