Colchester United supporters who believe their club can clinch a top-six finish have every reason to feel dismayed. Geraint Williams' men, newcomers to the division this season, continue to allow their dreadful away record hamper any aspirations they have of clinching a place in the Championship play-offs. Local rivals Ipswich Town became the latest club to take advantage after second-half goals from Sylvain Legwinski and Danny Haynes secured the win.
"It was a fair result in the end," said Williams, a former Ipswich player. "They were deserved winners but it is a concern that we are not picking up more points on the road."
Colchester's first came amid controversy. Ipswich appeared to have taken the lead on 15 minutes when David Wright's shot looked over the line before Garry Richards' desperate clearance. With the Ipswich players still remonstrating with the referee, Colchester burst away and scored, striker Hogan Ephraim playing the ball to Karl Duguid, who curled it past Lewis Price. Ipswich were not behind for long. On 30 minutes they levelled after Alan Lee tumbled in the penalty area under a challenge by Greg Halford, Lee putting away the spot-kick with ease.
In the second half Ipswich were again purposeful and industrious. On 57 minutes they went ahead through Legwinski, who headed in a corner from Gavin Williams. A goal from substitute Danny Haynes on 82 minutes saw Ipswich extend their lead. Even though Colchester pulled one back through Chris Iwelumo's penalty in injury time after Wright had been dismissed for handling in the area, Ipswich wholly deserved this win.Reuse content