U's frustrated by woodwork in Crawley defeat

In the thick of it - Colchester United midfielder Craig Eastmond tussles with Mike Jones in the U's 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town. Picture: WARREN PAGE

In the thick of it - Colchester United midfielder Craig Eastmond tussles with Mike Jones in the U's 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town. Picture: WARREN PAGE

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Colchester United were left cursing their luck after they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town.

Sanchez Watt and substitute Dominic Vose hit bar and post respectively in the second half, as the U's fell to a second successive defeat in League One.

Matt Tubbs and Billy Clarke both went close for Crawley in the opening stages, at a sun-kissed Broadfield Stadium.

Mike Jones fired straight at U's goalkeeper Sam Walker and minutes later, the Crawley winger’s cross-shot flashed wide of the far post.

Colchester's only meaningful effort in the first half came from Freddie Sears, whose low shot that sailed just wide of the far post.

Joe Dunne's side went in at the break behind after Jones coolly rounded Walker and slotted into the net, following Clarke’s fine lofted pass.

Colchester changed to 4-4-2 at the break and they looked more dangerous in the second half.

The U's almost equalised just before the hour when Watt's fine header back came off the bar from David Wright’s cross.

And Colchester were left cursing the woodwork again when substitute Vose's low shot came back off the foot off the post from 25 yards, with eight minutes remaining.

But the U's were unable to secure an equaliser, as they slid to a second successive defeat.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester United's game with Crawley Town, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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6:09pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Boris says...

Anyone believe we can beat Shrewsbury on Tuesday? Wolves couldn't manage it.
We really are in relegation territory now, with all the other lowly-ranked teams fighting as hard as us, and some of them harder.
Come on Joe, see if you can motivate these .players of yours into getting an early 2-0 lead and then holding on to it.
Up the U's.
Anyone believe we can beat Shrewsbury on Tuesday? Wolves couldn't manage it. We really are in relegation territory now, with all the other lowly-ranked teams fighting as hard as us, and some of them harder. Come on Joe, see if you can motivate these .players of yours into getting an early 2-0 lead and then holding on to it. Up the U's. Boris
  • Score: 29

7:07pm Sat 15 Mar 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Yet another defeat under the leadership of Joe Dunne.not that i expected any thing else.I think the most we can expect on tuesday night against shrewsbury is a draw,but if shrewsbury score first then a defeat is on the cards,I can see it being the lowest home attendence of the season so far.How many more defeats Joe before you admit your just not good enough to manage at this level,iv said this before me and my family will not be renewing our season tickets next season if you remain in charge,its not so much the losing,its the way you lose,gutless performances and so boring to watch,time for me to have a large whisky,lets hope for something better on tuesday
Yet another defeat under the leadership of Joe Dunne.not that i expected any thing else.I think the most we can expect on tuesday night against shrewsbury is a draw,but if shrewsbury score first then a defeat is on the cards,I can see it being the lowest home attendence of the season so far.How many more defeats Joe before you admit your just not good enough to manage at this level,iv said this before me and my family will not be renewing our season tickets next season if you remain in charge,its not so much the losing,its the way you lose,gutless performances and so boring to watch,time for me to have a large whisky,lets hope for something better on tuesday WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 34

8:08pm Sat 15 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

Nothing changes. Same excuses from Dunne. Other Managers with less defeats lose their jobs but Dunne's position seems to be secure. Its a though the football club as a whole are burying their heads in the sand hoping it will go away.

If we do not pick up points soon there will only be one outcome, League Two.

Some of the U's Supporters may be happy with that but with Dunne at the helm we will never get back into League One.

I sit in the West Stand with other Season Ticket Holders and not one of them I have spoken to, including myself, are intending on renewing for next season if Dunne remains at the helm.

Surely Cowling is now regretting talking Dunne back into staying. Another mistake made from a Businessman who controls every part of Colchester United and who is responsible for where we are now.
Nothing changes. Same excuses from Dunne. Other Managers with less defeats lose their jobs but Dunne's position seems to be secure. Its a though the football club as a whole are burying their heads in the sand hoping it will go away. If we do not pick up points soon there will only be one outcome, League Two. Some of the U's Supporters may be happy with that but with Dunne at the helm we will never get back into League One. I sit in the West Stand with other Season Ticket Holders and not one of them I have spoken to, including myself, are intending on renewing for next season if Dunne remains at the helm. Surely Cowling is now regretting talking Dunne back into staying. Another mistake made from a Businessman who controls every part of Colchester United and who is responsible for where we are now. West Stand United
  • Score: 23

8:31pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Daffyyd says...

Are the players or the tactics to blame? It can't the a combination of the two.

Simply, Clinton Morrison is not good enough to play at this level. He may of been great at previous clubs in earlier days, but he should think about winding down his career in a non-league team. Jabo is just back from injury, Freddie is not as fast as he thinks he is thus never getting to the ball first and Bean's first touch is amateur. Basically, we will never be in a serious position to score goals.

Tactics from Dunne are pass high and header the ball forward. They do short high passes to each other because we have tall players. Works if the players could control the ball and pass confidently, but we can't.

Here's a tactic to try Joe: play a high line in the defense, midfield should play short ONE TOUCH passing. 3-4 very quick passes can cause a striker to lose their marker and then be in a position to run/shoot at goal.

Drop Marcus Bean in favor of Gilbey or Eastmond. Drop Morrison for Bonne, he may be young but he has promise and fresh ideas.

All the players like playing fast attacking football, go back to your principles Joe. You can still turn this around.
Are the players or the tactics to blame? It can't the a combination of the two. Simply, Clinton Morrison is not good enough to play at this level. He may of been great at previous clubs in earlier days, but he should think about winding down his career in a non-league team. Jabo is just back from injury, Freddie is not as fast as he thinks he is thus never getting to the ball first and Bean's first touch is amateur. Basically, we will never be in a serious position to score goals. Tactics from Dunne are pass high and header the ball forward. They do short high passes to each other because we have tall players. Works if the players could control the ball and pass confidently, but we can't. Here's a tactic to try Joe: play a high line in the defense, midfield should play short ONE TOUCH passing. 3-4 very quick passes can cause a striker to lose their marker and then be in a position to run/shoot at goal. Drop Marcus Bean in favor of Gilbey or Eastmond. Drop Morrison for Bonne, he may be young but he has promise and fresh ideas. All the players like playing fast attacking football, go back to your principles Joe. You can still turn this around. Daffyyd
  • Score: 21

8:48pm Sat 15 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

I dont think shrewsbury will be worrying about us on tuesday and we could at last get 3 points, we must get three points anything less and good night nurse for this season hello div 2 for next.
I dont think shrewsbury will be worrying about us on tuesday and we could at last get 3 points, we must get three points anything less and good night nurse for this season hello div 2 for next. stevedawson
  • Score: 5

9:28pm Sat 15 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

Shrewsbury held Wolves away today and Wolves are normally not goal shy. Colchesters play is so predictable they will have no problems at keeping us quiet.

With Dunne continually playing one upfront and high balls pumped upfield its easy fodder for any defence which is why he must mix it up.

Would be nice to see a 4-4-2 with Jabo and Macauley upfront and Sanchez and Dominic providing the width but I'm not picking the team unfortunately.
Shrewsbury held Wolves away today and Wolves are normally not goal shy. Colchesters play is so predictable they will have no problems at keeping us quiet. With Dunne continually playing one upfront and high balls pumped upfield its easy fodder for any defence which is why he must mix it up. Would be nice to see a 4-4-2 with Jabo and Macauley upfront and Sanchez and Dominic providing the width but I'm not picking the team unfortunately. West Stand United
  • Score: 27

10:26pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

I just hope that we have enough in the team to survive yet again. What a major disappointment this season has proved to be yet again from a squad allegedly 'one of the youngest and best in the division' - quote Mr Dunne, July open day 2013. We are no different in terms of style, play, formation, goal creation, finishing, defensive frailties, team morale, motivation, etc, etc than we were last season. I was hoping that at Crawley we could have got at least a draw, but we are creeping ever closer to the last spot in the relegation battle and with Shrewsbury up next at home, a home defeat could and should be the end of Joe's reign. However, either way we all know that Mr Cowling will hold onto his 'little Irish gem'. Up the U's!
I just hope that we have enough in the team to survive yet again. What a major disappointment this season has proved to be yet again from a squad allegedly 'one of the youngest and best in the division' - quote Mr Dunne, July open day 2013. We are no different in terms of style, play, formation, goal creation, finishing, defensive frailties, team morale, motivation, etc, etc than we were last season. I was hoping that at Crawley we could have got at least a draw, but we are creeping ever closer to the last spot in the relegation battle and with Shrewsbury up next at home, a home defeat could and should be the end of Joe's reign. However, either way we all know that Mr Cowling will hold onto his 'little Irish gem'. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 24

3:45pm Sun 16 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

J d l have just watched mu demolished by liverpool.how do you think dm is feeling.so buck up.
J d l have just watched mu demolished by liverpool.how do you think dm is feeling.so buck up. stevedawson
  • Score: -3

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