U's contributed to own downfall, admits Dunne

Essex County Standard: Facing the media - Joe Dunne gives his post-match interview following Colchester United's 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane. Facing the media - Joe Dunne gives his post-match interview following Colchester United's 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne admitted that his side were their own worst enemies following their 2-0 defeat at Notts County.

Ronan Murray gave the Magpies a fifth-minute leader when he pounced on Tom Eastman's hesitation to score.

And Haydn Hollis was gifted the freedom of the Colchester penalty area to score the hosts' second goal, heading in Alan Sheehan's free-kick.

The U's had plenty of chances to score in the first half, with Freddie Sears striking the inside of a post.

But Colchester fell to defeat, which leaves them three points above the relegation zone with seven games remaining. Dunne said: “The result is a negative but we have to take responsibility for the way we’ve aided teams, in the last few games.

“We can control a lot of things but we have to take responsibility individually and collectively for how games start.

“Once again, we gifted them a start but after that, we dominated the first half.

“I think we had as many shots, we hit the woodwork twice and we’re a hard luck story at the moment.

“Had we scored, we would have gone on and scored a lot more and we had some good opportunities.

“We’re creating lots of chances but unfortunately, the goals in the first minute and last minute of the first half when people should know better.

“That’s what is aiding to what is a poor run of results at the moment but we have to keep believing."

See Monday's Daily Gazette for five pages of coverage of the U's game at Notts County.

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6:31pm Sat 29 Mar 14

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

You've only just noticed that Dunne !!!!!! Maybe you should sit in the stands with us fans, you'll see a whole lot more.
You've only just noticed that Dunne !!!!!! Maybe you should sit in the stands with us fans, you'll see a whole lot more. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 29

6:46pm Sat 29 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

“We can control a lot of things but we have to take responsibility individually and collectively" says Joe Dunne. That's because individually and collectively we are not good enough Joe and it's been that way for the second successive season. The same old faults have occurred again and again, and until such time as there is a mass clear out and an injection of players of quality, who are reliably experienced, you cannot expect to induct youth with any degree of success, The penalty is being paid for not having the right level of experience in place before the so called seasons of stability. Youngsters learn from their own failings and also from their peers, but if their peers are not good enough, this will inhibit their development.
“We can control a lot of things but we have to take responsibility individually and collectively" says Joe Dunne. That's because individually and collectively we are not good enough Joe and it's been that way for the second successive season. The same old faults have occurred again and again, and until such time as there is a mass clear out and an injection of players of quality, who are reliably experienced, you cannot expect to induct youth with any degree of success, The penalty is being paid for not having the right level of experience in place before the so called seasons of stability. Youngsters learn from their own failings and also from their peers, but if their peers are not good enough, this will inhibit their development. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 27

6:52pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

Yawn, yawn. This excuse for a team have been **** all season and the manager with them. Will be very surprised if Cowling United Football Club are not playing in the bottom tier of League football next year - the season after that they could so easily be back in the Conference, unless useless and clueless perform a miracle AGAIN this season!!!
Yawn, yawn. This excuse for a team have been **** all season and the manager with them. Will be very surprised if Cowling United Football Club are not playing in the bottom tier of League football next year - the season after that they could so easily be back in the Conference, unless useless and clueless perform a miracle AGAIN this season!!! Ontheball
  • Score: 29

7:42pm Sat 29 Mar 14

United we stand says...

I'm totally fed up with this bunch of poorly-managed underperforming set of players, their tactics, their preparation, and the pathetic responses of JD.
Same old basic errors and poor play week in-week out, WEEK IN-WEEK OUT, WEEK IN-WEEK OUT!! Never properly addressed!
I have tickets for two of the last three home games of the season. I'm dreading them to be honest.
I'm totally fed up with this bunch of poorly-managed underperforming set of players, their tactics, their preparation, and the pathetic responses of JD. Same old basic errors and poor play week in-week out, WEEK IN-WEEK OUT, WEEK IN-WEEK OUT!! Never properly addressed! I have tickets for two of the last three home games of the season. I'm dreading them to be honest. United we stand
  • Score: 25

7:44pm Sat 29 Mar 14

United we stand says...

"Had we have scored, we would have gone on to score a lot more" - quote from JD.
Get real, man!
And, in any event, we didn't go on to score - surprise, surprise!
"Had we have scored, we would have gone on to score a lot more" - quote from JD. Get real, man! And, in any event, we didn't go on to score - surprise, surprise! United we stand
  • Score: 25

9:05am Sun 30 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

Still not do or die Joe?
Still not do or die Joe? totallyfootball
  • Score: 30

12:15pm Sun 30 Mar 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Yet another defeat under Joe Dunne and another one coming up midweek against Peterborough,your nothing but a loser Joe and you and the players are nothing more than an embarrassment to the fans,you and the players would struggle to fight your way out of a paper bag let alone a relegation battle
Yet another defeat under Joe Dunne and another one coming up midweek against Peterborough,your nothing but a loser Joe and you and the players are nothing more than an embarrassment to the fans,you and the players would struggle to fight your way out of a paper bag let alone a relegation battle WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 21

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