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Westley 'appalled' by disunity

Stevenage boss Graham Westley felt a lack of unity hampered his side's chances as they slipped to a 4-0 defeat at Colchester.

Colchester counterpart Joe Dunne enjoyed his biggest win as U's boss to leave Stevenage three points adrift of safety in Sky Bet League One.

Westley said: "Errors in football can happen and a goalkeeper is in a precarious position if they make errors, they get highlighted and punished.

"What really upset me was the way that the team almost rounded on Daysy (Chris Day) looking for an excuse.

"That isn't the kind of togetherness that wins you anything and that has been at the heart of the club's issues over the last 12 months or so.

"It stood out like a sore thumb to me and it appalled me.

"We have to solve that step-by-step and day-by-day and we have to make sure that we get winning people with a winning mentality together.

"There are plenty of them here but unfortunately, they're not necessarily the stronger characters and we have to make sure that we're more ruthless than ever with the ill-discipline and lack of togetherness, which shone through so strongly."

Blair Turgott tapped Colchester ahead in the10th minute, after Stevenage keeper Chris Day had failed to hold onto Brian Wilson's cross.

And Day was at fault three minutes later when he flapped at Luke Garbutt's cross and Jabo Ibehre volleyed home.

It was 3-0 nine minutes later when Eastmond side-footed home from Turgott's assist.

Day then palmed away Garbutt's excellent free-kick, but Stevenage improved after half-time, with Luke Freeman denied by U's keeper Sam Walker and Luke Jones' header hitting the crossbar.

But Eastmond tapped in Sanchez Watt's low cross with 13 minutes remaining to wrap up Colchester's win.