U's suffer damaging defeat at Notts County

Essex County Standard: Close encounter - U's defender Tom Eastman gets to grips with Notts County striker Jamie Spencer during the U's 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane. Picture: WARREN PAGE Close encounter - U's defender Tom Eastman gets to grips with Notts County striker Jamie Spencer during the U's 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Colchester United’s relegation fears deepened when they were beaten 2-0 at fellow strugglers Notts County this afternoon.

The U’s are now just three points above the bottom four in League One having fallen to a fourth successive away defeat, after first-half defensive errors ultimately cost them at Meadow Lane.

Joe Dunne’s side made a poor start for the third successive match when they fell behind after just four minutes.

After Notts County had found space in the Colchester half, Ronan Murray capitalised on Tom Eastman’s hesitancy before planting a low shot past goalkeeper Sam Walker.

The U’s responded well to the setback and created plenty of chances.

Alex Gilbey blasted wide of the target at the second attempt from a good position after his initial shot had been blocked, while Freddie Sears was desperately unlucky not to score when his shot came back off a post.

Jabo Ibehre caused the Notts County defence all sorts of problems and Ryan Dickson was unfortunate to see his cross tipped over by Bartosz Bialkowski.

But more poor defending allowed Haydn Hollis to powerfully head in Alan Sheehan’s free-kick in first-half stoppage-time, to leave Colchester with a mountain to climb.

Notts County went in search of more goals after the break, with Murray’s volley pushed over the bar at his near post by Walker and James Spencer shooting wide of the post after Ryan Dickson had slipped in the area.

Only Sheehan’s brave challenge prevented Sears from getting a shot in from six yards and Dickson’s free-kick was tipped over by Bartosz Bialkowski, with 15 minutes to go.

Bialkowski also denied Craig Eastmond’s fine long-range strike before the end but Notts County secured a vital three points.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester’s game at Notts County, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.

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5:11pm Sat 29 Mar 14

down the line says...

League 2 here we come. Joe Dunne out.
League 2 here we come. Joe Dunne out. down the line
  • Score: 54

5:29pm Sat 29 Mar 14

angryman!!! says...

Poor first halves are costing us dear. We're lucky that there's a lot of other poor teams in this division and most of the bottom teams didn't win. I can't see any benefits of getting rid of dunne now with all transfer windows closed. A lot of people at the club need to have a serious look at themselves and ask are they actually pulling their weight.
Poor first halves are costing us dear. We're lucky that there's a lot of other poor teams in this division and most of the bottom teams didn't win. I can't see any benefits of getting rid of dunne now with all transfer windows closed. A lot of people at the club need to have a serious look at themselves and ask are they actually pulling their weight. angryman!!!
  • Score: 18

5:34pm Sat 29 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Never mind, it's not do or die is it Joe! Well motivated Joe! Can't defend + can't take our chances = bottom four finish. We're in such poor shape right now it's unlikely we can win another game this season. Strikes me Cowling is going to get his wish wit league 2 football next season.
Never mind, it's not do or die is it Joe! Well motivated Joe! Can't defend + can't take our chances = bottom four finish. We're in such poor shape right now it's unlikely we can win another game this season. Strikes me Cowling is going to get his wish wit league 2 football next season. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 46

6:16pm Sat 29 Mar 14

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

Don't worry guys, I'm sure Noah will come up with some stats that will show we won't get relegated. While the rest of us live in the real world and can see that this is probably worse than last season.

With 4 of our last 7 games against teams below or just above us, we certainly have to find a 'Do or Die' attitude ASAP. They are MUST WIN games.

Come on the U's grow a pair of b***s and make us safe.
Don't worry guys, I'm sure Noah will come up with some stats that will show we won't get relegated. While the rest of us live in the real world and can see that this is probably worse than last season. With 4 of our last 7 games against teams below or just above us, we certainly have to find a 'Do or Die' attitude ASAP. They are MUST WIN games. Come on the U's grow a pair of b***s and make us safe. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 39

9:12pm Sat 29 Mar 14

25414nora says...

A particularly disappointing defeat this one, psychologically damaging to the morale of everyone, management, players, supporters alike.
Some of us are never going to agree, but I think we all want league 1 football for col u next season.
Personally I will renew my season ticket weather we stay up or not, and I'm pretty sure most others on here will too, (even the 'cut & paste' brig')
Some will say It's a lack of ambition, I say It's loyalty.
My philosophy is..Managers, players will come and go, but Col United is my home town club......Up The U's.
A particularly disappointing defeat this one, psychologically damaging to the morale of everyone, management, players, supporters alike. Some of us are never going to agree, but I think we all want league 1 football for col u next season. Personally I will renew my season ticket weather we stay up or not, and I'm pretty sure most others on here will too, (even the 'cut & paste' brig') Some will say It's a lack of ambition, I say It's loyalty. My philosophy is..Managers, players will come and go, but Col United is my home town club......Up The U's. 25414nora
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Sat 29 Mar 14

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

25414nora wrote:
A particularly disappointing defeat this one, psychologically damaging to the morale of everyone, management, players, supporters alike.
Some of us are never going to agree, but I think we all want league 1 football for col u next season.
Personally I will renew my season ticket weather we stay up or not, and I'm pretty sure most others on here will too, (even the 'cut & paste' brig')
Some will say It's a lack of ambition, I say It's loyalty.
My philosophy is..Managers, players will come and go, but Col United is my home town club......Up The U's.
Nora....totally agree that we all want League One football.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: A particularly disappointing defeat this one, psychologically damaging to the morale of everyone, management, players, supporters alike. Some of us are never going to agree, but I think we all want league 1 football for col u next season. Personally I will renew my season ticket weather we stay up or not, and I'm pretty sure most others on here will too, (even the 'cut & paste' brig') Some will say It's a lack of ambition, I say It's loyalty. My philosophy is..Managers, players will come and go, but Col United is my home town club......Up The U's.[/p][/quote]Nora....totally agree that we all want League One football. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 20

10:05pm Sat 29 Mar 14

uptheu's says...

I would like to know how many times this season (and last for that matter) that we have conceded one or maybe two goals in the first ten minutes of the first half. Once we do that I don't believe we've ever gone on to win the match and probably not drawn many either, last week's draw against Bristol CIty was the exception. Why are the U'a such notoriously bad starters and why can't we ever play two halves of a match at the same tempo. If we start slowly we improve second half and almost (but not quite) pull something out of the bag. Here's hoping that we get the 7-8 points that we need very rapidly.
Didn't go to the game today, but reading the Notts County fan forum, they say that the U's played pretty football with no end result. They also go on to say that what's the point of pretty stuff with no end result.
I would like to know how many times this season (and last for that matter) that we have conceded one or maybe two goals in the first ten minutes of the first half. Once we do that I don't believe we've ever gone on to win the match and probably not drawn many either, last week's draw against Bristol CIty was the exception. Why are the U'a such notoriously bad starters and why can't we ever play two halves of a match at the same tempo. If we start slowly we improve second half and almost (but not quite) pull something out of the bag. Here's hoping that we get the 7-8 points that we need very rapidly. Didn't go to the game today, but reading the Notts County fan forum, they say that the U's played pretty football with no end result. They also go on to say that what's the point of pretty stuff with no end result. uptheu's
  • Score: 24

10:28pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Bampotonian says...

Don't worry Joe - it's not do or die until we're in the relegation zone...
Don't worry Joe - it's not do or die until we're in the relegation zone... Bampotonian
  • Score: 33

12:01am Sun 30 Mar 14

Medicated Soap says...

I’m somewhat fearful for our League One status after witnessing another highly destructive defeat against a relegation rival. We’re incapable of defending properly a whole ninety-plus minutes while our shooting ability is beyond appalling - a fatal combination by any standard.

Our form over the last two months has been the worst in the division:

20 Shrewsbury P 12 W 02 D 06 L 04 F 09 A 12 -3 12pts
21 Port Vale P 13 W 03 D 03 L 07 F 15 A 26 -11 12pts
22 Walsall P 11 W 02 D 04 L 05 F 09 A 15 -6 10pts
23 Carlisle P 12 W 02 D 04 L 06 F 08 A 14 -6 10pts
24 COLCHESTER P 13 W 02 D 03 L 08 F 09 A 19 -10 9pts

Unsurprisingly we also have the worst away form, in the division, over the last two months with five losses and a draw - that’s a useless 0.17 points per game. When you consider that four of our remaining seven games are away from home, we really do have our backs up against the wall on this kind of relegation form!

Our three remaining home games are against: Tranmere, Oldham, and Brentford, so more realistically the home games against Tranmere and Oldham could well prove ‘do or die’! Can we expect two wins in these games when we’ve already failed to beat Bristol City (2-2), Crawley (1-1), Notts County (0-4), Carlisle (1-1), and Crewe (1-2) at the WHCS?!

The voices of complacency and denial are those that will take us down to League Two!

Some food for thought - Leyton Orient sacked Geraint Williams in April 2010 and replaced him with Russell Slade, it’s certainly NOT too late to despatch a failing manager! Sadly for us Robbie Cowling won’t sack Dunne even if we do get relegated and were Joe to resign we’d just get Kinsella/Duguid promoted from within for more abject failure!
I’m somewhat fearful for our League One status after witnessing another highly destructive defeat against a relegation rival. We’re incapable of defending properly a whole ninety-plus minutes while our shooting ability is beyond appalling - a fatal combination by any standard. Our form over the last two months has been the worst in the division: 20 Shrewsbury P 12 W 02 D 06 L 04 F 09 A 12 -3 12pts 21 Port Vale P 13 W 03 D 03 L 07 F 15 A 26 -11 12pts 22 Walsall P 11 W 02 D 04 L 05 F 09 A 15 -6 10pts 23 Carlisle P 12 W 02 D 04 L 06 F 08 A 14 -6 10pts 24 COLCHESTER P 13 W 02 D 03 L 08 F 09 A 19 -10 9pts Unsurprisingly we also have the worst away form, in the division, over the last two months with five losses and a draw - that’s a useless 0.17 points per game. When you consider that four of our remaining seven games are away from home, we really do have our backs up against the wall on this kind of relegation form! Our three remaining home games are against: Tranmere, Oldham, and Brentford, so more realistically the home games against Tranmere and Oldham could well prove ‘do or die’! Can we expect two wins in these games when we’ve already failed to beat Bristol City (2-2), Crawley (1-1), Notts County (0-4), Carlisle (1-1), and Crewe (1-2) at the WHCS?! The voices of complacency and denial are those that will take us down to League Two! Some food for thought - Leyton Orient sacked Geraint Williams in April 2010 and replaced him with Russell Slade, it’s certainly NOT too late to despatch a failing manager! Sadly for us Robbie Cowling won’t sack Dunne even if we do get relegated and were Joe to resign we’d just get Kinsella/Duguid promoted from within for more abject failure! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 44

9:23am Sun 30 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

Cowling is the root cause of the demise of a once great 'family' club.
Cowling is the root cause of the demise of a once great 'family' club. Ontheball
  • Score: 25

7:28pm Sun 30 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Nora, of course we all want to see league 1 football as a minimum. The problem is neither the manager nor players are good enough for this league and it's been apparent for some time. We are not negative for no good cause you know, relegation has been coming. Cowling and Dunne don't have a clue and have chosen to ignore all the warning signs.
Nora, of course we all want to see league 1 football as a minimum. The problem is neither the manager nor players are good enough for this league and it's been apparent for some time. We are not negative for no good cause you know, relegation has been coming. Cowling and Dunne don't have a clue and have chosen to ignore all the warning signs. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 15

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