Dunne: "We made a mountain for ourselves"

Essex County Standard: Scant reward - Joe Dunne felt his Colchester United side deserved more from their game at Tranmere Rovers but was disappointed with the goals they conceded in the 2-1 defeat. Scant reward - Joe Dunne felt his Colchester United side deserved more from their game at Tranmere Rovers but was disappointed with the goals they conceded in the 2-1 defeat.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne felt his side deserved more from their 2-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers.

But the U's boss admitted they made a "mountain for themselves" after two goals originating from set-pieces handed the hosts a two-lead they were unable to reverse.

Ryan Lowe scored either side of half-time - once from the penalty spot - to put Tranmere in the driving seat at Prenton Park.

And although substitute Clinton Morrison grabbed a goal deep into stoppage-time, it was not enough for Colchester to salvage anything from the game.

Dunne said: “I thought that we deserved much more than that.

“I felt that we controlled the game in the first half and we had chances but we had to take them.

“I’ll accept players missing chances when they get into positions because generally you’ll score.

“But I won’t accept what I think was crucial and that was the fact that we switched off twice from set pieces and that’s what has lost the game.

“The penalty was absolutely unforgivable – for a corner to be taken that quickly and to get the wrong side of people.

“You’re just making a mountain for yourself.

“We threw bodies in front of things, we missed open goals and free headers and before they scored their first goal, we should have been 3-0 up and we were comfortable.

“Tranmere did create chances in the second half but it was 2-0 then and we were going for it and we opened up."

For a five pages of coverage of Colchester's game at Tranmere, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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9:28am Sun 1 Dec 13

Ozzie says...

Tranmere just seem to have discovered a rich vein of form which unfortunately we could not break down. We had opportunities, it sounds like from the commentaries I heard on BBC Essex, but we just failed to convert them again. The opportunities being missed is becoming a costly exercise now and needs to be addressed. Even though we won 3-1 against MK Dons on Tuesday night, we should have scored at least 3 more! Often the expression 'not being able to hit a barn door from two yards' comes to mind. I hope this unfortunate trait will soon disappear as we claw our way out of what could still be a potential relegation battle. Up the U's!
Tranmere just seem to have discovered a rich vein of form which unfortunately we could not break down. We had opportunities, it sounds like from the commentaries I heard on BBC Essex, but we just failed to convert them again. The opportunities being missed is becoming a costly exercise now and needs to be addressed. Even though we won 3-1 against MK Dons on Tuesday night, we should have scored at least 3 more! Often the expression 'not being able to hit a barn door from two yards' comes to mind. I hope this unfortunate trait will soon disappear as we claw our way out of what could still be a potential relegation battle. Up the U's! Ozzie

1:29pm Sun 1 Dec 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I disagree with Joe Dunne, we got precisely what we deserved. This performance was too sloppy by far. This lot need to learn to approach every game the same way. Ball retention, concentration and passion were all missing from this game so they didn't deserve anything from the game.
I disagree with Joe Dunne, we got precisely what we deserved. This performance was too sloppy by far. This lot need to learn to approach every game the same way. Ball retention, concentration and passion were all missing from this game so they didn't deserve anything from the game. BlueandWhiteBaz

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