Cambridge United 1 Colchester United 0, match reaction: 'Jabo Ibehre was the difference,' said U's boss John McGreal
PUBLISHED: 17:44 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 20:08 02 September 2017
Colchester United boss John McGreal admitted that U's old boy Jabo Ibehre had a big influence on his side's 1-0 defeat at Cambridge United this afternoon.
It was fellow front-man Uche Ikpeazu who settled this East Anglian derby to inflict a third straight away defeat of the season on poor travellers Colchester.
The Essex club, beaten at Accrington Stanley and Luton, were again second best at Cambridge United.
Ikpeazu capped a spell of Cambridge pressure by breaking the deadlock on 64 minutes.
Ironically, former Colchester striker Ibehre, introduced as a substitute just four minutes earlier, was the man to tee up Ikpeazu.
The front-man latched onto Ibehre’s knock-down and unleashed a cracking left-footed shot, from just inside the penalty area, which flew low past Sam Walker.
“The influence of Jabo (Ibehre) on our back four made the difference,” admitted McGreal.
“There was nothing in the game, until Jabo came on. But that’s what League Two football is all about.
“I thought we started well, and we had some early chances to get ahead.
“But we didn’t take our chances, which has been the story of our season so far. We just haven’t taken our chances.
“We were more competitive this afternoon, than in our previous two away games, but we have still ended up losing the game.
“It was a nothing game, but we just weren’t able to cope with them for that 15-minute period,” added McGreal.