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  • "Mr Dunne, the negative thoughts projected on the pitch come from you and your management team. The buck for performances stops at you! You are the man that should be motivating, encouraging and whipping your players up into a frenzy at every opportunity to perform and get those all important goals which win matches. Today, despite what you may have thought and the petty excuses you regularly come out with on BBC Essex, we lost again! Admittedly it was a close affair between two very average groups of players . In fact the scoreline really did not do Doncaster justice. They had two other gilt-edged opportunities to wrap the game up but fortunately failed to take them. We didn't really look like we would ever score. Just where are the goals going to come from? You suggested that Freddie would give you 20 goals a season. Really? I would love to believe that but the proof is in the pudding and as a regular at Colchester United for 5 decades, I have to be honest and tell it as it is. You are a really lovely guy and a true, loyal club man which is highly commendable and you will always be held in high regard by fans new and old, but if you had the club at heart you would see the fact that you are not succeeding at your job and neither are your supporting cast. It grieves and pains me to say it but I really think that you should consider your position and if Mr Cowling was the chairman of any other club, your performances and win statistics say it all. Your real high point was again, last season, staving off relegation with a wonderful win over promoted side Brentford, but we just have not continued that invigorated performance on this season. We are now third off the bottom of division one with another tough home match coming up against Peterborough next Saturday. Today you made a number of tactical and substitution errors particularly taking off George Moncur when he was by far, at the point of substitution, without question the best player in the team in terms of effort, workrate and commitment. I see no passion, no pride in playing for the club and the players look almost too frightened to make a mistake for fear of retribution from you. Whatever you or your men supporting you in the backroom say, it is definitely not working and you have a condescending manner in which you refer to criticism from fans on the radio dismissing it entirely and telling everyone that we are all entitled to our opinions but you have no intention of changing the playing style. I have had my say and doubtless the Joe Dunne fan club will tell me that I need to think of who would want to come into the club at the moment with the budget cutbacks,etc? I can tell you that there would be a whole list of tried and proven managers with real experience just champing at the bit to have a chance to turn our fortunes around. All it needs is our chairman and chief executive, Mr Cowling, who again hats off to, he keeps the club financially stable, to make a decision and end Mr Dunne's and Mr Kinsella's tenure at the club with no appointment of a replacement manager at the club to come from within the club. We have now suffered for 3 seasons with no visible improvement. The time for change is now! Up the U's!!"
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Dunne - U's are not getting the breaks

Dunne - U's are not getting the breaks

Dunne - U's are not getting the breaks

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne felt one goal was always going to decide his side's tight contest against Doncaster Rovers, following the U's 1-0 defeat.

Kyle Bennett's strike just after the hour mark proved the difference between the two teams, in a game of few chances at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The defeat was Colchester's third in a row in League One and leaves them with one point from a possible 12 at the start of the season.

Dunne said: “They took that opportunity first – you need the breaks to go for you and at the moment, everything is going against us.

“The manner of the goal that we conceded was disappointing.

“Both managers will probably tell you that it was an astute game and for the purists, it probably wasn’t that great to watch.

“But tactically and from a manager’s point of view, it was very tight.

“One goal was always going to be the difference and unfortunately, it’s gone against us.

“We thought the ball was kicked out of Sam Walker’s hands but a couple of our players turned our back on the ball.

“Chances were at a premium for both teams but the goal knocked us back a bit and in effect, it killed the game.

“A defeat whitewashes the thought process.

“If you watch the game again, we’ve had some good performances again.

“But when you lose there’s one train of thought and if it’s negative, it will always be that way and you’ll never see the good things."

For five pages of coverage of the U's game against Doncaster, including reaction, analysis and pictures, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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