Dunne not too downbeat despite U's defeat

Philosophical - U's manager Joe Dunne looked at the positives after seeing his Colchester side fall to a 2-0 defeat at Port Vale. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Philosophical - U's manager Joe Dunne looked at the positives after seeing his Colchester side fall to a 2-0 defeat at Port Vale. Picture: WARREN PAGE

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Joe Dunne was not too downhearted despite seeing his Colchester United side fall to a 2-0 defeat at Port Vale.

Doug Loft's double condemned the U's to their first defeat of 2014, in what was their first match in League One since January 18.

U's boss Dunne said: "You can't fault the effort and commitment of my players and I don't think anyone would have of complained had we got the goals in the second half.

"We just couldn't get going in the first 20 to 25 minutes but there wasn't much to the game.

"We'd talked about Doug Loft in training and that's the rustiness of not being in game mode.

"He scored at the back post which we talked about but these things happen and I thought that the response was very good.

"I thought that we dominated the second half and unfortunately, the only thing we couldn't add was the goal.

"We controlled the ball and passed it well and played some great stuff and even with five minutes to go, I thought we were still in the game.

"Overall, I'm really pleased with the performance based on the fact that we haven't played for a long time."

For a full match report and pictures from the U's game at Port Vale, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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2:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

Ozzie says...

Apart from a little bit of a fightback towards the end of the second half when Jabo Ibehre and Freddie Sears were introduced did the U's actually make a game of this. Other than that it appeared to be a 'training pace' walk about. Not impressed. Travelled with optimism, but came home with a little bit more pessimism. Two Port Vale attempts via two poor defensive errors and it cost us. One has to ask what the players and training staff have been doing for the past 3/4 weeks. We were off the pace at times and looked jaded. Maybe Mr Dunne should have arranged a friendly match or two to ensure the players kept up their match fitness as one or two players looked less than enthusiastic about having to go out and play on a cold winter's evening in Stoke On Trent. Up the U's!!
Apart from a little bit of a fightback towards the end of the second half when Jabo Ibehre and Freddie Sears were introduced did the U's actually make a game of this. Other than that it appeared to be a 'training pace' walk about. Not impressed. Travelled with optimism, but came home with a little bit more pessimism. Two Port Vale attempts via two poor defensive errors and it cost us. One has to ask what the players and training staff have been doing for the past 3/4 weeks. We were off the pace at times and looked jaded. Maybe Mr Dunne should have arranged a friendly match or two to ensure the players kept up their match fitness as one or two players looked less than enthusiastic about having to go out and play on a cold winter's evening in Stoke On Trent. Up the U's!! Ozzie
  • Score: 12

7:02am Wed 12 Feb 14

crazy comments says...

Just one word Mr Dunn. PATHETIC
Just one word Mr Dunn. PATHETIC crazy comments
  • Score: 19

9:21am Wed 12 Feb 14

totallyfootball says...

Played for a draw and got caught out!
Played for a draw and got caught out! totallyfootball
  • Score: 12

3:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

All momentum from the Carlisle game has been lost and it's back to the drawing board. Our lack of a genuine goal scorer/poacher has come back to haunt us yet again. We had the chances and did nothing with them. If we're not careful we could still be sucked back down into a relegation fight once again. One of the games in hand has now gone and there are no points to show for it.
All momentum from the Carlisle game has been lost and it's back to the drawing board. Our lack of a genuine goal scorer/poacher has come back to haunt us yet again. We had the chances and did nothing with them. If we're not careful we could still be sucked back down into a relegation fight once again. One of the games in hand has now gone and there are no points to show for it. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 14

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