Dunne: we're not feeling sorry for ourselves

Essex County Standard: Dunne: we're not feeling sorry for ourselves Dunne: we're not feeling sorry for ourselves

COLCHESTER United boss Joe Dunne is staying positive about his side’s survival chances – despite suffering a costly 1-0 defeat at home to Oldham Athletic today.

The U’s are still just above the League One relegation zone but Tom Eastman’s unfortunate own goal just before half-time led to another defeat at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

“It was a difficult game to lose and a big blow in terms of trying to survive in this league.

“But we’re not down and we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves.

“It looks like we’re going to have to do it the hard way but we’ll go again and with three games to go, we can still get ourselves out of trouble.

“We have to believe that.

"What would the point be in me sitting here saying we’re going to lose our next three games.

“People will leave here today thinking we’re down, but they shouldn’t feel that way.

“It’s not like we played badly or were pathetic.

“We took the game to them and did everything we possibly could.”

For full coverage of the game, including more from Dunne and the thoughts of Gavin Massey, see Monday’s Gazette.

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7:51pm Fri 18 Apr 14

25414nora says...

Up the U's. Never say die.
Up the U's. Never say die. 25414nora
  • Score: -29

8:10pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Three exceptionally tough games left to save our League One status, with two of our bogey teams left to play...

Crewe (A) ~ we’ve lost our last 10 consecutive league games against the railwaymen.
Brentford (H) ~ flying after sealing promotion; no doubt a large contingent of Bee’s fans will want to rub their success in our faces after the events of 8 years ago.
Walsall (A) ~ unbeaten this season against the current bottom 9 sides.

Let’s hope we can somehow pull something out of the bag!
Three exceptionally tough games left to save our League One status, with two of our bogey teams left to play... Crewe (A) ~ we’ve lost our last 10 consecutive league games against the railwaymen. Brentford (H) ~ flying after sealing promotion; no doubt a large contingent of Bee’s fans will want to rub their success in our faces after the events of 8 years ago. Walsall (A) ~ unbeaten this season against the current bottom 9 sides. Let’s hope we can somehow pull something out of the bag! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 156

8:48pm Fri 18 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

Think Crewe will be hardest game, a team battling to stay up and recorderd a great result today. Brentford are a good side but have gained promotion so nothing to prove and hopefully testing some of the youth, Walsall mid table nothing to prove prob one of the best teams we could play.
If we do stay up I think it will be through crew, Carlisle or tranmere messing up. The team needs shaking up next season as far to many haven't played their part and nearly none can say they've given 100% all season.
Fingers crossed we stay up. But shouldn't be in this place at this stage of the season.
Not losing to Crewe Monday will be a big step in staying up
Think Crewe will be hardest game, a team battling to stay up and recorderd a great result today. Brentford are a good side but have gained promotion so nothing to prove and hopefully testing some of the youth, Walsall mid table nothing to prove prob one of the best teams we could play. If we do stay up I think it will be through crew, Carlisle or tranmere messing up. The team needs shaking up next season as far to many haven't played their part and nearly none can say they've given 100% all season. Fingers crossed we stay up. But shouldn't be in this place at this stage of the season. Not losing to Crewe Monday will be a big step in staying up angryman!!!
  • Score: 87

8:56pm Fri 18 Apr 14

West Stand United says...

Joe is still in denial.

Sorry but I can't see a way out of this one however hard I try.

The disappointment from the fans as we left the ground today was plan to see.

Unless a change in the management is made during the summer we will have more of the same again next season.

I believe Parky was voted as the best Manager Colchester has ever had I think Dunne and his predessor Ward have got to be the worst.
Joe is still in denial. Sorry but I can't see a way out of this one however hard I try. The disappointment from the fans as we left the ground today was plan to see. Unless a change in the management is made during the summer we will have more of the same again next season. I believe Parky was voted as the best Manager Colchester has ever had I think Dunne and his predessor Ward have got to be the worst. West Stand United
  • Score: 135

9:04pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Bampotonian says...

Once again we're relying on the teams below us not to catch us up. It's clear that home form is dreadful and may be the thing that ultimately consigns us to League 2. Here's hoping that another upset can happen on Monday, when we turn the tables on Crewe who won away today - but it could be that our luck's just run out this time. Don't think I can take much more of this U's!
Once again we're relying on the teams below us not to catch us up. It's clear that home form is dreadful and may be the thing that ultimately consigns us to League 2. Here's hoping that another upset can happen on Monday, when we turn the tables on Crewe who won away today - but it could be that our luck's just run out this time. Don't think I can take much more of this U's! Bampotonian
  • Score: 111

9:09pm Fri 18 Apr 14

whoopie says...

Time for Louis to make 1st team debut
Time for Louis to make 1st team debut whoopie
  • Score: 36

10:38pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

I am fed up with the lame excuses and have been since just after Christmas, Mr Dunne. Mr Cowling should have acted then when the inevitable writing was on the wall. I was an optimist but now a pessimist based on the last 3 games on which our first division status relies. Crewe are a bogey team, Brentford will want to celebrate their promotion in style and Walsall, well we never do well at Walsall. I only hope that the team prove me wrong! I do really hope we make it across the finishing line but we have made it so difficult for ourselves now. I believed that today we could have played all day and night and not scored - that is our problem, besides an inconsistent defence that go to sleep and switch off all too regularly that allows the opposition one opportunity which they always seem to take. The luck seems to be running out, Mr Dunne. However, the league position doesn't lie. We are where we are not on bad luck but because of inconsistent and often very poor performances. Please prove my pessimism wrong. Up the U's!
I am fed up with the lame excuses and have been since just after Christmas, Mr Dunne. Mr Cowling should have acted then when the inevitable writing was on the wall. I was an optimist but now a pessimist based on the last 3 games on which our first division status relies. Crewe are a bogey team, Brentford will want to celebrate their promotion in style and Walsall, well we never do well at Walsall. I only hope that the team prove me wrong! I do really hope we make it across the finishing line but we have made it so difficult for ourselves now. I believed that today we could have played all day and night and not scored - that is our problem, besides an inconsistent defence that go to sleep and switch off all too regularly that allows the opposition one opportunity which they always seem to take. The luck seems to be running out, Mr Dunne. However, the league position doesn't lie. We are where we are not on bad luck but because of inconsistent and often very poor performances. Please prove my pessimism wrong. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 115

10:49pm Fri 18 Apr 14

southstand says...

If we have the luck Oldham had today we could thrash Crewe, Voses shot was going top corner, hit the side of a defenders head who didn't even see it coming and went for a corner, they won without a shot on target!. Never the less we didn't help ourselves playing with 10 men most of the game as Watt did nothing again! Why the hell did he leave substitutions so late only two more minutes, absolutely ridiculous!
If we have the luck Oldham had today we could thrash Crewe, Voses shot was going top corner, hit the side of a defenders head who didn't even see it coming and went for a corner, they won without a shot on target!. Never the less we didn't help ourselves playing with 10 men most of the game as Watt did nothing again! Why the hell did he leave substitutions so late only two more minutes, absolutely ridiculous! southstand
  • Score: 18

12:31am Sat 19 Apr 14

Boris says...

The sad fact is that we have not got any strikers. Oldham only got one chance all game, but they took it, with one of their defenders scrambling the ball into the net off one of our defenders. This would not matter if we had strikers capable of scoring 2 or 3 goals every match. But we haven't, and they don't. If by a miracle we survive this season in League 1, JD has to find a pair of goalscorers from somewhere. They may not be prolific on their own, but if he gets two who can work together, he could transform the team. But a combination like Cureton/iwelumo, or Bobby Hunt/Martyn King, only comes along once in a generation at a club like ours. We have to achieve results with pairings less brilliant than those.
Up the U's.
The sad fact is that we have not got any strikers. Oldham only got one chance all game, but they took it, with one of their defenders scrambling the ball into the net off one of our defenders. This would not matter if we had strikers capable of scoring 2 or 3 goals every match. But we haven't, and they don't. If by a miracle we survive this season in League 1, JD has to find a pair of goalscorers from somewhere. They may not be prolific on their own, but if he gets two who can work together, he could transform the team. But a combination like Cureton/iwelumo, or Bobby Hunt/Martyn King, only comes along once in a generation at a club like ours. We have to achieve results with pairings less brilliant than those. Up the U's. Boris
  • Score: 65

12:39am Sat 19 Apr 14

Boris says...

I should add that I spent the day with an old friend who is an Oldham supporter. Obviously we watched the match from opposite ends of the ground, him with the visitors and me in the south stand. Back in the Bricklayers Arms after the match, he agreed that we had had the majority of the play, but he felt our strikers had been unlucky. Unfortunately this failure to put chances away is not mere bad luck, it is a matter of not being quite good enough to do it at this level.
I should add that I spent the day with an old friend who is an Oldham supporter. Obviously we watched the match from opposite ends of the ground, him with the visitors and me in the south stand. Back in the Bricklayers Arms after the match, he agreed that we had had the majority of the play, but he felt our strikers had been unlucky. Unfortunately this failure to put chances away is not mere bad luck, it is a matter of not being quite good enough to do it at this level. Boris
  • Score: 54

7:55am Sat 19 Apr 14

whoopie says...

Boris wrote:
I should add that I spent the day with an old friend who is an Oldham supporter. Obviously we watched the match from opposite ends of the ground, him with the visitors and me in the south stand. Back in the Bricklayers Arms after the match, he agreed that we had had the majority of the play, but he felt our strikers had been unlucky. Unfortunately this failure to put chances away is not mere bad luck, it is a matter of not being quite good enough to do it at this level.
I would say that a lot of it comes down to pressure and confidence and how you handle it
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: I should add that I spent the day with an old friend who is an Oldham supporter. Obviously we watched the match from opposite ends of the ground, him with the visitors and me in the south stand. Back in the Bricklayers Arms after the match, he agreed that we had had the majority of the play, but he felt our strikers had been unlucky. Unfortunately this failure to put chances away is not mere bad luck, it is a matter of not being quite good enough to do it at this level.[/p][/quote]I would say that a lot of it comes down to pressure and confidence and how you handle it whoopie
  • Score: 47

11:36am Sat 19 Apr 14

hungrystudent says...

Boris wrote:
I should add that I spent the day with an old friend who is an Oldham supporter. Obviously we watched the match from opposite ends of the ground, him with the visitors and me in the south stand. Back in the Bricklayers Arms after the match, he agreed that we had had the majority of the play, but he felt our strikers had been unlucky. Unfortunately this failure to put chances away is not mere bad luck, it is a matter of not being quite good enough to do it at this level.
We don't seem to 'Gamble' in the box, no-one is ever in 'the right place at the right time' to tap home.

Oldham were very poor yesterday, reminded me of us this time last year, yet we still manage to get beaten by a side, who i consider to have less quality, speed and footballing ability.

We have once again reverted back to hoofing the ball forward (Like the end of last year) Which i cannot understand as we lack height and presence in the air. Teams seem comfortable when we play like this (take for example stevenage first half) I'm not sure if its panic within the team or Dunne's tactics but we need to revert back to passing the ball on the floor and focusing on the qualities of Sears, Massey, Vose, Eastmond (the game was calling out for him yesterday)

Big game Monday, Up the U's
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: I should add that I spent the day with an old friend who is an Oldham supporter. Obviously we watched the match from opposite ends of the ground, him with the visitors and me in the south stand. Back in the Bricklayers Arms after the match, he agreed that we had had the majority of the play, but he felt our strikers had been unlucky. Unfortunately this failure to put chances away is not mere bad luck, it is a matter of not being quite good enough to do it at this level.[/p][/quote]We don't seem to 'Gamble' in the box, no-one is ever in 'the right place at the right time' to tap home. Oldham were very poor yesterday, reminded me of us this time last year, yet we still manage to get beaten by a side, who i consider to have less quality, speed and footballing ability. We have once again reverted back to hoofing the ball forward (Like the end of last year) Which i cannot understand as we lack height and presence in the air. Teams seem comfortable when we play like this (take for example stevenage first half) I'm not sure if its panic within the team or Dunne's tactics but we need to revert back to passing the ball on the floor and focusing on the qualities of Sears, Massey, Vose, Eastmond (the game was calling out for him yesterday) Big game Monday, Up the U's hungrystudent
  • Score: -31

12:47pm Sat 19 Apr 14

West Stand United says...

Hungry - Dunne used the excuse of the state of the pitch for the current playing method.

Not that I am an expert but the pitch didn't look too bad yesterday to some I have seen around the country which suffered in the appalling weather at the start of the year.

Guess Dunne's running out of excuses for our poor results so the only one left to blame now is the Col U groundsmen.

Really he should be looking closer to home on why we are where we are again this year.
Hungry - Dunne used the excuse of the state of the pitch for the current playing method. Not that I am an expert but the pitch didn't look too bad yesterday to some I have seen around the country which suffered in the appalling weather at the start of the year. Guess Dunne's running out of excuses for our poor results so the only one left to blame now is the Col U groundsmen. Really he should be looking closer to home on why we are where we are again this year. West Stand United
  • Score: 49

1:07pm Sat 19 Apr 14

United we stand says...

Not feeling sorry for ourselves? It's the fans you ought to be feeling very sorry for, Joe.
in terms of performances, tactics and sheer lack of zeal, this is one of the most dire seasons I can remember in 50+ years of supporting Col U through thick and thin.
Not feeling sorry for ourselves? It's the fans you ought to be feeling very sorry for, Joe. in terms of performances, tactics and sheer lack of zeal, this is one of the most dire seasons I can remember in 50+ years of supporting Col U through thick and thin. United we stand
  • Score: 82

1:08pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Boris says...

The pitch is indeed very poor (my friend from Oldham remarked on how bobbly it was) but that is not the fault of the ground staff, who do the best job they can. It is the combined fault of CBC and CUFC who should have spent an extra half million pounds, while they were building the stadium, on digging out the clay soil to a depth of several metres and replacing it with sand or gravel such as that found in south Colchester or Stanway..
The resulting improved drainage would have enabled a pitch as good as that at Layer Road, and we would not have had so many matches cancelled in the winter while other clubs were able to play. We could have had Luke Garbutt in action for a couple more games and that alone would likely have given us enough points to be safe now.
The pitch is indeed very poor (my friend from Oldham remarked on how bobbly it was) but that is not the fault of the ground staff, who do the best job they can. It is the combined fault of CBC and CUFC who should have spent an extra half million pounds, while they were building the stadium, on digging out the clay soil to a depth of several metres and replacing it with sand or gravel such as that found in south Colchester or Stanway.. The resulting improved drainage would have enabled a pitch as good as that at Layer Road, and we would not have had so many matches cancelled in the winter while other clubs were able to play. We could have had Luke Garbutt in action for a couple more games and that alone would likely have given us enough points to be safe now. Boris
  • Score: 46

1:10pm Sat 19 Apr 14

whoopie says...

I'm not a lover of dunne but i lay the blame at cowling who is spineless and a cheapskate who just want to bring young players through the youth system what % of players are good enough to bring through not the amount you are going to bring through ,and as for your thurstable or is it turdstable school academy is a joke ! But then again with the clowns in charge what can u except.
I'm not a lover of dunne but i lay the blame at cowling who is spineless and a cheapskate who just want to bring young players through the youth system what % of players are good enough to bring through not the amount you are going to bring through ,and as for your thurstable or is it turdstable school academy is a joke ! But then again with the clowns in charge what can u except. whoopie
  • Score: 59

3:08pm Sat 19 Apr 14

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

I question what is actually done in training !!!! Surely things like shooting practice must take place. Defending set pieces as well attacking set pieces. Are these not things that Dunne does have control over ?

Fed up of lame excuses. Bad pitch, Players stuck in traffic, what next, we can't play on a day that ends with a Y ?????

These are all supposed to be professional sportsman so start acting like it.

Dunne, forget statements like "The Gloves Are Off", enough of the talk........it's time to see some action.
I question what is actually done in training !!!! Surely things like shooting practice must take place. Defending set pieces as well attacking set pieces. Are these not things that Dunne does have control over ? Fed up of lame excuses. Bad pitch, Players stuck in traffic, what next, we can't play on a day that ends with a Y ????? These are all supposed to be professional sportsman so start acting like it. Dunne, forget statements like "The Gloves Are Off", enough of the talk........it's time to see some action. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 26

6:45pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

The club and team have been in freefall ever since the useless, gutless and self opinionated Cowling took over from Heard. From Championship to League Two in all probability. Totally clueless on how to run a football club. You just have to look at the staff turnover since he, his cronies (and yesmen) and family took control of the club. Fingers badly burnt with his 'throw cash at anything' mentality at the beginning, to the cheapskate approach he now takes. Can you wonder why gates are so poor when you look at the crap that is consistently served up on the pitch both now and many seasons before. I ditched my season ticket and gave up when the equally useless (and cheapskate option) Ward was in charge. Things have got even worse, which I never really thought could happen.

Very depressed at how our once friendly, family club has collapsed into the shambles it now is.
The club and team have been in freefall ever since the useless, gutless and self opinionated Cowling took over from Heard. From Championship to League Two in all probability. Totally clueless on how to run a football club. You just have to look at the staff turnover since he, his cronies (and yesmen) and family took control of the club. Fingers badly burnt with his 'throw cash at anything' mentality at the beginning, to the cheapskate approach he now takes. Can you wonder why gates are so poor when you look at the crap that is consistently served up on the pitch both now and many seasons before. I ditched my season ticket and gave up when the equally useless (and cheapskate option) Ward was in charge. Things have got even worse, which I never really thought could happen. Very depressed at how our once friendly, family club has collapsed into the shambles it now is. Ontheball
  • Score: 89

7:07pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

The U’s form over the last ten matches ‘street fighting’ against the drop:

11. Oldham Athletic P 10 W 03 D 04 L 03 F 11 A 13 -2 13pts
12. Notts County P 10 W 04 D 01 L 05 F 18 A 21 -3 13pts
13. Gillingham P 10 W 04 D 01 L 05 F 15 A 19 -4 13pts
14. Crawley Town P 10 W 04 D 00 L 06 F 10 A 11 -1 12pts
15. Crewe Alexandra P 10 W 03 D 03 L 04 F 15 A 17 -2 12pts
16. Bradford City P 10 W 03 D 03 L 04 F 08 A 10 -2 12pts
17. Milton Keynes Dons P 10 W 04 D 00 L 06 F 10 A 13 -3 12pts
18. Walsall P 10 W 02 D 04 L 04 F 08 A 11 -3 10pts
19. Tranmere Rovers P 10 W 03 D 01 L 06 F 11 A 18 -7 10pts
20. Shrewsbury Town P 10 W 02 D 03 L 05 F 08 A 12 -4 9pts
21. Coventry City P 10 W 02 D 02 L 06 F 11 A 17 -6 8pts
22. Carlisle United P 10 W 01 D 05 L 04 F 05 A 14 -9 8pts
23. Stevenage P 10 W 01 D 04 L 05 F 09 A 12 -3 7pts
24. Colchester United P 10 W 02 D 01 L 07 F 09 A 18 -9 7pts

7 defeats from the last 10 is resounding relegation form; the two wins we’ve managed have come against the only two sides in the division that are arguably worse than the U's (Stevenage & Shrewsbury).

If we are relegated this season we can have no complaints; if by some miracle we stay up, we'll be nailed on to spend the whole of next season rooted to the foot of the table! Struggling in L2 or L1 whipping boys - neither scenario is particularly desirable tbh.
The U’s form over the last ten matches ‘street fighting’ against the drop: 11. Oldham Athletic P 10 W 03 D 04 L 03 F 11 A 13 -2 13pts 12. Notts County P 10 W 04 D 01 L 05 F 18 A 21 -3 13pts 13. Gillingham P 10 W 04 D 01 L 05 F 15 A 19 -4 13pts 14. Crawley Town P 10 W 04 D 00 L 06 F 10 A 11 -1 12pts 15. Crewe Alexandra P 10 W 03 D 03 L 04 F 15 A 17 -2 12pts 16. Bradford City P 10 W 03 D 03 L 04 F 08 A 10 -2 12pts 17. Milton Keynes Dons P 10 W 04 D 00 L 06 F 10 A 13 -3 12pts 18. Walsall P 10 W 02 D 04 L 04 F 08 A 11 -3 10pts 19. Tranmere Rovers P 10 W 03 D 01 L 06 F 11 A 18 -7 10pts 20. Shrewsbury Town P 10 W 02 D 03 L 05 F 08 A 12 -4 9pts 21. Coventry City P 10 W 02 D 02 L 06 F 11 A 17 -6 8pts 22. Carlisle United P 10 W 01 D 05 L 04 F 05 A 14 -9 8pts 23. Stevenage P 10 W 01 D 04 L 05 F 09 A 12 -3 7pts 24. Colchester United P 10 W 02 D 01 L 07 F 09 A 18 -9 7pts 7 defeats from the last 10 is resounding relegation form; the two wins we’ve managed have come against the only two sides in the division that are arguably worse than the U's (Stevenage & Shrewsbury). If we are relegated this season we can have no complaints; if by some miracle we stay up, we'll be nailed on to spend the whole of next season rooted to the foot of the table! Struggling in L2 or L1 whipping boys - neither scenario is particularly desirable tbh. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 84

7:25pm Sat 19 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

Where are you NOAH.? Are you like me, saying nothing.
Where are you NOAH.? Are you like me, saying nothing. crazy comments
  • Score: 47

9:06pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Just 47 points will keep us up.
Wait and see.
Just 47 points will keep us up. Wait and see. Noah4x4
  • Score: -40

10:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Just 47 points will keep us up.
Wait and see.
Hope your right Noah. Just be glad when this season has finished. Its been one of the worst I can ever remember.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Just 47 points will keep us up. Wait and see.[/p][/quote]Hope your right Noah. Just be glad when this season has finished. Its been one of the worst I can ever remember. crazy comments
  • Score: 34

10:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Boris says...

crazy comments wrote:
Noah4x4 wrote:
Just 47 points will keep us up.
Wait and see.
Hope your right Noah. Just be glad when this season has finished. Its been one of the worst I can ever remember.
Let's hope Noah is right, but even if he is, we need another point. Are our boys capable of winning that point?
I'd rather they got 3 points from some team, so maybe Brentford will be generous, now they have nothing left to prove.
The question is: who is going to score a goal for us?
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Just 47 points will keep us up. Wait and see.[/p][/quote]Hope your right Noah. Just be glad when this season has finished. Its been one of the worst I can ever remember.[/p][/quote]Let's hope Noah is right, but even if he is, we need another point. Are our boys capable of winning that point? I'd rather they got 3 points from some team, so maybe Brentford will be generous, now they have nothing left to prove. The question is: who is going to score a goal for us? Boris
  • Score: 19

1:07am Sun 20 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I agree entirely with Ontheball and Medicatd Soap. I've said it all before and I get no pleasure from having to repeat it over and over again.
I agree entirely with Ontheball and Medicatd Soap. I've said it all before and I get no pleasure from having to repeat it over and over again. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 33

10:29pm Sun 20 Apr 14

stevedawson says...

This has to be one of the worst seasons.however l am sure we will be in the first div at the start of the new season.lets hope for a better one.lets give brentford a good thrashing next sat.up the u's
This has to be one of the worst seasons.however l am sure we will be in the first div at the start of the new season.lets hope for a better one.lets give brentford a good thrashing next sat.up the u's stevedawson
  • Score: -17

5:34pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

An excellent and vital point at Crewe has since taken us to 47 points. Most other teams below us now need 48 to overtake us due our much superior goal difference. Stevenage and Shrewsbury cannot top us (unless we concede a bucket full of goals), so now we only have to MATCH (or better) the remaining results of two teams taken from Tranmere; Crewe, Notts County and Carlisle.

If you look at their very difficult remaining (few) fixtures ; frankly I envisage at least two of these four sides losing ALL of their remaining fixtures; which would then make the U's safe on merely our current 47 points + GD. That would be a remarkably low the drop total; but the form guide and statistics/mathemati
cs have suggested this possibility for some weeks.

But if the U's can get just one more point (e.g. = 48) from our remaining two games; it would then require two of these four to reach 49 points (OK, technically, Notts County could do it on 48 if they score loads of goals). However, you can't ever get two points from a single game. So those that suffer defeats on Saturday are left requiring "must win" victories on the last day against Preston; Oldham; Bradford and Wolves; and three such victories would seem unlikely (remember Oldham are on a seriously good run of form). Carlisle do have a game in hand; but already have a three points deficit.

I suspect that with the usual last day of anxiety we probably will need 48 to be certain. But I am confident that my longstanding prediction that 48 will suffice will be vindicated (which so many have thrown mathematical scorn upon). We need one last effort to get a single point (but three would obviously be better). It's time for fans to really get behind the team.............wha
tever their feelings about the players and management.
An excellent and vital point at Crewe has since taken us to 47 points. Most other teams below us now need 48 to overtake us due our much superior goal difference. Stevenage and Shrewsbury cannot top us (unless we concede a bucket full of goals), so now we only have to MATCH (or better) the remaining results of two teams taken from Tranmere; Crewe, Notts County and Carlisle. If you look at their very difficult remaining (few) fixtures ; frankly I envisage at least two of these four sides losing ALL of their remaining fixtures; which would then make the U's safe on merely our current 47 points + GD. That would be a remarkably low the drop total; but the form guide and statistics/mathemati cs have suggested this possibility for some weeks. But if the U's can get just one more point (e.g. = 48) from our remaining two games; it would then require two of these four to reach 49 points (OK, technically, Notts County could do it on 48 if they score loads of goals). However, you can't ever get two points from a single game. So those that suffer defeats on Saturday are left requiring "must win" victories on the last day against Preston; Oldham; Bradford and Wolves; and three such victories would seem unlikely (remember Oldham are on a seriously good run of form). Carlisle do have a game in hand; but already have a three points deficit. I suspect that with the usual last day of anxiety we probably will need 48 to be certain. But I am confident that my longstanding prediction that 48 will suffice will be vindicated (which so many have thrown mathematical scorn upon). We need one last effort to get a single point (but three would obviously be better). It's time for fans to really get behind the team.............wha tever their feelings about the players and management. Noah4x4
  • Score: -32

2:13pm Wed 23 Apr 14

whoopie says...

I heard a From a reliable person that there will be a new manager in charge next season .
I heard a From a reliable person that there will be a new manager in charge next season . whoopie
  • Score: 11

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