League One
Colchester1Shrewsbury0

Colchester United 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

Jabo Ibehre claimed a second-half winner for the only goal of the game as Colchester United beat fellow League One strugglers Shrewsbury Town.

Shrewsbury should have scored early on when the unmarked Tom Eaves headed over from Jermaine Grandison's cross before being denied by U's keeper Sam Walker.

The U's were then twice denied by the woodwork before Ibehre struck.

Twisting and turning in the box, Ibehre fired a low left-foot shot into the corner for the U's 55th-minute winner.

Colchester, who have 10 games left, move five points clear of danger.

The home side should have led on 25 minutes when skipper Brian Wilson's excellent free-kick from the edge of the area slammed against the underside of the bar.

And they struck the woodwork again four minutes before half-time when Dominic Vose's long-range shot also bounced off the bar.

Shrewsbury's fifth game without a win leaves Mike Jackson's men four points adrift of safety with nine games to go.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"I thought we dominated the game. We made some good chances, the back four were disciplined - as they have been for a long time.

"The front four gave us that energy and the midfield had the legs to get in and around people.

"I think, overall, we were comfortable in terms of defending and also looked threatening on the attack.

"I'm pleased for Jabo [Ibehre], I thought it was an excellent goal, we've been encouraging him to get clean strikes on the ball and he did that."

Shrewsbury Town manager Mark Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I don't think we can go away thinking we deserved to win. We'd be kidding ourselves.

"But it's so frustrating that we missed that chance so early on. Then it might have been different.

"I understand why the fans are despondent. We fell short - but the players aren't trying to lose games.

"But we know where we are and we know what we have to do - and yes, we can still get out of this mess,"

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B Wilson
  • 3Dickson
  • 22Gilbey
  • 18Eastman
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 25VoseSubstituted forEastmondat 74'minutes
  • 15BeanSubstituted forWrightat 80'minutes
  • 17IbehreSubstituted forBonneat 85'minutes
  • 7Watt
  • 21Massey

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 2Wright
  • 6Eastmond
  • 9Morrison
  • 39Sesay
  • 40Szmodics
  • 41Bonne

Shrewsbury

  • 25Anyon
  • 2GrandisonSubstituted forIorfaat 79'minutes
  • 3JacobsonSubstituted forTaylorat 64'minutes
  • 22WoodsBooked at 17mins
  • 18Goldson
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 17Parry
  • 29Hall
  • 24EavesSubstituted forAtajicat 62'minutes
  • 10Foley
  • 27Mills

Substitutes

  • 1Weale
  • 5Iorfa
  • 6Winfield
  • 8McAllister
  • 11Taylor
  • 26Atajic
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
2,508

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.
Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).
Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Jabo Ibehre.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. David Wright replaces Marcus Bean.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Dominic Iorfa replaces Jermaine Grandison.
Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).
Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.
Attempt blocked. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Craig Eastmond replaces Dominic Vose.
Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).
Joseph Mills (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jon Taylor replaces Joe Jacobson.
Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).
Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves.
Foul by Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United).
Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.
Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).
Sam Foley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Hand ball by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).
Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Gilbey.
Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town).
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.
Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.
Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3623854277
2Brentford3523752876
3Leyton Orient3722873674
4Preston37181541669
5Rotherham36181262366
6Peterborough36184141058
7MK Dons3715715352
8Walsall37121312149
9Swindon3713915248
10Sheff Utd3513913-148
11Port Vale3614517-947
12Crawley3311139-246
13Bradford36101511445
14Gillingham3713618-1145
15Coventry36141012142
16Bristol City3791513-542
17Colchester36101214-542
18Oldham3710918-1339
19Tranmere3610917-2039
20Carlisle3610818-1938
21Stevenage3610719-1837
22Crewe3791018-2737
23Shrewsbury3771317-1434
24Notts County379424-2231
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