Dunne - we deserved more

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Block - Gavin Massey (left) battles it out with a Swindon opponent during the U's 1-0 defeat. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO74614-02) Block - Gavin Massey (left) battles it out with a Swindon opponent during the U's 1-0 defeat. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO74614-02)

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne felt defeat was harsh on his side after they were edged out by Swindon Town.

The U’s were beaten 1-0 by the promotion-chasing Robins, with James Collins’ goal early in the second half enough to separate the two sides in the League One clash.

Dunne said: “I don’t agree that it was the right result.

“It was a scrappy game but I thought that we were well in it and that we matched them.

“Overall, we're disappointed that we didn't come away with more.

“We switched off for a moment from a throw in and it cost us - we need everybody concentrating for us and we didn't at that moment.

“After that, they made it very difficult for us.

“If you’re going to lose, you have to lose coming off the pitch knowing that you’ve given it a right good go and I thought that we did that.

“I’m not happy with the goal that we conceded and the fact that it came off our set play.

“We have a routine for stopping attacks from throw ins and we didn’t execute it, which is very annoying."

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11:28pm Tue 5 Feb 13

the allotments says...

I see scunthorpe beat portsmouth as well,not probably as impressive as led to believe,still deep in the s.....
I see scunthorpe beat portsmouth as well,not probably as impressive as led to believe,still deep in the s..... the allotments
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12:31am Wed 6 Feb 13

Medicated Soap says...

No Joe we got exactly what our toothless performance deserved - nothing.
No Joe we got exactly what our toothless performance deserved - nothing. Medicated Soap
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2:05am Wed 6 Feb 13

Boris says...

Brian Wilson's instinctive block on the line during the first half saved it from being 2-0. Swindon were the better side on the night. We gave the ball away far too often. And we the crowd didn't help. West stand silent as usual, East stand empty, South stand intermittently vocal but, once they had scored, the visiting supporters were far louder than us. The players applauded us at the end, but did we deserve it?
Brian Wilson's instinctive block on the line during the first half saved it from being 2-0. Swindon were the better side on the night. We gave the ball away far too often. And we the crowd didn't help. West stand silent as usual, East stand empty, South stand intermittently vocal but, once they had scored, the visiting supporters were far louder than us. The players applauded us at the end, but did we deserve it? Boris
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8:30am Wed 6 Feb 13

super waluigi says...

No complaints here. Swindon were the better side. We might have got a draw if luck was on our side, but Swindon are a much more clinical side.

Take it and move on.
No complaints here. Swindon were the better side. We might have got a draw if luck was on our side, but Swindon are a much more clinical side. Take it and move on. super waluigi
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8:51am Wed 6 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Oh what a dreadful place to watch football.it's worth a goal to the visitor's every game.
Oh what a dreadful place to watch football.it's worth a goal to the visitor's every game. wellnow
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9:20am Wed 6 Feb 13

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

Some lovely negative comments here!!!!!!

Although I thought it was the correct result I still think there was quite a lot of positives to be taken from the game. We battled well and for large parts of the game matched Swindon. Only a few weeks ago I was dreading this game as I thought Swindon would smash a bag full of goals past us.

Swindon have scored 3, 4 and even 5 goals against much big clubs than Colchester this season including; Tranmere 5, Bournemouth 4, Brighton 3 and even Stoke 4. So for us only to concede 1 shows just how our defence is improving and working harder than they were earlier on in the season. It also shows the Joe knew where the problems were by getting rid of Rose etc and is trying to correct it.

The game wasn't pretty and we didn't really create loads of chances but like it was said above, with a little bit of luck we might have even got a draw.

How many people a few weeks ago would have taken two wins and a narrow defeat from the last three games ????

It is going to be tough until the end of the season but from what I saw last night at least we'll battle to the end.

Well done Joe and the team, keep up the hard work.

Up the U's
Some lovely negative comments here!!!!!! Although I thought it was the correct result I still think there was quite a lot of positives to be taken from the game. We battled well and for large parts of the game matched Swindon. Only a few weeks ago I was dreading this game as I thought Swindon would smash a bag full of goals past us. Swindon have scored 3, 4 and even 5 goals against much big clubs than Colchester this season including; Tranmere 5, Bournemouth 4, Brighton 3 and even Stoke 4. So for us only to concede 1 shows just how our defence is improving and working harder than they were earlier on in the season. It also shows the Joe knew where the problems were by getting rid of Rose etc and is trying to correct it. The game wasn't pretty and we didn't really create loads of chances but like it was said above, with a little bit of luck we might have even got a draw. How many people a few weeks ago would have taken two wins and a narrow defeat from the last three games ???? It is going to be tough until the end of the season but from what I saw last night at least we'll battle to the end. Well done Joe and the team, keep up the hard work. Up the U's We're not singing anymore!!!
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10:13am Wed 6 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

Swindon moved into the spaces quickly,closed us down soon as we got possession of the ball and were like express trains back in defence and going forward in attack ,they never stopped running. Even Joe Dunne and Kinsella looked like muppets,and never showed any passion on the touchline to push our players on. If you want to get out of a scrape you have to fight and Joe Dunne must have watched a different game to me. It was awfull and not a game to bring people back to the community stadium. I was just releived that Matt Richie was no longer in the Swindon line up or it would have been a 3 to 4 nil defeat. Last night Kinsella, Hall, Dugie, the goalkeeping coach,some woman all involved in the warm ups. What a joke.
Swindon moved into the spaces quickly,closed us down soon as we got possession of the ball and were like express trains back in defence and going forward in attack ,they never stopped running. Even Joe Dunne and Kinsella looked like muppets,and never showed any passion on the touchline to push our players on. If you want to get out of a scrape you have to fight and Joe Dunne must have watched a different game to me. It was awfull and not a game to bring people back to the community stadium. I was just releived that Matt Richie was no longer in the Swindon line up or it would have been a 3 to 4 nil defeat. Last night Kinsella, Hall, Dugie, the goalkeeping coach,some woman all involved in the warm ups. What a joke. crazy comments
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10:32am Wed 6 Feb 13

What's The Story? says...

wellnow, that's why we've barely lost in the time we've been at WHCS!

crazycomments, why is it a joke that there are different people looking at different parts of the warm up?

I think that we did well until the goal. Had Massey got the ball before a brilliant block by McEveley then it'd have been a different game.
wellnow, that's why we've barely lost in the time we've been at WHCS! crazycomments, why is it a joke that there are different people looking at different parts of the warm up? I think that we did well until the goal. Had Massey got the ball before a brilliant block by McEveley then it'd have been a different game. What's The Story?
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12:06pm Wed 6 Feb 13

dmev36 says...

Colchester could still be playing now and still not scored.
We looked disjointed and ineffective against a reasonable Swindon side.
I am not sure in which direction the side is heading. Joe Dunne seems to have filled the team full of players slightly poorer than those that have just left. Maybe those guys weren't playing for him for a reason.
I hope we can hang on to L1 status and sort it out in the summer.
Colchester could still be playing now and still not scored. We looked disjointed and ineffective against a reasonable Swindon side. I am not sure in which direction the side is heading. Joe Dunne seems to have filled the team full of players slightly poorer than those that have just left. Maybe those guys weren't playing for him for a reason. I hope we can hang on to L1 status and sort it out in the summer. dmev36
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12:34pm Wed 6 Feb 13

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

Crazy.......
The reason Swindon got back quicker was because every time one of our players got the ball, one of their players fouled them. The Ref missed a lot of that. Plus they conveniently kicked the ball away every time we did get a free kick which allowed their players to get back and defend.

Does waving your hands on the sideline like an Italian make you more passionate ???? I don't think Alex Ferguson does that but he's one of the best mangers around and very passionate.

Whilst I don't think we deserved a win or maybe even a draw, losing 1-0 to a side now 3rd in the league is not the worst result we've had and a million miles away from where we were a few weeks ago.
Crazy....... The reason Swindon got back quicker was because every time one of our players got the ball, one of their players fouled them. The Ref missed a lot of that. Plus they conveniently kicked the ball away every time we did get a free kick which allowed their players to get back and defend. Does waving your hands on the sideline like an Italian make you more passionate ???? I don't think Alex Ferguson does that but he's one of the best mangers around and very passionate. Whilst I don't think we deserved a win or maybe even a draw, losing 1-0 to a side now 3rd in the league is not the worst result we've had and a million miles away from where we were a few weeks ago. We're not singing anymore!!!
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12:42pm Wed 6 Feb 13

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

dmev36 wrote:
Colchester could still be playing now and still not scored. We looked disjointed and ineffective against a reasonable Swindon side. I am not sure in which direction the side is heading. Joe Dunne seems to have filled the team full of players slightly poorer than those that have just left. Maybe those guys weren't playing for him for a reason. I hope we can hang on to L1 status and sort it out in the summer.
Which players are you talking about ? Is it Henderson ? Or maybe it's I can't defend Rose ? Perhaps it's one good game in ten Wordsworth ?

With a little bit of luck we might have got a draw. Then I think most of the comments on here would have said what a good result against a top six team.
[quote][p][bold]dmev36[/bold] wrote: Colchester could still be playing now and still not scored. We looked disjointed and ineffective against a reasonable Swindon side. I am not sure in which direction the side is heading. Joe Dunne seems to have filled the team full of players slightly poorer than those that have just left. Maybe those guys weren't playing for him for a reason. I hope we can hang on to L1 status and sort it out in the summer.[/p][/quote]Which players are you talking about ? Is it Henderson ? Or maybe it's I can't defend Rose ? Perhaps it's one good game in ten Wordsworth ? With a little bit of luck we might have got a draw. Then I think most of the comments on here would have said what a good result against a top six team. We're not singing anymore!!!
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1:01pm Wed 6 Feb 13

mojo51 says...

A close game (at times) in terrible conditions but the better side won.
There were a number of good performances last night:
Walker, kept us in the game at times, but his goal kicks need to improve.
John White was excellent plus Wilson (who has been poor this season) looked more like the player we first saw when he arrived at Colchester.
Jabo, Sears and Porter did not stop working and run their hearts out last night and on another night we might have got something from the game.
The bad included David Wright, please don’t tell me he did the simple things and had magic touches. He is to slow, did not put a tackle in and as soon as he got the ball got rid of it like a hot potato. We were playing with ten men most of the game as he watched it pass him by. We need someone to pick a pass and hold the ball in midfield and at the moment David Wright is not the answer.
Clifford, can see he is a skilful little player but far too lightweight in midfield. Massey too, to lightweight and not a lot of end product from him.

Saturday would like to see: Walker, White, Eastman, Thompson, Wilson, Porter, Izzet (if fit), Gilbey, Drey Wright, Sears, Jabo.
Up the good old white and blues.
A close game (at times) in terrible conditions but the better side won. There were a number of good performances last night: Walker, kept us in the game at times, but his goal kicks need to improve. John White was excellent plus Wilson (who has been poor this season) looked more like the player we first saw when he arrived at Colchester. Jabo, Sears and Porter did not stop working and run their hearts out last night and on another night we might have got something from the game. The bad included David Wright, please don’t tell me he did the simple things and had magic touches. He is to slow, did not put a tackle in and as soon as he got the ball got rid of it like a hot potato. We were playing with ten men most of the game as he watched it pass him by. We need someone to pick a pass and hold the ball in midfield and at the moment David Wright is not the answer. Clifford, can see he is a skilful little player but far too lightweight in midfield. Massey too, to lightweight and not a lot of end product from him. Saturday would like to see: Walker, White, Eastman, Thompson, Wilson, Porter, Izzet (if fit), Gilbey, Drey Wright, Sears, Jabo. Up the good old white and blues. mojo51
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1:09pm Wed 6 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

What's The Story? wrote:
wellnow, that's why we've barely lost in the time we've been at WHCS! crazycomments, why is it a joke that there are different people looking at different parts of the warm up? I think that we did well until the goal. Had Massey got the ball before a brilliant block by McEveley then it'd have been a different game.
To be honest I thought it was a Womens Sunday league team in the so called warm ups. You only had to watch the Swindon team prepare,to see how much more professional they were. If thats the sort of training the U's do under the present training/coaching staff then they all want firing. Some of the U's players looked like bloody cart horses comparing to the Swindon players. Ive said it over and over again the U's players are not at peak fitness.
[quote][p][bold]What's The Story?[/bold] wrote: wellnow, that's why we've barely lost in the time we've been at WHCS! crazycomments, why is it a joke that there are different people looking at different parts of the warm up? I think that we did well until the goal. Had Massey got the ball before a brilliant block by McEveley then it'd have been a different game.[/p][/quote]To be honest I thought it was a Womens Sunday league team in the so called warm ups. You only had to watch the Swindon team prepare,to see how much more professional they were. If thats the sort of training the U's do under the present training/coaching staff then they all want firing. Some of the U's players looked like bloody cart horses comparing to the Swindon players. Ive said it over and over again the U's players are not at peak fitness. crazy comments
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1:39pm Wed 6 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
Crazy....... The reason Swindon got back quicker was because every time one of our players got the ball, one of their players fouled them. The Ref missed a lot of that. Plus they conveniently kicked the ball away every time we did get a free kick which allowed their players to get back and defend. Does waving your hands on the sideline like an Italian make you more passionate ???? I don't think Alex Ferguson does that but he's one of the best mangers around and very passionate. Whilst I don't think we deserved a win or maybe even a draw, losing 1-0 to a side now 3rd in the league is not the worst result we've had and a million miles away from where we were a few weeks ago.
The reason Swindon were better was because soon as a U's player received the ball they had two to three Swindon players in their faces. They never let us dwell on the ball which then resulted in hasty bad passing or losing the ball to them. They also interchaged and overlapped as they play to a pattern which I imagine they practice during training. It's called a system and understanding amongst players. If you watch some old videos of the Parkinson and Wiliams era you will see why we were successfull because this is what we done then. A good example is the Hull game at home when we got five goals. We were like terriers in the tackle and fought like hell. Thats fighting spirit with passion and the present team does not have that,reason we never won or got a draw last night. Its relegation for sure without doubt.
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: Crazy....... The reason Swindon got back quicker was because every time one of our players got the ball, one of their players fouled them. The Ref missed a lot of that. Plus they conveniently kicked the ball away every time we did get a free kick which allowed their players to get back and defend. Does waving your hands on the sideline like an Italian make you more passionate ???? I don't think Alex Ferguson does that but he's one of the best mangers around and very passionate. Whilst I don't think we deserved a win or maybe even a draw, losing 1-0 to a side now 3rd in the league is not the worst result we've had and a million miles away from where we were a few weeks ago.[/p][/quote]The reason Swindon were better was because soon as a U's player received the ball they had two to three Swindon players in their faces. They never let us dwell on the ball which then resulted in hasty bad passing or losing the ball to them. They also interchaged and overlapped as they play to a pattern which I imagine they practice during training. It's called a system and understanding amongst players. If you watch some old videos of the Parkinson and Wiliams era you will see why we were successfull because this is what we done then. A good example is the Hull game at home when we got five goals. We were like terriers in the tackle and fought like hell. Thats fighting spirit with passion and the present team does not have that,reason we never won or got a draw last night. Its relegation for sure without doubt. crazy comments
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6:31pm Wed 6 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

No no Joe be realistic we never looked like we could win it. It was always going to be a test as to whether or not we could break down the Swindon rearguard and in all honesty we looked lightweight by comparison. I'm sure the terrible ground conditions didn't help but that would be nothing more than an excuse. With similar conditions expected against Preston at the weekend, it is worrying as that now becomes a must win game.
No no Joe be realistic we never looked like we could win it. It was always going to be a test as to whether or not we could break down the Swindon rearguard and in all honesty we looked lightweight by comparison. I'm sure the terrible ground conditions didn't help but that would be nothing more than an excuse. With similar conditions expected against Preston at the weekend, it is worrying as that now becomes a must win game. BlueandWhiteBaz
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11:26pm Wed 6 Feb 13

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

crazy comments wrote:
We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
Crazy....... The reason Swindon got back quicker was because every time one of our players got the ball, one of their players fouled them. The Ref missed a lot of that. Plus they conveniently kicked the ball away every time we did get a free kick which allowed their players to get back and defend. Does waving your hands on the sideline like an Italian make you more passionate ???? I don't think Alex Ferguson does that but he's one of the best mangers around and very passionate. Whilst I don't think we deserved a win or maybe even a draw, losing 1-0 to a side now 3rd in the league is not the worst result we've had and a million miles away from where we were a few weeks ago.
The reason Swindon were better was because soon as a U's player received the ball they had two to three Swindon players in their faces. They never let us dwell on the ball which then resulted in hasty bad passing or losing the ball to them. They also interchaged and overlapped as they play to a pattern which I imagine they practice during training. It's called a system and understanding amongst players. If you watch some old videos of the Parkinson and Wiliams era you will see why we were successfull because this is what we done then. A good example is the Hull game at home when we got five goals. We were like terriers in the tackle and fought like hell. Thats fighting spirit with passion and the present team does not have that,reason we never won or got a draw last night. Its relegation for sure without doubt.
I agree with some of your comments but still think it was the combination of the two.

As for saying relegation for sure, well I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. One things for certain, one of us will be right by the end of the season.

I saw enough improvement last night to see us picking up more points and being safe against lesser opposition.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: Crazy....... The reason Swindon got back quicker was because every time one of our players got the ball, one of their players fouled them. The Ref missed a lot of that. Plus they conveniently kicked the ball away every time we did get a free kick which allowed their players to get back and defend. Does waving your hands on the sideline like an Italian make you more passionate ???? I don't think Alex Ferguson does that but he's one of the best mangers around and very passionate. Whilst I don't think we deserved a win or maybe even a draw, losing 1-0 to a side now 3rd in the league is not the worst result we've had and a million miles away from where we were a few weeks ago.[/p][/quote]The reason Swindon were better was because soon as a U's player received the ball they had two to three Swindon players in their faces. They never let us dwell on the ball which then resulted in hasty bad passing or losing the ball to them. They also interchaged and overlapped as they play to a pattern which I imagine they practice during training. It's called a system and understanding amongst players. If you watch some old videos of the Parkinson and Wiliams era you will see why we were successfull because this is what we done then. A good example is the Hull game at home when we got five goals. We were like terriers in the tackle and fought like hell. Thats fighting spirit with passion and the present team does not have that,reason we never won or got a draw last night. Its relegation for sure without doubt.[/p][/quote]I agree with some of your comments but still think it was the combination of the two. As for saying relegation for sure, well I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. One things for certain, one of us will be right by the end of the season. I saw enough improvement last night to see us picking up more points and being safe against lesser opposition. We're not singing anymore!!!
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8:26am Thu 7 Feb 13

Noah4x4 says...

We are getting as bad as Chelsea fans, moan moan moan in here...win, draw or lose.

A revised squad in which a few only met each other on the 'team bus' got decent results against Walsall and Pompey, and put in a big hearted shift against a top three team; unbeaten in ten. We were simply beaten by a far better side.

I don't want to watch the prohibitively expensive Premier League where it is predictable that the team with the most money wins. The fact is WE didn't. Swindon and Di Canio blew all their cash assembling this quality team and paying their wages - at what wider cost - possibly a ten point deduction if they go into administration.

I wish this Town would get behind it's ocal club, and its fans have more realistic expectations. We are not Chelsea.
We are getting as bad as Chelsea fans, moan moan moan in here...win, draw or lose. A revised squad in which a few only met each other on the 'team bus' got decent results against Walsall and Pompey, and put in a big hearted shift against a top three team; unbeaten in ten. We were simply beaten by a far better side. I don't want to watch the prohibitively expensive Premier League where it is predictable that the team with the most money wins. The fact is WE didn't. Swindon and Di Canio blew all their cash assembling this quality team and paying their wages - at what wider cost - possibly a ten point deduction if they go into administration. I wish this Town would get behind it's ocal club, and its fans have more realistic expectations. We are not Chelsea. Noah4x4
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1:10pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Surb says...

super waluigi wrote:
No complaints here. Swindon were the better side. We might have got a draw if luck was on our side, but Swindon are a much more clinical side.

Take it and move on.
Well said!

Don't know why there are so many negatives comments on here, its a disgrace.

Swindon are where they are in the league because they are a good team. They showed that agianst us. But I can see that our defense actually stayyed strong and is getting stronger.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: No complaints here. Swindon were the better side. We might have got a draw if luck was on our side, but Swindon are a much more clinical side. Take it and move on.[/p][/quote]Well said! Don't know why there are so many negatives comments on here, its a disgrace. Swindon are where they are in the league because they are a good team. They showed that agianst us. But I can see that our defense actually stayyed strong and is getting stronger. Surb
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10:22pm Thu 7 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Why is it disgrace to say what you think.people pay their 20 pounds make their way to the ground sit in a freezing mausoleum and watch another abject display.l think that gives them the right, all right.
Why is it disgrace to say what you think.people pay their 20 pounds make their way to the ground sit in a freezing mausoleum and watch another abject display.l think that gives them the right, all right. wellnow
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