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Colchester United boss Dunne praises Okuonghae
2:54pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
MAGNUS Okuonghae is enjoying his best-ever run of form for Colchester United.
That is the view of U’s boss Joe Dunne, who believes the powerful centre-back is currently at the top of his game.
Okuonghae was outstanding for Colchester in their 1-0 win over Peterborough United in League One, last weekend.
And although he has already had plenty of central defensive partners this season, the U’s longest-serving outfield player has been the picture of consistency.
Dunne wants his defenders to be able to play the ball out from the back and praised Okuonghae for embracing his philosophy so well.
Dunne said: “Magnus has served the club well and I think this is the best form that he’s been in at Colchester.
“That’s testament to him, because he’s embracing what we want to do.
“He trains like a midfield player every day and he gets on the ball and works on it.
“He still does all of the defensive stuff but he’s added mobility to his game, too.
“I’m a great believer of improving people, no matter what their age and I think Magnus is a great example of that.
“He was bought as a head-it and kick-it centre-back but he’s a different player now and a better player.
“He’s more composed than he’s ever been and I think he’s done well.
“In training, Magnus trains as a midfield player to play and look for passes.
“I’m so happy that he’s not pigeon-holed anymore as a big, strong, kick it centre-half.
“He still has to improve in areas like we all do, but he’s learning and trying to improve his game, which is good for us.
“He’s playing very well for us at the moment, as are the defence as a whole.
“It’s important to me that the players are buying into the philosophy of what I want – if they didn’t, they would be out.
“People like Magnus, Tom (Eastman) and Marcus (Bean) are getting better on the ball and they’ve embraced it.”
Meanwhile, striker Clinton Morrison has praised U’s boss Dunne for giving the club’s young players a chance in the first team.
The U’s have blooded a number of their academy players this season, with the likes of Tosin Olufemi, Sammie Szmodics and Macauley Bonne all shining.
Morrison said: “The gaffer has been brilliant with the young players.
“I’ve never really seen it as much at, the other clubs I’ve been at but he’s willing to bring them in.
“I suppose with the budget and the injuries he has to do it a bit more but he’s given them a taste and he’s doing it perfectly.”
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