Dunne - U's draw has "stopped the rot"

Essex County Standard: Tussle - Colchester United striker Clinton Morrison battles for possession during his side's 0-0 draw with Rotherham United. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90942-06) Tussle - Colchester United striker Clinton Morrison battles for possession during his side's 0-0 draw with Rotherham United. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90942-06)

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne admitted his side "stopped the rot" after ending a run of three straight defeats with a 0-0 draw against Rotherham United.

The U's battled to claim a point against the promotion-chasing Millers, following a tight contest at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Dunne said: “We’ve stopped the rot, if you like.

"I was very pleased with the performance.

“We had to nullify their threats and we went with a team so that we were able to get bodies behind the ball when needed and attackers to get forward.

“At the start it really looked like it was going to pay off and we had great movement but were just shy of the pass in the final third but I think we’ve fully deserved the point.

"In the games ahead for the rest of the season, I'm sure we'll score goals."

Colchester thought they had scored in the first half when Sanchez Watt had the ball in the net.

But the effort was chalked off by referee Brendan Malone after Clinton Morrison was adjudged to have fouled Millers goalkeeper Adam Collin.

"I think it was the correct decision," added Dunne.

"What we were concerned about was the period of time between the ball going in the net and the whistle going and he gave himself a period of time to think about it.

"I think overall, it got it right so no complaints."

For a full match report and pictures from the U's game against Rotherham ,see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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11:24pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Medicated Soap says...

Rot stopped eh?

Just two goals and two points from the last six matches suggests otherwise...
Rot stopped eh? Just two goals and two points from the last six matches suggests otherwise... Medicated Soap
  • Score: 32

11:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Four shots at goal with none on target for the U's against 14 shots with 5 on target for Rotherham sums up this latest dire home performance. From where I'm sitting season ticket sales for next season are going to be few and far between. Poor entertainment value for the home fans continues to be the main theme and will remain to be so until we have the appropriate quality players to create and score goals. No wonder we find it beyond us to win any cup games season after season as this club has become the most boring to watch at home that I can ever remember.
Four shots at goal with none on target for the U's against 14 shots with 5 on target for Rotherham sums up this latest dire home performance. From where I'm sitting season ticket sales for next season are going to be few and far between. Poor entertainment value for the home fans continues to be the main theme and will remain to be so until we have the appropriate quality players to create and score goals. No wonder we find it beyond us to win any cup games season after season as this club has become the most boring to watch at home that I can ever remember. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 29

12:59am Wed 5 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

Two points from a possible eighteen is hardly stopping the rot, Mr Dunne! Be real! We are in a relegation scrap and whilst a point gained against a somewhat surprising mediocre Rotherham (maybe after the exuberance of their free-scoring affair at the weekend) is considered a good result, they were there for the taking and with a ruthless and clinical finisher (something the U's do not possess) the scoreline would have been a win for Colchester.The lack of a goalscorer (and that will cost us) is proving costly in terms of picking up valuable points. Interestingly enough, the core U's fans are diminishing gradually - if you take out the Rotherham fans then about 2,300 U's fans were there to watch the game. I also witnessed many stewards in their high visibility orange jackets in all of the stands that looked as though they may have almost equalled or outnumbered the fans! Up the U's!
Two points from a possible eighteen is hardly stopping the rot, Mr Dunne! Be real! We are in a relegation scrap and whilst a point gained against a somewhat surprising mediocre Rotherham (maybe after the exuberance of their free-scoring affair at the weekend) is considered a good result, they were there for the taking and with a ruthless and clinical finisher (something the U's do not possess) the scoreline would have been a win for Colchester.The lack of a goalscorer (and that will cost us) is proving costly in terms of picking up valuable points. Interestingly enough, the core U's fans are diminishing gradually - if you take out the Rotherham fans then about 2,300 U's fans were there to watch the game. I also witnessed many stewards in their high visibility orange jackets in all of the stands that looked as though they may have almost equalled or outnumbered the fans! Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 27

8:33am Wed 5 Mar 14

Swifty Morgan says...

Back five and David Wright all played well last night but the rest that are in front of them were pretty poor. No creativity, no cutting edge and no real entertainment. We are impotent in front of goal and simply do not create enough chances even for a law of averages return. The return of Jabo isn't going to change things either. For the first time as a U's supporter I questioned last night whether I really want to renew my season ticket for next season based on the fare served up. At the moment I can only see this ending badly as the other teams around us are picking up points. The likes of Massey and Sears need to start living up to their inflated opinions of themselves.
Back five and David Wright all played well last night but the rest that are in front of them were pretty poor. No creativity, no cutting edge and no real entertainment. We are impotent in front of goal and simply do not create enough chances even for a law of averages return. The return of Jabo isn't going to change things either. For the first time as a U's supporter I questioned last night whether I really want to renew my season ticket for next season based on the fare served up. At the moment I can only see this ending badly as the other teams around us are picking up points. The likes of Massey and Sears need to start living up to their inflated opinions of themselves. Swifty Morgan
  • Score: 24

9:33am Wed 5 Mar 14

hungrystudent says...

We had lost the last three. We drew last night. Therefore stopping the losing streak (i.e The Rot) Simple.
We had lost the last three. We drew last night. Therefore stopping the losing streak (i.e The Rot) Simple. hungrystudent
  • Score: -15

9:41am Wed 5 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

Swifty Morgan wrote:
Back five and David Wright all played well last night but the rest that are in front of them were pretty poor. No creativity, no cutting edge and no real entertainment. We are impotent in front of goal and simply do not create enough chances even for a law of averages return. The return of Jabo isn't going to change things either. For the first time as a U's supporter I questioned last night whether I really want to renew my season ticket for next season based on the fare served up. At the moment I can only see this ending badly as the other teams around us are picking up points. The likes of Massey and Sears need to start living up to their inflated opinions of themselves.
I have to agree Swifty, I maybe don't get chance to watch as many games as your goodself but last night was merely consolidating as losing can become habitual in football just as winning breeds confidence. It can be seen as an improvement to some, but as I tell my players, what you did in your last game has gone, you can't change it. But its what we take from it and how we play in the next one that now really counts! Too early to get carried away Mr Delusional Dunne!
[quote][p][bold]Swifty Morgan[/bold] wrote: Back five and David Wright all played well last night but the rest that are in front of them were pretty poor. No creativity, no cutting edge and no real entertainment. We are impotent in front of goal and simply do not create enough chances even for a law of averages return. The return of Jabo isn't going to change things either. For the first time as a U's supporter I questioned last night whether I really want to renew my season ticket for next season based on the fare served up. At the moment I can only see this ending badly as the other teams around us are picking up points. The likes of Massey and Sears need to start living up to their inflated opinions of themselves.[/p][/quote]I have to agree Swifty, I maybe don't get chance to watch as many games as your goodself but last night was merely consolidating as losing can become habitual in football just as winning breeds confidence. It can be seen as an improvement to some, but as I tell my players, what you did in your last game has gone, you can't change it. But its what we take from it and how we play in the next one that now really counts! Too early to get carried away Mr Delusional Dunne! totallyfootball
  • Score: 20

10:09am Wed 5 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

I have to question what game Mr. Dunne was watching if this performance has stopped the rot.

His tactics are making mediocre players look complete novices, he never plays players to their strengths, continually playing players out of position and never wanting to play with two players up top who can play off each other.

You can see from the body language of the players they are not sure what they should be doing, Massey as a prime example last night who looked totally dejected and didn't know where he should be playing so became totally disinterested until substituded.

At home we play boring football and Dunne blames us the fans in effect for leaving the stadium two-thirds empty (ref comment on Late Kick Off) by not supporting them but why should we keep wasting our hard earned money on a team that under this current regime are going absolutely nowhere and while he is in charge nothing is going to change.
I have to question what game Mr. Dunne was watching if this performance has stopped the rot. His tactics are making mediocre players look complete novices, he never plays players to their strengths, continually playing players out of position and never wanting to play with two players up top who can play off each other. You can see from the body language of the players they are not sure what they should be doing, Massey as a prime example last night who looked totally dejected and didn't know where he should be playing so became totally disinterested until substituded. At home we play boring football and Dunne blames us the fans in effect for leaving the stadium two-thirds empty (ref comment on Late Kick Off) by not supporting them but why should we keep wasting our hard earned money on a team that under this current regime are going absolutely nowhere and while he is in charge nothing is going to change. West Stand United
  • Score: 22

10:21am Wed 5 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Well done boys, a point when a hiding was expected.not only stopped the losing streak but stopped their winning one also.see you saturday, up the u's.
Well done boys, a point when a hiding was expected.not only stopped the losing streak but stopped their winning one also.see you saturday, up the u's. stevedawson
  • Score: -12

11:05am Wed 5 Mar 14

whoopie says...

Sake dunne give me the job i get better results and will only get payed on results ...... Bye joe
Sake dunne give me the job i get better results and will only get payed on results ...... Bye joe whoopie
  • Score: -16

12:45pm Wed 5 Mar 14

down the line says...

West Stand United wrote:
I have to question what game Mr. Dunne was watching if this performance has stopped the rot.

His tactics are making mediocre players look complete novices, he never plays players to their strengths, continually playing players out of position and never wanting to play with two players up top who can play off each other.

You can see from the body language of the players they are not sure what they should be doing, Massey as a prime example last night who looked totally dejected and didn't know where he should be playing so became totally disinterested until substituded.

At home we play boring football and Dunne blames us the fans in effect for leaving the stadium two-thirds empty (ref comment on Late Kick Off) by not supporting them but why should we keep wasting our hard earned money on a team that under this current regime are going absolutely nowhere and while he is in charge nothing is going to change.
Joe Dunne has made comments about the fans a few times over the last few weeks about not supporting the team and low attendances. I personally think he is bang out of order. The people that do go pay a awful lot of money to watch such a poor standard of football, and for him to to give criticism to them who pays his wages is a absolute liability.
Not surprised there was around 2500 last night, think people could find something better to spend there money on.
Will I re-new my season ticket for next season? Not if Joe Dunne keeps opening his big mouth about how bad us the fans are.
[quote][p][bold]West Stand United[/bold] wrote: I have to question what game Mr. Dunne was watching if this performance has stopped the rot. His tactics are making mediocre players look complete novices, he never plays players to their strengths, continually playing players out of position and never wanting to play with two players up top who can play off each other. You can see from the body language of the players they are not sure what they should be doing, Massey as a prime example last night who looked totally dejected and didn't know where he should be playing so became totally disinterested until substituded. At home we play boring football and Dunne blames us the fans in effect for leaving the stadium two-thirds empty (ref comment on Late Kick Off) by not supporting them but why should we keep wasting our hard earned money on a team that under this current regime are going absolutely nowhere and while he is in charge nothing is going to change.[/p][/quote]Joe Dunne has made comments about the fans a few times over the last few weeks about not supporting the team and low attendances. I personally think he is bang out of order. The people that do go pay a awful lot of money to watch such a poor standard of football, and for him to to give criticism to them who pays his wages is a absolute liability. Not surprised there was around 2500 last night, think people could find something better to spend there money on. Will I re-new my season ticket for next season? Not if Joe Dunne keeps opening his big mouth about how bad us the fans are. down the line
  • Score: 19

12:55pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

Stopped the rot - what a load of rubbish. The results ever since the U's moved up to the new stadium have been abysmal. Certainly hasn't been the fortress that old Layer Road was. Far too many games lost and points thrown away. You can add two more from last night!
Stopped the rot - what a load of rubbish. The results ever since the U's moved up to the new stadium have been abysmal. Certainly hasn't been the fortress that old Layer Road was. Far too many games lost and points thrown away. You can add two more from last night! Ontheball
  • Score: 20

1:33pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

I love going away with the U's with those real fans that always get behind the team come rain or sunshine. It was awesome at Orient; albeit we didn't get the result we deserved. Frankly, there is no wonder in my mind why we are so much better when away from home and the constant moaners.

Rotherham may have had 14 shots to our 4 , but a dozen of theirs were lucky not to hit the corner flag. NEITHER goalkeeper was particularly troubled and occasionally we will have games like that. We will also have goal fests like Stevenage 4-0; Gillingham 3-0. Carlisle (away) 2 -4.all occurring since Xmas - proof we can and do score goals!

Why won't people accept that a point is a good performance against the top sides and look forward to us battering the NINE bottom half teams that we still have to play of which SIX are at home.
I love going away with the U's with those real fans that always get behind the team come rain or sunshine. It was awesome at Orient; albeit we didn't get the result we deserved. Frankly, there is no wonder in my mind why we are so much better when away from home and the constant moaners. Rotherham may have had 14 shots to our 4 , but a dozen of theirs were lucky not to hit the corner flag. NEITHER goalkeeper was particularly troubled and occasionally we will have games like that. We will also have goal fests like Stevenage 4-0; Gillingham 3-0. Carlisle (away) 2 -4.all occurring since Xmas - proof we can and do score goals! Why won't people accept that a point is a good performance against the top sides and look forward to us battering the NINE bottom half teams that we still have to play of which SIX are at home. Noah4x4
  • Score: -19

1:38pm Wed 5 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

Oh Noah, one point out of the last how many games? Plus we did score goals but not for a while now, I don't need to see four or five goal victories, but more than one on a regular basis would be good? As for the remaining games, don't you think the teams below us will have the fighting instinct to avoid the same relegation peril, home or away survival is a massive job now!
Oh Noah, one point out of the last how many games? Plus we did score goals but not for a while now, I don't need to see four or five goal victories, but more than one on a regular basis would be good? As for the remaining games, don't you think the teams below us will have the fighting instinct to avoid the same relegation peril, home or away survival is a massive job now! totallyfootball
  • Score: 16

1:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

whoopie says...

Noah
Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team
Noah Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team whoopie
  • Score: 13

4:00pm Wed 5 Mar 14

super waluigi says...

When Arsenal go in at half time at 0-0, the home crowd 'boo' because they expect more. This has become mainstream through out football in England. Everyone expects their team to win 5-0 every game.

Anyone who moans, week after week, when we win 'we were lucky' when we draw 'we were boring' and when we lose 'we deserved it' is nothing more than a little sheep following modern football traitors. What's more, they all write their blogs on here like they would a column in the Sun newspaper!!!! Unbelievable.

What happened to individuality?
What happened to brain cells?
I wonder how they would feel if they had a real problem to moan about?

Well done Col U. I could not make the game because of other arrangements, but a draw is a good result against a good side.
When Arsenal go in at half time at 0-0, the home crowd 'boo' because they expect more. This has become mainstream through out football in England. Everyone expects their team to win 5-0 every game. Anyone who moans, week after week, when we win 'we were lucky' when we draw 'we were boring' and when we lose 'we deserved it' is nothing more than a little sheep following modern football traitors. What's more, they all write their blogs on here like they would a column in the Sun newspaper!!!! Unbelievable. What happened to individuality? What happened to brain cells? I wonder how they would feel if they had a real problem to moan about? Well done Col U. I could not make the game because of other arrangements, but a draw is a good result against a good side. super waluigi
  • Score: -5

4:16pm Wed 5 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

super waluigi wrote:
When Arsenal go in at half time at 0-0, the home crowd 'boo' because they expect more. This has become mainstream through out football in England. Everyone expects their team to win 5-0 every game.

Anyone who moans, week after week, when we win 'we were lucky' when we draw 'we were boring' and when we lose 'we deserved it' is nothing more than a little sheep following modern football traitors. What's more, they all write their blogs on here like they would a column in the Sun newspaper!!!! Unbelievable.

What happened to individuality?
What happened to brain cells?
I wonder how they would feel if they had a real problem to moan about?

Well done Col U. I could not make the game because of other arrangements, but a draw is a good result against a good side.
Oh Super, its obvious what has happened in football, it has hit the mediocrity phase all over the country not just at Colchester. We listen to the manager big his side up before during and after the game and then they fail to deliver! Football is not a cheap spectator sport any more, people are paying good money and the fans are not being entertained, if it were a meal you would refuse to pay for it at the end of it? Its not as if we are ten games in now is it?
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: When Arsenal go in at half time at 0-0, the home crowd 'boo' because they expect more. This has become mainstream through out football in England. Everyone expects their team to win 5-0 every game. Anyone who moans, week after week, when we win 'we were lucky' when we draw 'we were boring' and when we lose 'we deserved it' is nothing more than a little sheep following modern football traitors. What's more, they all write their blogs on here like they would a column in the Sun newspaper!!!! Unbelievable. What happened to individuality? What happened to brain cells? I wonder how they would feel if they had a real problem to moan about? Well done Col U. I could not make the game because of other arrangements, but a draw is a good result against a good side.[/p][/quote]Oh Super, its obvious what has happened in football, it has hit the mediocrity phase all over the country not just at Colchester. We listen to the manager big his side up before during and after the game and then they fail to deliver! Football is not a cheap spectator sport any more, people are paying good money and the fans are not being entertained, if it were a meal you would refuse to pay for it at the end of it? Its not as if we are ten games in now is it? totallyfootball
  • Score: 8

4:24pm Wed 5 Mar 14

super waluigi says...

It is not a meal though is it? It is not even the same industry.
No comparison can be made between them.
You can choose a film, show, meal or holiday, based on reviews etc and be happy or disappointed. Football and football only can grip you like tribalism. It still carries similar emotions, but completely different.
It is not a meal though is it? It is not even the same industry. No comparison can be made between them. You can choose a film, show, meal or holiday, based on reviews etc and be happy or disappointed. Football and football only can grip you like tribalism. It still carries similar emotions, but completely different. super waluigi
  • Score: -7

4:48pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

whoopie wrote:
Noah
Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team
Don't be so ridiculous. The U's back-room team (or manager) wouldn't stoop so low. Why would they need too when there is total openness and honesty in the routine media interviews?

I have NO affinity other than as a loyal fan that travels home and away; rain or shine; paying £hundreds to watch MY (adopted) team.

I wasn't born in Colchester; indeed I have always followed my local team having moved around the country where I have never encountered anything like the MINORITY of Colchester fans that moan about styles and tactics even when we win. This minority of unrealistic U's fans don't recognise that we are a third tier football league club punching WAY above both its player and available cash resources. I am sure fans of Luton; Stockport and similar would gratefully swap places.

Battling draws (10 men) against Swindon and Rotherham were magnificent results in the circumstances; amid defeats to upper half Port Vale; Blades; and Orient; albeit that any loss is disappointing; but they are ALL in-form teams (except Crewe). We have beaten the teams that we are supposed to beat; Stevenage; Carlisle and Gillligham by 3/4 goals. So what more do some U's fans want?
[quote][p][bold]whoopie[/bold] wrote: Noah Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team[/p][/quote]Don't be so ridiculous. The U's back-room team (or manager) wouldn't stoop so low. Why would they need too when there is total openness and honesty in the routine media interviews? I have NO affinity other than as a loyal fan that travels home and away; rain or shine; paying £hundreds to watch MY (adopted) team. I wasn't born in Colchester; indeed I have always followed my local team having moved around the country where I have never encountered anything like the MINORITY of Colchester fans that moan about styles and tactics even when we win. This minority of unrealistic U's fans don't recognise that we are a third tier football league club punching WAY above both its player and available cash resources. I am sure fans of Luton; Stockport and similar would gratefully swap places. Battling draws (10 men) against Swindon and Rotherham were magnificent results in the circumstances; amid defeats to upper half Port Vale; Blades; and Orient; albeit that any loss is disappointing; but they are ALL in-form teams (except Crewe). We have beaten the teams that we are supposed to beat; Stevenage; Carlisle and Gillligham by 3/4 goals. So what more do some U's fans want? Noah4x4
  • Score: -8

5:14pm Wed 5 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

super waluigi wrote:
It is not a meal though is it? It is not even the same industry.
No comparison can be made between them.
You can choose a film, show, meal or holiday, based on reviews etc and be happy or disappointed. Football and football only can grip you like tribalism. It still carries similar emotions, but completely different.
No you are right!
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: It is not a meal though is it? It is not even the same industry. No comparison can be made between them. You can choose a film, show, meal or holiday, based on reviews etc and be happy or disappointed. Football and football only can grip you like tribalism. It still carries similar emotions, but completely different.[/p][/quote]No you are right! totallyfootball
  • Score: 5

9:18pm Wed 5 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

I think in all honesty a draw last night was an on result, against a team that ha spent a lot of money and won 5 out of 6 games. My worry is the in consistency, we need to go on a run, win back to back home games, remain undefeated. This isn't a new problem and has been the case since moving to cuckoo farm (apart from a spell under hoofrroyd, although we were to bored to remneber). We need an out and out striker.
On a positive note I think when watt and eastmond have a spell together that will help a lot.
I think in all honesty a draw last night was an on result, against a team that ha spent a lot of money and won 5 out of 6 games. My worry is the in consistency, we need to go on a run, win back to back home games, remain undefeated. This isn't a new problem and has been the case since moving to cuckoo farm (apart from a spell under hoofrroyd, although we were to bored to remneber). We need an out and out striker. On a positive note I think when watt and eastmond have a spell together that will help a lot. angryman!!!
  • Score: 2

9:37pm Wed 5 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

Steve Evans the Rotherham manager did not mince his words, in slaughtering his teams performance and threatening to drop certain players. All Dunne ever does is give his players praise and that he could not have asked any more from them. Says it all for me, though I like Joe,he is just not management material. You have to be ruthless, to be successful.
Steve Evans the Rotherham manager did not mince his words, in slaughtering his teams performance and threatening to drop certain players. All Dunne ever does is give his players praise and that he could not have asked any more from them. Says it all for me, though I like Joe,he is just not management material. You have to be ruthless, to be successful. crazy comments
  • Score: 6

10:08pm Wed 5 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
whoopie wrote:
Noah
Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team
Don't be so ridiculous. The U's back-room team (or manager) wouldn't stoop so low. Why would they need too when there is total openness and honesty in the routine media interviews?

I have NO affinity other than as a loyal fan that travels home and away; rain or shine; paying £hundreds to watch MY (adopted) team.

I wasn't born in Colchester; indeed I have always followed my local team having moved around the country where I have never encountered anything like the MINORITY of Colchester fans that moan about styles and tactics even when we win. This minority of unrealistic U's fans don't recognise that we are a third tier football league club punching WAY above both its player and available cash resources. I am sure fans of Luton; Stockport and similar would gratefully swap places.

Battling draws (10 men) against Swindon and Rotherham were magnificent results in the circumstances; amid defeats to upper half Port Vale; Blades; and Orient; albeit that any loss is disappointing; but they are ALL in-form teams (except Crewe). We have beaten the teams that we are supposed to beat; Stevenage; Carlisle and Gillligham by 3/4 goals. So what more do some U's fans want?
So you reckon Luton fans would gratefully swap places I think you must be a bit misguided on that. Luton are now getting crowds of 8,000 plus for home matches because the team plays entertaining attractive football. I don't think their fans would find the trash that we get served up at the Community stadium quite such a tasty dish. I'm sure if they did then they would be lucky to get half of hat support. I've supported my local team far longer than you ever have, and I cant remember in all those years to be so disillusioned as I am now. This season is the first time ever that I have never purchased a season ticket, thank God. I saw the writing on the wall last season. That why I have never belonged to the supporters club because certain members (not all) are nothing more than fickle ar-e lickers.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whoopie[/bold] wrote: Noah Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team[/p][/quote]Don't be so ridiculous. The U's back-room team (or manager) wouldn't stoop so low. Why would they need too when there is total openness and honesty in the routine media interviews? I have NO affinity other than as a loyal fan that travels home and away; rain or shine; paying £hundreds to watch MY (adopted) team. I wasn't born in Colchester; indeed I have always followed my local team having moved around the country where I have never encountered anything like the MINORITY of Colchester fans that moan about styles and tactics even when we win. This minority of unrealistic U's fans don't recognise that we are a third tier football league club punching WAY above both its player and available cash resources. I am sure fans of Luton; Stockport and similar would gratefully swap places. Battling draws (10 men) against Swindon and Rotherham were magnificent results in the circumstances; amid defeats to upper half Port Vale; Blades; and Orient; albeit that any loss is disappointing; but they are ALL in-form teams (except Crewe). We have beaten the teams that we are supposed to beat; Stevenage; Carlisle and Gillligham by 3/4 goals. So what more do some U's fans want?[/p][/quote]So you reckon Luton fans would gratefully swap places I think you must be a bit misguided on that. Luton are now getting crowds of 8,000 plus for home matches because the team plays entertaining attractive football. I don't think their fans would find the trash that we get served up at the Community stadium quite such a tasty dish. I'm sure if they did then they would be lucky to get half of hat support. I've supported my local team far longer than you ever have, and I cant remember in all those years to be so disillusioned as I am now. This season is the first time ever that I have never purchased a season ticket, thank God. I saw the writing on the wall last season. That why I have never belonged to the supporters club because certain members (not all) are nothing more than fickle ar-e lickers. crazy comments
  • Score: 7

11:47pm Wed 5 Mar 14

southstand says...

crazy comments wrote:
Noah4x4 wrote:
whoopie wrote:
Noah
Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team
Don't be so ridiculous. The U's back-room team (or manager) wouldn't stoop so low. Why would they need too when there is total openness and honesty in the routine media interviews?

I have NO affinity other than as a loyal fan that travels home and away; rain or shine; paying £hundreds to watch MY (adopted) team.

I wasn't born in Colchester; indeed I have always followed my local team having moved around the country where I have never encountered anything like the MINORITY of Colchester fans that moan about styles and tactics even when we win. This minority of unrealistic U's fans don't recognise that we are a third tier football league club punching WAY above both its player and available cash resources. I am sure fans of Luton; Stockport and similar would gratefully swap places.

Battling draws (10 men) against Swindon and Rotherham were magnificent results in the circumstances; amid defeats to upper half Port Vale; Blades; and Orient; albeit that any loss is disappointing; but they are ALL in-form teams (except Crewe). We have beaten the teams that we are supposed to beat; Stevenage; Carlisle and Gillligham by 3/4 goals. So what more do some U's fans want?
So you reckon Luton fans would gratefully swap places I think you must be a bit misguided on that. Luton are now getting crowds of 8,000 plus for home matches because the team plays entertaining attractive football. I don't think their fans would find the trash that we get served up at the Community stadium quite such a tasty dish. I'm sure if they did then they would be lucky to get half of hat support. I've supported my local team far longer than you ever have, and I cant remember in all those years to be so disillusioned as I am now. This season is the first time ever that I have never purchased a season ticket, thank God. I saw the writing on the wall last season. That why I have never belonged to the supporters club because certain members (not all) are nothing more than fickle ar-e lickers.
The reason Luton are getting large crowds is they are winning, once they are promoted and perhaps struggle in league 2 the fickle fans will stay away, I remember going to Luton with Col U on many occasions and don't remember massive crowds, I also remember sell outs at layer road when we did well, Joe could turn it round next season when some of the big earners are out of contract and he has a bit more freedom to alter the squad, we have some good young players at the club and will do well in the future, what we need is a captain they acts like a captain like duguid used too geeing up his team mates etc
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whoopie[/bold] wrote: Noah Do you go to away games because you are part of the back room team[/p][/quote]Don't be so ridiculous. The U's back-room team (or manager) wouldn't stoop so low. Why would they need too when there is total openness and honesty in the routine media interviews? I have NO affinity other than as a loyal fan that travels home and away; rain or shine; paying £hundreds to watch MY (adopted) team. I wasn't born in Colchester; indeed I have always followed my local team having moved around the country where I have never encountered anything like the MINORITY of Colchester fans that moan about styles and tactics even when we win. This minority of unrealistic U's fans don't recognise that we are a third tier football league club punching WAY above both its player and available cash resources. I am sure fans of Luton; Stockport and similar would gratefully swap places. Battling draws (10 men) against Swindon and Rotherham were magnificent results in the circumstances; amid defeats to upper half Port Vale; Blades; and Orient; albeit that any loss is disappointing; but they are ALL in-form teams (except Crewe). We have beaten the teams that we are supposed to beat; Stevenage; Carlisle and Gillligham by 3/4 goals. So what more do some U's fans want?[/p][/quote]So you reckon Luton fans would gratefully swap places I think you must be a bit misguided on that. Luton are now getting crowds of 8,000 plus for home matches because the team plays entertaining attractive football. I don't think their fans would find the trash that we get served up at the Community stadium quite such a tasty dish. I'm sure if they did then they would be lucky to get half of hat support. I've supported my local team far longer than you ever have, and I cant remember in all those years to be so disillusioned as I am now. This season is the first time ever that I have never purchased a season ticket, thank God. I saw the writing on the wall last season. That why I have never belonged to the supporters club because certain members (not all) are nothing more than fickle ar-e lickers.[/p][/quote]The reason Luton are getting large crowds is they are winning, once they are promoted and perhaps struggle in league 2 the fickle fans will stay away, I remember going to Luton with Col U on many occasions and don't remember massive crowds, I also remember sell outs at layer road when we did well, Joe could turn it round next season when some of the big earners are out of contract and he has a bit more freedom to alter the squad, we have some good young players at the club and will do well in the future, what we need is a captain they acts like a captain like duguid used too geeing up his team mates etc southstand
  • Score: -8

1:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Southstand :Whilst I agree with your comments regarding higher levels of support for winning teams, I don't agree that JD will have any more money at his disposal next season than he's had this. I'm afraid it will be more of the same, other team's cast offs, youngsters coming through and loan players. We're not even in the position as good as Phil Parkinson inherited. At least in those days we were able to get in a decent strike force unlike now when the comment has been made "we can't afford non-league players"..
Southstand :Whilst I agree with your comments regarding higher levels of support for winning teams, I don't agree that JD will have any more money at his disposal next season than he's had this. I'm afraid it will be more of the same, other team's cast offs, youngsters coming through and loan players. We're not even in the position as good as Phil Parkinson inherited. At least in those days we were able to get in a decent strike force unlike now when the comment has been made "we can't afford non-league players".. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 10

1:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

Why do people make irrelevant data fit their illogical arguments? Luton's higher crowds have nothing to do with them playing "attractive football" (albeit that winning obviously helps). Anybody that saw them play against Braintree will testify that they will play pretty ugly 'hoof it' stuff when necessary. Much more relevant is this data.....

Colchester population 160,000
Luton population 240,000 (e.g. 50% more people!).

Then consider competitive forces.....
Nearest third (or higher) tier club; Ipswich (Championship)
Nearest third (or higher) tier club; MK Dons (Division One)

Luton fans have suffered from more misfortune than any; except perhaps (old) Wimbledon; as they fell from top tier and out of the league- yet the Hatters fans have stuck with THEIR TEAM come rain, shine or even hurricane. Pompey Fans are the same!

By contrast; Colchester United Fans are enjoying watching their team's longest SUSTAINED period EVER in the Third Tier or higher; and the moans from a minority are simply ridiculous.

Yes, it's true that we do seem to want to score the 'perfect goal' and probably don't shoot often enough and we probably do need a striker; but don't have the money (but loads are coming through via the youth set-up); but why won't U's fans respect that defence is a part of football and we have recently been up against some resolute defences; and can now add our own defence to that clan.We can now build from here; by beating the six bottom half of the table teams that still have to come to WHCS; but not if the fickle fans abandon their team or undermine its confidence.

I am sure that Luton and Stockport fans would change places with us tomorrow and may even do so in a couple of years if we play the devil may care adventurous football that some now want. To simply stay in Division One is often about gritty performances; or would be sooner play in the Conference and win 3-0 every week against the Hydes and Tamworths (as Luton)? Ooops, I forgot; that would mean promotion and fans then moaning that we no longer play the attractive winning football that we once did. Is this why the U's have NEVER managed to stay in the third tier for more than a couple of seasons in the past?
Why do people make irrelevant data fit their illogical arguments? Luton's higher crowds have nothing to do with them playing "attractive football" (albeit that winning obviously helps). Anybody that saw them play against Braintree will testify that they will play pretty ugly 'hoof it' stuff when necessary. Much more relevant is this data..... Colchester population 160,000 Luton population 240,000 (e.g. 50% more people!). Then consider competitive forces..... Nearest third (or higher) tier club; Ipswich (Championship) Nearest third (or higher) tier club; MK Dons (Division One) Luton fans have suffered from more misfortune than any; except perhaps (old) Wimbledon; as they fell from top tier and out of the league- yet the Hatters fans have stuck with THEIR TEAM come rain, shine or even hurricane. Pompey Fans are the same! By contrast; Colchester United Fans are enjoying watching their team's longest SUSTAINED period EVER in the Third Tier or higher; and the moans from a minority are simply ridiculous. Yes, it's true that we do seem to want to score the 'perfect goal' and probably don't shoot often enough and we probably do need a striker; but don't have the money (but loads are coming through via the youth set-up); but why won't U's fans respect that defence is a part of football and we have recently been up against some resolute defences; and can now add our own defence to that clan.We can now build from here; by beating the six bottom half of the table teams that still have to come to WHCS; but not if the fickle fans abandon their team or undermine its confidence. I am sure that Luton and Stockport fans would change places with us tomorrow and may even do so in a couple of years if we play the devil may care adventurous football that some now want. To simply stay in Division One is often about gritty performances; or would be sooner play in the Conference and win 3-0 every week against the Hydes and Tamworths (as Luton)? Ooops, I forgot; that would mean promotion and fans then moaning that we no longer play the attractive winning football that we once did. Is this why the U's have NEVER managed to stay in the third tier for more than a couple of seasons in the past? Noah4x4
  • Score: -12

1:55pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

Yesterday; Coventry secured their first win at "home" since Boxing Day.

That's what happens when the HOME fans fail to support! their team. Confidence drops and the likelihood of success dries up.

The Sky Blues fans have my total support and sympathy; but the stay away from (temporary) Home protest isn't going to change things in the short term and is now becoming counter productive.....but watch them roar on their team when AWAY on Saturday.
Yesterday; Coventry secured their first win at "home" since Boxing Day. That's what happens when the HOME fans fail to support! their team. Confidence drops and the likelihood of success dries up. The Sky Blues fans have my total support and sympathy; but the stay away from (temporary) Home protest isn't going to change things in the short term and is now becoming counter productive.....but watch them roar on their team when AWAY on Saturday. Noah4x4
  • Score: -11

4:06pm Thu 6 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Why do people make irrelevant data fit their illogical arguments? Luton's higher crowds have nothing to do with them playing "attractive football" (albeit that winning obviously helps). Anybody that saw them play against Braintree will testify that they will play pretty ugly 'hoof it' stuff when necessary. Much more relevant is this data.....

Colchester population 160,000
Luton population 240,000 (e.g. 50% more people!).

Then consider competitive forces.....
Nearest third (or higher) tier club; Ipswich (Championship)
Nearest third (or higher) tier club; MK Dons (Division One)

Luton fans have suffered from more misfortune than any; except perhaps (old) Wimbledon; as they fell from top tier and out of the league- yet the Hatters fans have stuck with THEIR TEAM come rain, shine or even hurricane. Pompey Fans are the same!

By contrast; Colchester United Fans are enjoying watching their team's longest SUSTAINED period EVER in the Third Tier or higher; and the moans from a minority are simply ridiculous.

Yes, it's true that we do seem to want to score the 'perfect goal' and probably don't shoot often enough and we probably do need a striker; but don't have the money (but loads are coming through via the youth set-up); but why won't U's fans respect that defence is a part of football and we have recently been up against some resolute defences; and can now add our own defence to that clan.We can now build from here; by beating the six bottom half of the table teams that still have to come to WHCS; but not if the fickle fans abandon their team or undermine its confidence.

I am sure that Luton and Stockport fans would change places with us tomorrow and may even do so in a couple of years if we play the devil may care adventurous football that some now want. To simply stay in Division One is often about gritty performances; or would be sooner play in the Conference and win 3-0 every week against the Hydes and Tamworths (as Luton)? Ooops, I forgot; that would mean promotion and fans then moaning that we no longer play the attractive winning football that we once did. Is this why the U's have NEVER managed to stay in the third tier for more than a couple of seasons in the past?
Yes I would sooner watch football in the local tiers if its entertaining. Its people like you, trying to make out everything is rosy in the garden when in fact its far from it. And where are the loads of strikers that you mention coming through the youth set up. We got rid of OToole who has scored 16 goals this season ,so we might have already had one on the books.We had the best full back at the club John White, but decided to offer him half of what he was on and a 12 month contract. The club is a complete shambles. Even the clubs web site is a joke. Rotherham before the game against us had loads of interesting things in what the manager thoughts were and the possible team news of who would be playing etc.. What do we get from Matt Hudson a story about Freddie Sears having a bloody pizza. For goodness sake get the fans interest up and lets hear more what's happening within the club. I don't want to pay to listen t a interview neither. Finally I'm really praying for a crowd under 2000 this coming Saturday to show Mr Cowling that he needs to get rid of Mr Dunne fast.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Why do people make irrelevant data fit their illogical arguments? Luton's higher crowds have nothing to do with them playing "attractive football" (albeit that winning obviously helps). Anybody that saw them play against Braintree will testify that they will play pretty ugly 'hoof it' stuff when necessary. Much more relevant is this data..... Colchester population 160,000 Luton population 240,000 (e.g. 50% more people!). Then consider competitive forces..... Nearest third (or higher) tier club; Ipswich (Championship) Nearest third (or higher) tier club; MK Dons (Division One) Luton fans have suffered from more misfortune than any; except perhaps (old) Wimbledon; as they fell from top tier and out of the league- yet the Hatters fans have stuck with THEIR TEAM come rain, shine or even hurricane. Pompey Fans are the same! By contrast; Colchester United Fans are enjoying watching their team's longest SUSTAINED period EVER in the Third Tier or higher; and the moans from a minority are simply ridiculous. Yes, it's true that we do seem to want to score the 'perfect goal' and probably don't shoot often enough and we probably do need a striker; but don't have the money (but loads are coming through via the youth set-up); but why won't U's fans respect that defence is a part of football and we have recently been up against some resolute defences; and can now add our own defence to that clan.We can now build from here; by beating the six bottom half of the table teams that still have to come to WHCS; but not if the fickle fans abandon their team or undermine its confidence. I am sure that Luton and Stockport fans would change places with us tomorrow and may even do so in a couple of years if we play the devil may care adventurous football that some now want. To simply stay in Division One is often about gritty performances; or would be sooner play in the Conference and win 3-0 every week against the Hydes and Tamworths (as Luton)? Ooops, I forgot; that would mean promotion and fans then moaning that we no longer play the attractive winning football that we once did. Is this why the U's have NEVER managed to stay in the third tier for more than a couple of seasons in the past?[/p][/quote]Yes I would sooner watch football in the local tiers if its entertaining. Its people like you, trying to make out everything is rosy in the garden when in fact its far from it. And where are the loads of strikers that you mention coming through the youth set up. We got rid of OToole who has scored 16 goals this season ,so we might have already had one on the books.We had the best full back at the club John White, but decided to offer him half of what he was on and a 12 month contract. The club is a complete shambles. Even the clubs web site is a joke. Rotherham before the game against us had loads of interesting things in what the manager thoughts were and the possible team news of who would be playing etc.. What do we get from Matt Hudson a story about Freddie Sears having a bloody pizza. For goodness sake get the fans interest up and lets hear more what's happening within the club. I don't want to pay to listen t a interview neither. Finally I'm really praying for a crowd under 2000 this coming Saturday to show Mr Cowling that he needs to get rid of Mr Dunne fast. crazy comments
  • Score: 10

7:55pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

The Car Park is almost sold out; and Coventry will bring over 1,000; so I doubt if you will get your wish of a sub 2000 crowd Crazy.

But what a spiteful thing to wish given Robbie Cowling has invested so much for the fans and town's benefit. It's like wishing your employer a drop in sales/revenue just because you didn't like something that management did.
The Car Park is almost sold out; and Coventry will bring over 1,000; so I doubt if you will get your wish of a sub 2000 crowd Crazy. But what a spiteful thing to wish given Robbie Cowling has invested so much for the fans and town's benefit. It's like wishing your employer a drop in sales/revenue just because you didn't like something that management did. Noah4x4
  • Score: -8

7:58pm Thu 6 Mar 14

notenough says...

As other supporters have said we are not a premier side and we do not have players with the ability of premier players. If we had another half dozen Watts things might be different.
Whether you have supported the U's a year or 50yrs I cannot believe any of you like what is happening at the club.
We have a chairman who is never seen or heard perhaps he thinks he is in the same boat as a certain chairman over in Suffolk.
A manager who seems to **** foot around his players where the Rotherham manager layed into his players at half time ?
Ok they still did not score thank heavens but nor did we.
Watt was back but one man does not make a team.
At the end of the day the supporters are paying to watch a decent game of football.
But I must comment on the spiteful remarks by fan's at each other on here and on Colchester forums. There is no need for that some remarks are quite rude.
As other supporters have said we are not a premier side and we do not have players with the ability of premier players. If we had another half dozen Watts things might be different. Whether you have supported the U's a year or 50yrs I cannot believe any of you like what is happening at the club. We have a chairman who is never seen or heard perhaps he thinks he is in the same boat as a certain chairman over in Suffolk. A manager who seems to **** foot around his players where the Rotherham manager layed into his players at half time ? Ok they still did not score thank heavens but nor did we. Watt was back but one man does not make a team. At the end of the day the supporters are paying to watch a decent game of football. But I must comment on the spiteful remarks by fan's at each other on here and on Colchester forums. There is no need for that some remarks are quite rude. notenough
  • Score: 6

3:07pm Fri 7 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

notenough wrote:
As other supporters have said we are not a premier side and we do not have players with the ability of premier players. If we had another half dozen Watts things might be different.
Whether you have supported the U's a year or 50yrs I cannot believe any of you like what is happening at the club.
We have a chairman who is never seen or heard perhaps he thinks he is in the same boat as a certain chairman over in Suffolk.
A manager who seems to **** foot around his players where the Rotherham manager layed into his players at half time ?
Ok they still did not score thank heavens but nor did we.
Watt was back but one man does not make a team.
At the end of the day the supporters are paying to watch a decent game of football.
But I must comment on the spiteful remarks by fan's at each other on here and on Colchester forums. There is no need for that some remarks are quite rude.
The majority of fans that are being refereed to as constant moaners by Noah 4x4 are mostly passionate supporters like myself and it hurts us seeing the club being managed in its present way. Of coarse I want to see the ground packed out, so that income is increased. The club wants lifting up instead of being a boring show like it is at present. The two **** that run the media should be first out the door. Wake up Mr Cowling please do before its to late.
[quote][p][bold]notenough[/bold] wrote: As other supporters have said we are not a premier side and we do not have players with the ability of premier players. If we had another half dozen Watts things might be different. Whether you have supported the U's a year or 50yrs I cannot believe any of you like what is happening at the club. We have a chairman who is never seen or heard perhaps he thinks he is in the same boat as a certain chairman over in Suffolk. A manager who seems to **** foot around his players where the Rotherham manager layed into his players at half time ? Ok they still did not score thank heavens but nor did we. Watt was back but one man does not make a team. At the end of the day the supporters are paying to watch a decent game of football. But I must comment on the spiteful remarks by fan's at each other on here and on Colchester forums. There is no need for that some remarks are quite rude.[/p][/quote]The majority of fans that are being refereed to as constant moaners by Noah 4x4 are mostly passionate supporters like myself and it hurts us seeing the club being managed in its present way. Of coarse I want to see the ground packed out, so that income is increased. The club wants lifting up instead of being a boring show like it is at present. The two **** that run the media should be first out the door. Wake up Mr Cowling please do before its to late. crazy comments
  • Score: 11

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