Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has hailed his team’s 3-0 win against Gillingham as the best of his managerial career.

Goals by Sanchez Watt, Clinton Morrison and Freddie Sears wrapped up a great win for the U’s that moved them up to 13th in League One.

A three-point haul was nothing less than they deserved after a great display of passing football – exactly the type that Dunne is trying to get them to play.

He said: “I’d say it was probably the best performance of my short managerial career.

“We had some good ones when I first took over, but that’s how we want to play.

“There was a key moment in the first half where we were passing the ball around at the back and there was a lot of encouragement.

“It was a key moment.

“We did it previously against Crewe and there was a bit of nervousness about the crowd.

“But everyone was really behind the team and I thought we were excellent from start to finish.

“It was a complete performance and we had players getting goals, like Sanchez (Watt) and Freddie (Sears) who have been missing for a while.

“Those are the options we have now and I’m delighted for Clinton Morrison to get his goal.

“It was a very good performance and I think their first shot on target only came late in the 80s in terms of minutes, so that’s great credit to the players.”