U's claim vital away win at Oldham

Gazette: On target - Jabo Ibehre scored for Colchester at Oldham Athletic. On target - Jabo Ibehre scored for Colchester at Oldham Athletic.

Colchester United claimed their first away win since the opening day of the season after recording a vital 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

Joe Dunne's side took a seventh-minute lead when Oldham left-back Ellis Plummer sliced into his own net after Craig Eastmond had latched onto Marcus Bean’s pass and crossed.

Jabo Ibehre and Eastmond both fired long-range efforts wide but the Oldham defence looked nervy and the U's went 2-0 up just after the half hour.

Ibehre tapped home from three yards, after Dominic Vose had got on the end of Brian Wilson’s fine pass and picked him out.

Oldham started the second half well and U's goalkeeper Sam Walker did well to palm over substitute Connor Brown's long-range drive.

But substitute Ryan Dickson drilled a good chance wide after Vose had broken the offside trap to set him up.

And although Oldham substitute John Pritchard clattered the woodwork in stoppage-time, the U's were good value for a welcome three points.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's game at Oldham, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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5:42pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Goodison says...

A welcome 3 points.
Thankfully, because we won, I hope I won' t have to troll through 20 to 30 negative comments concerning the U's display.
Dare I say roll on Boxing Day.
A welcome 3 points. Thankfully, because we won, I hope I won' t have to troll through 20 to 30 negative comments concerning the U's display. Dare I say roll on Boxing Day. Goodison

5:57pm Sat 21 Dec 13

25414nora says...

What a difference a week (and 3 points) make). Rock bottom performance last week, and 'blow me' a good away win today. Still a long way to go, but if we cold only maintain our div' 1 status, maybe we'll see more success next season. Glad I was wrong to predict the end for JD.
What a difference a week (and 3 points) make). Rock bottom performance last week, and 'blow me' a good away win today. Still a long way to go, but if we cold only maintain our div' 1 status, maybe we'll see more success next season. Glad I was wrong to predict the end for JD. 25414nora

6:36pm Sat 21 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Be honest with yourselves.who among us saw the win let alone the clean sheet.then notts county have to wait till the last knockings to get a home win against b r.those players on the pitch last week should hold their heads in shame.no l'm not going to praise the win at oldham.l will be in my seat at whcs on boxing day and hope to see a win and another clean sheet then l might be happy.
Be honest with yourselves.who among us saw the win let alone the clean sheet.then notts county have to wait till the last knockings to get a home win against b r.those players on the pitch last week should hold their heads in shame.no l'm not going to praise the win at oldham.l will be in my seat at whcs on boxing day and hope to see a win and another clean sheet then l might be happy. stevedawson

6:55pm Sat 21 Dec 13

super waluigi says...

What a good result. Well done Col u.

This season is proving rather unpredictable, often it is rotten, but we are riding it well enough.
What a good result. Well done Col u. This season is proving rather unpredictable, often it is rotten, but we are riding it well enough. super waluigi

7:32pm Sat 21 Dec 13

crazy comments says...

A welcome 3 points but in all honestly after watching this game any half decent team would have got half a dozen goals against a very poor Oldham side. Okay we had more fight than last week, but still badly lack ideas going forwards. Call me negative whatever, but that's the truth. I was fully behind in not wanting Joe sacked last week and still firmly believe that he should be given more time. We still badly need pace down the wings. With thought in mind I'm sure that's why Joe never tempted playing Sanchez Watt today with a heavy fixture list coming up. He could make so much difference to the team and I'm quietly confident with him supplying some decent crosses a few more goals will be scored. Lets all get behind the team on Boxing day and hope for another 3 pints. Still, well done today its made a few of us happy this evening more than can be said for Aidy who will now be spending Christmas at home and down the job centre on Monday morning. .
A welcome 3 points but in all honestly after watching this game any half decent team would have got half a dozen goals against a very poor Oldham side. Okay we had more fight than last week, but still badly lack ideas going forwards. Call me negative whatever, but that's the truth. I was fully behind in not wanting Joe sacked last week and still firmly believe that he should be given more time. We still badly need pace down the wings. With thought in mind I'm sure that's why Joe never tempted playing Sanchez Watt today with a heavy fixture list coming up. He could make so much difference to the team and I'm quietly confident with him supplying some decent crosses a few more goals will be scored. Lets all get behind the team on Boxing day and hope for another 3 pints. Still, well done today its made a few of us happy this evening more than can be said for Aidy who will now be spending Christmas at home and down the job centre on Monday morning. . crazy comments

11:16pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Medicated Soap says...

Great result, however it was a decidedly average performance against a team who played like we did last week. Lady fortune shone down on the U’s early doors as Oldham’s young left back inexplicably lunged at a misdirected Eastmond cross sending the ball into his own net. Plumber, who was replaced at halftime, was then done by Dominic Vose whose mishit shot luckily found Jabo, for an easy goal with the U’s only on target shot of the afternoon!

In truth this was a feeble attacking display devoid of any quality, yet somehow we manage to get two goals in front, while in the second half Oldham missed a whole host of opportunities: the best of which came from Brown who forced Sam Walker into an impressive save and Pritchard who hit the crossbar. We were more solid with two shielding the back four, but then again we were effectively only playing Oldham’s second string.

No doubt the ‘Happy Clappers’ will be out in force after these improbable three points, however on this kind of toothless showing we will lose far more games than we draw or win!
Great result, however it was a decidedly average performance against a team who played like we did last week. Lady fortune shone down on the U’s early doors as Oldham’s young left back inexplicably lunged at a misdirected Eastmond cross sending the ball into his own net. Plumber, who was replaced at halftime, was then done by Dominic Vose whose mishit shot luckily found Jabo, for an easy goal with the U’s only on target shot of the afternoon! In truth this was a feeble attacking display devoid of any quality, yet somehow we manage to get two goals in front, while in the second half Oldham missed a whole host of opportunities: the best of which came from Brown who forced Sam Walker into an impressive save and Pritchard who hit the crossbar. We were more solid with two shielding the back four, but then again we were effectively only playing Oldham’s second string. No doubt the ‘Happy Clappers’ will be out in force after these improbable three points, however on this kind of toothless showing we will lose far more games than we draw or win! Medicated Soap

12:09am Sun 22 Dec 13

Noah4x4 says...

stevedawson wrote:
Be honest with yourselves.who among us saw the win let alone the clean sheet.then notts county have to wait till the last knockings to get a home win against b r.those players on the pitch last week should hold their heads in shame.no l'm not going to praise the win at oldham.l will be in my seat at whcs on boxing day and hope to see a win and another clean sheet then l might be happy.
I did.......please see my posts after the freak (ghastly) Notts County result.

At the END of January 2013; we had merely 23 points after a nine game sequence of defeats. Today (e.g. before Xmas) we already have 24 points; and are next facing a sequence of perhaps easier home games; Stevenage (21st place); Crewe (23rd); MK Dons away (whom we have beaten); Gillingham (whom we have beaten); Carlisle away (we drew at home); Sheff United (we drew away); Shrewsbury (we drew away). All potentially winnable. We won't win all; but we will enjoy points. So before the same end of January benchmark; we have the potential for perhaps another 12 to 18 points; placing us comfortably mid table at the same stage.

Also what every critic of Joe Dunne and the team seems to be missing is that we have already played most of the "form" sides AWAY from home (e.g. Preston; Brentford; Rotherham; Bradford etc.). We have also played most of the sides below us AWAY too (Bristol City; Tranmere; Sheffield Utd; Oldham; Shrewsbury etc.). Hence by a freak of the computer; we have now played many of our apparently most difficult/crucial AWAY fixtures (but we must accept no fixtures are easy in this division). None of these teams will relish a visit to WHCS.

We have also had the most horrendous injury crisis; and are emerging from that. Then count today how many changes to the starting line up were made. We can't criticise Joe Dunne for trying new stuff. The U's are also going through a period of astonishing squad transition after the errors of the John Ward era. We are going to have many bad days (probably 5-0 at Wolves away); but the manager and team deserve far more faith than tends to be posted in these blogs. It's about time this Town took far more pride in its football team. After all, we could be Chelmsford; not even in the football league.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Be honest with yourselves.who among us saw the win let alone the clean sheet.then notts county have to wait till the last knockings to get a home win against b r.those players on the pitch last week should hold their heads in shame.no l'm not going to praise the win at oldham.l will be in my seat at whcs on boxing day and hope to see a win and another clean sheet then l might be happy.[/p][/quote]I did.......please see my posts after the freak (ghastly) Notts County result. At the END of January 2013; we had merely 23 points after a nine game sequence of defeats. Today (e.g. before Xmas) we already have 24 points; and are next facing a sequence of perhaps easier home games; Stevenage (21st place); Crewe (23rd); MK Dons away (whom we have beaten); Gillingham (whom we have beaten); Carlisle away (we drew at home); Sheff United (we drew away); Shrewsbury (we drew away). All potentially winnable. We won't win all; but we will enjoy points. So before the same end of January benchmark; we have the potential for perhaps another 12 to 18 points; placing us comfortably mid table at the same stage. Also what every critic of Joe Dunne and the team seems to be missing is that we have already played most of the "form" sides AWAY from home (e.g. Preston; Brentford; Rotherham; Bradford etc.). We have also played most of the sides below us AWAY too (Bristol City; Tranmere; Sheffield Utd; Oldham; Shrewsbury etc.). Hence by a freak of the computer; we have now played many of our apparently most difficult/crucial AWAY fixtures (but we must accept no fixtures are easy in this division). None of these teams will relish a visit to WHCS. We have also had the most horrendous injury crisis; and are emerging from that. Then count today how many changes to the starting line up were made. We can't criticise Joe Dunne for trying new stuff. The U's are also going through a period of astonishing squad transition after the errors of the John Ward era. We are going to have many bad days (probably 5-0 at Wolves away); but the manager and team deserve far more faith than tends to be posted in these blogs. It's about time this Town took far more pride in its football team. After all, we could be Chelmsford; not even in the football league. Noah4x4

9:14am Sun 22 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

Nobody relishes a visit to the whcs mausoleum after september.brrrr.
Nobody relishes a visit to the whcs mausoleum after september.brrrr. stevedawson

9:22am Sun 22 Dec 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Having only heard the game on BBC Essex, it seems we put in a more resolute performance with Oldham taking on the mantle we held last week. It was certainly a very welcome 3 points if not a particularly wonderful attacking display. It is very worrying, according to the statistics, Ibehre's tap in goal was our only strike on target throughout the whole game, with no more than 6 shots at goal in total. However, we were away from home and Oldham's home form is very good, even if their side was a little depleted today. I did think we started to push our luck at the end of the game when we came under pressure, and I would have preferred to have seen Watt have 20 mins rather than put on Dickson. It is still vitally important we get it right at home, if for no other reason than next seasons budget, as increased attendances are going to be very necessary to satisfy this cause
Having only heard the game on BBC Essex, it seems we put in a more resolute performance with Oldham taking on the mantle we held last week. It was certainly a very welcome 3 points if not a particularly wonderful attacking display. It is very worrying, according to the statistics, Ibehre's tap in goal was our only strike on target throughout the whole game, with no more than 6 shots at goal in total. However, we were away from home and Oldham's home form is very good, even if their side was a little depleted today. I did think we started to push our luck at the end of the game when we came under pressure, and I would have preferred to have seen Watt have 20 mins rather than put on Dickson. It is still vitally important we get it right at home, if for no other reason than next seasons budget, as increased attendances are going to be very necessary to satisfy this cause BlueandWhiteBaz

3:02pm Sun 22 Dec 13

down the line says...

I can't criticise the manager, players or club after yesterday's excellent result, so I won't say anything!
Up the U's.
I can't criticise the manager, players or club after yesterday's excellent result, so I won't say anything! Up the U's. down the line

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