Dunne: Gillingham display was the best so far

Essex County Standard: Dunne: Gillingham display was the best so far Dunne: Gillingham display was the best so far

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has hailed his team’s 3-0 win against Gillingham as the best of his managerial career.

Goals by Sanchez Watt, Clinton Morrison and Freddie Sears wrapped up a great win for the U’s that moved them up to 13th in League One.

A three-point haul was nothing less than they deserved after a great display of passing football – exactly the type that Dunne is trying to get them to play.

He said: “I’d say it was probably the best performance of my short managerial career.

“We had some good ones when I first took over, but that’s how we want to play.

“There was a key moment in the first half where we were passing the ball around at the back and there was a lot of encouragement.

“It was a key moment.

“We did it previously against Crewe and there was a bit of nervousness about the crowd.

“But everyone was really behind the team and I thought we were excellent from start to finish.

“It was a complete performance and we had players getting goals, like Sanchez (Watt) and Freddie (Sears) who have been missing for a while.

“Those are the options we have now and I’m delighted for Clinton Morrison to get his goal.

“It was a very good performance and I think their first shot on target only came late in the 80s in terms of minutes, so that’s great credit to the players.”

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7:21pm Sat 11 Jan 14

crazy comments says...

That the best way to answer your critics Joe. Nice to see more width in the play as well. Gills now playing like we have done recently, gone very defensive since Peter Taylor took over from Martin Allen. Another manager that likes his teams to play football. Unfortunately I think its hard to get it to work in this division which is now so very completive. Great result plus clean sheet, so well done to the manager and players. .
That the best way to answer your critics Joe. Nice to see more width in the play as well. Gills now playing like we have done recently, gone very defensive since Peter Taylor took over from Martin Allen. Another manager that likes his teams to play football. Unfortunately I think its hard to get it to work in this division which is now so very completive. Great result plus clean sheet, so well done to the manager and players. . crazy comments
  • Score: 25

9:16pm Sat 11 Jan 14

uptheu's says...

Agree with the above, as I have been a critic . . but 2nd half they were passing the ball and finding their players, but they played the killer passes further up the pitch, so if there was a mistake it didn't come straight back to bite us. Well done U's, 3 well earned points and if you keep the ball the opposition can't do anything with it.
Agree with the above, as I have been a critic . . but 2nd half they were passing the ball and finding their players, but they played the killer passes further up the pitch, so if there was a mistake it didn't come straight back to bite us. Well done U's, 3 well earned points and if you keep the ball the opposition can't do anything with it. uptheu's
  • Score: 20

9:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

We played the classic way of paying in tiny triangles high up on either flank. This game was a pleasure to watch. Well done JD and the lads.
We played the classic way of paying in tiny triangles high up on either flank. This game was a pleasure to watch. Well done JD and the lads. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 26

5:43am Sun 12 Jan 14

Ozzie says...

Yes, I concur with the above comments. The team looked more composed today and played effectively. My only concern was the lack of the killer touch and indecisiveness when in possession at times during the first half. However, bearing in mind Gillingham had recently beaten promotion favourites Wolves, this was a great performance. Please please can we have more? Serve this up as regularly as you can and it will answer your critics and hopefully attracting the attention of stay away supporters. Up the U's!
Yes, I concur with the above comments. The team looked more composed today and played effectively. My only concern was the lack of the killer touch and indecisiveness when in possession at times during the first half. However, bearing in mind Gillingham had recently beaten promotion favourites Wolves, this was a great performance. Please please can we have more? Serve this up as regularly as you can and it will answer your critics and hopefully attracting the attention of stay away supporters. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 16

7:26am Sun 12 Jan 14

super waluigi says...

We love boggy pitches!!!!!

May it rain solid for another month.

Well played super U's
We love boggy pitches!!!!! May it rain solid for another month. Well played super U's super waluigi
  • Score: -8

10:37am Sun 12 Jan 14

southstand says...

I have worried lately that joe can't get the team to perform but yesterday was superb, maybe watt and garbutt playing superbly lifted the performance of the others. Pity our next home game isn't till the 28th, up the U's
I have worried lately that joe can't get the team to perform but yesterday was superb, maybe watt and garbutt playing superbly lifted the performance of the others. Pity our next home game isn't till the 28th, up the U's southstand
  • Score: 12

11:32am Sun 12 Jan 14

Bampotonian says...

Steve Claridge on the Football League Show: "Colchester can't be relegated now". It's official!!
Steve Claridge on the Football League Show: "Colchester can't be relegated now". It's official!! Bampotonian
  • Score: -5

1:08pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Eddy D says...

Most entertained ive been at the WHCS for some time. Complete display from back to front and no fear with the passing and movement.
Vitally today we had a cutting edge too. Welcome back Freddie and Sanchez. Really chuffed for CM; not everyones cup of tew but always grafts and commited. Great to see Bonne in the squad and used up top when he came on.
Credit to JD and everyone involved. Happy happy days :)
Most entertained ive been at the WHCS for some time. Complete display from back to front and no fear with the passing and movement. Vitally today we had a cutting edge too. Welcome back Freddie and Sanchez. Really chuffed for CM; not everyones cup of tew but always grafts and commited. Great to see Bonne in the squad and used up top when he came on. Credit to JD and everyone involved. Happy happy days :) Eddy D
  • Score: -3

2:10pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Noah4x4 says...

A great response to the critics! But for much of the season Tony Flynn has been dealing with more casualties than the first aid tent at a rodeo and hence Joe Dunne has had to work with a residual squad that would inevitably become ever more physically and mentally exhausted. However; we have kept battling on, albeit sometimes ugly and have suffered only 8 defeats (33%); which is as good as all but a handful of teams. It didn’t surprise me that after a two week break that allowed so many to recover fitness we have now trounced a decent team.

Gillingham fans had recently tasted victories over Wolves; Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield United; notably three teams that have beaten us in the same two month period; plus they secured draws with Walsall and Peterborough. Hence the Gills are far from being a poor side. We made them look a poor side; just as Notts County did to the U’s when we were at our lowest ebb.

The U’s are now seventh in the Division One form table with W3; D1; L2; whilst Notts County are sixth; so it was perhaps no surprise that we lost to them given their prevailing fine form since Shaun Derry took over. On the shuttle bus; Gillingham fans were inquiring “how have you assembled such a quality team on such low crowds/wage budget?”.....but I digress....

Our remaining games in January are now against teams struggling for form (Carlisle are 18th; Shrewsbury 21st) and current form is a better guide to forthcoming results than league position (but these two are now 17th & 18th and fast plummeting downwards). So who will bet against the U’s having between 35 to 37 points at the end of January 2014; when we had merely 23 points at the end of January 2013? I also reckon the fixture computer will have much influence over the remainder of the season and the U’s have played more away fixtures than most; and more away games against the top half of the table.
A great response to the critics! But for much of the season Tony Flynn has been dealing with more casualties than the first aid tent at a rodeo and hence Joe Dunne has had to work with a residual squad that would inevitably become ever more physically and mentally exhausted. However; we have kept battling on, albeit sometimes ugly and have suffered only 8 defeats (33%); which is as good as all but a handful of teams. It didn’t surprise me that after a two week break that allowed so many to recover fitness we have now trounced a decent team. Gillingham fans had recently tasted victories over Wolves; Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield United; notably three teams that have beaten us in the same two month period; plus they secured draws with Walsall and Peterborough. Hence the Gills are far from being a poor side. We made them look a poor side; just as Notts County did to the U’s when we were at our lowest ebb. The U’s are now seventh in the Division One form table with W3; D1; L2; whilst Notts County are sixth; so it was perhaps no surprise that we lost to them given their prevailing fine form since Shaun Derry took over. On the shuttle bus; Gillingham fans were inquiring “how have you assembled such a quality team on such low crowds/wage budget?”.....but I digress.... Our remaining games in January are now against teams struggling for form (Carlisle are 18th; Shrewsbury 21st) and current form is a better guide to forthcoming results than league position (but these two are now 17th & 18th and fast plummeting downwards). So who will bet against the U’s having between 35 to 37 points at the end of January 2014; when we had merely 23 points at the end of January 2013? I also reckon the fixture computer will have much influence over the remainder of the season and the U’s have played more away fixtures than most; and more away games against the top half of the table. Noah4x4
  • Score: -8

2:33pm Sun 12 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Please everyone don't expect other teams to give the u's the amount of room, space and time on the ball that gillingham gave us.when crewe came here they were on us from the first whistle gave us no time and stuffed us.keep focused u's and don't expect the next game to be as easy.
Please everyone don't expect other teams to give the u's the amount of room, space and time on the ball that gillingham gave us.when crewe came here they were on us from the first whistle gave us no time and stuffed us.keep focused u's and don't expect the next game to be as easy. stevedawson
  • Score: 10

4:14pm Sun 12 Jan 14

crazy comments says...

stevedawson wrote:
Please everyone don't expect other teams to give the u's the amount of room, space and time on the ball that gillingham gave us.when crewe came here they were on us from the first whistle gave us no time and stuffed us.keep focused u's and don't expect the next game to be as easy.
I tend to agree Steve, though a few have put a minus against your viable comment. Gillingham played like we have many times this season very defensive and deep which gave us the upper hand. This proves again how tactics play such a vital part in any game. The way Gilingham played suited our game but when teams close us down and put us under pressure then we tend to buckle. I was very pleased with yesterdays result and thoroughly deserved because we played it wider and pushed forwards though I dare say it our finishing could be better. Its the first time for a long while that I felt I got my monies worth and saw an enjoyable game.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Please everyone don't expect other teams to give the u's the amount of room, space and time on the ball that gillingham gave us.when crewe came here they were on us from the first whistle gave us no time and stuffed us.keep focused u's and don't expect the next game to be as easy.[/p][/quote]I tend to agree Steve, though a few have put a minus against your viable comment. Gillingham played like we have many times this season very defensive and deep which gave us the upper hand. This proves again how tactics play such a vital part in any game. The way Gilingham played suited our game but when teams close us down and put us under pressure then we tend to buckle. I was very pleased with yesterdays result and thoroughly deserved because we played it wider and pushed forwards though I dare say it our finishing could be better. Its the first time for a long while that I felt I got my monies worth and saw an enjoyable game. crazy comments
  • Score: 17

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