Dunne believes the U's owe their fans a positive performance

COLCHESTER United boss Joe Dunne says he and his players owe it to themselves and their supporters to produce a positive performance at Oldham on Saturday.

The Irishman described Saturday’s 4-0 setback at home to lowly Notts County as “indefensible”.

He said they had let people down - but that it was vital to “galvanize” and bounce back with a bright display at Boundary Park.

“We let ourselves down, in terms of our performance, and the manner of the defeat was very hard to take,” he said.

“It was indefensible and uncharacteristic of my team this season. But we’ve addressed what we needed to address and we owe it to ourselves and our fans to produce a performance on Saturday.

“We’ve got to make it up to a lot of people in the coming weeks. It’s very important that we stay focused.

“It was a crushing defeat at home against a team below us in the table, but it’s how we respond that matters now. We’ve got to galvanise and push on into the Christmas fixtures.”

Dunne insists that one bad result should not detract from the positive work going in at the club. And he insists there are no issues whatsoever in terms of team spirit.

“We’ve won games when we’ve not been expected to win and lost games we weren’t expected to lose,” he said.

“That happens every season and that’s football - the nature of the beast. But overall our performances have been good this season.

“We’ve gone to a lot of places and picked up results away from home and that takes a lot of courage. We must not allow this one result to shadow the good work that’s going on at the club and we can’t allow it to breed negativity.

“I know there are a lot more positive results to come.”

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8:47am Fri 20 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

There has been a lot of talk lately re match fixing and betting especially in the far east, beting on the english leagues?
There has been a lot of talk lately re match fixing and betting especially in the far east, beting on the english leagues? stevedawson

9:16am Fri 20 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

I think you owe us more than one Joe. Time something is done or it will be 2,000 max in the New Year!
I think you owe us more than one Joe. Time something is done or it will be 2,000 max in the New Year! totallyfootball

11:56am Fri 20 Dec 13

super waluigi says...

We live in a world were immediate statistics are put under the micro scope and scrutinised. A great win against posh was the start of their down fall, then a few weeks later, a heavy defeat by Notts county will be the start of their revival. Every one wants instant success. Spurs sack a manager after spending £100m on players because of two defeats.
If Joe can get a good festive period for Col U, then the real fans will sleep better knowing League one football next season is almost a forgone conclusion.
Aim high joe.
We live in a world were immediate statistics are put under the micro scope and scrutinised. A great win against posh was the start of their down fall, then a few weeks later, a heavy defeat by Notts county will be the start of their revival. Every one wants instant success. Spurs sack a manager after spending £100m on players because of two defeats. If Joe can get a good festive period for Col U, then the real fans will sleep better knowing League one football next season is almost a forgone conclusion. Aim high joe. super waluigi

12:51pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Ontheball says...

Thought he was locked in a cupboard or something. Has someone found the key. Six days to open his mouth after that debacle last Saturday.

Shouldn't even be at the club now.
Thought he was locked in a cupboard or something. Has someone found the key. Six days to open his mouth after that debacle last Saturday. Shouldn't even be at the club now. Ontheball

2:02pm Fri 20 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

More than just to defeats cost AVB his job Super, the club in absolute internal turmoil, trust me!
More than just to defeats cost AVB his job Super, the club in absolute internal turmoil, trust me! totallyfootball

3:27pm Fri 20 Dec 13

super waluigi says...

totallyfootball wrote:
More than just to defeats cost AVB his job Super, the club in absolute internal turmoil, trust me!
Thanks for your comments, but you really are just confirming exactly my point.
Under AVB, spurs have a better win to lose ratio than any manager before him in the premier league, including Redknapp, they are only 5 points behind a man city side that thrashed them and 6 points off second. Which at not even half way through the season, the points can be clawed back.
They almost walked through the group stage in Europe too.

And because of the last 3 weeks, spurs have been in your words "turmoil"

Crazy really.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: More than just to defeats cost AVB his job Super, the club in absolute internal turmoil, trust me![/p][/quote]Thanks for your comments, but you really are just confirming exactly my point. Under AVB, spurs have a better win to lose ratio than any manager before him in the premier league, including Redknapp, they are only 5 points behind a man city side that thrashed them and 6 points off second. Which at not even half way through the season, the points can be clawed back. They almost walked through the group stage in Europe too. And because of the last 3 weeks, spurs have been in your words "turmoil" Crazy really. super waluigi

3:37pm Fri 20 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

But as we all know Super that's football?
But as we all know Super that's football? totallyfootball

3:46pm Fri 20 Dec 13

super waluigi says...

totallyfootball wrote:
But as we all know Super that's football?
Recent football. Unfortunately, yes.
Does not have to be that way though.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: But as we all know Super that's football?[/p][/quote]Recent football. Unfortunately, yes. Does not have to be that way though. super waluigi

3:56pm Fri 20 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

But it is going to take a lot to sort it out now, there is no morals and no basic rules or foundations for he game any more, I fear for the home produced youth now, they are being squeezed out of the game!
But it is going to take a lot to sort it out now, there is no morals and no basic rules or foundations for he game any more, I fear for the home produced youth now, they are being squeezed out of the game! totallyfootball

3:14am Sat 21 Dec 13

Ozzie says...

The fact that it has taken Joe Dunne so long to speak publicly speaks volumes about him, the club and 'that' performance! Similarly, a 'no comment' from the chairman also says a lot about the direction the club is going in, or not as the case may be. Not impressed. We await Saturday's outcome. The club is covering a lot of 'underlying problems' with this 'don't panic' facade, but results and the fact that one more defeat and we could be in the relegation zone doesn't lie - there are definitely problems in the club but the owner needs to take action and in many people's opinion, needed to have done some time ago! Up the U's!!
The fact that it has taken Joe Dunne so long to speak publicly speaks volumes about him, the club and 'that' performance! Similarly, a 'no comment' from the chairman also says a lot about the direction the club is going in, or not as the case may be. Not impressed. We await Saturday's outcome. The club is covering a lot of 'underlying problems' with this 'don't panic' facade, but results and the fact that one more defeat and we could be in the relegation zone doesn't lie - there are definitely problems in the club but the owner needs to take action and in many people's opinion, needed to have done some time ago! Up the U's!! Ozzie

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