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Colchester United - Joe Dunne delighted with vital victory

19 March 2014

Boss Joe Dunne led Colchester United to a crucial 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town - and then targeted more wins.

Jabo Ibehre's fine strike proved enough to lift the U's five points above the bottom four and increase the Shrews' relegation fears.

Dunne said: "It's a win against a team who could have closed the gap on us and now we want to get some more.

"It was a real team performance - I thought we dominated the game and we made some good chances.

"The back four were as disciplined as they have been for a long time, the midfield had the legs to get around people and the front four had the energy we wanted.

"I think overall we were comfortable in terms of defending our lead.

"We hit the bar twice but you have to keep believing and the good thing is that we're creating chances, which is important.

"I thought we had some really good play and I'm pleased for Jabo - it was an excellent goal.

"It was a wonderful strike and a great piece of skill.

"We've been encouraging him to get shots in on goal and he did that."

Shrewsbury manager Mike Jackson admitted his struggling side were not at their best.

He said: "It was a snap-shot of our season.

"We are where we are and we have to get on with it - it's no good crying or moaning about it.

"I've said to the lads if we're going to do this, we have to stick together. It's no good lads splintering off - we have to keep going.

"We didn't create as many chances as we have recently.

"We had three forward players on the pitch but we didn't do enough to get the ball into them.

"We didn't retain the ball well enough and we were offside too much.

"I don't think we can say that we deserved to win the game but we maybe deserved a point.

"We had a chance in the first minute and if that goes in, it's a different game.

"It puts them on the backfoot if we score there and it's disappointing that we didn't take it."

Shrewsbury should have scored in the seventh minute when the unmarked Tom Eaves somehow headed Jermaine Grandison's cross over.

Colchester skipper Brian Wilson's excellent free-kick from the edge of the area then slammed against the underside of the crossbar.

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

Sam Walker denied Paul Parry but Ibehre scored Colchester's winner in the 57th-minute when he planted a low shot inside the far post from Alex Gilbey's pass to secure three vital points.

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