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Okuonghae - U's players are still behind under-fire Ward
9:13am Monday 17th September 2012 in Sport
Magnus Okuonghae has insisted Colchester United ’s players are fully behind John Ward, despite their disappointing start to the season.
The U’s are rooted to the bottom of the League One table after losing 2-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers, their third defeat on the spin.
Ward has been heavily criticised by some Colchester supporters, who believe they need a change of manager after failing to win any of their opening seven competitive games this season.
But Okuonghae – who scored his side’s equaliser in their latest defeat - has stressed that the U’s players are still behind their under-fire manager.
Okuonghae said: “The manager was one of the main reasons that I re-signed for Colchester in the summer.
“The players have got no qualms with the manager and we just want to get a run going.
“He’ll get stick because we’re not doing well but the players are getting stick, too.
“Everybody wants to see us winning, including us and that’s what we’ll try and make happen.
“You have to try and stay positive and that comes from the top.”
See Monday's Gazette for more on this story and a full match report and pictures from Colchester United's game with Doncaster Rovers, along with more reaction from the game.