Colchester cruised to an impressive victory which increased Stevenage's League One relegation fears.

Colchester's Blair Turgott struck from close range early in the first half before Jabo Ibehre volleyed home.

Craig Eastmond side-footed in the home side's third minutes later before notching his second of the match late into proceedings from a tap in.

Stevenage improved after the break and hit the bar through Luke Jones but could not find a consolation.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's probably as low a point as I can remember having as Stevenage manager.

"The first 45 minutes, where we were lame at 3-0, was very difficult to accept. When you watch a performance you think, it's just not a team of mine out there.

"What really upset me was the way that the team almost rounded on Daysie (Stevenage goal keeper Chris Day) looking for an excuse. That isn't the togetherness that's the Stevenage togetherness, that's not the togetherness that wins you anything.

"You've got to make sure you get winning people with winning attitudes together. There's plenty of them here, but unfortunately they're not necessarily the stronger characters."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson (Olufemi - 79' )
  • 27 Garbutt
  • 02 Wright
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 18 Eastman
  • 25 Vose
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 17 Ibehre (Morrison - 78' )
  • 15 Bean
  • 16 Turgott (Watt - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Dickson
  • 07 Watt
  • 09 Morrison
  • 12 Sanderson
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 23 Olufemi

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 20 Smith
  • 15 Freeman
  • 05 Ashton
  • 04 Chorley
  • 06 Jones
  • 14 Heslop (Deacon - 68' )
  • 24 Doughty (Tansey - 78' )
  • 12 Zoko
  • 07 Morais
  • 25 Andrade (Akins - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 10 Burrow
  • 11 Akins
  • 17 Tansey
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 34 Deacon
Ref: Gavin Ward
Att: 3,919

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

4 4

Corners

3 4

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 4, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 4, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +0:49

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:49

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

87:10

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

87:10

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:01

Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

82:56

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Roarie Deacon.

79:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Tosin Olufemi replaces Brian Wilson because of an injury.

78:33

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:33

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

78:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Jabo Ibehre.

77:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Greg Tansey replaces Michael Doughty.

76:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 4, Stevenage 0. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sanchez Watt.

71:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Sanchez Watt replaces Blair Turgott.

71:44

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:44

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

71:06

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

69:13

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

68:58

Ben Chorley (Stevenage) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

68:07

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

67:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Simon Heslop.

65:16

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

63:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Lucas Akins replaces Bruno Andrade.

62:54

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:54

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

60:41

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

60:28

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sam Walker.

60:18

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

59:10

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:10

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

50:43

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Colchester United).

50:43

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:19

Foul by Dominic Vose (Colchester United).

49:19

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:16

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

47:37

Attempt missed. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

47:00

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:00

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 3, Stevenage 0.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 3, Stevenage 0.

41:24

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:24

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

40:39

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

40:39

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:04

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

39:31

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

39:31

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:26

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

34:42

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

34:42

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:17

Attempt missed. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:44

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Chris Day.

30:00

Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:54

Foul by Ben Chorley (Stevenage).

29:02

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

28:08

Attempt missed. Luke Jones (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

27:20

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

27:20

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 3, Stevenage 0. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Blair Turgott.

21:02

Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

18:39

Attempt missed. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

16:14

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

16:14

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:45

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:45

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

13:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 2, Stevenage 0. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

12:16

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:16

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

9:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Stevenage 0. Blair Turgott (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brian Wilson.

8:31

David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:31

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

7:00

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:55

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

5:57

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by David Wright.

3:29

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

3:29

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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