Simon Spurgeon - my views on the U's

Gazette: Good times - Sanchez Watt celebrates his goal against Gillingham with Clinton Morrison, as the U's clinched a convincing 3-0 win in style. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO89001-16) Good times - Sanchez Watt celebrates his goal against Gillingham with Clinton Morrison, as the U's clinched a convincing 3-0 win in style. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO89001-16)

How carried away should we get by Colchester United’s win against Gillingham?

It was as comprehensive a win as U’s fans can probably expect to see this season.

Their team passed the ball with skill and precision to completely outplay the Gills.

This was after all a Gillingham side that had beaten promotion-chasing Wolves in their previous game, but they couldn’t live with Colchester. It was, in short, exactly the type of performance that boss Joe Dunne is looking for.

But one swallow does not a summer make.

Dunne quickly put the result in context and made the point that it’s a single game.

This is after all a man who probably still feels the raw disappointment of a 4-0 hammering by Notts County before Christmas and the 2-1 defeat by Crewe.

He knows the fickleness of football and its fans and will be prepared to accept criticism if his team under-perform at Carlisle next weekend.

So he rightly said to take a step back when assessing the performance against Gillingham – they aren’t the finished product yet.

However, I think Dunne and his players deserve more than qualified praise.

If it was an unexpected performance that had come out of the blue then maybe I’d agree with his caution.

But this was a display that showcased what Dunne is trying to achieve at the club.

It was a glimpse into what – all U’s fans hope – will be the future of the club.

Attractive passing football that stifles opponents and has goal threats at the end of it and it was no accident that it happened here.

The team is working hard to try to make it happen every week and the fact that it worked here should give cause for plenty of optimism.

Dunne’s caution probably comes from the realisation that his team are a work in progress rather than the finished article.

But the benchmark has been set now.

The arrival of a single swallow may not be a licence to slap on sun cream and put summer clothes on, but it at least gives an encouraging indication of what may be to come.

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9:26am Thu 16 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

We should not get carried away but savour the result for what it was a good win. But the supporter's have seen may peaks and troughs this season and like before will go forward with apprehension until consistency becomes the trigger word at the WHCS!
We should not get carried away but savour the result for what it was a good win. But the supporter's have seen may peaks and troughs this season and like before will go forward with apprehension until consistency becomes the trigger word at the WHCS! totallyfootball

9:57am Thu 16 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

It did show what the team was capable of if all the players sing from the same hymn sheet. However, consistency both this and last season has been a problem, therefore one swallow doesn't make a summer and they still have much to prove.
It did show what the team was capable of if all the players sing from the same hymn sheet. However, consistency both this and last season has been a problem, therefore one swallow doesn't make a summer and they still have much to prove. BlueandWhiteBaz

12:57pm Thu 16 Jan 14

mojo51 says...

Consistency is still a problem with the team, especially in how we defend. Changes are definitely required at the back. Our strikers also need to prove that they are capable of scoring more than 5 goals each in a season as for the past couple of seasons we have been very poor in front of goal.
The result at the weekend was excellent and the football played entertaining. The midfield especially had a good game. I believe the team now has a midfield with a number of players fighting for a place but within the defence and strikers we do not have that same competition for places, this is where we need to improve if we are going to have any hopes of promotion/consistenc
y.
Consistency is still a problem with the team, especially in how we defend. Changes are definitely required at the back. Our strikers also need to prove that they are capable of scoring more than 5 goals each in a season as for the past couple of seasons we have been very poor in front of goal. The result at the weekend was excellent and the football played entertaining. The midfield especially had a good game. I believe the team now has a midfield with a number of players fighting for a place but within the defence and strikers we do not have that same competition for places, this is where we need to improve if we are going to have any hopes of promotion/consistenc y. mojo51

4:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

They have been consistent this season.consistently bad.they don't play for their manager or their fans.collectively they are in need of a good kick up the rear.there is enough talent in the side to be pushing for the playoffs.sad.
They have been consistent this season.consistently bad.they don't play for their manager or their fans.collectively they are in need of a good kick up the rear.there is enough talent in the side to be pushing for the playoffs.sad. stevedawson

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