Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Saturday March 30 2013
The U's were off the pace in yesterday's defeat to AFC Bournemouth, according to Jabo Ibehre who returned from a three-game suspension to go straight into the starting line-up at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
The big forward was sent off at Hartlepool in what feels like an age ago and, having sat out the previous three games, Ibehre has watched on as the combination of Michael Smith and Clinton Morrison has helped the U's to four points from nine.
However, he was thrust straight back into the starting eleven yesterday and, speaking to BBC Essex, admitted that it was great to be given the start despite the defeat.
'It was fantastic to get straight back in as the lads had been doing ever so well,' he admitted. 'But I wish we had got the result and we have to bounce back on Monday.
'We're disappointed. Every game is massive for us now and we weren't at our best today; we were a bit off the pace. They were better on the day but we helped them which is the disappointing aspect.
'We did alright for the first twenty minutes, but you have to do it all the time and we lost our way a bit after the goal.'
Unfortunately for the U's, 'after the goal' was the majority of the game with Pitman's strike coming in the nineteenth minute, and the defeat has thrown the relegation race wide open again with the U's cushion being discarded with results elsewhere going against them.
Joe Dunne's side travel to Oldham now on Easter Monday, with the Latics buoyed by an impressive point at Swindon as well as the momentum they've developed under new manager, Lee Johnson.
Ibehre knows that the U's have to bounce back immediately in a massive game, but he admits that he is relishing the prospect of having a purpose to fight for as the seasons nears its conclusion.
'We have to dust ourselves off and bounce back on Monday,' he said. 'We can handle the pressure and it's good to be involved in something rather than seeing out the season.
'I'd rather go for promotion, but we've got a job to do and have something to play for. We've got to work hard, want it, bust a gut. There's no better fixture than playing someone close to you if we can get the right result.
'We have been here before and gone on a good run, so I'm sure we can keep doing what we're doing and we'll be fine.'
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Date:Saturday March 30 2013
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