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Colchester United boss Dunne urges fans to stay positive
6:00am Friday 9th August 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER United manager Joe Dunne has urged supporters to stay positive – despite Tuesday’s Capital One Cup thrashing by Peterborough.
Posh ran out 5-1 winners in the first-round tie to bring the U’s crashing back to earth, after the high’s of Saturday’s opening-day win at Gillingham.
However, Dunne hopes the result doesn’t dilute early-season optimism and says it has to be kept in perspective.
“What I don’t want is negative feeling around the place already,” he said.
“We had enough of that last year.
“There are a lot of positives around our club at the moment.
“There will be a lot of people saying ‘here we go again’ but we’re two games into the season.
“It would have been great to have a cup run, but we have to deal with this and move on.
“Peterborough dominated at the end and I’m hurting that we lost 5-1.
“The players know that but let’s not get carried away.”
Colchester’s goal was a well-worked leveller, scored two minutes after the break by Jabo Ibehre.
But classy Posh proved too strong in the latter stages, with Lee Tomlin the two-goal hero for Darren Ferguson’s side.
Dunne admits his team were left chasing the game in the end, but was more than satisfied with the way things were going up until the visitors’ second.
“We were over-run in the last 20 minutes,” said the U’s boss.
“Up until then, it was very even.
“Until their second goal, there wasn’t much between the sides and I certainly didn’t think it was going to finish 5-1.
“But the third and fourth goals were class and after the third, we went to pot a bit.
“I felt really disappointed by that, but we have to keep it in perspective, given the stage of the season we’re at.”
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