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Dunne admits U's were punished by Bees
Joe Dunne admitted Colchester United contributed to their own downfall following their 3-1 defeat at Brentford.
The U’s have now gone ten league games without a win, after they were beaten at Griffin Park.
Dunne said: “I thought overall that we controlled exactly what we had worked on and that got us into the lead.
“But exactly what we had warned against has aided in our defeat.
“There were some poor passes in midfield in the wrong areas which Brentford punished us really hard for.
“That was exactly why we had changed the system, to take away those dangerous passes.
“I thought a lot of Brentford fans were coming with a different agenda and the ground was like a library in the first half.
“All credit to us for that and we looked good on the counter and gave an attack-minded side minimal chances.
“But the first goal they scored was an own goal and they’re the kind of things that are going against us at the moment.
“We need one of those.
“Craig (Eastmond) has been one of the best – if not the best – creative players that we have.
“Unfortunately, he selected a pass that was the wrong option and it’s led to a second goal that has gone in off both posts.
“It was a good counter-attacking goal for their third and we worked on not receiving the ball in those positions, because you’re facing your own goal.”
Meanwhile, U’s boss Dunne will assess the fitness of on-loan defender Daniel Pappoe today.
Pappoe returned to parent club Chelsea after picking up an injury in the U’s under-21 friendly defeat at Norwich City, on Tuesday.
The U’s are facing a centre-back shortage ahead of their game at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night, with Matt Taylor and Jamie Sendles-White set to return to Bradford City and QPR following their respective loan spells and injuries to both Tom Eastman and Josh Thompson.
Dunne added: “I thought Matt (Taylor) was immense and the back four were very good (against Brentford).
“We’ll try and keep Matt for sure and we’ll assess over the next 24 hours and find out where Pappoe is.”
For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester’s defeat at Brentford, see Monday’s Gazette.
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