U's have improved this season, says Dunne

Mission accomplished - U's boss Joe Dunne believes his side have made progress in the 2013-14 season. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Mission accomplished - U's boss Joe Dunne believes his side have made progress in the 2013-14 season. Picture: WARREN PAGE

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Joe Dunne believes Colchester United’s showing in League One this season was an improvement on their performance in the previous campaign.

The U’s have finished the season in 16th position on 53 points, two points better off than last year’s total.

Colchester drew five more games than they did last season and lost five fewer matches along the way.

U’s boss Dunne said: “We haven’t been in the bottom four all year and it’s definitely not as bad as it was, last year.

“We’ve kept our heads above water.

“My remit was to keep the team in the league when I took over and we’ve achieved that.

“There were only two games this season where we lost by more than two goals - Notts County and Wolves.

“If we’ve lost games this year it’s generally been by the odd goal and I think that’s a tremendous improvement.

“We’ve drawn a lot of games and the key focus is to turn those draws into wins and a big part of it will be the mental side.

“The goal distribution - where we concede - has got to change.

“Those moments before half-time are purely mental.”

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including an interview with the U's latest academy debutant Frankie Kent, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.

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9:05am Tue 6 May 14

Fnagster says...

Really?? Well at least someone was happy with that season!
Really?? Well at least someone was happy with that season! Fnagster
  • Score: 36

9:17am Tue 6 May 14

Ontheball says...

Rubbish. Same old stuff being dished out. Instead of a last day drama re relegation at least it went one game earlier, but I am afraid that I see no difference next season.
Rubbish. Same old stuff being dished out. Instead of a last day drama re relegation at least it went one game earlier, but I am afraid that I see no difference next season. Ontheball
  • Score: 43

11:57am Tue 6 May 14

Medicated Soap says...

The U’s 2013/14 campaign can be summarized as...

• Two narrow fortuitous wins at the start of the season (normally pre-season) against newly promoted sides who were experimenting with odd tactical formations.

• Relegation form for the next 42 games:

20. Crewe P 42 W 12 D 10 L 20 F 49 A 75 -26 46pts
21. Carlisle P 42 W 11 D 12 L 19 F 42 A 63 -21 45pts
22. COLCHESTER P 42 W 09 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 42pts
23. Shrewsbury P 42 W 09 D 13 L 20 F 41 A 57 -16 40pts
24. Stevenage P 42 W 10 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 39pts

• Two anomalous wins at the end of the season thanks to already promoted Brentford not bothering showing up and a freak goal at Walsall.

No Dunne we haven’t improved one iota from last season, we just enjoyed copious amounts of good fortune to scrape to safety, hallelujah for that bird blessing you at Orient!

With the cuts to comply with Financial Fair Play complete, and further savage cuts to be implemented to fund a Category Two academy we can’t afford, the chances of the U’s cheating relegation for a third successive season are slim I’m afraid. 24th place ahoy!
The U’s 2013/14 campaign can be summarized as... • Two narrow fortuitous wins at the start of the season (normally pre-season) against newly promoted sides who were experimenting with odd tactical formations. • Relegation form for the next 42 games: 20. Crewe P 42 W 12 D 10 L 20 F 49 A 75 -26 46pts 21. Carlisle P 42 W 11 D 12 L 19 F 42 A 63 -21 45pts 22. COLCHESTER P 42 W 09 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 42pts 23. Shrewsbury P 42 W 09 D 13 L 20 F 41 A 57 -16 40pts 24. Stevenage P 42 W 10 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 39pts • Two anomalous wins at the end of the season thanks to already promoted Brentford not bothering showing up and a freak goal at Walsall. No Dunne we haven’t improved one iota from last season, we just enjoyed copious amounts of good fortune to scrape to safety, hallelujah for that bird blessing you at Orient! With the cuts to comply with Financial Fair Play complete, and further savage cuts to be implemented to fund a Category Two academy we can’t afford, the chances of the U’s cheating relegation for a third successive season are slim I’m afraid. 24th place ahoy! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 48

12:33pm Tue 6 May 14

totallyfootball says...

Delusional to the end! Have you registered for the job seekers allowance yet?
Delusional to the end! Have you registered for the job seekers allowance yet? totallyfootball
  • Score: 26

3:52pm Tue 6 May 14

super waluigi says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
The U’s 2013/14 campaign can be summarized as...

• Two narrow fortuitous wins at the start of the season (normally pre-season) against newly promoted sides who were experimenting with odd tactical formations.

• Relegation form for the next 42 games:

20. Crewe P 42 W 12 D 10 L 20 F 49 A 75 -26 46pts
21. Carlisle P 42 W 11 D 12 L 19 F 42 A 63 -21 45pts
22. COLCHESTER P 42 W 09 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 42pts
23. Shrewsbury P 42 W 09 D 13 L 20 F 41 A 57 -16 40pts
24. Stevenage P 42 W 10 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 39pts

• Two anomalous wins at the end of the season thanks to already promoted Brentford not bothering showing up and a freak goal at Walsall.

No Dunne we haven’t improved one iota from last season, we just enjoyed copious amounts of good fortune to scrape to safety, hallelujah for that bird blessing you at Orient!

With the cuts to comply with Financial Fair Play complete, and further savage cuts to be implemented to fund a Category Two academy we can’t afford, the chances of the U’s cheating relegation for a third successive season are slim I’m afraid. 24th place ahoy!
So when did the season start after the first two games? You do realise the computer picks the fixture list in random? There is lots of circumstances that will determine the results in a football match, not just the pessimistic ones.

I have given you a new nick name. Medicated soap, the preacher of hate. Enjoy.
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: The U’s 2013/14 campaign can be summarized as... • Two narrow fortuitous wins at the start of the season (normally pre-season) against newly promoted sides who were experimenting with odd tactical formations. • Relegation form for the next 42 games: 20. Crewe P 42 W 12 D 10 L 20 F 49 A 75 -26 46pts 21. Carlisle P 42 W 11 D 12 L 19 F 42 A 63 -21 45pts 22. COLCHESTER P 42 W 09 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 42pts 23. Shrewsbury P 42 W 09 D 13 L 20 F 41 A 57 -16 40pts 24. Stevenage P 42 W 10 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 39pts • Two anomalous wins at the end of the season thanks to already promoted Brentford not bothering showing up and a freak goal at Walsall. No Dunne we haven’t improved one iota from last season, we just enjoyed copious amounts of good fortune to scrape to safety, hallelujah for that bird blessing you at Orient! With the cuts to comply with Financial Fair Play complete, and further savage cuts to be implemented to fund a Category Two academy we can’t afford, the chances of the U’s cheating relegation for a third successive season are slim I’m afraid. 24th place ahoy![/p][/quote]So when did the season start after the first two games? You do realise the computer picks the fixture list in random? There is lots of circumstances that will determine the results in a football match, not just the pessimistic ones. I have given you a new nick name. Medicated soap, the preacher of hate. Enjoy. super waluigi
  • Score: 2

7:06pm Tue 6 May 14

25414nora says...

So there it is, col u players, manager, supporters will again be enjoying Lg1 football, 'absolutely brilliant'. Also good to see some of our local minor league clubs enjoying amazing success:-Namely Braintree, Witham, Brightlingsea.
And of course what about Southend? who may join the u's in Lg 1 (via the
Lg 2 playoffs), just love to rekindle old rivalries with the shrimpers.
Just like to take this opportunity to say a big 'thank you' to all our players, those who are retained, and others who are leaving, also to Joe Dunne and the backroom staff, a special thank you to the chairman for his massive investment in the Colchester youth academy.
Soon I'm off on a 15 day holiday with my other half, to the 'southern states (usa) which will include a 'group guided tour' of 'Elvis Presley's grace land.
Just like to say to the negative minority with:- "SUSPICIOUS MINDS":-and a "WOODEN HEART" "IT'S NOW OR NEVER":- "DONT BE CRUEL"
So there it is, col u players, manager, supporters will again be enjoying Lg1 football, 'absolutely brilliant'. Also good to see some of our local minor league clubs enjoying amazing success:-Namely Braintree, Witham, Brightlingsea. And of course what about Southend? who may join the u's in Lg 1 (via the Lg 2 playoffs), just love to rekindle old rivalries with the shrimpers. Just like to take this opportunity to say a big 'thank you' to all our players, those who are retained, and others who are leaving, also to Joe Dunne and the backroom staff, a special thank you to the chairman for his massive investment in the Colchester youth academy. Soon I'm off on a 15 day holiday with my other half, to the 'southern states (usa) which will include a 'group guided tour' of 'Elvis Presley's grace land. Just like to say to the negative minority with:- "SUSPICIOUS MINDS":-and a "WOODEN HEART" "IT'S NOW OR NEVER":- "DONT BE CRUEL" 25414nora
  • Score: 6

7:55pm Tue 6 May 14

crazy comments says...

My eyesight must have deteriorated last season then, if that was supposed to be better football. I need to go to SPECSAVERS and Joe had better go as well.
My eyesight must have deteriorated last season then, if that was supposed to be better football. I need to go to SPECSAVERS and Joe had better go as well. crazy comments
  • Score: 3

8:12pm Tue 6 May 14

crazy comments says...

My eyesight must have deteriorated last season. Best I go to SPECSAVERS and Joe as well.
My eyesight must have deteriorated last season. Best I go to SPECSAVERS and Joe as well. crazy comments
  • Score: -1

8:13pm Tue 6 May 14

crazy comments says...

My brain has stopped
My brain has stopped crazy comments
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Tue 6 May 14

Notts Yax says...

I work with plenty of Notts County fans they are really pleased to be playing the U'S again next season as the six points will help there relegation battle again. They state qwe were the worst team they faced this year and I actually left early at Meadow Lane the first time ever.
I work with plenty of Notts County fans they are really pleased to be playing the U'S again next season as the six points will help there relegation battle again. They state qwe were the worst team they faced this year and I actually left early at Meadow Lane the first time ever. Notts Yax
  • Score: -7

8:45pm Tue 6 May 14

southstand says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
The U’s 2013/14 campaign can be summarized as...

• Two narrow fortuitous wins at the start of the season (normally pre-season) against newly promoted sides who were experimenting with odd tactical formations.

• Relegation form for the next 42 games:

20. Crewe P 42 W 12 D 10 L 20 F 49 A 75 -26 46pts
21. Carlisle P 42 W 11 D 12 L 19 F 42 A 63 -21 45pts
22. COLCHESTER P 42 W 09 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 42pts
23. Shrewsbury P 42 W 09 D 13 L 20 F 41 A 57 -16 40pts
24. Stevenage P 42 W 10 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 39pts

• Two anomalous wins at the end of the season thanks to already promoted Brentford not bothering showing up and a freak goal at Walsall.

No Dunne we haven’t improved one iota from last season, we just enjoyed copious amounts of good fortune to scrape to safety, hallelujah for that bird blessing you at Orient!

With the cuts to comply with Financial Fair Play complete, and further savage cuts to be implemented to fund a Category Two academy we can’t afford, the chances of the U’s cheating relegation for a third successive season are slim I’m afraid. 24th place ahoy!
No mention of our injuries, no mention of the bad luck of hitting the bar/post on numerous occasions, no mention of losing to Oldham even though they didn't have a shot on target all game, the Eastmond goal was payback for that surely. The academy has been funded by Robbie Cowling for which we should be grateful, I don't think he can win, people want young homegrown talent but don't want it funded?, it does not affect the first team budget anyway. top half next year!
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: The U’s 2013/14 campaign can be summarized as... • Two narrow fortuitous wins at the start of the season (normally pre-season) against newly promoted sides who were experimenting with odd tactical formations. • Relegation form for the next 42 games: 20. Crewe P 42 W 12 D 10 L 20 F 49 A 75 -26 46pts 21. Carlisle P 42 W 11 D 12 L 19 F 42 A 63 -21 45pts 22. COLCHESTER P 42 W 09 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 42pts 23. Shrewsbury P 42 W 09 D 13 L 20 F 41 A 57 -16 40pts 24. Stevenage P 42 W 10 D 14 L 19 F 46 A 60 -14 39pts • Two anomalous wins at the end of the season thanks to already promoted Brentford not bothering showing up and a freak goal at Walsall. No Dunne we haven’t improved one iota from last season, we just enjoyed copious amounts of good fortune to scrape to safety, hallelujah for that bird blessing you at Orient! With the cuts to comply with Financial Fair Play complete, and further savage cuts to be implemented to fund a Category Two academy we can’t afford, the chances of the U’s cheating relegation for a third successive season are slim I’m afraid. 24th place ahoy![/p][/quote]No mention of our injuries, no mention of the bad luck of hitting the bar/post on numerous occasions, no mention of losing to Oldham even though they didn't have a shot on target all game, the Eastmond goal was payback for that surely. The academy has been funded by Robbie Cowling for which we should be grateful, I don't think he can win, people want young homegrown talent but don't want it funded?, it does not affect the first team budget anyway. top half next year! southstand
  • Score: 6

8:56pm Wed 7 May 14

HockleyU's says...

I'm looking forward to next season ...... just look at Orient. They had a settled and unfancied side for the 2013/4 campaign, but took the league by storm. 'Little Old ColU' could do the same. Keep the faith !!
I'm looking forward to next season ...... just look at Orient. They had a settled and unfancied side for the 2013/4 campaign, but took the league by storm. 'Little Old ColU' could do the same. Keep the faith !! HockleyU's
  • Score: 2

6:36am Thu 8 May 14

Col utd says...

HockleyU's wrote:
I'm looking forward to next season ...... just look at Orient. They had a settled and unfancied side for the 2013/4 campaign, but took the league by storm. 'Little Old ColU' could do the same. Keep the faith !!
No chance, they had goal scorers in double figures lisbie,mooney,cox,Mo
ses. We don't have that. They also have a a small but very experienced squad. It's going to be tuff season yet again.
[quote][p][bold]HockleyU's[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward to next season ...... just look at Orient. They had a settled and unfancied side for the 2013/4 campaign, but took the league by storm. 'Little Old ColU' could do the same. Keep the faith !![/p][/quote]No chance, they had goal scorers in double figures lisbie,mooney,cox,Mo ses. We don't have that. They also have a a small but very experienced squad. It's going to be tuff season yet again. Col utd
  • Score: -1

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