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Dunne wants more mental toughness from U's after Daggers defeat
Joe Dunne has called for Colchester United to be mentally tougher following their 4-1 defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tonight.
Brian Wilson gave the U's a first-half lead but Daggers struck four times in the second half to win at Victoria Road against Colchester.
The U's played the majority of the second half with only ten men following Magnus Okuonghae's red card for a second bookable offence, against his former club.
However, Dunne made no excuses for his side, after they tumbled to a heavy defeat against their League Two opponents.
Dunne said: “We need to be mentally tougher than that.
“We controlled the game in the first half – we dominated possession and territory and got a deserved goal.
“It looked like we were going to score more but half-time has hurt us a bit, with Gavin Massey’s hamstring, Brian Wilson’s calf and Ryan Dickson being sick.
“We lost all momentum in the second half but up until their first goal, we were OK.
“The sending off changed the game after that and after that, it was damage limitation.
“That’s what I’m disappointed about because we’ve been down to ten before and we’ve been resilient.
“We lost all of our resilience but credit to Dagenham for their second-half performance, because it was excellent.”
For a full match report, pictures and more reaction to Colchester's defeat at Dagenham, see Wednesday's Gazette.
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