Dunne praises clinical U's

Essex County Standard: Something to cheer - Gavin Massey celebrates his goal in the U's 2-1 victory over Coventry City. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90351-14) Something to cheer - Gavin Massey celebrates his goal in the U's 2-1 victory over Coventry City. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO90351-14)

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hailed his “clinical” side after they beat Coventry City 2-1 this afternoon.

First-half goals from Freddie Sears and Gavin Massey gave the U’s their first victory in seven matches, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester had only scored twice in their previous six matches, prior to their win over the Sky Blues.

Dunne said: “What we were today is clinical and when we got our chances, we took them.

“We had two or three other opportunities to score more.

“I’ve very pleased for everybody, for ourselves and the fans.

“It was a great win all round for the football club.

“It was a great start and we’d done a lot of work on this kind of play.

“Freddie took his goal exceptionally well and it was a good finish.

“Gavin has been scoring on his left foot a lot in training and he took his goal exceptionally well, too.

“It was a great pass into space and a wonderful finish and we had two or three other moments where we could have killed the game off and made it a lot more comfortable than it was.”

Callum Wilson's well-taken goal on the stroke of the interval gave Coventry hope and prompted Dunne to change his half-time team-talk.

“At half-time we put the first 45 minutes to bed, because when you concede a goal just before half-time like that then it can manifest," added Dunne.


“We shut the door on that and said if we draw or win the second half, we win the game."

For five pages of coverage of the U’s game with Coventry, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.

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7:03pm Sat 8 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Well done joe. Was a a good game, if we were actual clinical though shoukd have been a lot more convincing. However we worked hard and played well and deserved the win. The wingers were the difference in my opinion, Massey and watt both really good and vose was superb when he came on.
The defence looks very vulnerable on the counter it beat us at orient and looked like it could have happend in stoppage time.
But all in all very good game.
Well done joe. Was a a good game, if we were actual clinical though shoukd have been a lot more convincing. However we worked hard and played well and deserved the win. The wingers were the difference in my opinion, Massey and watt both really good and vose was superb when he came on. The defence looks very vulnerable on the counter it beat us at orient and looked like it could have happend in stoppage time. But all in all very good game. angryman!!!
  • Score: 3

7:11pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Medicated Soap says...

A very much-needed win, fully capitalizing from Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through.

The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer.

Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now.
A very much-needed win, fully capitalizing from Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through. The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer. Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 12

8:25pm Sat 8 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Christ mate, laugh a minute with you why don't you eat that soap
Christ mate, laugh a minute with you why don't you eat that soap angryman!!!
  • Score: -7

9:47pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

With the U's game postponed on 28 January I ventured to Orient versus Coventry and despite a 2-0 defeat the Sky Blues fans were in seriously good voice. Today, they were utterly silenced before five minutes by a convincing performance by the U's. Sadly, Medicated Soap evidently ever won't be satisfied until we hit six goals against some table topper without reply.

Once two nil up; we were in total control until an outstanding bit of play by Callum Wilson pulled a goal back. Let's give credit where due; it was a fine goal Then in the second half; Coventry did throw the kitchen sink at us; but we were patient and held firm; and might have extended our lead.

Had we not already been leading; the moaners would probably have claimed during this phase that we were negative; notably in the last ten minutes where we were magnificent when running down the clock in the corners (reminiscent of Jabo at Pompey away last season and at Bradford). But this is very simple tactic; when we have the ball; the opposition can't score.

Fabulous result; decent entertainment from both teams. What a shame that some remain still dissatisfied.
With the U's game postponed on 28 January I ventured to Orient versus Coventry and despite a 2-0 defeat the Sky Blues fans were in seriously good voice. Today, they were utterly silenced before five minutes by a convincing performance by the U's. Sadly, Medicated Soap evidently ever won't be satisfied until we hit six goals against some table topper without reply. Once two nil up; we were in total control until an outstanding bit of play by Callum Wilson pulled a goal back. Let's give credit where due; it was a fine goal Then in the second half; Coventry did throw the kitchen sink at us; but we were patient and held firm; and might have extended our lead. Had we not already been leading; the moaners would probably have claimed during this phase that we were negative; notably in the last ten minutes where we were magnificent when running down the clock in the corners (reminiscent of Jabo at Pompey away last season and at Bradford). But this is very simple tactic; when we have the ball; the opposition can't score. Fabulous result; decent entertainment from both teams. What a shame that some remain still dissatisfied. Noah4x4
  • Score: -9

10:05pm Sat 8 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

This was a much better display than the last game against Rotherham, but a combination of us switching off after 25 minutes and Coventry upping their game could so easily have seen us giving away yet another 2 goal lead. We tended to sit back for long periods in the second half, but it was good to see us playing out the final minutes in the opposition half, which shows we are learning. Callum Wilson for Coventry was a threat all afternoon and he notched his 17th goal of the season and could easily have had more. O'h to have a youngster on our books as good as him. Bonne is good but not that good. With the confidence gained from this result, it is now important we carry it on against both Bradford and Crawley. Well done and a good 3 points.
This was a much better display than the last game against Rotherham, but a combination of us switching off after 25 minutes and Coventry upping their game could so easily have seen us giving away yet another 2 goal lead. We tended to sit back for long periods in the second half, but it was good to see us playing out the final minutes in the opposition half, which shows we are learning. Callum Wilson for Coventry was a threat all afternoon and he notched his 17th goal of the season and could easily have had more. O'h to have a youngster on our books as good as him. Bonne is good but not that good. With the confidence gained from this result, it is now important we carry it on against both Bradford and Crawley. Well done and a good 3 points. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 17

10:20pm Sat 8 Mar 14

25414nora says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
A very much-needed win, fully capitalizing from Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through.

The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer.

Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now.
Fair do's: Medicated soap, any one who was at the game today will know that your comments are quite accurate, and to the point.
That said, most 'col u' fans don't have inflated expectations, we know our clubs limitations, but would still rather read positive things about our team, especially when we win.. (Its called supporting) .
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: A very much-needed win, fully capitalizing from Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through. The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer. Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now.[/p][/quote]Fair do's: Medicated soap, any one who was at the game today will know that your comments are quite accurate, and to the point. That said, most 'col u' fans don't have inflated expectations, we know our clubs limitations, but would still rather read positive things about our team, especially when we win.. (Its called supporting) . 25414nora
  • Score: 1

11:33am Sun 9 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

It would be nice for the gazette to front the article with an actual picture of the game except the same old archive.
It would be nice for the gazette to front the article with an actual picture of the game except the same old archive. stevedawson
  • Score: 7

1:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

25414nora wrote:
Medicated Soap wrote:
A very much-needed win, fully capitalizing from Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through.

The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer.

Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now.
Fair do's: Medicated soap, any one who was at the game today will know that your comments are quite accurate, and to the point.
That said, most 'col u' fans don't have inflated expectations, we know our clubs limitations, but would still rather read positive things about our team, especially when we win.. (Its called supporting) .
Well put.
A 2-1 against a decent Coventry side is welcome regardless of how it came about. A win is a win and we deserved it.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: A very much-needed win, fully capitalizing from Coventry’s defensive no-show in the first twenty minutes! Our first goal came from an up-field punt from Sanchez Watt deflecting off a Coventry defender into the path of Freddie Sears whose tame shot went through the keepers legs. The second again came from a long ball and comical Sky Blue defending, Wright unceremoniously lumping it forward to Massey, who then charged in towards goal from the right with not a defender in sight. It’s a just a shame from that moment onwards the U’s ceased to offer any semblance of an attacking threat, as Coventry got back into the game, deep into first half stoppage time, when Callum Wilson broke through. The second half was pretty much all Coventry; it’s hard to discern between a no-show and a tactical plan to sit on a one goal lead these days, either way we nearly paid the price for our lack of ambition when Callum Wilson broke through again at the death only spurn a glorious opportunity to grab that deserved equalizer. Far from convincing, but a crucial three points that halts the slide down the table for now.[/p][/quote]Fair do's: Medicated soap, any one who was at the game today will know that your comments are quite accurate, and to the point. That said, most 'col u' fans don't have inflated expectations, we know our clubs limitations, but would still rather read positive things about our team, especially when we win.. (Its called supporting) .[/p][/quote]Well put. A 2-1 against a decent Coventry side is welcome regardless of how it came about. A win is a win and we deserved it. Eddy D
  • Score: 0

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