U's beaten at home by Bradford

U's beaten at home by Bradford

U's beaten at home by Bradford

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Lacklustre Colchester United fell to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Bradford City.

James Hanson and Kyle Bennett helped Phil Parkinson return to his former club and inflict defeat on the U’s, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester were disappointing in the first half and went in trailing at the break.

And although they improved in the second half and enjoyed more possession in the Bradford half, they were unable to make any impression on the City goal.

U’s goalkeeper Sam Walker palmed away Nathan Doyle’s low first-time effort but from the resultant corner, Hanson powerfully headed in Matthew Dolan’s corner to give Bradford a 15th-minute lead.

McLean tested Walker just after the half hour and the Hull loanee should have doubled City’s lead just before half-time when he blasted a gilt-edged chance wide, after Kyle Bennett had dispossessed Ryan Dickson.

Hanson’s downward header dropped just wide just after the break before Bradford doubled their lead ten minutes into the second half when Bennett burst into the area and planted a shot into the far corner from a tight angle.

Walker denied Adam Reach after the hour mark, as Phil Parkinson claimed a well-deserved win at his old club.

For a full match report and pictures from the U’s game with Bradford City, see Wednesday’s Daily Gazette.

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10:01pm Tue 11 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Games in hand with the matches coming so fast are finding tiredness throughout the team and points sliping away.our saving grace is that the teams around us faired little better.
Games in hand with the matches coming so fast are finding tiredness throughout the team and points sliping away.our saving grace is that the teams around us faired little better. stevedawson
  • Score: 11

10:15pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bampotonian says...

No more games in hand now though - it's down to a straight dogfight. What's most disappointing is that we can't build on the character shown at the weekend against Coventry - no wonder the crowds keep away... A few weeks ago it looked like we'd be looking up the table; how quickly this situation has reversed!
No more games in hand now though - it's down to a straight dogfight. What's most disappointing is that we can't build on the character shown at the weekend against Coventry - no wonder the crowds keep away... A few weeks ago it looked like we'd be looking up the table; how quickly this situation has reversed! Bampotonian
  • Score: 40

10:16pm Tue 11 Mar 14

down the line says...

Bradford had more fight and was more determined than Col U. I can't remember us winning any 50/50 headers. The 2 youngsters Bonne & Gilby looked hungry and keen when they come on, which I'm sad to say isn't the case for some of the more senior players. A big job to be done in the summer to get rid of these old cast offs who are simply not up to it and couldn't really care less. I'd rather lose with a team full of youngsters that give everything there got, rather than this lot of old rubbish we saw tonight who had no fight or guts.
Bradford had more fight and was more determined than Col U. I can't remember us winning any 50/50 headers. The 2 youngsters Bonne & Gilby looked hungry and keen when they come on, which I'm sad to say isn't the case for some of the more senior players. A big job to be done in the summer to get rid of these old cast offs who are simply not up to it and couldn't really care less. I'd rather lose with a team full of youngsters that give everything there got, rather than this lot of old rubbish we saw tonight who had no fight or guts. down the line
  • Score: 48

10:49pm Tue 11 Mar 14

southstand says...

Why does Joe persist playing morrison? by the time he is subbed the game is lost, the minute bonne came on we were much better going forwards, freddie was excellent also but the rest were lacklustre, as for tired legs joe should look at braintree who won again and play on thursdays! Nice to see the "captain" geeing up the team, as if.
Why does Joe persist playing morrison? by the time he is subbed the game is lost, the minute bonne came on we were much better going forwards, freddie was excellent also but the rest were lacklustre, as for tired legs joe should look at braintree who won again and play on thursdays! Nice to see the "captain" geeing up the team, as if. southstand
  • Score: 34

10:55pm Tue 11 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

I don't think Colchester will have any problem getting rid of any of the players in the Summer as most won't hang around anyway especially when we drop a League.

Pathetic performance and fed up with Dunnes excuses.

He said judge me when I have my full team available, this is never going to happen and he is not the man to keep us in League One.

He wants more supporters to attend, forget that there will be less than ever next season when we are playing League Two football and especially if he is still in charge.
I don't think Colchester will have any problem getting rid of any of the players in the Summer as most won't hang around anyway especially when we drop a League. Pathetic performance and fed up with Dunnes excuses. He said judge me when I have my full team available, this is never going to happen and he is not the man to keep us in League One. He wants more supporters to attend, forget that there will be less than ever next season when we are playing League Two football and especially if he is still in charge. West Stand United
  • Score: 36

11:08pm Tue 11 Mar 14

uptheu's says...

Fed up with the same old excuses from Joe Dunne about the players being tired. What is going on at the club, when several players, including those that were in the starting 11 are stuck on the A12, and arrive at the ground at 7.00 pm, surely they should be there at lunch time, or is it a case of the players dictating to the manager what they will or won't do. I can't keep making excuses by buying season tickets each year when we, as a family are going without things to buy my season tickets. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it will hurt not to be part of watching the U's but there's no pride or commitment. Same old, same old
Fed up with the same old excuses from Joe Dunne about the players being tired. What is going on at the club, when several players, including those that were in the starting 11 are stuck on the A12, and arrive at the ground at 7.00 pm, surely they should be there at lunch time, or is it a case of the players dictating to the manager what they will or won't do. I can't keep making excuses by buying season tickets each year when we, as a family are going without things to buy my season tickets. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it will hurt not to be part of watching the U's but there's no pride or commitment. Same old, same old uptheu's
  • Score: 34

11:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Medicated Soap says...

This was yet another hopelessly pathetic performance at the Community Mausoleum, completely lethargic throughout and devoid of any passion or determination to actually win the game. It’s an all too familiar story as once again we failed to seriously test the opposition keeper even once during the entire match; while at the other end we plainly cannot defend basic set pieces.

A comprehensive victory for a Bradford side that hadn’t won away from home since November as we seemingly had no answer to their primitive brand of route one football. 2-0 flatters the U’s; the Bantam’s margin of victory should’ve been far greater given the amount of gilt edged chances Aaron McLean managed to spurn!

This game clearly demonstrates exactly why our players don’t have the stomach or fight for the relegation scrap that lies ahead between now and the end of the season.
This was yet another hopelessly pathetic performance at the Community Mausoleum, completely lethargic throughout and devoid of any passion or determination to actually win the game. It’s an all too familiar story as once again we failed to seriously test the opposition keeper even once during the entire match; while at the other end we plainly cannot defend basic set pieces. A comprehensive victory for a Bradford side that hadn’t won away from home since November as we seemingly had no answer to their primitive brand of route one football. 2-0 flatters the U’s; the Bantam’s margin of victory should’ve been far greater given the amount of gilt edged chances Aaron McLean managed to spurn! This game clearly demonstrates exactly why our players don’t have the stomach or fight for the relegation scrap that lies ahead between now and the end of the season. Medicated Soap
  • Score: 36

11:13pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

Dire, lacklustre, inadequate, weak, lacking momenturm, creativity, pathetic. What more superlatives can you use to describe how absolutely appalling this performance was tonight! I have to say I have tried to give Joe Dunne and Mark Kinsella support and when I doubted them everybody disagreed with me. Now it appears my concerns at the beginning of the season are coming true. We are in for one hell of a relegation battle yet again. Those players who we we assumed would fill us with optimism have really disappointed and I am afraid that without the correct lead from the front they won't be successful and make the club everyone wants to be successful. I am afraid that it may be too late to change things this season so we have to roll on and hope for the best but it is going to be difficult. Our home form is atrocious! We are the 'whippping boys' of division one at home! I never expect to see anymore than a draw at home now at best. And no wonder nobody attends evening matches when Mr Dunne and his merry men serve up such disgraceful fayre. The performance was probably the worst (apart from the home defeat to Crewe) of the season. We are fed up with it. We pay good money, work (some of us) 7 days a week and Mr Dunne claims that 2 games per week makes his players 'tired' after all the catching up they have had to do with games in hand. No excuse. What do they do in training all week, then? The players looked jaded and more importantly, their body language was very negative from the off. I wonder what Joe says to the boys when they take to the field? Is it motivational? Be very afraid. The remainder of the season is going to be hard work and yet another fight to stave off relegation. Up the U's!
Dire, lacklustre, inadequate, weak, lacking momenturm, creativity, pathetic. What more superlatives can you use to describe how absolutely appalling this performance was tonight! I have to say I have tried to give Joe Dunne and Mark Kinsella support and when I doubted them everybody disagreed with me. Now it appears my concerns at the beginning of the season are coming true. We are in for one hell of a relegation battle yet again. Those players who we we assumed would fill us with optimism have really disappointed and I am afraid that without the correct lead from the front they won't be successful and make the club everyone wants to be successful. I am afraid that it may be too late to change things this season so we have to roll on and hope for the best but it is going to be difficult. Our home form is atrocious! We are the 'whippping boys' of division one at home! I never expect to see anymore than a draw at home now at best. And no wonder nobody attends evening matches when Mr Dunne and his merry men serve up such disgraceful fayre. The performance was probably the worst (apart from the home defeat to Crewe) of the season. We are fed up with it. We pay good money, work (some of us) 7 days a week and Mr Dunne claims that 2 games per week makes his players 'tired' after all the catching up they have had to do with games in hand. No excuse. What do they do in training all week, then? The players looked jaded and more importantly, their body language was very negative from the off. I wonder what Joe says to the boys when they take to the field? Is it motivational? Be very afraid. The remainder of the season is going to be hard work and yet another fight to stave off relegation. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 32

11:27pm Tue 11 Mar 14

GLADSTONE 1 says...

Very poor performance again tonight, the formation is all wrong and everyone in the ground can see it apart from Joe Dunne. Everyone can see we need to play a simple 4-4-2 as the current system is not working.

Joe Dunne needs to step up and take control now, drop these so called big players we have and play the youngest instead. I would like to see Gilbey and Bonne start on sat as you can see they want to win.
Very poor performance again tonight, the formation is all wrong and everyone in the ground can see it apart from Joe Dunne. Everyone can see we need to play a simple 4-4-2 as the current system is not working. Joe Dunne needs to step up and take control now, drop these so called big players we have and play the youngest instead. I would like to see Gilbey and Bonne start on sat as you can see they want to win. GLADSTONE 1
  • Score: 28

11:52pm Tue 11 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

In this game we made a very average mid table Bradford City, who hadn't won away since November, look world beaters. This was a performance that puts the club to total shame and lacked energy, passion, character and know how. Grim wasn't the word, it was absolutely shambolic. As bad as it was, if this was the only occasion this level of performance was produced it could be forgiven but this has become a recurring theme this season. Right from the start there was only one team that wanted to win and we just didn't want to know and didn't compete at all. Sorry Mr Dunne there is no excuse for this repetitive shambles and shame on you for even suggesting fatigue as a cause. Did you not say before a ball was kicked this season, we would be stronger for the relegation struggle we had last season, well that is being proved to be utter rubbish. Well, I've got news for you Joe, we are now well and truly in a relegation scrap and from where I'm sitting we don't look to be up for the fight and relegation looks to be an almost certainty.
In this game we made a very average mid table Bradford City, who hadn't won away since November, look world beaters. This was a performance that puts the club to total shame and lacked energy, passion, character and know how. Grim wasn't the word, it was absolutely shambolic. As bad as it was, if this was the only occasion this level of performance was produced it could be forgiven but this has become a recurring theme this season. Right from the start there was only one team that wanted to win and we just didn't want to know and didn't compete at all. Sorry Mr Dunne there is no excuse for this repetitive shambles and shame on you for even suggesting fatigue as a cause. Did you not say before a ball was kicked this season, we would be stronger for the relegation struggle we had last season, well that is being proved to be utter rubbish. Well, I've got news for you Joe, we are now well and truly in a relegation scrap and from where I'm sitting we don't look to be up for the fight and relegation looks to be an almost certainty. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 26

1:05pm Wed 12 Mar 14

brig 1 says...

Can't beat the team's around us at home even. Says something of the mind set of the team. Time to get an impact manager in before it's too late. Or can't we afford it. As it always seems the case. Get someone in from the Sunday league then.
Can't beat the team's around us at home even. Says something of the mind set of the team. Time to get an impact manager in before it's too late. Or can't we afford it. As it always seems the case. Get someone in from the Sunday league then. brig 1
  • Score: 14

8:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

Eight home defeats so far in the league. Disgusting!!!
Eight home defeats so far in the league. Disgusting!!! Ontheball
  • Score: 9

9:10am Thu 13 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Dont panic lads.we will be ok.then look to next year the club have frozen the season ticket prices.with the economy looking up this autumn will be the start of a win win season.up up up the u's.
Dont panic lads.we will be ok.then look to next year the club have frozen the season ticket prices.with the economy looking up this autumn will be the start of a win win season.up up up the u's. stevedawson
  • Score: 1

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