Dunne - U's players must be up for the fight

Looking for a response - Joe Dunne wants his Colchester United players to show they are up for the challenge against Yeovil Town tonight.

Looking for a response - Joe Dunne wants his Colchester United players to show they are up for the challenge against Yeovil Town tonight.

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Joe Dunne has challenged his struggling side to repay the support of Colchester United’s fans by beating in-form Yeovil Town tonight.

And the U’s boss has warned his players they will be shown the door if they do not rise to the challenge.

Dunne is demanding a big response from his team, in the wake of their 5-1 defeat against Tranmere Rovers last weekend.

The majority of Colchester supporters stuck by Dunne and his players against Tranmere, despite the magnitude of their side’s home defeat.

And Dunne wants his side to show similar determination, as they aim to secure a much-needed win in their battle to beat the drop.

Colchester head into tonight’s match three points adrift of safety, in League One.

Dunne said: “The fans are up for the fight and if we can pass some of that on into our changing room, I’ll do my best to.

“The fans were great again (against Tranmere) but we need to give them something back.

“We have a challenge tonight and we must respond."

See Tuesday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full preview of their game against Yeovil Town tonight.

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10:45am Tue 26 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

You could start Joe, by dropping Thompson, and bringing back Eastman to the defence.
You could start Joe, by dropping Thompson, and bringing back Eastman to the defence. crazy comments
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11:03am Tue 26 Feb 13

TheCaptain says...

crazy, don't ruin your name by making a sensible comment.

Totally agree.
crazy, don't ruin your name by making a sensible comment. Totally agree. TheCaptain
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12:11pm Tue 26 Feb 13

co4 says...

Problem is that half the team aren't our players. 19 year old Premier League reserve players aren't going to give a toss about our relegation fight. Get players like Duguid, Izzet, Heath back in the side and we will at least go down with a fight if relegation happens, unlike currently as we are sinking without a trace and we are not putting up a fight. This is the worst Colchester team I have seen for many years.
Problem is that half the team aren't our players. 19 year old Premier League reserve players aren't going to give a toss about our relegation fight. Get players like Duguid, Izzet, Heath back in the side and we will at least go down with a fight if relegation happens, unlike currently as we are sinking without a trace and we are not putting up a fight. This is the worst Colchester team I have seen for many years. co4
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1:28pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Boris says...

Agree with all comments so far, especially about loan players. As for the headline: yes, the U's players must be up for the fight, but are they? That is the question.
I know Kem played 90 minutes at Ipswich last night, but I'd like to see him on the bench, to stiffen the team's backbone in the final 20 minutes, if by some miracle we are leading or drawing at that stage. Kem would ensure no repeat of the late-stage collapse against Tranmere.
Agree with all comments so far, especially about loan players. As for the headline: yes, the U's players must be up for the fight, but are they? That is the question. I know Kem played 90 minutes at Ipswich last night, but I'd like to see him on the bench, to stiffen the team's backbone in the final 20 minutes, if by some miracle we are leading or drawing at that stage. Kem would ensure no repeat of the late-stage collapse against Tranmere. Boris
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1:39pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Boris says...

Sorry, I have just spotted in the CUFC website report that Kem "only" played 65 minutes last night, so then perhaps he is up for the last 20 or 25 minutes against Yeovil.
And in case anyone thinks a player should not be asked to play two nights running, remember that in the 1950s and 60s the whole team sometimes used to play two days running, for example Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, or Xmas Day and Boxing Day. No subs were allowed then, so everyone played the full 90 minutes.
Sorry, I have just spotted in the CUFC website report that Kem "only" played 65 minutes last night, so then perhaps he is up for the last 20 or 25 minutes against Yeovil. And in case anyone thinks a player should not be asked to play two nights running, remember that in the 1950s and 60s the whole team sometimes used to play two days running, for example Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, or Xmas Day and Boxing Day. No subs were allowed then, so everyone played the full 90 minutes. Boris
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4:55pm Tue 26 Feb 13

super waluigi says...

Boris wrote:
Sorry, I have just spotted in the CUFC website report that Kem "only" played 65 minutes last night, so then perhaps he is up for the last 20 or 25 minutes against Yeovil.
And in case anyone thinks a player should not be asked to play two nights running, remember that in the 1950s and 60s the whole team sometimes used to play two days running, for example Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, or Xmas Day and Boxing Day. No subs were allowed then, so everyone played the full 90 minutes.
I am sure in his top physical condition Kem could play two games in two nights. But with what we know nowadays concerning fitness levels to a level where managers are making their players have their tooth fillings removed because the lead might affect their stamina levels, why would we want to disadvantage ourselves with players performing at 50% efficiency? Back in the 50's and 60's players where probably encouraged to smoke and drink more. The game was more physical and more demanding in other ways. Not anymore.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Sorry, I have just spotted in the CUFC website report that Kem "only" played 65 minutes last night, so then perhaps he is up for the last 20 or 25 minutes against Yeovil. And in case anyone thinks a player should not be asked to play two nights running, remember that in the 1950s and 60s the whole team sometimes used to play two days running, for example Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, or Xmas Day and Boxing Day. No subs were allowed then, so everyone played the full 90 minutes.[/p][/quote]I am sure in his top physical condition Kem could play two games in two nights. But with what we know nowadays concerning fitness levels to a level where managers are making their players have their tooth fillings removed because the lead might affect their stamina levels, why would we want to disadvantage ourselves with players performing at 50% efficiency? Back in the 50's and 60's players where probably encouraged to smoke and drink more. The game was more physical and more demanding in other ways. Not anymore. super waluigi
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6:37pm Tue 26 Feb 13

brig 1 says...

Could be the lowest gate of the season. Could mean we get a win. Thats usually what happens.
Could be the lowest gate of the season. Could mean we get a win. Thats usually what happens. brig 1
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2:23am Thu 28 Feb 13

Boris says...

brig 1 wrote:
Could be the lowest gate of the season. Could mean we get a win. Thats usually what happens.
How right you were!
[quote][p][bold]brig 1[/bold] wrote: Could be the lowest gate of the season. Could mean we get a win. Thats usually what happens.[/p][/quote]How right you were! Boris
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