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Dunne understands U's fans' frustrations
Joe Dunne says he understands Colchester United fans’ frustrations, following their recent winless streak.
But the U’s boss insists their results and performances should be judged when he has his strongest team to pick from.
Colchester travel to play Shrewsbury Town tonight, desperate to end a run of ten matches without a victory in League One.
They will once again be without a host of key players, with the likes of Sanchez Watt, Tom Eastman and Drey Wright all still sidelined.
And while he accepts the anxieties of supporters, Dunne believes the under-strength U’s have still been performing well.
Dunne said: “I understand the frustrations of everybody.
“But I think that the majority understand the difficulties that we have at Colchester United.
“We’re in a tough league and we’re in a respectable position.
“It’s not a position we want to be in - we want to go as high as we can, that’s for sure.
“But at the moment, we’re punching above our weight in terms of the resources that we have available.
“I know it will change because if it didn’t, we’d be losing by four or five goals in games week in, week out.
“If I had my maximum team out and we were losing games, I would say we have a problem.
“Since we’ve had this catastrophic run of injuries, the players haven’t consistently lost games.
“I know people out there will be frustrated and I feel that.
“I’m the manager and I want to say to people that if we were playing with the best 11 we could pick, I would hold my hands up and take it.
“But we’ve managed to get ahead in eight of the games, even with the constant changes that we’ve had to make and I think we’ve done OK - I really do believe that.
“And that’s why I keep telling my players to have confidence because we’re doing well and when everybody’s back, it’ll give everybody a lift.”
Dunne insists Colchester have an opportunity to end their sequence without a win, against a Shrewsbury side they sit level on points with in the table.
He added: “We’re very close to turning things around here and it’s an opportunity for us to get a win.
“When you go this long without a win, it would certainly lift us if we were to get one tonight.
“It would also lift morale in areas outside of the changing room and I know that there’s a lot being said on the periphery.”
See Tuesday's Daily Gazette for all of the latest Colchester United news, including a full preview of their game at Shrewsbury Town tonight.
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