Dunne says his players will relish Brentford challenge

Essex County Standard: Dunne says his players will relish Brentford challenge Dunne says his players will relish Brentford challenge

COLCHESTER United boss Joe Dunne says his players will relish the challenge of bursting Brentford’s bubble.

A bumper crowd of around 7,000 is expected for tomorrow’s final home game of the League One season.

The Bees have already secured a top-two spot and are heading up to the Championship.

Colchester, in marked contrast, are still in the thick of the relegation battle, sitting just one point above fourth-from-bottom Notts County.

Nevertheless, Dunne says his side are “focused and positive” and expects them to thrive on the big stage.

“Brentford have had an incredible season,” said the Irishman.

“But in terms of performance, we’ve done well against sides in the top six.

“Wolves were the only team to give us a thrashing, when they came here and won 3-0.

“Otherwise, we’ve been close in these games and tend to find an extra gear against the big teams.

“At this stage of the season, and given the importance of the game, we need to find it again tomorrow.”

For a full match preview and the thoughts of Sam Walker and Ryan Dickson, see Friday's Gazette.

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9:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Yeah of course they will, he must be running out of motivating spiel now and be able to see the bottom of the one liner barrel?
Yeah of course they will, he must be running out of motivating spiel now and be able to see the bottom of the one liner barrel? totallyfootball
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10:04am Fri 25 Apr 14

Ontheball says...

Dunne, your shower of players haven't been up for the challenge ALL SEASON and neither have you. The home record is abysmal with only 7 wins, five draws and 10 defeats from 22 games played (23 games and 11 defeats if you include the early cup defeat). They have scored the magnificent sum of twenty -five goals in the 22 games, so spectators have had a really exciting and entertaining season - not!!

Would love a win, but I am not holding my breath.
Dunne, your shower of players haven't been up for the challenge ALL SEASON and neither have you. The home record is abysmal with only 7 wins, five draws and 10 defeats from 22 games played (23 games and 11 defeats if you include the early cup defeat). They have scored the magnificent sum of twenty -five goals in the 22 games, so spectators have had a really exciting and entertaining season - not!! Would love a win, but I am not holding my breath. Ontheball
  • Score: 76

10:50am Fri 25 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

All we can hope for is that the party mood gets to the Brentford players and we can at least get a point from the game. We need 3 in reality, but a point would be good bearing in mind the other fixtures taking place on the same day. Leyton Orient, Peterborough and Swindon could help us out but to be honest, we really shouldn't be relying on other clubs helping out when our fate is and has been well and truly for some time now in our own (Mr Dunne's) hands. I bought a season ticket this season for the first time since our last season at Layer Road, but I have been bitterly disappointed with the performances week in and week out. Pathetic and shambolic to say the least and other clubs whose manager performed in such a manner would have been dismissed long ago! However, I like many others can only hope that we do not go through the trap door into division two, but if we do then I have to say it has been coming and deserved. Let us hope that on Saturday the players well and truly lift themselves and perform at the very peak of their games. This match surely is our cup final this season and despite Brentford almost completely selling out their section of the ground, there will be at least another thousand or so interspersed in with the home supporters, particularly in the Family enclosure as is so often the case (remembering a family of 6 that stood up and cheered every time Wolves scored a goal and they were from Bromsgrove!) so it may seem like an away game at home. Up the U's!
All we can hope for is that the party mood gets to the Brentford players and we can at least get a point from the game. We need 3 in reality, but a point would be good bearing in mind the other fixtures taking place on the same day. Leyton Orient, Peterborough and Swindon could help us out but to be honest, we really shouldn't be relying on other clubs helping out when our fate is and has been well and truly for some time now in our own (Mr Dunne's) hands. I bought a season ticket this season for the first time since our last season at Layer Road, but I have been bitterly disappointed with the performances week in and week out. Pathetic and shambolic to say the least and other clubs whose manager performed in such a manner would have been dismissed long ago! However, I like many others can only hope that we do not go through the trap door into division two, but if we do then I have to say it has been coming and deserved. Let us hope that on Saturday the players well and truly lift themselves and perform at the very peak of their games. This match surely is our cup final this season and despite Brentford almost completely selling out their section of the ground, there will be at least another thousand or so interspersed in with the home supporters, particularly in the Family enclosure as is so often the case (remembering a family of 6 that stood up and cheered every time Wolves scored a goal and they were from Bromsgrove!) so it may seem like an away game at home. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 93

6:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Col utd says...

Ontheball wrote:
Dunne, your shower of players haven't been up for the challenge ALL SEASON and neither have you. The home record is abysmal with only 7 wins, five draws and 10 defeats from 22 games played (23 games and 11 defeats if you include the early cup defeat). They have scored the magnificent sum of twenty -five goals in the 22 games, so spectators have had a really exciting and entertaining season - not!!

Would love a win, but I am not holding my breath.
Do yourself a favour mate, shut up & support the team. A win tomorrow we are safe so stop moaning and get behind the team unless you want this club to be in league 2 that is, cause the way your forever moaning it seems u do!
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Dunne, your shower of players haven't been up for the challenge ALL SEASON and neither have you. The home record is abysmal with only 7 wins, five draws and 10 defeats from 22 games played (23 games and 11 defeats if you include the early cup defeat). They have scored the magnificent sum of twenty -five goals in the 22 games, so spectators have had a really exciting and entertaining season - not!! Would love a win, but I am not holding my breath.[/p][/quote]Do yourself a favour mate, shut up & support the team. A win tomorrow we are safe so stop moaning and get behind the team unless you want this club to be in league 2 that is, cause the way your forever moaning it seems u do! Col utd
  • Score: -28

8:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

Is it not within the realms of possibility that this collective group of players who wear the blue and white striped shirt of our home town, tomorrow in the most important game at the WHCS for some time, cut out the mistakes, hit the inside of the post to see the ball deflect in or actually slot a one on one with the keeper through his legs for a change?

This season has been a huge disappointment. No one would deny that. I go on about positivity all the time (to the annoyance of a number of regular posters) and I have struggled some times this season to see it myself. Some of the home games have been disappointing for sure but (other than the Bradford game) I think the players and JD have put their hearts into it. Perhaps this season will show that they are just not good enough? I hope not and I don't believe that to be the case. In the face of all logic I can actually see this going our way.

If the players tomorrow are not up for it we will get turned over. If they are up for it then we could well turn Brentford over. I do not subscribe to the "they're up so they won't try" attitude. Often a team plays with more freedom in these situations. What I do subscribe to is hope and we are due a bit of luck.

We have all waited for the words spoken in these interviews to turn into something on the pitch. We wait with baited breath and have been left disappointed time and again. Yet week after week we turn up. Could tomorrow be the day we are rewarded?

What I feel is very important is that, win lose or draw (we cant be relegated tomorrow), we show a positive reaction at the end. Some of the interviews of the players and JD in recent weeks have suggested that they do feel isolated and that the negativity is getting to them. If we WANT to see the team relegated next Saturday then go ahead and boo. Destroy the limited confidence and belief they already have then we are dooming them to league 2 and ourselves to watching league 2. if we want them to unite with our desire to be supporting a league 1 club next season then we must be a positive influence.

As fragile as it is this season is still in our hands. We have done a hell of a job in recent weeks to throw it out of our hands but it is still within our grasp and for us to affect.

Here's hoping for one of those games we'll all be talking about in years to come. When it finally came good. Bring it on. I can't wait.
Is it not within the realms of possibility that this collective group of players who wear the blue and white striped shirt of our home town, tomorrow in the most important game at the WHCS for some time, cut out the mistakes, hit the inside of the post to see the ball deflect in or actually slot a one on one with the keeper through his legs for a change? This season has been a huge disappointment. No one would deny that. I go on about positivity all the time (to the annoyance of a number of regular posters) and I have struggled some times this season to see it myself. Some of the home games have been disappointing for sure but (other than the Bradford game) I think the players and JD have put their hearts into it. Perhaps this season will show that they are just not good enough? I hope not and I don't believe that to be the case. In the face of all logic I can actually see this going our way. If the players tomorrow are not up for it we will get turned over. If they are up for it then we could well turn Brentford over. I do not subscribe to the "they're up so they won't try" attitude. Often a team plays with more freedom in these situations. What I do subscribe to is hope and we are due a bit of luck. We have all waited for the words spoken in these interviews to turn into something on the pitch. We wait with baited breath and have been left disappointed time and again. Yet week after week we turn up. Could tomorrow be the day we are rewarded? What I feel is very important is that, win lose or draw (we cant be relegated tomorrow), we show a positive reaction at the end. Some of the interviews of the players and JD in recent weeks have suggested that they do feel isolated and that the negativity is getting to them. If we WANT to see the team relegated next Saturday then go ahead and boo. Destroy the limited confidence and belief they already have then we are dooming them to league 2 and ourselves to watching league 2. if we want them to unite with our desire to be supporting a league 1 club next season then we must be a positive influence. As fragile as it is this season is still in our hands. We have done a hell of a job in recent weeks to throw it out of our hands but it is still within our grasp and for us to affect. Here's hoping for one of those games we'll all be talking about in years to come. When it finally came good. Bring it on. I can't wait. Eddy D
  • Score: -33

10:12pm Fri 25 Apr 14

whoopie says...

Only 180 mins left ;-)
Only 180 mins left ;-) whoopie
  • Score: 16

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