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U's boss Dunne goes to Brentford with no fear
7:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
COLCHESTER United will travel to Griffin Park in confident mood, according to manager Joe Dunne.
The U’s take on Brentford looking to continue their encouraging away form in League One this season.
Colchester have lost only once on their travels, with three of their five games on the road ending in draws.
Dunne said: “We believe in ourselves and we’ll go to Brentford with no fear – our away record is good and we haven’t conceded too many.
“Tactically, home teams tend to take you on at their ground, which leaves space to attack.
“When we’re at home, teams are a bit more defensive and find a moment to attack.
“We’ve been to big clubs like Bradford City, Sheffield United and Bristol City and got draws and picked up points at places where we have maybe been expected to lose.
“We’ve shown good resilience – our away form is the positive side of getting draws.
“Draws can be frustrating sometimes, especially when you’re in the lead.
“But they at least keep the points tally ticking over and we need to keep working on turning them into wins.
“What we have to do as a club is stay positive and if we do that, then the results will come.”
Dunne admits Brentford are likely to view their game with Colchester as a chance to claim three precious points.
The Bees have lost their last three matches and have made a slow start to the campaign, having missed out on promotion in agonising fashion last season.
Dunne said: “Over the last few seasons, Brentford have been a real force in our league.
“If you look through history, the team that has had disappointment in the play-off final has struggled a bit the following season.
“Brentford were the width of a crossbar away from Championship football against Doncaster and they were hit quite heavy.
“That’s the way it goes but they’re a strong club with a very good manager and players, so we’ll have to be on top of our game. They’ll probably see playing against Colchester as an opportunity for them to get their season back on track but we’re confident.”
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