Jon Waldron: My views on the U's

Essex County Standard: Pointing the way - Colchester United manager Joe Dunne is hoping to lead his side to a much-needed three points against Scunthorpe United on Saturday. Pointing the way - Colchester United manager Joe Dunne is hoping to lead his side to a much-needed three points against Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

Joe Dunne will this week prepare his Colchester United players for what will be their biggest game of the season.

Ask any professional footballer about the proverbial six-pointer and they are more than likely to reply by saying that “the next game is always the biggest” or “every game is important, especially at this stage of the season”.

That’s fair enough but few can doubt the magnitude of the U’s home clash with Scunthorpe United, given the clubs’ respective precarious positions in the League One table.

Just one points separates the two struggling sides, as they head into their do-or-die fixture at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

But while Colchester will do so on the back of eight successive defeats, they can also be buoyed by the manner of their impressive performance at Doncaster Rovers.

Admittedly, the result went against them but there are often fine lines between winning and losing, as proved in South Yorkshire last weekend.

The U’s had every right to feel aggrieved that they did not claim at least a point against the joint League One leaders, such was the quality of their performance.

Logically, a similar display against lowly Scunthorpe should merit a much-needed victory for Colchester.

But reason is not always applicable in football and the U’s would welcome three points this weekend, however it comes.

By this weekend, the U’s may well have a new defender and goalkeeper in their squad.

However, it is the other end of the field that has been causing concern of late.

One goal in their last six matches is a measly return for a U’s side who have proved they can create chances.

Dominic Samuel, the 30th player to have represented Colchester this season, showed enough on his debut to suggest that he can be a useful acquisition for the U’s.

But it is vital that the U’s find some goals - whether them come from Samuel or elsewhere.

If they can do that, there is no reason why come the end of April, we may be looking back at their encouraging showing at the Keepmoat Stadium as a major turning point in their turbulent season.

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9:39pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Barside1 says...

Measly?

You're being too kind.

I think we'll win on Saturday and probably just stay up come the end of the season, but not by much.
Measly? You're being too kind. I think we'll win on Saturday and probably just stay up come the end of the season, but not by much. Barside1
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4:35pm Wed 9 Jan 13

down the line says...

Although im not happy on what is going on at Col U at the moment, this is a massive match and everyone should all get behind the boys this weekend. If we lose again then fair enough the players and manager will derserve everything they get. But lets give them all the support they need this weekend to get the 3 vital points. Up the U's!
Although im not happy on what is going on at Col U at the moment, this is a massive match and everyone should all get behind the boys this weekend. If we lose again then fair enough the players and manager will derserve everything they get. But lets give them all the support they need this weekend to get the 3 vital points. Up the U's! down the line
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9:17pm Wed 9 Jan 13

the allotments says...

The Scunthorpe game has added significance this week.They are heavily in debt and can,t pay the players wages,players are leaving and if we can't win on saturday we are definetely in the miar.Two clubs i.e..Portsmouth and the bottom club are already down and with only two more spots it is still going to be a uphill battle.

Pray,pray and more pray.
The Scunthorpe game has added significance this week.They are heavily in debt and can,t pay the players wages,players are leaving and if we can't win on saturday we are definetely in the miar.Two clubs i.e..Portsmouth and the bottom club are already down and with only two more spots it is still going to be a uphill battle. Pray,pray and more pray. the allotments
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10:02pm Wed 9 Jan 13

crazy comments says...

the allotments wrote:
The Scunthorpe game has added significance this week.They are heavily in debt and can,t pay the players wages,players are leaving and if we can't win on saturday we are definetely in the miar.Two clubs i.e..Portsmouth and the bottom club are already down and with only two more spots it is still going to be a uphill battle. Pray,pray and more pray.
Don't believe Skunny have no money,because this week they have just taken on a new director,who is a boxing promoter with loads of dosh to spend. Already signed up Akpo Sodje this week,who was recently at Preston, and he can be a handfull up front.
[quote][p][bold]the allotments[/bold] wrote: The Scunthorpe game has added significance this week.They are heavily in debt and can,t pay the players wages,players are leaving and if we can't win on saturday we are definetely in the miar.Two clubs i.e..Portsmouth and the bottom club are already down and with only two more spots it is still going to be a uphill battle. Pray,pray and more pray.[/p][/quote]Don't believe Skunny have no money,because this week they have just taken on a new director,who is a boxing promoter with loads of dosh to spend. Already signed up Akpo Sodje this week,who was recently at Preston, and he can be a handfull up front. crazy comments
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