Sesay admits U's debut was bittersweet

Essex County Standard: Memorable moment - Colchester United defender Alie Sesay made his debut in their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United, on Tuesday night. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO89565-108) Memorable moment - Colchester United defender Alie Sesay made his debut in their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United, on Tuesday night. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO89565-108)

Alie Sesay admits his first-ever Football League experience turned out to be a bittersweet affair.

But the Colchester United loanee says he is thankful to U’s boss Joe Dunne for handing him his league debut.

Sesay, on loan from Championship leaders Leicester City until the end of the season, made his U’s bow in their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including Duguid's Diary, see Thursday's Daily Gazette.

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8:41pm Thu 27 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

A debut that was un noticed.
A debut that was un noticed. stevedawson
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1:21pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Boris says...

stevedawson wrote:
A debut that was un noticed.
True, but at least he escaped being named man of the match by the sponsor. That would have been the kiss of death.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: A debut that was un noticed.[/p][/quote]True, but at least he escaped being named man of the match by the sponsor. That would have been the kiss of death. Boris
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2:31pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Noah4x4 says...

I thought the lad had a very competent debut. He played a full 45 minutes against an attacking 'in-form' side and he didn't once let us down. Perhaps he wasn't "noticed" as he never put a foot wrong?

Some U's fans currently seem to be overly focused on the negative aspects of our game rather then the positives. We are now becoming quite solid at the back and in defensive midfield. Count our 'clean sheets'. We are no longer considered 'easy to beat'.

To become a good side; we now need to also master the 'passing' game when in attack and pose a greater threat at the other end. Tuesday was a shocker; but before the flooded pitches; we had gained much confidence in this approach and more goals had started to come. Since then; two good sides have punished us (Preston luckily); but (IMHO) we do need to persevere with this system; even if that is only to (soon) accommodate our wonderful youngsters that don't know any different way to play.

In response to recent critics of this 'passing' system; this is the way that all of the top sides now play and that begs an important question about our fortunes this season....of which the topic of Alie Sesay is part;

Would Arsenal; Chelsea; Everton; Preston; or Foxes have allowed Watt; Eastmond: Walker; Garbutt: Monakana or Sesay to (initially) come here on loan if we didn't? Three have since become quality permanent signings; and my guess is that none of these would ever have given us a second glance via the normal transfer market. The other loanees have provided vital injury cover earlier this season.

The facts that a recognised young starlet; captain of the Foxes U21 side; Alie Sesay; was encouraged by THE top team in the Championship (Foxes) to make his league debut here; and (I believe) Joe Dunne has also recently been elected by his peers to join the League Managers Association Technical Committee; suggests to me that those "in the know" do respect what we are technically and tactically ATTEMPTING at WHCS.

I just hope some fans will have a bit more patience whilst the team/manager work hard to get this 'passing' system right ; and until our amazing youth set up fully bears fruit. To adopt anything else would (IMHO) result in a fast return to being a fourth tier side; as better players (like Alie Sesay) then won't ever come/stay here.
I thought the lad had a very competent debut. He played a full 45 minutes against an attacking 'in-form' side and he didn't once let us down. Perhaps he wasn't "noticed" as he never put a foot wrong? Some U's fans currently seem to be overly focused on the negative aspects of our game rather then the positives. We are now becoming quite solid at the back and in defensive midfield. Count our 'clean sheets'. We are no longer considered 'easy to beat'. To become a good side; we now need to also master the 'passing' game when in attack and pose a greater threat at the other end. Tuesday was a shocker; but before the flooded pitches; we had gained much confidence in this approach and more goals had started to come. Since then; two good sides have punished us (Preston luckily); but (IMHO) we do need to persevere with this system; even if that is only to (soon) accommodate our wonderful youngsters that don't know any different way to play. In response to recent critics of this 'passing' system; this is the way that all of the top sides now play and that begs an important question about our fortunes this season....of which the topic of Alie Sesay is part; Would Arsenal; Chelsea; Everton; Preston; or Foxes have allowed Watt; Eastmond: Walker; Garbutt: Monakana or Sesay to (initially) come here on loan if we didn't? Three have since become quality permanent signings; and my guess is that none of these would ever have given us a second glance via the normal transfer market. The other loanees have provided vital injury cover earlier this season. The facts that a recognised young starlet; captain of the Foxes U21 side; Alie Sesay; was encouraged by THE top team in the Championship (Foxes) to make his league debut here; and (I believe) Joe Dunne has also recently been elected by his peers to join the League Managers Association Technical Committee; suggests to me that those "in the know" do respect what we are technically and tactically ATTEMPTING at WHCS. I just hope some fans will have a bit more patience whilst the team/manager work hard to get this 'passing' system right ; and until our amazing youth set up fully bears fruit. To adopt anything else would (IMHO) result in a fast return to being a fourth tier side; as better players (like Alie Sesay) then won't ever come/stay here. Noah4x4
  • Score: -9

2:50pm Sat 1 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

I agree fully 100% with what your saying,that this is how most of the top premiership teams play from the back, which is fine if you have enough skilful players in your team. Unfortunately Colchester is never going to be in that position, certainly not at this moment in time. That's why many lower teams for example in the Premiership like Stoke, Southampton and a few others that I could mention have to play a more direct route and slye to overcome their deficiencies.
Its a simple question do we want to stay in this division or not? If the answer is yes, then we have to change tactics fast otherwise the trapdoor will be awaiting if were not careful enough.
In the division One that we play in , you have so many teams that hustle and bustle and close you down so fast you don't have time on the ball to think. This is one of my biggest gripes with the present team they seem so laid back and not enough urgency is shown to compete back. Joe's style will only work against teams that play a similar or same system to us.
Don't class this as moan, its just the stark truth. I truly want Joe to succeed and be hugely successful, but having to work on the budget he has, then for me he has not got a cats life in hell chance of ever achieving his aim.
I agree fully 100% with what your saying,that this is how most of the top premiership teams play from the back, which is fine if you have enough skilful players in your team. Unfortunately Colchester is never going to be in that position, certainly not at this moment in time. That's why many lower teams for example in the Premiership like Stoke, Southampton and a few others that I could mention have to play a more direct route and slye to overcome their deficiencies. Its a simple question do we want to stay in this division or not? If the answer is yes, then we have to change tactics fast otherwise the trapdoor will be awaiting if were not careful enough. In the division One that we play in , you have so many teams that hustle and bustle and close you down so fast you don't have time on the ball to think. This is one of my biggest gripes with the present team they seem so laid back and not enough urgency is shown to compete back. Joe's style will only work against teams that play a similar or same system to us. Don't class this as moan, its just the stark truth. I truly want Joe to succeed and be hugely successful, but having to work on the budget he has, then for me he has not got a cats life in hell chance of ever achieving his aim. crazy comments
  • Score: 1

4:37pm Sat 1 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Cannot for the life of me understand how anyone who watched the last games at the whcs can be so upbeat about getting strong at the back.
Cannot for the life of me understand how anyone who watched the last games at the whcs can be so upbeat about getting strong at the back. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

9:35pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

I don't understand......our last five games at home.....

We hit four goals against Stevenage without reply.
We lost by the odd goal against Crewe (1-2). A bit unlucky.
We scored three against Gillingham without reply.
We lost by an odd goal versus Preston and missed a penalty (1-2). We were hugely unlucky not to gain at least a point from a 'form' side.
We lost by an odd goal (penalty) against the Blades (0-1). We did deserve to lose to a side that has suddenly hit top form; but we came so close to stealing a point (albeit undeserved).
That is hence goals for 9; against 5.

We probably deserved nine or ten points from our last five home games; but admittedly we only got six; but do have three games in hand over those below and above us. This lack of more points is unfortunate but crucially; our defensive qualities means that we now have a goal difference of merely minus 4. when the bottom four all have double digit negatives. Whenever we over commit to attack (as we have done) we leak goals; and goal difference is a huge factor when the difference between the relegation zone and being in the table's top half is just SIX points. Sound defence does matter.

I would add that I go to most away games; and we have been magnificent in defence at (say) Bradford; Rotherham; Swindon; Bristol City; MK Dons; taking valuable points from each; when frankly we were battered by far better teams on the day. Then on Saturday; both defence and attack almost all came together and we were hugely unlucky at Orient. However; we lost by merely an odd goal; when Orient have hammered many of our Division One peers. If we get a couple of decent results; just like Sheffield United we will soar up the table; and goal difference will matter.
I don't understand......our last five games at home..... We hit four goals against Stevenage without reply. We lost by the odd goal against Crewe (1-2). A bit unlucky. We scored three against Gillingham without reply. We lost by an odd goal versus Preston and missed a penalty (1-2). We were hugely unlucky not to gain at least a point from a 'form' side. We lost by an odd goal (penalty) against the Blades (0-1). We did deserve to lose to a side that has suddenly hit top form; but we came so close to stealing a point (albeit undeserved). That is hence goals for 9; against 5. We probably deserved nine or ten points from our last five home games; but admittedly we only got six; but do have three games in hand over those below and above us. This lack of more points is unfortunate but crucially; our defensive qualities means that we now have a goal difference of merely minus 4. when the bottom four all have double digit negatives. Whenever we over commit to attack (as we have done) we leak goals; and goal difference is a huge factor when the difference between the relegation zone and being in the table's top half is just SIX points. Sound defence does matter. I would add that I go to most away games; and we have been magnificent in defence at (say) Bradford; Rotherham; Swindon; Bristol City; MK Dons; taking valuable points from each; when frankly we were battered by far better teams on the day. Then on Saturday; both defence and attack almost all came together and we were hugely unlucky at Orient. However; we lost by merely an odd goal; when Orient have hammered many of our Division One peers. If we get a couple of decent results; just like Sheffield United we will soar up the table; and goal difference will matter. Noah4x4
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