Joe sees positives in encouraging performance at high-fliers

Joe sees positives in encouraging performance at high-fliers

Joe sees positives in encouraging performance at high-fliers

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne saw plenty of positives from his team's performance despite their 2-1 League One defeat by Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The U's took an early lead through a well-worked Goerge Moncur goal and were well worth their half-time advantage, however, two lapses after the break - the first after just 55 seconds after the restart - saw Aaron Wilbraham score twice to take all three points for the hosts.

While the ultimate result was a disappointment, there was no disgrace in Colchester's defeat against a side tipped for League One promotion this year.

Dunne said: "They are a top team in our league and have a class striker in Wilbraham.

"That class showed in his two goals.

"We should have dealt with the goals better and we didn't get organised for the first one.

"If your conecnntration levels drop, top pplayers will punish ypu.

"But I'm really pleased with how we did with a young team.

"Our game plan was spot on and we frustrated them.

"We got a reaction from the game the other evening (the 4-0 defeat by Charlton in the Capital One Cup) and if we maintain this aggressive way of counter-attacking we can be in better shape this season."

See Monday's Gazette for full reaction and a full report from the game at Bristol City.

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6:07pm Sat 16 Aug 14

seikothrill says...

The comment 'two lapses' is a very big worry as this was the problem we had last season and seems not to have improved.

4 goals conceded in the league so far with all 4 the result of errors/ lapses of concentration.

If we can improve on these problems then I see mid table position, or possibly higher as achievable.

Keep the faith though.

Up the U's
The comment 'two lapses' is a very big worry as this was the problem we had last season and seems not to have improved. 4 goals conceded in the league so far with all 4 the result of errors/ lapses of concentration. If we can improve on these problems then I see mid table position, or possibly higher as achievable. Keep the faith though. Up the U's seikothrill
  • Score: 10

7:11pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Ontheball says...

No improvement at all from last season. 1 point out of 6 and kicked out of the League Cup. Same old 'lapses', same old stuff from Dunne post match.
No improvement at all from last season. 1 point out of 6 and kicked out of the League Cup. Same old 'lapses', same old stuff from Dunne post match. Ontheball
  • Score: 18

7:19pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Anyone remember beating City at Layer Road 4-0-with us chanting-"Are you Rovers in Disguise?" to grim faced away supporters in the Clock End?
Happy Days and double portions to celebrate from the Stanway Chippy!
Anyone remember beating City at Layer Road 4-0-with us chanting-"Are you Rovers in Disguise?" to grim faced away supporters in the Clock End? Happy Days and double portions to celebrate from the Stanway Chippy! Shrubendlad
  • Score: 5

8:28pm Sat 16 Aug 14

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

The positive I can see is that Dunne's reaction is always so predictable. No need to actually check the stories after a loss as it's the same old story.
It must be like 'Ground-hog Day' every day in training!!!!!
The positive I can see is that Dunne's reaction is always so predictable. No need to actually check the stories after a loss as it's the same old story. It must be like 'Ground-hog Day' every day in training!!!!! We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 17

9:52pm Sat 16 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Lack of experience and professionalism costs us every year and we don't seem to be able to move forward at all. We seem to suffer from the same old mistakes over and over again. It doesn't matter about the positive if the side is incapable of learning from it's mistakes and has an inability to concentrate for 90+ minutes.
Lack of experience and professionalism costs us every year and we don't seem to be able to move forward at all. We seem to suffer from the same old mistakes over and over again. It doesn't matter about the positive if the side is incapable of learning from it's mistakes and has an inability to concentrate for 90+ minutes. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 13

10:02pm Sat 16 Aug 14

United we stand says...

What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weight".
Nowadays, it's all so predictable and seemingly not correctable by the current management, i.e. second-best, injury-prone, individually inconsistent, prone to school-boy defensive errors, and a strike-force whose potency is laughable outside of Heybridge!
All of which makes the continual up-beat, encouraging comments of JD even more unpalatable to the fans. As does the investment in training facilities and coaches/advisors on the staff.
In over 50 years of following the club, I'm hard pressed to think of a time when I have felt more frustrated and bored by it all.
And, please don't tell me it's hard to judge after just three competitive games - because I would say that it isn't hard to judge at all after several seasons on the trot of mainly lacklustre performances, questionable commitment and very disappointing outcomes.
Looking forward to match days? Hardly, these days, I'm afraid - and I believe I'm not alone. And do I feel that this might really matter to the club - NO!
What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weight". Nowadays, it's all so predictable and seemingly not correctable by the current management, i.e. second-best, injury-prone, individually inconsistent, prone to school-boy defensive errors, and a strike-force whose potency is laughable outside of Heybridge! All of which makes the continual up-beat, encouraging comments of JD even more unpalatable to the fans. As does the investment in training facilities and coaches/advisors on the staff. In over 50 years of following the club, I'm hard pressed to think of a time when I have felt more frustrated and bored by it all. And, please don't tell me it's hard to judge after just three competitive games - because I would say that it isn't hard to judge at all after several seasons on the trot of mainly lacklustre performances, questionable commitment and very disappointing outcomes. Looking forward to match days? Hardly, these days, I'm afraid - and I believe I'm not alone. And do I feel that this might really matter to the club - NO! United we stand
  • Score: 15

10:21pm Sat 16 Aug 14

jameswilkin says...

You lot really don't help with comments like that, stop and think for a second. Would you prefer Joe to come out and berate and slag the side off in his post match stuff every week? Yeah, that'd be really helpful. NOT.
"United we stand", really? The most frustrated in 50 years? Given that 20 odd years ago we were a non league club? Wow. Given that we have a budget smaller than some league 2 clubs, turning up at the home of the side tipped by most for promotion and just being edged out, despite being well worth a draw, I think Joe has every right to be positive. A break here or there we'd have got something. Those are the margins. Accept it and start supporting the **** side, guys, come on.
You lot really don't help with comments like that, stop and think for a second. Would you prefer Joe to come out and berate and slag the side off in his post match stuff every week? Yeah, that'd be really helpful. NOT. "United we stand", really? The most frustrated in 50 years? Given that 20 odd years ago we were a non league club? Wow. Given that we have a budget smaller than some league 2 clubs, turning up at the home of the side tipped by most for promotion and just being edged out, despite being well worth a draw, I think Joe has every right to be positive. A break here or there we'd have got something. Those are the margins. Accept it and start supporting the **** side, guys, come on. jameswilkin
  • Score: -5

10:34pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Ozzie says...

I fully agree with the comments made previously and in particular by 'United we stand' - so very true! The time is fast approaching when we as a club and fans should really start chanting 'Joe Dunne OUT!' and mean it! I am so totally frustrated at the shambolic and pathetic excuses levelled after each performance - it has now been happening for three seasons. We used to complain about Mr Ward but at least we were in slightly better positions in the league then. I have to confess that after Mr Dunne makes changes the players seem totally disorientated and disorganised, not fully understanding their roles on the pitch. I fully agree with United we Stand in the statement about lacklustre performances and questionable commitment. How true! Mr Cowling, we are getting really fed up again of the excuses already. We need to demand some action as season ticket holders and you need to question your own judgement of whether the Dunne/Kinsella regime is going to change the fortunes of the club. I don't see it making any difference from last season or the season before that! Please, allow until the end of August to make your mind up then please take action SOONER rather than later! We need players and management alike to wear the shirt with pride , passion and commitment, not just go through the motions week in week out living a pretence. With the squad we have we should be doing much much better than we have done for this season, last season and the season before. I just wish all the 'Joey Dunne's Blue and White Army!' brigade would wake up to his and his supporting cast's total inability to be honest, lead from the front, motivate and build belief and pride in the players before they go out to face opposition. Up the U's!
I fully agree with the comments made previously and in particular by 'United we stand' - so very true! The time is fast approaching when we as a club and fans should really start chanting 'Joe Dunne OUT!' and mean it! I am so totally frustrated at the shambolic and pathetic excuses levelled after each performance - it has now been happening for three seasons. We used to complain about Mr Ward but at least we were in slightly better positions in the league then. I have to confess that after Mr Dunne makes changes the players seem totally disorientated and disorganised, not fully understanding their roles on the pitch. I fully agree with United we Stand in the statement about lacklustre performances and questionable commitment. How true! Mr Cowling, we are getting really fed up again of the excuses already. We need to demand some action as season ticket holders and you need to question your own judgement of whether the Dunne/Kinsella regime is going to change the fortunes of the club. I don't see it making any difference from last season or the season before that! Please, allow until the end of August to make your mind up then please take action SOONER rather than later! We need players and management alike to wear the shirt with pride , passion and commitment, not just go through the motions week in week out living a pretence. With the squad we have we should be doing much much better than we have done for this season, last season and the season before. I just wish all the 'Joey Dunne's Blue and White Army!' brigade would wake up to his and his supporting cast's total inability to be honest, lead from the front, motivate and build belief and pride in the players before they go out to face opposition. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: -4

10:55pm Sat 16 Aug 14

United we stand says...

James: When we dipped down into the Conference, we still displayed commitment and pride. At least we looked like we were doing more than "going through the motions". That cannot be said today. That's why i'm a frustrated holder of match tickets for this season and why I rank the current performances as some of the least creative and professional over 50+ years.
James: When we dipped down into the Conference, we still displayed commitment and pride. At least we looked like we were doing more than "going through the motions". That cannot be said today. That's why i'm a frustrated holder of match tickets for this season and why I rank the current performances as some of the least creative and professional over 50+ years. United we stand
  • Score: 11

5:50am Sun 17 Aug 14

kevinmac says...

United we stand wrote:
What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weightUnited we stand !!
Sorry old mate but Colchester are actually punching well above their weight at the moment, or haven't you checked on the number of fans at home games for the last umpteen seasons. Until you and the rest of the unrealistic glory hunters who register critical comments on this site can persuade a few of your mates to come along on Saturdays we will remain a high achieving 'lower 2nd division club' certainly your negativity will neither encourage newcomers along nor players to give their all on the pitch (like J D used to). In over 65 years of following Col.U. I have never felt more bored or frustrated by moaning blokes who think they are, or have ever been supporters. Come on you lot get real and support JD, RC and the whole team. Otherwise there is a team a few miles up the A12 who believe they have the right to support a premier team.
[quote][p][bold]United we stand[/bold] wrote: What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weightUnited we stand !! Sorry old mate but Colchester are actually punching well above their weight at the moment, or haven't you checked on the number of fans at home games for the last umpteen seasons. Until you and the rest of the unrealistic glory hunters who register critical comments on this site can persuade a few of your mates to come along on Saturdays we will remain a high achieving 'lower 2nd division club' certainly your negativity will neither encourage newcomers along nor players to give their all on the pitch (like J D used to). In over 65 years of following Col.U. I have never felt more bored or frustrated by moaning blokes who think they are, or have ever been supporters. Come on you lot get real and support JD, RC and the whole team. Otherwise there is a team a few miles up the A12 who believe they have the right to support a premier team. kevinmac
  • Score: 9

10:12am Sun 17 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

kevinmac wrote:
United we stand wrote:
What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weightUnited we stand !!
Sorry old mate but Colchester are actually punching well above their weight at the moment, or haven't you checked on the number of fans at home games for the last umpteen seasons. Until you and the rest of the unrealistic glory hunters who register critical comments on this site can persuade a few of your mates to come along on Saturdays we will remain a high achieving 'lower 2nd division club' certainly your negativity will neither encourage newcomers along nor players to give their all on the pitch (like J D used to). In over 65 years of following Col.U. I have never felt more bored or frustrated by moaning blokes who think they are, or have ever been supporters. Come on you lot get real and support JD, RC and the whole team. Otherwise there is a team a few miles up the A12 who believe they have the right to support a premier team.I have followed this Club since I was 8-which is a very very long time ago.
I have lived a worked in Manchester ,Birmingham and London over the years-There has been no shortage of opportunities to support a big Club.
But the Us are and will always be my Club.
So don't bang on about "real" supporters. If somethings wrong with a Club
which a few years ago was asking Scudamore to play at Layer Road in the Premiership and was the TOP team in East Anglia-then change must happen.
[quote][p][bold]kevinmac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]United we stand[/bold] wrote: What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weightUnited we stand !! Sorry old mate but Colchester are actually punching well above their weight at the moment, or haven't you checked on the number of fans at home games for the last umpteen seasons. Until you and the rest of the unrealistic glory hunters who register critical comments on this site can persuade a few of your mates to come along on Saturdays we will remain a high achieving 'lower 2nd division club' certainly your negativity will neither encourage newcomers along nor players to give their all on the pitch (like J D used to). In over 65 years of following Col.U. I have never felt more bored or frustrated by moaning blokes who think they are, or have ever been supporters. Come on you lot get real and support JD, RC and the whole team. Otherwise there is a team a few miles up the A12 who believe they have the right to support a premier team.[/p][/quote]I have followed this Club since I was 8-which is a very very long time ago. I have lived a worked in Manchester ,Birmingham and London over the years-There has been no shortage of opportunities to support a big Club. But the Us are and will always be my Club. So don't bang on about "real" supporters. If somethings wrong with a Club which a few years ago was asking Scudamore to play at Layer Road in the Premiership and was the TOP team in East Anglia-then change must happen. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 5

12:00pm Sun 17 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

You can't keep churning out the same rubbish year after year without making progress. I don't care what club you are or what level they play at, but performances and results such as we have witnessed at the WHCS, since it opened, is going to seriously impact the level of support the club gets. Everyone knows it's a results business and at Colchester it's just not happening. The trouble is not only have we got a small budget, but that budget is further eroded by supporting the youth academy. Ipswich are pressing for category 1 status for their academy, and so as I read it, with us being category 2, we'll still be the poor relations and lose out to them when recruiting youngsters.
You can't keep churning out the same rubbish year after year without making progress. I don't care what club you are or what level they play at, but performances and results such as we have witnessed at the WHCS, since it opened, is going to seriously impact the level of support the club gets. Everyone knows it's a results business and at Colchester it's just not happening. The trouble is not only have we got a small budget, but that budget is further eroded by supporting the youth academy. Ipswich are pressing for category 1 status for their academy, and so as I read it, with us being category 2, we'll still be the poor relations and lose out to them when recruiting youngsters. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 4

2:17pm Sun 17 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

Too many bloggers on here are posting material that does not fit the thread.

For me, Joe is right. We played well against Oldham and Bristol city. We are unlucky to have 1 point so far. I heard David Gregory saying that we will play much worse and get wins this season. Joe and David are opinions that matter, not ours, regardless if you have watched Col U for 50 years. There are positives to take out of this.
Too many bloggers on here are posting material that does not fit the thread. For me, Joe is right. We played well against Oldham and Bristol city. We are unlucky to have 1 point so far. I heard David Gregory saying that we will play much worse and get wins this season. Joe and David are opinions that matter, not ours, regardless if you have watched Col U for 50 years. There are positives to take out of this. super waluigi
  • Score: 6

2:24pm Sun 17 Aug 14

kevinmac says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
kevinmac wrote:
United we stand wrote:
What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weightUnited we stand !!
Sorry old mate but Colchester are actually punching well above their weight at the moment, or haven't you checked on the number of fans at home games for the last umpteen seasons. Until you and the rest of the unrealistic glory hunters who register critical comments on this site can persuade a few of your mates to come along on Saturdays we will remain a high achieving 'lower 2nd division club' certainly your negativity will neither encourage newcomers along nor players to give their all on the pitch (like J D used to). In over 65 years of following Col.U. I have never felt more bored or frustrated by moaning blokes who think they are, or have ever been supporters. Come on you lot get real and support JD, RC and the whole team. Otherwise there is a team a few miles up the A12 who believe they have the right to support a premier team.I have followed this Club since I was 8-which is a very very long time ago.
I have lived a worked in Manchester ,Birmingham and London over the years-There has been no shortage of opportunities to support a big Club.
But the Us are and will always be my Club.
So don't bang on about "real" supporters. If somethings wrong with a Club
which a few years ago was asking Scudamore to play at Layer Road in the Premiership and was the TOP team in East Anglia-then change must happen.Oh dear, 'United we stand' I wasn't suggesting surprise that you don't support the big club up the A12 rather that your expectations are similar to many of their supporters who think they have a divine right to be in the premiership and just moan when they are not. A REAL supporter will get behind his team PARTICLARLY when things are not going well. Still I suppose if you have 50 years experience and haven't learned that you are not likely ever to.
I claim to have seen more poor games than you but would never openly criticize or shout abuse at any Col.U player, manager or chairman (except for a period of time during the Johnathan Crisp era when I was not particularly proud of what was happening at the top of the club) . At the moment I am proud to think we have a chairman like Robbie Cowling and will support Joe Dunne, who is certainly respected at a very high level within football, if not by the supporters of his own club - for as long as R.C continues to consider him to be our best option.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kevinmac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]United we stand[/bold] wrote: What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weightUnited we stand !! Sorry old mate but Colchester are actually punching well above their weight at the moment, or haven't you checked on the number of fans at home games for the last umpteen seasons. Until you and the rest of the unrealistic glory hunters who register critical comments on this site can persuade a few of your mates to come along on Saturdays we will remain a high achieving 'lower 2nd division club' certainly your negativity will neither encourage newcomers along nor players to give their all on the pitch (like J D used to). In over 65 years of following Col.U. I have never felt more bored or frustrated by moaning blokes who think they are, or have ever been supporters. Come on you lot get real and support JD, RC and the whole team. Otherwise there is a team a few miles up the A12 who believe they have the right to support a premier team.[/p][/quote]I have followed this Club since I was 8-which is a very very long time ago. I have lived a worked in Manchester ,Birmingham and London over the years-There has been no shortage of opportunities to support a big Club. But the Us are and will always be my Club. So don't bang on about "real" supporters. If somethings wrong with a Club which a few years ago was asking Scudamore to play at Layer Road in the Premiership and was the TOP team in East Anglia-then change must happen.[/p][/quote]Oh dear, 'United we stand' I wasn't suggesting surprise that you don't support the big club up the A12 rather that your expectations are similar to many of their supporters who think they have a divine right to be in the premiership and just moan when they are not. A REAL supporter will get behind his team PARTICLARLY when things are not going well. Still I suppose if you have 50 years experience and haven't learned that you are not likely ever to. I claim to have seen more poor games than you but would never openly criticize or shout abuse at any Col.U player, manager or chairman (except for a period of time during the Johnathan Crisp era when I was not particularly proud of what was happening at the top of the club) . At the moment I am proud to think we have a chairman like Robbie Cowling and will support Joe Dunne, who is certainly respected at a very high level within football, if not by the supporters of his own club - for as long as R.C continues to consider him to be our best option. kevinmac
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Eddy D says...

I too remain frustrated by the defensive mishaps that cause us to lose points BUT some perspective please.

The Capital One cup game aside the league situation so far is unlucky to not have won against Oldham and the U's (most bookies favourites for not just relegation but a 24th placed finish) losing narrowly to Bristol City (a favourite of most bookies for promotion). In the cold light of day a 2-1 loss to Bristol City is hardly cause for uproar. Last year we had 8 points from 4 games and the threads were still as negative as this.

We do look like a threat. Once the mishaps are sorted at the back I am sure we will be okay.

I retain belief in the JD is doing as good a job as anyone else given the working situation he is in. I am not advocating blind/ naive support but just reflecting on the situation as it realistically stands.
I too remain frustrated by the defensive mishaps that cause us to lose points BUT some perspective please. The Capital One cup game aside the league situation so far is unlucky to not have won against Oldham and the U's (most bookies favourites for not just relegation but a 24th placed finish) losing narrowly to Bristol City (a favourite of most bookies for promotion). In the cold light of day a 2-1 loss to Bristol City is hardly cause for uproar. Last year we had 8 points from 4 games and the threads were still as negative as this. We do look like a threat. Once the mishaps are sorted at the back I am sure we will be okay. I retain belief in the JD is doing as good a job as anyone else given the working situation he is in. I am not advocating blind/ naive support but just reflecting on the situation as it realistically stands. Eddy D
  • Score: 11

5:30pm Sun 17 Aug 14

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

Most of us are not glory hunters, we just want to see a team that is going to try it's best. For the past few years that doesn't appear to have been given by the the majority of the players. I could quite happily come away from WHCS losing if I felt we had tried our hardest. It would be really interesting to see how well some of the players performed if they were only paid based on what the fans thought of their performance after the game.

Personally I would have more respect for Dunne if now and again he did berate some of the players, that way we might actually see that there is some connection with the fans.

Mistakes will be made but please for goodness sake learn from them, don't keep repeating them.
Most of us are not glory hunters, we just want to see a team that is going to try it's best. For the past few years that doesn't appear to have been given by the the majority of the players. I could quite happily come away from WHCS losing if I felt we had tried our hardest. It would be really interesting to see how well some of the players performed if they were only paid based on what the fans thought of their performance after the game. Personally I would have more respect for Dunne if now and again he did berate some of the players, that way we might actually see that there is some connection with the fans. Mistakes will be made but please for goodness sake learn from them, don't keep repeating them. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Sun 17 Aug 14

southstand says...

"high flying Bristol" ? if we had won we would be above them! its only the second game, Sam made a rare error otherwise we would have drawn away from home which we would of been happy with, wouldn't we?
"high flying Bristol" ? if we had won we would be above them! its only the second game, Sam made a rare error otherwise we would have drawn away from home which we would of been happy with, wouldn't we? southstand
  • Score: 4

6:53pm Sun 17 Aug 14

DAZZ1981 says...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. IS THIS MANAGER FOR REAL HE HAS NOT GOT A CLUE AND YOU LOT JUST FOLLOW THIS TEAM WITH YOUR TALES THU YOUR LEGS. OPEN YOUR EYES THIS IS A SUNDAY PUB TEAM WERE BRADFIELD ROVERS WOULD BEAT THEM IM GONNA LOVE THIS SEASON.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. IS THIS MANAGER FOR REAL HE HAS NOT GOT A CLUE AND YOU LOT JUST FOLLOW THIS TEAM WITH YOUR TALES THU YOUR LEGS. OPEN YOUR EYES THIS IS A SUNDAY PUB TEAM WERE BRADFIELD ROVERS WOULD BEAT THEM IM GONNA LOVE THIS SEASON. DAZZ1981
  • Score: -16

7:25pm Sun 17 Aug 14

crazy comments says...

United we stand wrote:
What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weight".
Nowadays, it's all so predictable and seemingly not correctable by the current management, i.e. second-best, injury-prone, individually inconsistent, prone to school-boy defensive errors, and a strike-force whose potency is laughable outside of Heybridge!
All of which makes the continual up-beat, encouraging comments of JD even more unpalatable to the fans. As does the investment in training facilities and coaches/advisors on the staff.
In over 50 years of following the club, I'm hard pressed to think of a time when I have felt more frustrated and bored by it all.
And, please don't tell me it's hard to judge after just three competitive games - because I would say that it isn't hard to judge at all after several seasons on the trot of mainly lacklustre performances, questionable commitment and very disappointing outcomes.
Looking forward to match days? Hardly, these days, I'm afraid - and I believe I'm not alone. And do I feel that this might really matter to the club - NO!
Agree with you 100% .
This club is being run by total IDIOTS.

Watched Southend play yesterday, and kept asking myself, why we now have worse full backs than we let go. Ben Coker now seems to have developed into a quality player, under a different manager, and as usual John White was solid.

Regards tactics, again I saw that we played 4-3-3 at Bristol yesterday. Dan Holman is a goal scorer who feeds of knock downs from a big man up front. He will struggle playing in this system, and will not score the goals he is capable off. Why did Dunne bother signing him?
Cureton needed Imo as his target man, to play off, much like Dan does..

Half this lot on here have no football sense at all and seem blind to Dunne's incompetence in managerial skills. I read that Dunne was satisfied with the performance yesterday. Well for me losing any game is not satisfactory whatever the excuses be offered. Don't tell me its because we had a few injuries, that's no excuse. Years ago we bloodied young teenage players, but we still won games. Players need to be read the riot act now and again and left in no uncertain terms who is the boss. For me to many ex U's players and ex Ipswich Town connections in the U's set up, Dugie, Kinsella, Brown, etc make it to clique for me. What's needed is a big broom and a complete sweep out. Anthony Wordsworth is a prime example regards players attitudes. He had the talent but needed his backside kicked. He frustrated me, and I don't mind admitting he got me annoyed. He soon found out at Ipswich life under Mick mac was slightly different. He had to learn how to tackle and chase back if he lost the ball. Neither Ward or Dunne had the balls to handle or sort him out. The only Col Utd manager to praise him was Lambert, but then we all know you had to be fit, under him.

It saddens me to think off the many close friends who have gradually over the years, stopped going to watch the U's. Not a lot has been done by the club to stop the decline, certainly not by Cowling.
I could really be a lot more scathing, but then Cowling would soon have his Solicitor on my back.
A few people like (super and Noah 4x4 that like to call us negative clan need to learn what that word truly means. To me they are rightly the ones that are negative. I've always been positive in my whole life and very forward thinking. I'm fed up to my back teeth reading that we are punching above our weight. Bol-icks I say to that, if you want to succeed in life in whatever you do, achievement can be achieved through fight and sheer hard graft. Being second best is not for me and now after 60 years watching the U's I will no longer attend the Community stadium while Dunne stays as manager.
[quote][p][bold]United we stand[/bold] wrote: What I would give for a return to the days when our beloved Col U were dubbed as "punching above their weight". Nowadays, it's all so predictable and seemingly not correctable by the current management, i.e. second-best, injury-prone, individually inconsistent, prone to school-boy defensive errors, and a strike-force whose potency is laughable outside of Heybridge! All of which makes the continual up-beat, encouraging comments of JD even more unpalatable to the fans. As does the investment in training facilities and coaches/advisors on the staff. In over 50 years of following the club, I'm hard pressed to think of a time when I have felt more frustrated and bored by it all. And, please don't tell me it's hard to judge after just three competitive games - because I would say that it isn't hard to judge at all after several seasons on the trot of mainly lacklustre performances, questionable commitment and very disappointing outcomes. Looking forward to match days? Hardly, these days, I'm afraid - and I believe I'm not alone. And do I feel that this might really matter to the club - NO![/p][/quote]Agree with you 100% . This club is being run by total IDIOTS. Watched Southend play yesterday, and kept asking myself, why we now have worse full backs than we let go. Ben Coker now seems to have developed into a quality player, under a different manager, and as usual John White was solid. Regards tactics, again I saw that we played 4-3-3 at Bristol yesterday. Dan Holman is a goal scorer who feeds of knock downs from a big man up front. He will struggle playing in this system, and will not score the goals he is capable off. Why did Dunne bother signing him? Cureton needed Imo as his target man, to play off, much like Dan does.. Half this lot on here have no football sense at all and seem blind to Dunne's incompetence in managerial skills. I read that Dunne was satisfied with the performance yesterday. Well for me losing any game is not satisfactory whatever the excuses be offered. Don't tell me its because we had a few injuries, that's no excuse. Years ago we bloodied young teenage players, but we still won games. Players need to be read the riot act now and again and left in no uncertain terms who is the boss. For me to many ex U's players and ex Ipswich Town connections in the U's set up, Dugie, Kinsella, Brown, etc make it to clique for me. What's needed is a big broom and a complete sweep out. Anthony Wordsworth is a prime example regards players attitudes. He had the talent but needed his backside kicked. He frustrated me, and I don't mind admitting he got me annoyed. He soon found out at Ipswich life under Mick mac was slightly different. He had to learn how to tackle and chase back if he lost the ball. Neither Ward or Dunne had the balls to handle or sort him out. The only Col Utd manager to praise him was Lambert, but then we all know you had to be fit, under him. It saddens me to think off the many close friends who have gradually over the years, stopped going to watch the U's. Not a lot has been done by the club to stop the decline, certainly not by Cowling. I could really be a lot more scathing, but then Cowling would soon have his Solicitor on my back. A few people like (super and Noah 4x4 that like to call us negative clan need to learn what that word truly means. To me they are rightly the ones that are negative. I've always been positive in my whole life and very forward thinking. I'm fed up to my back teeth reading that we are punching above our weight. Bol-icks I say to that, if you want to succeed in life in whatever you do, achievement can be achieved through fight and sheer hard graft. Being second best is not for me and now after 60 years watching the U's I will no longer attend the Community stadium while Dunne stays as manager. crazy comments
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7:53pm Sun 17 Aug 14

totallyfootball says...

Only this apology for a manager could encourage by a defeat, just what have they been working on since last season, how to lose better and gracefully?
Only this apology for a manager could encourage by a defeat, just what have they been working on since last season, how to lose better and gracefully? totallyfootball
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9:25pm Sun 17 Aug 14

down the line says...

I've been saying for a while now that there has been no improvement in the team over the summer, so why would we do any better this season? And this is not being negative, it's a FACT.
I've been saying for a while now that there has been no improvement in the team over the summer, so why would we do any better this season? And this is not being negative, it's a FACT. down the line
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5:31am Mon 18 Aug 14

DAZZ1981 says...

crazy comments THANK YOU GLAD SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS ME THIS CLUB NEEDS A TOP CLASS MANAGER EXAMPLES. ALAN CURB TONY PULIS HAHA ALEX FURGERSON RYAN GIGGS PAUL INCE TIM SHERWOOD
crazy comments THANK YOU GLAD SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS ME THIS CLUB NEEDS A TOP CLASS MANAGER EXAMPLES. ALAN CURB TONY PULIS HAHA ALEX FURGERSON RYAN GIGGS PAUL INCE TIM SHERWOOD DAZZ1981
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7:58am Mon 18 Aug 14

Existentialism says...

its getting to the point of where enough becomes enough.
joe is a great guy there is no doubt in that.
but time is calling fast.
its getting to the point of where enough becomes enough. joe is a great guy there is no doubt in that. but time is calling fast. Existentialism
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9:00am Mon 18 Aug 14

totallyfootball says...

Existentialism wrote:
its getting to the point of where enough becomes enough.
joe is a great guy there is no doubt in that.
but time is calling fast.
Nice Guys don't win things, all managers need a ruthless streak, sadly Joe would be scarred of himself if he possessed one!
[quote][p][bold]Existentialism[/bold] wrote: its getting to the point of where enough becomes enough. joe is a great guy there is no doubt in that. but time is calling fast.[/p][/quote]Nice Guys don't win things, all managers need a ruthless streak, sadly Joe would be scarred of himself if he possessed one! totallyfootball
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8:07pm Mon 18 Aug 14

linton68 says...

Col U will probably get a nice result at Notts County tomorrow. Then all the toys can go back in the prams.
Col U will probably get a nice result at Notts County tomorrow. Then all the toys can go back in the prams. linton68
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5:58am Wed 20 Aug 14

Brown Envelopes says...

1. 2-1 A result ?
2. 1 point in how many matches ?
3. Good prospects on the horizon showing some talent ?
4. Flying Pink Pigs Aerobatic Team, getting ready for the Clacton Air Show at Weston homes stadium ?
5. Give it a rest please, stop worrying about your hairstyles and play some football surely ?
1. 2-1 A result ? 2. 1 point in how many matches ? 3. Good prospects on the horizon showing some talent ? 4. Flying Pink Pigs Aerobatic Team, getting ready for the Clacton Air Show at Weston homes stadium ? 5. Give it a rest please, stop worrying about your hairstyles and play some football surely ? Brown Envelopes
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1:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

Linton68 sorry to be the bearer of bad news.the toys are staying out of the pram for a while yet.
Linton68 sorry to be the bearer of bad news.the toys are staying out of the pram for a while yet. stevedawson
  • Score: 0

12:25am Thu 21 Aug 14

linton68 says...

stevedawson wrote:
Linton68 sorry to be the bearer of bad news.the toys are staying out of the pram for a while yet.
Point taken Steve, but thats just me, 'Forever the optimist', I much prefer optimism to negativity...you should try it some time.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Linton68 sorry to be the bearer of bad news.the toys are staying out of the pram for a while yet.[/p][/quote]Point taken Steve, but thats just me, 'Forever the optimist', I much prefer optimism to negativity...you should try it some time. linton68
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