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Ibehre believes Colchester United will respond well to cup defeat
COLCHESTER United striker Jabo Ibehre insists he and his team-mates will dust themselves down and bounce back from their midweek Capital One Cup mauling.
The U’s were sent packing at the first-round hurdle after losing 5-1 to classy Peterborough on Tuesday night.
Ibehre admitted it was a bitter pill to swallow, having been in the game and then blown away in the latter stages.
But he feels his team are more than capable of rectifying things soon – ideally in Saturday’s League One match at home to Port Vale.
“We were still in the game at half-time and then scored an early goal,” said the 30-year-old, who joined on a free transfer in January.
“But soon after getting back into it, they scored again and then again.
“It was hard to take and we can’t afford to let that happen.
“The good thing is that it was a cup match and not detrimental to our league form or position, though.
“It’s nice playing in cups and there’s always the prospect of being drawn against a big side.
“But the league is our bread and butter and that’s where we’re judged.
“There were still positives and we can dust ourselves down and try and get things right again on Saturday.
“Hopefully we can rectify what happened by picking up three more points and continuing the bright start we made last weekend.”
Ibehre believes the U’s learnt a valuable lesson on Tuesday.
He says they need to “weather the storm” in certain games, rather than going straight back on the attack and running the risk of being caught again.
“Sometimes it’s possible to be too willing and enthusiastic,” said the former Southend loanee, who scored eight goals last season, including braces against Hartlepool and Stevenage.
“When the opposition score, we need to group together, weather the storm and then go back to being our normal expansive selves.
“But you learn from these things and have to move on.”
Ibehre was delighted to open his goal account for the season, although admitted the final score took the gloss off his achievement.
“It would have been nice if the goal had been a bit more important, but it’s nice to be up and running,” he said.
“It’s always good to get your first goal early in the season and then you can crack on from there.”
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