Dunne wants U's to adopt "tough" mindset ahead of Sky Blues clash

Essex County Standard: Stay strong - U's boss Joe Dunne wants his side to be mentally tough when they entertain Coventry City tomorrow. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90349-20) Stay strong - U's boss Joe Dunne wants his side to be mentally tough when they entertain Coventry City tomorrow. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90349-20)

Joe Dunne has urged his Colchester United team to stay mentally strong playing in front of low crowds at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The U’s host Coventry City tomorrow - four days on from drawing their second lowest home league attendance of the season.

For more on this story and a three-page preview of Colchester's home clash with Coventry, including full interviews with Joe Dunne and David Wright, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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11:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

What JD and RC need to do is understand why there are low crowds at the WHCS and do something about it.
What JD and RC need to do is understand why there are low crowds at the WHCS and do something about it. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 13

11:25am Fri 7 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
What JD and RC need to do is understand why there are low crowds at the WHCS and do something about it.
I just saw that as another pop at the supporters Baz, as I said the other day, if you serve up poor fayre you will lose customers! I wonder when the point will sink in, long after the mind-set for sure!
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: What JD and RC need to do is understand why there are low crowds at the WHCS and do something about it.[/p][/quote]I just saw that as another pop at the supporters Baz, as I said the other day, if you serve up poor fayre you will lose customers! I wonder when the point will sink in, long after the mind-set for sure! totallyfootball
  • Score: 10

11:56am Fri 7 Mar 14

United we stand says...

The gulf between fans and management just keeps on growing. What might help would be just a little acknowledgement by JD/RC of the difficulty/frustrati
on for fans when such abysmal performances are churned out in the majority of games.
Also, less hype before home games of the "we'll be taking the match to the opposition" variety would be advisable - because the formation & playing style on the day seldom supports these empty statements!
The gulf between fans and management just keeps on growing. What might help would be just a little acknowledgement by JD/RC of the difficulty/frustrati on for fans when such abysmal performances are churned out in the majority of games. Also, less hype before home games of the "we'll be taking the match to the opposition" variety would be advisable - because the formation & playing style on the day seldom supports these empty statements! United we stand
  • Score: 12

11:57am Fri 7 Mar 14

United we stand says...

The gulf between fans and management just keeps on growing. What might help would be just a little acknowledgement by JD/RC of the difficulty/frustrati
on for fans when such abysmal performances are churned out in the majority of games.
Also, less hype before home games of the "we'll be taking the match to the opposition" variety would be advisable - because the formation & playing style on the day seldom supports these empty statements!
The gulf between fans and management just keeps on growing. What might help would be just a little acknowledgement by JD/RC of the difficulty/frustrati on for fans when such abysmal performances are churned out in the majority of games. Also, less hype before home games of the "we'll be taking the match to the opposition" variety would be advisable - because the formation & playing style on the day seldom supports these empty statements! United we stand
  • Score: 8

1:35pm Fri 7 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

It won't be a small crowd tomorrow. Sadly this sing a good thing as there is a serious likely hood there will be more Coventry fans than Colchester
It won't be a small crowd tomorrow. Sadly this sing a good thing as there is a serious likely hood there will be more Coventry fans than Colchester angryman!!!
  • Score: 11

2:06pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Agreed Angryman, and with Calum Wilson now back after injury for Coventry, it seems unlikely the so called Family Day will be rewarded with 3 points..
Agreed Angryman, and with Calum Wilson now back after injury for Coventry, it seems unlikely the so called Family Day will be rewarded with 3 points.. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 9

2:10pm Fri 7 Mar 14

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Is it just me or does Joe's statement sound like he's having another dig at the fans ?

The crowd is low Joe because we've seen just 5 league wins at home out of a possible 16. We've scored just 19 goals at home in those 16 league games. Averaging of 1.18 goals per game. Hardly edge of the seat excitement. Bare in mind that some of the top scorers in our league have almost scored that many on their own.

Perhaps you should get behind the fans who have forked out their hard earned cash.
Is it just me or does Joe's statement sound like he's having another dig at the fans ? The crowd is low Joe because we've seen just 5 league wins at home out of a possible 16. We've scored just 19 goals at home in those 16 league games. Averaging of 1.18 goals per game. Hardly edge of the seat excitement. Bare in mind that some of the top scorers in our league have almost scored that many on their own. Perhaps you should get behind the fans who have forked out their hard earned cash. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 6

5:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

southstand says...

If there is any merit in low crowds deter performance we will surely be relegated, I have had 20ish season tickets in a row and the game against sheffield united was enough to put me off getting another, at work all day bust a gut to get home early enough to set off again the 17 miles to the ground just to see a dire, couldn't care less performance from virtually the whole team with the "captain" leading by example just hoofing the ball any old where! Joe always gave his all why can't his players? I was at layer road when whitton signed Joe back from Dover (I think) and he lifted the team by example. Finally when we have a big crowd we usually get hammered, Norwich, Stevenage boxing day 2012 etc
If there is any merit in low crowds deter performance we will surely be relegated, I have had 20ish season tickets in a row and the game against sheffield united was enough to put me off getting another, at work all day bust a gut to get home early enough to set off again the 17 miles to the ground just to see a dire, couldn't care less performance from virtually the whole team with the "captain" leading by example just hoofing the ball any old where! Joe always gave his all why can't his players? I was at layer road when whitton signed Joe back from Dover (I think) and he lifted the team by example. Finally when we have a big crowd we usually get hammered, Norwich, Stevenage boxing day 2012 etc southstand
  • Score: 9

10:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Southstand, I agree with you 100%. It is just an awful place to get to for an evening game, coupled with the poor performance levels, means there are many people who just will not attend. Right from the time the WHCS has been available, evening attendance levels have nearly always been less than those of a Saturday.
Southstand, I agree with you 100%. It is just an awful place to get to for an evening game, coupled with the poor performance levels, means there are many people who just will not attend. Right from the time the WHCS has been available, evening attendance levels have nearly always been less than those of a Saturday. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 4

2:36am Sat 8 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

I agree with all previous comments and that the WHCS is an awful location for a football ground. The stewards in the South Stand (and other parts of the ground) seemed to outnumber the fans on Tuesday night. That alone needs streamlining - the ratio of stewards to fans is totally ridiculous. Whilst safety is an issue, why oh why so many costly stewards? On the way in I walk from the Mile End area to the ground along Boxted Road and counted 7 stewards along the route, just literally standing around and in some cases, standing chatting and laughing (probably laughing at how easy it is to make an easy buck from the club) whilst the club struggles to get and keep fans coming to the ground. It was an awful atmosphere. My opinion (for what it is worth) would be to reduce prices for admission, have a cash turnstile to accept payment on the day and offer families a family priced ticket to encourage them back and get out back into local schools to offer 'free tickets' to schools on a random basis, whilst their parents can also attend at a reduced price. I would much rather ( and it would make sense) see the ground two thirds full than a third (or less!) full for most games - look at the spin-offs, programme sales, maybe a visit to our overly-priced, under-stocked club shop, concourse refreshment sales would increase, and so on. Encourage the local community (as was intended originally) to visit the ground. It is good business sense to allow the 'prawn sandwich brigade' their place in the hospitality concourses, but naturally you need to encourage young prospective fans of the future to attend also. THe fans' forums are a farce and Mr Cowling never listens to the fans or heeds what we suggest. He appears to have his own agenda. I much prefer attending on Saturdays at WHCS than any other day of the week - we do,however, need to make drastic changes to our performances and results on the pitch before we get anywhere near the attendances witnessed at Layer Road, and even in those days we struggled to break even. Goodness knows what shortfalls are being experienced in revenue returns now! Cutback the number of over-zealous stewards for one thing - two or three stewards on one turnstile in the South Stand and family enclosure is a total waste of club money. THe stewarding of streets around the locality to try to prevent people parking there is a waste of money. THe ground is like it has an exclusion zone around it. It is almost so unwelcoming that people only come once, watch and experience the mediocre fayre offered on the pitch, go home disillusioned with the lacklustre and poor displays (normally home defeats!) and never return. Up the U's!
I agree with all previous comments and that the WHCS is an awful location for a football ground. The stewards in the South Stand (and other parts of the ground) seemed to outnumber the fans on Tuesday night. That alone needs streamlining - the ratio of stewards to fans is totally ridiculous. Whilst safety is an issue, why oh why so many costly stewards? On the way in I walk from the Mile End area to the ground along Boxted Road and counted 7 stewards along the route, just literally standing around and in some cases, standing chatting and laughing (probably laughing at how easy it is to make an easy buck from the club) whilst the club struggles to get and keep fans coming to the ground. It was an awful atmosphere. My opinion (for what it is worth) would be to reduce prices for admission, have a cash turnstile to accept payment on the day and offer families a family priced ticket to encourage them back and get out back into local schools to offer 'free tickets' to schools on a random basis, whilst their parents can also attend at a reduced price. I would much rather ( and it would make sense) see the ground two thirds full than a third (or less!) full for most games - look at the spin-offs, programme sales, maybe a visit to our overly-priced, under-stocked club shop, concourse refreshment sales would increase, and so on. Encourage the local community (as was intended originally) to visit the ground. It is good business sense to allow the 'prawn sandwich brigade' their place in the hospitality concourses, but naturally you need to encourage young prospective fans of the future to attend also. THe fans' forums are a farce and Mr Cowling never listens to the fans or heeds what we suggest. He appears to have his own agenda. I much prefer attending on Saturdays at WHCS than any other day of the week - we do,however, need to make drastic changes to our performances and results on the pitch before we get anywhere near the attendances witnessed at Layer Road, and even in those days we struggled to break even. Goodness knows what shortfalls are being experienced in revenue returns now! Cutback the number of over-zealous stewards for one thing - two or three stewards on one turnstile in the South Stand and family enclosure is a total waste of club money. THe stewarding of streets around the locality to try to prevent people parking there is a waste of money. THe ground is like it has an exclusion zone around it. It is almost so unwelcoming that people only come once, watch and experience the mediocre fayre offered on the pitch, go home disillusioned with the lacklustre and poor displays (normally home defeats!) and never return. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 6

8:20am Sat 8 Mar 14

whoopie says...

They way the rot will stop is when we have a big clear out of board and managment , p it's the same old dribble every week , couldn't even beat concord haha , never trust a man who wears a pink shirt .
They way the rot will stop is when we have a big clear out of board and managment , p it's the same old dribble every week , couldn't even beat concord haha , never trust a man who wears a pink shirt . whoopie
  • Score: 0

8:59am Sat 8 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Ozzie totally agree. Stewarding is a joke, and one of the main reasons I have stopped getting a season ticket. The amount is ridiculous, there has been no trouble at the ground since we've got there but they all walk around like 10 men giving it big licks. When we got a penalty a couple of weeks ago a few children jumped off their seats and 5 stewards ran to them as if it was something off football factory. Then to top it off I saw two of the stewards laugh when jabo missed. It just sums up that all they are power crazed little men after an easy buck. (There are some exceptions). It's also annoying to pay for so many of them especially the ones on the streets which can't stop you parking there if you want so are totally pointless.
Food and drink at the ground is rubbish, most half times I go south stand is out of hot food. The BBQ is the only good thing they have a covered marquee so why not have it year round.

However the main thing and easiest thing to do make the ground less soulless and dire is change the sea sting arrangements so that away fans are next to vocal home fans. Simple and easy, it might also give the stewards something to do
Ozzie totally agree. Stewarding is a joke, and one of the main reasons I have stopped getting a season ticket. The amount is ridiculous, there has been no trouble at the ground since we've got there but they all walk around like 10 men giving it big licks. When we got a penalty a couple of weeks ago a few children jumped off their seats and 5 stewards ran to them as if it was something off football factory. Then to top it off I saw two of the stewards laugh when jabo missed. It just sums up that all they are power crazed little men after an easy buck. (There are some exceptions). It's also annoying to pay for so many of them especially the ones on the streets which can't stop you parking there if you want so are totally pointless. Food and drink at the ground is rubbish, most half times I go south stand is out of hot food. The BBQ is the only good thing they have a covered marquee so why not have it year round. However the main thing and easiest thing to do make the ground less soulless and dire is change the sea sting arrangements so that away fans are next to vocal home fans. Simple and easy, it might also give the stewards something to do angryman!!!
  • Score: 3

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