U's skipper Wilson says players must take responsibility

SKIPPER Brian Wilson says he and his team-mates must “take responsibility” and ease the pressure on Colchester United boss Joe Dunne.

The Irishman came under fire from some supporters following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at home to League One strugglers Notts County.

However, Wilson says the players must take the rap – not Dunne.

“A lot of pressure needs to come off the gaffer,” said the full-back, who was suspended for the game and forced to watch on from the stands.

“The lads need to take full responsibility for their actions.

“We have to take the blame – not him – and now it’s down to us to put it right.

“The gaffer can give us instructions and pick his team, but when we cross the white line it’s down to us to perform.

“He’s been brilliant and is undoubtedly the right man for the job.

“He did a great job last season, keeping us up, and I truly believe in his philosophies about football and the club.”

Wilson said the U’s have to show more graft in Saturday’s next match at Oldham Athletic.

He felt a lack of work-rate was a key factor in last week’s setback and said: “If you don’t work hard, you’ll get punished.

“We just didn’t turn up and I don’t know why that should be the case.

“It was unacceptable and needs to be a lot better, but fortunately we’ve got another game around the corner to try and put things right. “We need a response.”

The U’s were forced to shuffle their pack last weekend, with key personnel missing.

However, Wilson said that could not be used as an excuse.

“There’s only so long we can say things like that,” he said.

“There are players who are good enough to come in and perform, so we can’t make excuses.

“Whoever gets picked needs to put a real shift in, to look to try and keep the shirt.”

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9:14am Fri 20 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Talk about stating the obvious too many going through the motions!
Talk about stating the obvious too many going through the motions! totallyfootball

12:35pm Fri 20 Dec 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

That's absolutely true Totallyfootball, however, it's still up to the manager to see that it doesn't happen. Games like the Notts County game have occurred before and will occur again where players have very little in terms of competition for there places. I think some of these players should be placed on the transfer list and not be allowed to think they have got away with it. They are sitting too comfortably by far.
That's absolutely true Totallyfootball, however, it's still up to the manager to see that it doesn't happen. Games like the Notts County game have occurred before and will occur again where players have very little in terms of competition for there places. I think some of these players should be placed on the transfer list and not be allowed to think they have got away with it. They are sitting too comfortably by far. BlueandWhiteBaz

2:03pm Fri 20 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
That's absolutely true Totallyfootball, however, it's still up to the manager to see that it doesn't happen. Games like the Notts County game have occurred before and will occur again where players have very little in terms of competition for there places. I think some of these players should be placed on the transfer list and not be allowed to think they have got away with it. They are sitting too comfortably by far.
I agree with you there, I have bought JD a spine for Xmas!
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: That's absolutely true Totallyfootball, however, it's still up to the manager to see that it doesn't happen. Games like the Notts County game have occurred before and will occur again where players have very little in terms of competition for there places. I think some of these players should be placed on the transfer list and not be allowed to think they have got away with it. They are sitting too comfortably by far.[/p][/quote]I agree with you there, I have bought JD a spine for Xmas! totallyfootball

8:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

super waluigi says...

totallyfootball wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
That's absolutely true Totallyfootball, however, it's still up to the manager to see that it doesn't happen. Games like the Notts County game have occurred before and will occur again where players have very little in terms of competition for there places. I think some of these players should be placed on the transfer list and not be allowed to think they have got away with it. They are sitting too comfortably by far.
I agree with you there, I have bought JD a spine for Xmas!
Seriously totally, I cannot believe you go to watch Colchester United.
To imply that Dunne is spineless is madness!!!!
Like him or not, he above every other manager in recent years has lived by the sword. He got rid of big name players and continually bloods new youth players in an almost fearless fashion. Everything that you have preached for years.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: That's absolutely true Totallyfootball, however, it's still up to the manager to see that it doesn't happen. Games like the Notts County game have occurred before and will occur again where players have very little in terms of competition for there places. I think some of these players should be placed on the transfer list and not be allowed to think they have got away with it. They are sitting too comfortably by far.[/p][/quote]I agree with you there, I have bought JD a spine for Xmas![/p][/quote]Seriously totally, I cannot believe you go to watch Colchester United. To imply that Dunne is spineless is madness!!!! Like him or not, he above every other manager in recent years has lived by the sword. He got rid of big name players and continually bloods new youth players in an almost fearless fashion. Everything that you have preached for years. super waluigi

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