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Jon Waldron: My views on the U's
You would have to be pretty brave to go up to Joe Dunne and suggest that his Colchester United side are not clinical enough in front of goal at the moment.
The U’s boss visibly bristled at the very hint of such a fallacy in his post-match press conference, following his side’s home defeat against Leyton Orient.
Yet despite a promising start to the new season, there’s a feeling among some Colchester supporters that their team are struggling to produce an end product to their creativity, of which there has been plenty over recent weeks.
They feel that the U’s are sometimes guilty of over-passing and over-playing, something Dunne refutes.
The good news is that the U’s have scored in every single game they have played this season so far.
The bad news is that they have found the net only five times in as many league matches, with only four sides having scored fewer times in League One.
I don’t think this should not be seen as a major problem, though.
Colchester’s all-round attacking play has been impressive so far.
It is entertaining and exciting to watch and is certainly a far cry from some of the disjointed performances they produced during their depressing losing run, last season.
There is no doubt are carving out plenty of opportunities and in players like Sanchez Watt, Drey Wright and Freddie Sears, boast players who are exciting to watch and willing to run at defenders.
It takes time for new signings such as Watt and Craig Eastmond to bed into a system and such a transition is not always smooth.
But the likes of Sears, Gavin Massey and Jabo Ibehre have all found the net from open play in recent weeks.
Perhaps the sight of former strikers Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney snapping up their goals for Leyton Orient has fuelled critics’ views that the U’s need to show more of a cutting edge.
But on the evidence of their attractive offensive play so far this season, it is surely only a matter of time before Colchester begin to hit the net with more regularity.
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