U's slip to narrow defeat at Notts County

Agony - Colchester United's players can't believe it after another chance goes begging at Meadow Lane. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Agony - Colchester United's players can't believe it after another chance goes begging at Meadow Lane. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

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Colchester United are still searching for their first win of the League One season after losing 2-1 at Notts County tonight.

But Joe Dunne's side deserved so much more from an entertaining contest, after creating the bulk of the chances at Meadow Lane.

Colchester fell behind in the fifth minute when Ronan Murray accurately steered a close-range shot past Sam Walker, after Nicky Wroe had planted a ball into the area.

But the U's were almost back on level terms, five minutes later.

After some good build-up play, Jabo Ibehre’s well-placed header from Ben Gordon’s curling cross was creeping in at the near post before Magpies’ experienced goalkeeper Roy Carroll dived to his left to palm it away for a corner.

And the former Manchester United shot-stopper was forced to make an equally important save six minutes later, once again denying Ibehre after the U’s striker was left bearing down on goal following Haydn Hollis’s untimely error.

Magnus Okuonghae’s header sailed straight at Carroll and Dominic Vose’s first-time volley sailed inches over the bar from nearly 25 yards, as the U’s enjoyed a sustained period of dominance at the midway point of the first half.

Marcus Bean sent a free header wide from George Moncur’s corner when unmarked in the area and another Vose volley was gobbled up by Carroll, before the former Manchester United goalkeeper once again denied Ibehre, who had been picked out in space in the area by Vose.

Tom Eastman nodded just wide at the far post but the U’s somehow went in at the break behind.

Colchester continued to carve out chances in the second half and Carroll pulled off another save to deny them, with Freddie Sears’ effort hitting the Northern Ireland international at point-blank range after the U’s forward had been fed by Vose.

The U's finally got the goal they deserved with 20 minutes to go when Sears powered his way into the area and finished low past the on-rushing Carroll.

But the U’s were only back on level terms for less than two minutes, after Liam Noble unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew past Walker and into the net from long range.

Colchester were given hope with 13 minutes remaining when Notts County left-back Keane was shown a second yellow card and was given his marching orders.

But Walker made a fine stop to deny Wroe, who was shown two yellow cards in the space of seven minutes and subsequently sent off, to leave the home side down to nine men.

Sears’ shot flashed agonisingly wide but despite six minutes of stoppage-time, Colchester fell to a second successive league defeat.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction the U's game at Notts County, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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9:59pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Ontheball says...

If you can't score goals, you don't get the points. All huff and puff and no end product. Third from bottom (about where they will more than likely end up), which should suite Cowling's mentality when he says he is not bothered if the U's end up in L2, as long as his baby, the accademy, shines through.
If you can't score goals, you don't get the points. All huff and puff and no end product. Third from bottom (about where they will more than likely end up), which should suite Cowling's mentality when he says he is not bothered if the U's end up in L2, as long as his baby, the accademy, shines through. Ontheball
  • Score: 2

10:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

" Notts County 2-1 Colchester United
Notts County beat Colchester and earn a first victory of the season despite having two men and manager Shaun Derry sent off".

Wonderful headline from BBC above. Dune - " I can't criticise any of my players tonight" - and that's half your problem Mr Dunne. 15 chances and 1 goal whereas the opposition has 2 chances and gets 2 goals. Of course we don't need a goal scorer. Totally fed up with Cowling United.
" Notts County 2-1 Colchester United Notts County beat Colchester and earn a first victory of the season despite having two men and manager Shaun Derry sent off". Wonderful headline from BBC above. Dune - " I can't criticise any of my players tonight" - and that's half your problem Mr Dunne. 15 chances and 1 goal whereas the opposition has 2 chances and gets 2 goals. Of course we don't need a goal scorer. Totally fed up with Cowling United. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 7

11:34pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Notts Yax says...

very unlucky tonight the lads had a real go, no point in having a go at Joe it was one of them nights when their keeper Roy Carroll was unlikely to be beaten some fatastic saves made, maybe the the yiung lads should have come off the bench earlier as they made a good and entertaining impact, if they are going to keep swining in the crosses then a big target center forward is needed, no one can criticise the work effort someone is going to be hit for six soon.
very unlucky tonight the lads had a real go, no point in having a go at Joe it was one of them nights when their keeper Roy Carroll was unlikely to be beaten some fatastic saves made, maybe the the yiung lads should have come off the bench earlier as they made a good and entertaining impact, if they are going to keep swining in the crosses then a big target center forward is needed, no one can criticise the work effort someone is going to be hit for six soon. Notts Yax
  • Score: 3

12:06am Wed 20 Aug 14

Bampotonian says...

This against nine men - what hope do we have against eleven?
This against nine men - what hope do we have against eleven? Bampotonian
  • Score: -1

5:58am Wed 20 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

We watched them get promoted in May 1998-They will go down this year-It was good while it lasted.
We watched them get promoted in May 1998-They will go down this year-It was good while it lasted. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 0

7:15am Wed 20 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

Red cards were 77 minutes and 90 minutes. I thought I would mention this to the 'clan Negative' members who want to see the u's struggle.
No win in 3 is not ideal, but realistically, we are playing well.
Red cards were 77 minutes and 90 minutes. I thought I would mention this to the 'clan Negative' members who want to see the u's struggle. No win in 3 is not ideal, but realistically, we are playing well. super waluigi
  • Score: 10

8:01am Wed 20 Aug 14

down the line says...

Ok so the U's played well last night but still lost. I'm sorry but this is a results business, we can't defend and we can't put the ball in the back of the net....this is a recipe for disaster.
Ok so the U's played well last night but still lost. I'm sorry but this is a results business, we can't defend and we can't put the ball in the back of the net....this is a recipe for disaster. down the line
  • Score: 3

9:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

Ozzie says...

Realistically, we are in an awful position. You cannot make up the figures, they speak for themselves and that is how we are judged - on results! Other managers at other clubs with the same results as Joe Dunne would have been removed by now with no regrets. In Mr Cowling we have, admittedly, a man who ploughs his money into Colchester United and we are very supportive of that, and thank him very sincerely, however, some action is now needed. Notts County had 2 attempts at goal and scored twice! We had 11 attempts and scored one! Says it all and against 9 men, albeit 10 men for the last 15 or so minutes. We are just not clinical enough. Pretty football is nice but unfortunately it is not yielding the results we need. Third off bottom and I know it is early days, but where are the goals going to come from? Another defeat on Saturday and seriously, questions need to be asked and NOW!
Realistically, we are in an awful position. You cannot make up the figures, they speak for themselves and that is how we are judged - on results! Other managers at other clubs with the same results as Joe Dunne would have been removed by now with no regrets. In Mr Cowling we have, admittedly, a man who ploughs his money into Colchester United and we are very supportive of that, and thank him very sincerely, however, some action is now needed. Notts County had 2 attempts at goal and scored twice! We had 11 attempts and scored one! Says it all and against 9 men, albeit 10 men for the last 15 or so minutes. We are just not clinical enough. Pretty football is nice but unfortunately it is not yielding the results we need. Third off bottom and I know it is early days, but where are the goals going to come from? Another defeat on Saturday and seriously, questions need to be asked and NOW! Ozzie
  • Score: 6

10:10am Wed 20 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Waluigi, no one wants to see the U's struggle, but unfortunately that will now be the case for ever and a day with Mr Cowling's philosophy. Dario Gradi's Crewe are practiced exponents of this youth development game, and whilst they have discovered the occasional gem, if you look at the clubs results over many years, they are perennial strugglers. I'll say no more and would love to be proved wrong, but in all honesty, Colchester United as a club will never be more than what they are now at best.
Waluigi, no one wants to see the U's struggle, but unfortunately that will now be the case for ever and a day with Mr Cowling's philosophy. Dario Gradi's Crewe are practiced exponents of this youth development game, and whilst they have discovered the occasional gem, if you look at the clubs results over many years, they are perennial strugglers. I'll say no more and would love to be proved wrong, but in all honesty, Colchester United as a club will never be more than what they are now at best. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 7

11:07am Wed 20 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Waluigi, no one wants to see the U's struggle, but unfortunately that will now be the case for ever and a day with Mr Cowling's philosophy. Dario Gradi's Crewe are practiced exponents of this youth development game, and whilst they have discovered the occasional gem, if you look at the clubs results over many years, they are perennial strugglers. I'll say no more and would love to be proved wrong, but in all honesty, Colchester United as a club will never be more than what they are now at best.
"When Doogie scores we`re on the pitch!"
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Waluigi, no one wants to see the U's struggle, but unfortunately that will now be the case for ever and a day with Mr Cowling's philosophy. Dario Gradi's Crewe are practiced exponents of this youth development game, and whilst they have discovered the occasional gem, if you look at the clubs results over many years, they are perennial strugglers. I'll say no more and would love to be proved wrong, but in all honesty, Colchester United as a club will never be more than what they are now at best.[/p][/quote]"When Doogie scores we`re on the pitch!" Shrubendlad
  • Score: 0

2:01pm Wed 20 Aug 14

totallyfootball says...

super waluigi wrote:
Red cards were 77 minutes and 90 minutes. I thought I would mention this to the 'clan Negative' members who want to see the u's struggle.
No win in 3 is not ideal, but realistically, we are playing well.
No one wants to see them struggle Super and I will say for the umpteenth time I am not negative, I am purely a realist, but you don't get points for playing well or narrow defeats, same old same old oozing out of Dunne's mouth! Who cares when the sending's off took place, we are just not good enough!
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Red cards were 77 minutes and 90 minutes. I thought I would mention this to the 'clan Negative' members who want to see the u's struggle. No win in 3 is not ideal, but realistically, we are playing well.[/p][/quote]No one wants to see them struggle Super and I will say for the umpteenth time I am not negative, I am purely a realist, but you don't get points for playing well or narrow defeats, same old same old oozing out of Dunne's mouth! Who cares when the sending's off took place, we are just not good enough! totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

2:29pm Wed 20 Aug 14

super waluigi says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Waluigi, no one wants to see the U's struggle, but unfortunately that will now be the case for ever and a day with Mr Cowling's philosophy. Dario Gradi's Crewe are practiced exponents of this youth development game, and whilst they have discovered the occasional gem, if you look at the clubs results over many years, they are perennial strugglers. I'll say no more and would love to be proved wrong, but in all honesty, Colchester United as a club will never be more than what they are now at best.
Correct. The U's will struggle for ever and a day. They did before Cowling, and they will after.
This is the only realistic view of Colchester United. I am not suggesting that we cannot get promoted at some point. It happened 7 years ago so it might happen again, but remember, there is over 100 clubs all in a similar boat to the U's (and some are much bigger) so luck will play the biggest part in our next promotion push. Be it this year or 100 years (even after relegation perhaps one day)
Crewe is not a fair reflection on the U's. The only links between them is a good youth policy and low league football. Do on that basis, I cannot see any reason to mention this.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Waluigi, no one wants to see the U's struggle, but unfortunately that will now be the case for ever and a day with Mr Cowling's philosophy. Dario Gradi's Crewe are practiced exponents of this youth development game, and whilst they have discovered the occasional gem, if you look at the clubs results over many years, they are perennial strugglers. I'll say no more and would love to be proved wrong, but in all honesty, Colchester United as a club will never be more than what they are now at best.[/p][/quote]Correct. The U's will struggle for ever and a day. They did before Cowling, and they will after. This is the only realistic view of Colchester United. I am not suggesting that we cannot get promoted at some point. It happened 7 years ago so it might happen again, but remember, there is over 100 clubs all in a similar boat to the U's (and some are much bigger) so luck will play the biggest part in our next promotion push. Be it this year or 100 years (even after relegation perhaps one day) Crewe is not a fair reflection on the U's. The only links between them is a good youth policy and low league football. Do on that basis, I cannot see any reason to mention this. super waluigi
  • Score: 0

2:26am Thu 21 Aug 14

Boris says...

totallyfootball wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
Red cards were 77 minutes and 90 minutes. I thought I would mention this to the 'clan Negative' members who want to see the u's struggle.
No win in 3 is not ideal, but realistically, we are playing well.
No one wants to see them struggle Super and I will say for the umpteenth time I am not negative, I am purely a realist, but you don't get points for playing well or narrow defeats, same old same old oozing out of Dunne's mouth! Who cares when the sending's off took place, we are just not good enough!
He was making the point that for almost the whole game it was 11 against 11. You are right to be worried, but it is too soon to say we are doomed.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Red cards were 77 minutes and 90 minutes. I thought I would mention this to the 'clan Negative' members who want to see the u's struggle. No win in 3 is not ideal, but realistically, we are playing well.[/p][/quote]No one wants to see them struggle Super and I will say for the umpteenth time I am not negative, I am purely a realist, but you don't get points for playing well or narrow defeats, same old same old oozing out of Dunne's mouth! Who cares when the sending's off took place, we are just not good enough![/p][/quote]He was making the point that for almost the whole game it was 11 against 11. You are right to be worried, but it is too soon to say we are doomed. Boris
  • Score: 0

9:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Brown Envelopes says...

OK LADS

DOLLS

PRAM

THROW

NOW ????????????????
OK LADS DOLLS PRAM THROW NOW ???????????????? Brown Envelopes
  • Score: 0
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