We got what we deserved, admits U's boss Dunne

Honest assessment - Joe Dunne admitted his Colchester United were not at their best against Sheffield United.

Honest assessment - Joe Dunne admitted his Colchester United were not at their best against Sheffield United.

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Colchester United boss Joe Dunne admitted his side got what they deserved after they were beaten 1-0 by Sheffield United.

The lacklustre U’s suffered a second successive home defeat, after Chris Porter’s late penalty gave the Blades a deserved win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Dunne said: “We haven’t played well – we managed to stay in the game somehow but it’s gone against us.

“Sam Walker pulled off a great save for us and they hit the post.

“Overall, we deserved nothing from the game and it was the right decision to give a penalty.

“It’s just disappointing – as badly as we played, you don’t want to lose that way.

“It would probably have been unjust to Sheffield United had we got a point but we would have taken it, based on how poor we were.”

Dunne started with an attacking line-up, with Freddie Sears, Jabo Ibehre, Clinton Morrison and Dominic Vose all starting against the Blades.

But the U's struggled to create chances and Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard had little to do all night.

“We just didn’t pass and move and what did surprise me the most about it was that we had three strikers on the pitch," said Dunne.

“There’s no point in having them on the pitch if the service to the strikers is non-existent.

“I felt we needed to get more of a foothold in midfield and aimless balls from back to front nullified what we were asking the players to do."

For a full match report and pictures from the U’s game with Sheffield United, see Wednesday’s Gazette.

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11:06pm Tue 25 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

You put your finger right on it joe.pass and move, they didn't sheffield did and were unlucky not to finish with more goals.you've got a job on your hands for the run in.
You put your finger right on it joe.pass and move, they didn't sheffield did and were unlucky not to finish with more goals.you've got a job on your hands for the run in. stevedawson
  • Score: 32

11:25pm Tue 25 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Absolutely lost for words as this was the most inept of performances tonight. The night entailed one shot and one header on goal but neither were on target. Indeed we struggled to even get into the last third and never created an opportunity all night. There was no movement, no pace, poor passing, no enthusiasm and so on. Indeed we never got to grips with any of the football basics. The performance was so poor it should only have been issued with a health warning. Truly dire!
Absolutely lost for words as this was the most inept of performances tonight. The night entailed one shot and one header on goal but neither were on target. Indeed we struggled to even get into the last third and never created an opportunity all night. There was no movement, no pace, poor passing, no enthusiasm and so on. Indeed we never got to grips with any of the football basics. The performance was so poor it should only have been issued with a health warning. Truly dire! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 33

11:36pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Medicated Soap says...

Totally pathetic, arguably that was one of the most atrociously diabolical games of ‘football’ I have ever had the misfortune to witness!! Once again we failed to register a single shot on target during the 90+ minutes! Unreal, we could’ve been out there until next Christmas and we still wouldn’t have troubled their keeper! There’s just no urgency or even a modicum of genuine attacking intent on display from our players; where is a desire to win?!

The ‘best’ team took the points on the night; the Blades’ would’ve won by far more convincing score line had it not been for the posts and Sam Walker. Tonight Joe Dunne took his tactical naïveté to a whole new level; the players clearly hadn’t got a clue what the game plan was or even the roles assigned. The lack of match preparation led to an even more shambolic performance than usual... a deeply troubling sign that Dunne has completely run out of tangible ideas and is now trying to stumble upon a winning formula by chance. What is Sears doing at the back anyway? It was an accident waiting to happen!

By FAR the biggest ‘doom monger’ at Colchester United is Joe Dunne who can’t keep the club away from the League One relegation zone for more than five minutes!
Totally pathetic, arguably that was one of the most atrociously diabolical games of ‘football’ I have ever had the misfortune to witness!! Once again we failed to register a single shot on target during the 90+ minutes! Unreal, we could’ve been out there until next Christmas and we still wouldn’t have troubled their keeper! There’s just no urgency or even a modicum of genuine attacking intent on display from our players; where is a desire to win?! The ‘best’ team took the points on the night; the Blades’ would’ve won by far more convincing score line had it not been for the posts and Sam Walker. Tonight Joe Dunne took his tactical naïveté to a whole new level; the players clearly hadn’t got a clue what the game plan was or even the roles assigned. The lack of match preparation led to an even more shambolic performance than usual... a deeply troubling sign that Dunne has completely run out of tangible ideas and is now trying to stumble upon a winning formula by chance. What is Sears doing at the back anyway? It was an accident waiting to happen! By FAR the biggest ‘doom monger’ at Colchester United is Joe Dunne who can’t keep the club away from the League One relegation zone for more than five minutes! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 33

9:09am Wed 26 Feb 14

totallyfootball says...

Slip sliding away!!!!!!!!!!
Slip sliding away!!!!!!!!!! totallyfootball
  • Score: 21

9:31am Wed 26 Feb 14

down the line says...

Joe Dunne has to take some of the blame for a change for this performance. His tactics where hopeless. The central midfielders where worse then useless. I could go on forever about how bad last night was.
The less said about it the better!
Joe Dunne has to take some of the blame for a change for this performance. His tactics where hopeless. The central midfielders where worse then useless. I could go on forever about how bad last night was. The less said about it the better! down the line
  • Score: 22

9:44am Wed 26 Feb 14

GLADSTONE 1 says...

What a poor performance and the formation was shocking last night no one in the stands could work it out and the players did not a clue what roles they were playing.

We now had one shot on target in 3 games !! Where is the attacking football Joe Dunne promised !

Then for Joe Dunne to blame the fans what a joke
What a poor performance and the formation was shocking last night no one in the stands could work it out and the players did not a clue what roles they were playing. We now had one shot on target in 3 games !! Where is the attacking football Joe Dunne promised ! Then for Joe Dunne to blame the fans what a joke GLADSTONE 1
  • Score: 23

10:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

down the line says...

GLADSTONE 1 wrote:
What a poor performance and the formation was shocking last night no one in the stands could work it out and the players did not a clue what roles they were playing.

We now had one shot on target in 3 games !! Where is the attacking football Joe Dunne promised !

Then for Joe Dunne to blame the fans what a joke
I have noticed Joe Dunne having little digs at the fans over the past couple of months. Well if the performances stay the same as last night then he'll have no fans to have a dig at..... can't see many people want to come back to watch that rubbish at the prices they charge, and then to rub your nose in it the manager has a pop at the fans.
Pull your finger out Joe, or do one.
[quote][p][bold]GLADSTONE 1[/bold] wrote: What a poor performance and the formation was shocking last night no one in the stands could work it out and the players did not a clue what roles they were playing. We now had one shot on target in 3 games !! Where is the attacking football Joe Dunne promised ! Then for Joe Dunne to blame the fans what a joke[/p][/quote]I have noticed Joe Dunne having little digs at the fans over the past couple of months. Well if the performances stay the same as last night then he'll have no fans to have a dig at..... can't see many people want to come back to watch that rubbish at the prices they charge, and then to rub your nose in it the manager has a pop at the fans. Pull your finger out Joe, or do one. down the line
  • Score: 20

10:24am Wed 26 Feb 14

United we stand says...

I didn't hear Joe's interview. Can anyone tell me about the grumble at the fans?
I was appalled by last night's display which was beyond even being inept.
And, to my mind, the fans (well, those in the South Stand) created plenty of vocal support from kick-off until about 20 minutes into the game when it was already obvious that it wasn't firing up the players one jot.
Fortunately I don't have tickets for two of the next three games - and I won't be buying any either! Sorry, but last night was a complete load of rubblish/
I didn't hear Joe's interview. Can anyone tell me about the grumble at the fans? I was appalled by last night's display which was beyond even being inept. And, to my mind, the fans (well, those in the South Stand) created plenty of vocal support from kick-off until about 20 minutes into the game when it was already obvious that it wasn't firing up the players one jot. Fortunately I don't have tickets for two of the next three games - and I won't be buying any either! Sorry, but last night was a complete load of rubblish/ United we stand
  • Score: 16

12:40pm Wed 26 Feb 14

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Now I usually try to remain as positive as I can but after last night’s performance even I can't find anything positive to say.

Why oh why did Dunne change the formation and also a few players. After Saturday's game he should have kept the same team. Surely they can't be tired already!!!!! After all, they did have three weeks off.

I don't think any of the players can say they had a good game last night. How is it possible for 11 players to all be so poor.

Why do we have a Man of the Match award after a shocking performance like that. The club must know that will only anger the fans.

Dunne, don't start trying to blame the fans. If we all performed that badly at work the chances are, we would get the sack, not have our egos massaged. Give us something to cheer. No shots on target and we're suppose to get excited about that !!!!!
Now I usually try to remain as positive as I can but after last night’s performance even I can't find anything positive to say. Why oh why did Dunne change the formation and also a few players. After Saturday's game he should have kept the same team. Surely they can't be tired already!!!!! After all, they did have three weeks off. I don't think any of the players can say they had a good game last night. How is it possible for 11 players to all be so poor. Why do we have a Man of the Match award after a shocking performance like that. The club must know that will only anger the fans. Dunne, don't start trying to blame the fans. If we all performed that badly at work the chances are, we would get the sack, not have our egos massaged. Give us something to cheer. No shots on target and we're suppose to get excited about that !!!!! We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 18

1:04pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Boris says...

In both the Gazette and the East Anglian, the man of the match is named as Tom Eastman, a much better choice than Freddie Sears, the most inept player on the pitch.
Actually our defence did quite well, keeping the (far from threatening) Blades out for 87 minutes. But one moment of folly rendered all that work useless.
In both the Gazette and the East Anglian, the man of the match is named as Tom Eastman, a much better choice than Freddie Sears, the most inept player on the pitch. Actually our defence did quite well, keeping the (far from threatening) Blades out for 87 minutes. But one moment of folly rendered all that work useless. Boris
  • Score: -3

4:13pm Wed 26 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

I think the team should have been changed after Saturday eastmond had had two poor games now. I thought being on the subs bench might have been the kick up the arse he needed. Now I just think he's only good when were on the up, but useless when it's a the game you want lads to get stuck in. Think the likes of bonne need to come back in let the youth show it's done.
Reference man of the match, obv the sponsors have paid for the privilege so of course there going to do it, I think the only player deserve any credit was walker.
I think the team should have been changed after Saturday eastmond had had two poor games now. I thought being on the subs bench might have been the kick up the arse he needed. Now I just think he's only good when were on the up, but useless when it's a the game you want lads to get stuck in. Think the likes of bonne need to come back in let the youth show it's done. Reference man of the match, obv the sponsors have paid for the privilege so of course there going to do it, I think the only player deserve any credit was walker. angryman!!!
  • Score: 15

8:40pm Wed 26 Feb 14

uptheu's says...

I agree with most of what's been written on here. I think Joe Dunne has done a reasonable job with the resources at his disposal, which are no smaller than some in this league. However, what really gets my back up is that he has the nerve to criticise the fans. In the first half, some of the crowd were expressing their dissatisfaction with what they could see in front of them. We persist on playing square passes across the back of the defence. That is a disaster waiting to happen, always allowing the opposition on to the front foot and constantly pushing us back. Why can't Magnus push up a bit, allowing Tom Eastman (who is the better footballer) more time and space on the ball. I know Joe Dunne's philosophy is to keep the ball, but when we do, we do nothing with it and then panic by just lumping it forward, where incidentally I don't think we won one header in midfield positions. I don't think I have ever seen a Colchester United game at home where we haven't had a shot on target; even allowing for the Swindon game where we were completely out-thought tactically.
I agree with most of what's been written on here. I think Joe Dunne has done a reasonable job with the resources at his disposal, which are no smaller than some in this league. However, what really gets my back up is that he has the nerve to criticise the fans. In the first half, some of the crowd were expressing their dissatisfaction with what they could see in front of them. We persist on playing square passes across the back of the defence. That is a disaster waiting to happen, always allowing the opposition on to the front foot and constantly pushing us back. Why can't Magnus push up a bit, allowing Tom Eastman (who is the better footballer) more time and space on the ball. I know Joe Dunne's philosophy is to keep the ball, but when we do, we do nothing with it and then panic by just lumping it forward, where incidentally I don't think we won one header in midfield positions. I don't think I have ever seen a Colchester United game at home where we haven't had a shot on target; even allowing for the Swindon game where we were completely out-thought tactically. uptheu's
  • Score: 12

8:56pm Wed 26 Feb 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Another home defeat ,another complete shambles,but even worse then normal,even the most ardent Joe Dunne supporter must be starting to see he is not the man for the job.He is just so far out of his depth,by standing by him,he will take the club into league two,and left to carry on in league two,he will get us relegated out of that as well,because this manager and side are not good enough to hold there own in league two either.Orient on saturday,another defeat on the cards ,the fans are becoming like the players,expecting defeat even before we kick off.Come on Joe give it up you know your not good enough to be a manager at this level
Another home defeat ,another complete shambles,but even worse then normal,even the most ardent Joe Dunne supporter must be starting to see he is not the man for the job.He is just so far out of his depth,by standing by him,he will take the club into league two,and left to carry on in league two,he will get us relegated out of that as well,because this manager and side are not good enough to hold there own in league two either.Orient on saturday,another defeat on the cards ,the fans are becoming like the players,expecting defeat even before we kick off.Come on Joe give it up you know your not good enough to be a manager at this level WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 18

9:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

Haven't heard what dunnes said about the fans however he's no fool he's hot 1 point from 4 games so he is obviously angry. It's a joke though for anyone to mention atmosphere at the ground as there never is one, fans are to far from the pitch, from each other and it's just sterile. No offence to the kids in the corner (who do their best to get something going) but there just bit to 'soft' it lacks that gritty, aggressiveness that the barside had. This is the clubs fault throwing out banning orders for anyone that said boo to a goose when we were in the championship and had the crowds to allow it.
Haven't heard what dunnes said about the fans however he's no fool he's hot 1 point from 4 games so he is obviously angry. It's a joke though for anyone to mention atmosphere at the ground as there never is one, fans are to far from the pitch, from each other and it's just sterile. No offence to the kids in the corner (who do their best to get something going) but there just bit to 'soft' it lacks that gritty, aggressiveness that the barside had. This is the clubs fault throwing out banning orders for anyone that said boo to a goose when we were in the championship and had the crowds to allow it. angryman!!!
  • Score: 16

12:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Hatpeg says...

If you don't buy a raffle ticket you won't win a prize - if you don't have a shot at goal you won't score a goal.
Dunne sets up hs team to defend and not get beaten but just one mistake in 90 minutes and you lose.

This is why the team are better away from home - spoilers, but with little attacking threat.
If you don't buy a raffle ticket you won't win a prize - if you don't have a shot at goal you won't score a goal. Dunne sets up hs team to defend and not get beaten but just one mistake in 90 minutes and you lose. This is why the team are better away from home - spoilers, but with little attacking threat. Hatpeg
  • Score: 10

1:55pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Noah4x4 says...

I wish people would ignore some of the mischievous drivel written in here and instead listen to the actual Joe Dunne interview on U’s Player to judge for themselves.

As correctly reported above in this Gazette article; in it Joe Dunne accepts that it was an inexplicable poor performance and that “we got what we deserved”. Then David Wright features in a separate interview that confirms “we didn’t perform”. Fair comment; we were awful; and one does understand and have empathy with much of the frustration expressed by fans above in this thread.

However; Joe is asked an awkward direct question whether personal verbal abuse and hefty criticism from some home fans during the game has any impact on management and player confidence and morale. He wouldn’t be human if he had said “no”; and he simply had to say "yes"; else be accused of worse!

Frankly; how such an honest answer to a swine of a question has since been maliciously misinterpreted by some as (instead) “blaming the fans for the performance” abhors me as a loyal fan that recognises that we are currently in the longest continuous period of U's success in our entire 77 year history; hence punching above our weight in the third tier (or above); when most pundits consider us (at best) fourth tier. It is hence bound to be a dog-fight to sustain this position on our gates/revenue/wages. I am sure fans from Stockport County; Grimsby; Luton; and similar would be delighted to be scrapping in ‘ugly’ games with Sheffield United alongside the U’s in DIVISION ONE instead of watching 'elegant' games in the Conference whilst their peers/rivals gloat at their misfortune.

In the South Stand; which sang positively from kick off to the final whistle (albeit that we didn’t like everything that we were witnessing); I obviously didn’t hear whatever was being said during the game by spectators within the West Stand. But throwing rotten cabbages and rivets at under par music hall performers was outlawed generations ago; and everybody is now entitled to protection from foul language and abuse in the workplace; including footballers and football managers. So why do some people at a football ground believe that they can act like a mob at a public execution?

I speak as a fan that is (almost) always amongst the regular 200+ that travel away and are supportive of the team from the kick off to final whistle; for better or for worse; in sickness and in health; reserving any discontent ONLY for after the final whistle. Yes; we MAY spontaneously “boo” then if dissatisfied with the team; but we prefer not to undermine its confidence during a game by unjustly attacking individuals as if it was a blood sport. How would you perform in your job in such circumstances if an angry mob was on your back?

By all means, please do constructively voice your opinion later via the message boards or within columns such as this (such opinion may be negative or positive) as you are perfectly entitled to do. But I beg you; if you are one of the extra 1800 that will join us regular travellers at Orient; please follow our example and “sing your heart out for the lads”; reserving any discontent ONLY for the final whistle. Then we perhaps have far more chance of a surprise success; given that Brisbane Road is like a library and we can take the roof off.
I wish people would ignore some of the mischievous drivel written in here and instead listen to the actual Joe Dunne interview on U’s Player to judge for themselves. As correctly reported above in this Gazette article; in it Joe Dunne accepts that it was an inexplicable poor performance and that “we got what we deserved”. Then David Wright features in a separate interview that confirms “we didn’t perform”. Fair comment; we were awful; and one does understand and have empathy with much of the frustration expressed by fans above in this thread. However; Joe is asked an awkward direct question whether personal verbal abuse and hefty criticism from some home fans during the game has any impact on management and player confidence and morale. He wouldn’t be human if he had said “no”; and he simply had to say "yes"; else be accused of worse! Frankly; how such an honest answer to a swine of a question has since been maliciously misinterpreted by some as (instead) “blaming the fans for the performance” abhors me as a loyal fan that recognises that we are currently in the longest continuous period of U's success in our entire 77 year history; hence punching above our weight in the third tier (or above); when most pundits consider us (at best) fourth tier. It is hence bound to be a dog-fight to sustain this position on our gates/revenue/wages. I am sure fans from Stockport County; Grimsby; Luton; and similar would be delighted to be scrapping in ‘ugly’ games with Sheffield United alongside the U’s in DIVISION ONE instead of watching 'elegant' games in the Conference whilst their peers/rivals gloat at their misfortune. In the South Stand; which sang positively from kick off to the final whistle (albeit that we didn’t like everything that we were witnessing); I obviously didn’t hear whatever was being said during the game by spectators within the West Stand. But throwing rotten cabbages and rivets at under par music hall performers was outlawed generations ago; and everybody is now entitled to protection from foul language and abuse in the workplace; including footballers and football managers. So why do some people at a football ground believe that they can act like a mob at a public execution? I speak as a fan that is (almost) always amongst the regular 200+ that travel away and are supportive of the team from the kick off to final whistle; for better or for worse; in sickness and in health; reserving any discontent ONLY for after the final whistle. Yes; we MAY spontaneously “boo” then if dissatisfied with the team; but we prefer not to undermine its confidence during a game by unjustly attacking individuals as if it was a blood sport. How would you perform in your job in such circumstances if an angry mob was on your back? By all means, please do constructively voice your opinion later via the message boards or within columns such as this (such opinion may be negative or positive) as you are perfectly entitled to do. But I beg you; if you are one of the extra 1800 that will join us regular travellers at Orient; please follow our example and “sing your heart out for the lads”; reserving any discontent ONLY for the final whistle. Then we perhaps have far more chance of a surprise success; given that Brisbane Road is like a library and we can take the roof off. Noah4x4
  • Score: -20

8:56pm Thu 27 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

I think what noah says has merit in that the support from the crowd, excepting
the upper corner of the south stand, is abysmal and any crowd response is in the form of abuse.what the stadium needs is for the 200 or so noisy cheering and singing supporters in the south stand to be spread round the other stands with the object of getting a singing cheering stadium except just one corner.
I think what noah says has merit in that the support from the crowd, excepting the upper corner of the south stand, is abysmal and any crowd response is in the form of abuse.what the stadium needs is for the 200 or so noisy cheering and singing supporters in the south stand to be spread round the other stands with the object of getting a singing cheering stadium except just one corner. stevedawson
  • Score: -8

10:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

southstand says...

Just watched tottenham beat dinpro? when they went behind Michael Dawson was urging on his team mates as captain, when does Brian Wilson do that?
Just watched tottenham beat dinpro? when they went behind Michael Dawson was urging on his team mates as captain, when does Brian Wilson do that? southstand
  • Score: 6

8:52am Fri 28 Feb 14

Noah4x4 says...

stevedawson wrote:
I think what noah says has merit in that the support from the crowd, excepting
the upper corner of the south stand, is abysmal and any crowd response is in the form of abuse.what the stadium needs is for the 200 or so noisy cheering and singing supporters in the south stand to be spread round the other stands with the object of getting a singing cheering stadium except just one corner.
Steve Dawson is right; the atmosphere at WHCS is what WE make it. It is nothing to do with its design, bricks; morter and steel. So let's all stop moaning about it and change it.

Tomorrow at Orient; we can all be reminded of old stadia (like Layer Road); when we get splinters in our bums; paddle in urine at half time; get covered in rust when the wind blows; no on-site parking; and be stuck trapped between a sneeze and a f*rt on the Tube. I must confess though that I do envy the O’s CAMRA bar. But back to WHCS....

I regret that the destructive minority of fans in the West Stand are largely of my generation. I too am old enough to have watched Tom Finney; but I am not stupid enough to think that the free flowing football and tactics of the fifties and sixties would succeed today; or that I know better than the qualified coaches and sports scientists that now monitor every player heartbeat, muscle exertion and brain impulse. Football has changed, and to gain success it often will require gritty defensive; tactical battles rather than a weekly goal fest (which have usually occured at our expense). Successful sides also play the passing game; which we are attempting to master; but we do have a distance to go yet (the youngsters are noticably better at this).

My view is simple; if ANY manager/chairman is keeping the U’s in the THIRD tier of the Football League; year after CONSECUTIVE year; he is a achieving a darn sight more than most of his predecessors. We now have the Youth Academy and genuine signs of a much different and better future.

The pundits consider us a fourth tier or Conference side; so let’s be realistic. We have, at last ARRIVED at lofty heights where we have never been before; as a SUSTAINABLE division one team. Surely we must consolidate that before we can ever hope to be a sustainable Championship side? So in whose hands do we place such trust? I would sooner it be Joe Dunne and Robbie Cowling than most that have gone before them.

I just hope that those that join us 200+ regular away travellers tomorrow will follow our lead. I consider it a joy to sit and SING in the South Stand (and/or when Away) with the ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters. I MAY show my displeasure at the final whistle if I feel that the team has let the supporters down; but consider it my responsibility and my contribution to the U’s aspirations to get 100% behind the team and cheer/sing from kick off until then. So my message to the moaners; if you do go to Brisbane Road; please don’t spoil my afternoon by directing abusive foul language at MY team. Up the record breaking (we have never been out of Division TWO for so long) mighty U’s.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: I think what noah says has merit in that the support from the crowd, excepting the upper corner of the south stand, is abysmal and any crowd response is in the form of abuse.what the stadium needs is for the 200 or so noisy cheering and singing supporters in the south stand to be spread round the other stands with the object of getting a singing cheering stadium except just one corner.[/p][/quote]Steve Dawson is right; the atmosphere at WHCS is what WE make it. It is nothing to do with its design, bricks; morter and steel. So let's all stop moaning about it and change it. Tomorrow at Orient; we can all be reminded of old stadia (like Layer Road); when we get splinters in our bums; paddle in urine at half time; get covered in rust when the wind blows; no on-site parking; and be stuck trapped between a sneeze and a f*rt on the Tube. I must confess though that I do envy the O’s CAMRA bar. But back to WHCS.... I regret that the destructive minority of fans in the West Stand are largely of my generation. I too am old enough to have watched Tom Finney; but I am not stupid enough to think that the free flowing football and tactics of the fifties and sixties would succeed today; or that I know better than the qualified coaches and sports scientists that now monitor every player heartbeat, muscle exertion and brain impulse. Football has changed, and to gain success it often will require gritty defensive; tactical battles rather than a weekly goal fest (which have usually occured at our expense). Successful sides also play the passing game; which we are attempting to master; but we do have a distance to go yet (the youngsters are noticably better at this). My view is simple; if ANY manager/chairman is keeping the U’s in the THIRD tier of the Football League; year after CONSECUTIVE year; he is a achieving a darn sight more than most of his predecessors. We now have the Youth Academy and genuine signs of a much different and better future. The pundits consider us a fourth tier or Conference side; so let’s be realistic. We have, at last ARRIVED at lofty heights where we have never been before; as a SUSTAINABLE division one team. Surely we must consolidate that before we can ever hope to be a sustainable Championship side? So in whose hands do we place such trust? I would sooner it be Joe Dunne and Robbie Cowling than most that have gone before them. I just hope that those that join us 200+ regular away travellers tomorrow will follow our lead. I consider it a joy to sit and SING in the South Stand (and/or when Away) with the ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters. I MAY show my displeasure at the final whistle if I feel that the team has let the supporters down; but consider it my responsibility and my contribution to the U’s aspirations to get 100% behind the team and cheer/sing from kick off until then. So my message to the moaners; if you do go to Brisbane Road; please don’t spoil my afternoon by directing abusive foul language at MY team. Up the record breaking (we have never been out of Division TWO for so long) mighty U’s. Noah4x4
  • Score: -14

3:46pm Wed 5 Mar 14

super waluigi says...

I see the doom mongers are back.!!!!

Terrible performance, but one swallow does not make a summer, even for the brain dead mob on here.
How many times do we have to hear idiots saying "The manager will take us down" year after year. Granted, one day it will happen. It happens to the best, but try and be more focused.

Focus on Orient and cross those fingers.
I see the doom mongers are back.!!!! Terrible performance, but one swallow does not make a summer, even for the brain dead mob on here. How many times do we have to hear idiots saying "The manager will take us down" year after year. Granted, one day it will happen. It happens to the best, but try and be more focused. Focus on Orient and cross those fingers. super waluigi
  • Score: 0

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