GALLERY & REACTION: U’s were ‘magnificent’ in second half – Colchester United boss Joe Dunne

Freddie Sears tells the U's fans to calm down even after he had given their team a 3-1 lead at Steve

Freddie Sears tells the U's fans to calm down even after he had given their team a 3-1 lead at Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Colchester United boss Joe Dunne hailed his side’s “magnificent” second-half performance in this afternoon’s key 3-2 win at Stevenage.

A brace from Freddie Sears and a close-range effort by Jabo Ibehre sealed a first win in six games, to move the U’s three points clear of the drop zone, with four games remaining.

“It was a big game for us to win,” enthused Dunne.

“I thought we were magnificent in the second half. It was a scrappy first half but the players were great in the second period.

“I thought it was a very edgy game. Both teams were edgy early on, but we were well worth our lead in the second half and I thought we could have scored a few more.


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“We were first to the second ball throughout the second half, and it was good to see the goals go in, down at the end where our supporters were.

“In the end, I thought the score-line was a lot closer than it should have been,” added Dunne.

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Sears equalised in first-half stoppage time, to cancel out Michael Doughty’s 11th minute strike.

Ibehre slotted the U’s into a 2-1 lead on 49 minutes, and Sears made it 3-1 with a sweet shot on 73 minutes, before Luke Freeman netted a consolation with an 89th minute free-kick.

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