U's challenge blunted by razor-sharp Blades

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Empty-handed - Freddie Sears and his Colchester United team-mates came away from their match at Sheffield United with a 3-0 defeat. Empty-handed - Freddie Sears and his Colchester United team-mates came away from their match at Sheffield United with a 3-0 defeat.

Colchester United were beaten 3-0 by promotion-chasing Sheffield United this afternoon.

Goals from Barry Robson, Kevin McDonald and Dave Kitson condemned the U's to defeat, in front of a crowd of more than 16,000 at Bramall Lane.

Michael Doyle also hit the post in the first half for the U's, for whom Freddie Sears came closest to scoring in the first half.

U's boss Joe Dunne said: "I was disappointed with our last ten minutes of the match, because I thought we lost a bit of belief in ourselves.

"It's not easy going behind early on like that, because you work all week on things and then you're chasing the game.

"I thought we got back into the game really well after that and got into some good attacking positions but the end product wasn't as good as it has been of late.

"But I was quite pleased at half-time and I think in the end, the 3-0 defeat was harsh."

See Monday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full match report, pictures and reaction to the U's defeat at Sheffield United.

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3:58pm Sun 17 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Joe during the last twenty minutes the old failings were there once again. The word to describe it is capitulation, total capitulation. Our levels of inexperience compared to theirs was key. We never had a chance.
Joe during the last twenty minutes the old failings were there once again. The word to describe it is capitulation, total capitulation. Our levels of inexperience compared to theirs was key. We never had a chance. BlueandWhiteBaz
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4:11pm Sun 17 Feb 13

25414nora says...

As one door closes ...Another door slams in your face...The manager says he was disapointed with the last 10 mins, From what I saw, we we were strictly 2nd best throughout. Why are we so darn unpredictable? Last week It looked like we had turned the corner, and now back to square one.
16,000 fans at brammel lane..Am I jealous ?....YES.
As one door closes ...Another door slams in your face...The manager says he was disapointed with the last 10 mins, From what I saw, we we were strictly 2nd best throughout. Why are we so darn unpredictable? Last week It looked like we had turned the corner, and now back to square one. 16,000 fans at brammel lane..Am I jealous ?....YES. 25414nora
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4:23pm Sun 17 Feb 13

25414nora says...

25414nora wrote:
As one door closes ...Another door slams in your face...The manager says he was disapointed with the last 10 mins, From what I saw, we we were strictly 2nd best throughout. Why are we so darn unpredictable? Last week It looked like we had turned the corner, and now back to square one.
16,000 fans at brammel lane..Am I jealous ?....YES.
Or is it Bramell lane ?
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: As one door closes ...Another door slams in your face...The manager says he was disapointed with the last 10 mins, From what I saw, we we were strictly 2nd best throughout. Why are we so darn unpredictable? Last week It looked like we had turned the corner, and now back to square one. 16,000 fans at brammel lane..Am I jealous ?....YES.[/p][/quote]Or is it Bramell lane ? 25414nora
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5:16pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Feisty CBC says...

It's actually Bramall Lane Nora.
It was a bit of a scrappy affair, although I thought Sheff. Utd. worked the width of their pitch to good effect.
It's actually Bramall Lane Nora. It was a bit of a scrappy affair, although I thought Sheff. Utd. worked the width of their pitch to good effect. Feisty CBC
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7:49pm Sun 17 Feb 13

Boris says...

Feisty CBC wrote:
It's actually Bramall Lane Nora.
It was a bit of a scrappy affair, although I thought Sheff. Utd. worked the width of their pitch to good effect.
Sheffield is an important city and each of its two big clubs has a fine history, even if they have fallen on hard times in recent years.
Colchester was important 2000 years ago, but now it is a provincial town with little identity of its own, which closes its museums and closes its bus station.
It was a miracle that we had our two years in the Championship, and even a few weeks dreaming of being in the play-offs for the Premiership, but Nora cannot be serious in expecting us to match the crowds of a big club like Sheffield United.
[quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: It's actually Bramall Lane Nora. It was a bit of a scrappy affair, although I thought Sheff. Utd. worked the width of their pitch to good effect.[/p][/quote]Sheffield is an important city and each of its two big clubs has a fine history, even if they have fallen on hard times in recent years. Colchester was important 2000 years ago, but now it is a provincial town with little identity of its own, which closes its museums and closes its bus station. It was a miracle that we had our two years in the Championship, and even a few weeks dreaming of being in the play-offs for the Premiership, but Nora cannot be serious in expecting us to match the crowds of a big club like Sheffield United. Boris
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9:27pm Sun 17 Feb 13

25414nora says...

Boris wrote:
Feisty CBC wrote:
It's actually Bramall Lane Nora.
It was a bit of a scrappy affair, although I thought Sheff. Utd. worked the width of their pitch to good effect.
Sheffield is an important city and each of its two big clubs has a fine history, even if they have fallen on hard times in recent years.
Colchester was important 2000 years ago, but now it is a provincial town with little identity of its own, which closes its museums and closes its bus station.
It was a miracle that we had our two years in the Championship, and even a few weeks dreaming of being in the play-offs for the Premiership, but Nora cannot be serious in expecting us to match the crowds of a big club like Sheffield United.
Now come on Boris, I said nothing about expecting large crowds, I said I was Jealous of theirs.
Although I was at layer road that february afternoon 1971
when Col U beat Leeds. There was a capacity crowd of 16,000 then,

One more thing Boris..you're a lovely guy..But I wish you would'nt keep clonking-on about that smelly old bus station... It is.. no longer.. gone.. kaput.. history.. just like Basil Fawltys bleedin parrot..
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: It's actually Bramall Lane Nora. It was a bit of a scrappy affair, although I thought Sheff. Utd. worked the width of their pitch to good effect.[/p][/quote]Sheffield is an important city and each of its two big clubs has a fine history, even if they have fallen on hard times in recent years. Colchester was important 2000 years ago, but now it is a provincial town with little identity of its own, which closes its museums and closes its bus station. It was a miracle that we had our two years in the Championship, and even a few weeks dreaming of being in the play-offs for the Premiership, but Nora cannot be serious in expecting us to match the crowds of a big club like Sheffield United.[/p][/quote]Now come on Boris, I said nothing about expecting large crowds, I said I was Jealous of theirs. Although I was at layer road that february afternoon 1971 when Col U beat Leeds. There was a capacity crowd of 16,000 then, One more thing Boris..you're a lovely guy..But I wish you would'nt keep clonking-on about that smelly old bus station... It is.. no longer.. gone.. kaput.. history.. just like Basil Fawltys bleedin parrot.. 25414nora
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12:06pm Mon 18 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

The big difference between the sides was in midfield and if you control that you're going to win. Sheffield were far superior in this dept. They hacked Porter out of the game, Massey couldn't provide any worthwhile end product. Clifford was like little boy lost and Wright went missing when they scored the second goal. This left Ibehre having to deal with route one hoofs from the back and Sears had to drop deep to even get a touch. It's going to be virtually impossible for this squad of players to save us from what appears to be certain relegation. Preston, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Oldham all look to have a better chance than us of avoiding the drop.
The big difference between the sides was in midfield and if you control that you're going to win. Sheffield were far superior in this dept. They hacked Porter out of the game, Massey couldn't provide any worthwhile end product. Clifford was like little boy lost and Wright went missing when they scored the second goal. This left Ibehre having to deal with route one hoofs from the back and Sears had to drop deep to even get a touch. It's going to be virtually impossible for this squad of players to save us from what appears to be certain relegation. Preston, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Oldham all look to have a better chance than us of avoiding the drop. BlueandWhiteBaz
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12:33pm Mon 18 Feb 13

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

I have to disagree with a few on here. I think we can survive the drop this year. We need to keep real though and appreciate that it's not going to be easy.

We've won 3 out of our last five games. Losing to Swindon (currently 6th) and Sheff Utd (currently 2nd) which realistically we wouldn't have expected anything more from.

We've still got to play Hartlepool, Bury, Oldham, Shrewsbury and Carlisle who are all around us, plus a few other mid-table teams who will probably have nothing to play for as the season goes on. These are the games that are more important to win, not the Sheff Utd, Swindon, Tranmere and Bournemouth.

In the three games we did win I saw lots of improvements compared to earlier on in the season and think we can battle our way through.

We are in a transitional period and it's going to take more than half a season for Joe to turn things around.

Up the U's
I have to disagree with a few on here. I think we can survive the drop this year. We need to keep real though and appreciate that it's not going to be easy. We've won 3 out of our last five games. Losing to Swindon (currently 6th) and Sheff Utd (currently 2nd) which realistically we wouldn't have expected anything more from. We've still got to play Hartlepool, Bury, Oldham, Shrewsbury and Carlisle who are all around us, plus a few other mid-table teams who will probably have nothing to play for as the season goes on. These are the games that are more important to win, not the Sheff Utd, Swindon, Tranmere and Bournemouth. In the three games we did win I saw lots of improvements compared to earlier on in the season and think we can battle our way through. We are in a transitional period and it's going to take more than half a season for Joe to turn things around. Up the U's We're not singing anymore!!!
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1:29pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Surb says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
I have to disagree with a few on here. I think we can survive the drop this year. We need to keep real though and appreciate that it's not going to be easy.

We've won 3 out of our last five games. Losing to Swindon (currently 6th) and Sheff Utd (currently 2nd) which realistically we wouldn't have expected anything more from.

We've still got to play Hartlepool, Bury, Oldham, Shrewsbury and Carlisle who are all around us, plus a few other mid-table teams who will probably have nothing to play for as the season goes on. These are the games that are more important to win, not the Sheff Utd, Swindon, Tranmere and Bournemouth.

In the three games we did win I saw lots of improvements compared to earlier on in the season and think we can battle our way through.

We are in a transitional period and it's going to take more than half a season for Joe to turn things around.

Up the U's
LIKE
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: I have to disagree with a few on here. I think we can survive the drop this year. We need to keep real though and appreciate that it's not going to be easy. We've won 3 out of our last five games. Losing to Swindon (currently 6th) and Sheff Utd (currently 2nd) which realistically we wouldn't have expected anything more from. We've still got to play Hartlepool, Bury, Oldham, Shrewsbury and Carlisle who are all around us, plus a few other mid-table teams who will probably have nothing to play for as the season goes on. These are the games that are more important to win, not the Sheff Utd, Swindon, Tranmere and Bournemouth. In the three games we did win I saw lots of improvements compared to earlier on in the season and think we can battle our way through. We are in a transitional period and it's going to take more than half a season for Joe to turn things around. Up the U's[/p][/quote]LIKE Surb
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6:54pm Mon 18 Feb 13

brig 1 says...

If Robbie and Joe can keep my Col U in Lge 1 for another season.With the limited recources they have to work within. Will have performed another miracle . Mind you it would be know easier in Lg 2.l
If Robbie and Joe can keep my Col U in Lge 1 for another season.With the limited recources they have to work within. Will have performed another miracle . Mind you it would be know easier in Lg 2.l brig 1
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5:32pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Eddy D says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
I have to disagree with a few on here. I think we can survive the drop this year. We need to keep real though and appreciate that it's not going to be easy.

We've won 3 out of our last five games. Losing to Swindon (currently 6th) and Sheff Utd (currently 2nd) which realistically we wouldn't have expected anything more from.

We've still got to play Hartlepool, Bury, Oldham, Shrewsbury and Carlisle who are all around us, plus a few other mid-table teams who will probably have nothing to play for as the season goes on. These are the games that are more important to win, not the Sheff Utd, Swindon, Tranmere and Bournemouth.

In the three games we did win I saw lots of improvements compared to earlier on in the season and think we can battle our way through.

We are in a transitional period and it's going to take more than half a season for Joe to turn things around.

Up the U's
This post hits a lot right on the head and sums up so much. I agree with you completely on this. We CAN survive the drop and we have to win the right games and pick up points here and there where we can. The important thing, should results go against us in coming games and we end up in the bottom four, is to not let that affect us and focus on accumulating points all the way to the last game. It's the position on the last day that matters. We need positivity from here on in and not negativity. We can analyse the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" come the end of the season. From now to the end of the season it's results that matter and we've a better chance of those being positive with everyone pulling in the right direction.
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: I have to disagree with a few on here. I think we can survive the drop this year. We need to keep real though and appreciate that it's not going to be easy. We've won 3 out of our last five games. Losing to Swindon (currently 6th) and Sheff Utd (currently 2nd) which realistically we wouldn't have expected anything more from. We've still got to play Hartlepool, Bury, Oldham, Shrewsbury and Carlisle who are all around us, plus a few other mid-table teams who will probably have nothing to play for as the season goes on. These are the games that are more important to win, not the Sheff Utd, Swindon, Tranmere and Bournemouth. In the three games we did win I saw lots of improvements compared to earlier on in the season and think we can battle our way through. We are in a transitional period and it's going to take more than half a season for Joe to turn things around. Up the U's[/p][/quote]This post hits a lot right on the head and sums up so much. I agree with you completely on this. We CAN survive the drop and we have to win the right games and pick up points here and there where we can. The important thing, should results go against us in coming games and we end up in the bottom four, is to not let that affect us and focus on accumulating points all the way to the last game. It's the position on the last day that matters. We need positivity from here on in and not negativity. We can analyse the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" come the end of the season. From now to the end of the season it's results that matter and we've a better chance of those being positive with everyone pulling in the right direction. Eddy D
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5:02pm Wed 20 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

We now have to win half the number of games we have left to avoid the drop. Can we do it? Yes, but it's very unlikely!
We now have to win half the number of games we have left to avoid the drop. Can we do it? Yes, but it's very unlikely! BlueandWhiteBaz
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8:20am Thu 21 Feb 13

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

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
We now have to win half the number of games we have left to avoid the drop. Can we do it? Yes, but it's very unlikely!
With current form of 3 wins in 5 I'd say it is possible and likely.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: We now have to win half the number of games we have left to avoid the drop. Can we do it? Yes, but it's very unlikely![/p][/quote]With current form of 3 wins in 5 I'd say it is possible and likely. We're not singing anymore!!!
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