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Plenty to ponder - Colchester United manager Joe Dunne wants maximum effort from his players in their crucial game against Shrewsbury Town. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Plenty to ponder - Colchester United manager Joe Dunne wants maximum effort from his players in their crucial game against Shrewsbury Town. Picture: WARREN PAGE

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It's not about tactics anymore.

So said Joe Dunne after Colchester United’s defeat at Crawley Town left them two points above the relegation zone with 11 matches remaining.

Of course, the U’s manager did not mean it literally.

Indeed, strategy and formation will clearly play a vital part in whether or not Colchester can preserve their League One status this season.

As a close student of the game, Dunne will no doubt be poring carefully over all of the options available to him in an attempt to get the very best out of his players, as their campaign enters a critical stage.

Rather, what Dunne alluded to in his statement was the need for his players to show the necessary desire and determination required to secure the points needed to pull away from the danger zone.

Yet it is inescapable that for Colchester supporters, the thorny subject of systems and how they are used was once again one of the main talking points to come out of the Crawley game.

The U’s started with a 4-3-3 formation at the Broadfield Stadium.

But after an insipid first-half performance, that was ditched in favour of a 4-4-1-1 system which proved much more profitable.

Dunne had hoped that by starting with three in midfield, his side would be able to dominate that important area of the field.

But instead, they lacked any real fluency or creativity and Jabo Ibehre cut an isolated figure in attack.

In contrast, the second-half display after the changes were made was much more effective.

Ibehre, along with his replacement Clinton Morrison and all of the U’s other attacking players, saw much more of the ball after half-time.

As a result, their opponents Crawley were seldom seen as an attacking force after the break.

It was ultimately to no avail but this will play a part in Dunne’s thinking, as he prepares his side for what is arguably their most important match of the season.

Dunne said he would probably pick his starting line-up to face Shrewsbury Town while travelling on the coach back to Essex, on Saturday night.

But it might well be the Colchester manager’s choice of formation rather than personnel that proves most crucial to their chances of victory, tonight.

For a three-page preview of the U's game with Shrewsbury, including interviews with Joe Dunne, Dominic Vose and U's goalscoring legend Bobby Hunt, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.

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10:44am Tue 18 Mar 14

United we stand says...

All I can say is that tactics have been pants in virtually all the home games I've seen, so lack of them over the next few matches might be tricky to detect anyway!
And, as for effort, that most definately needs stepping up at whcs - BIGTIME!
Let's see how it all looks from the East Stand tonight!
All I can say is that tactics have been pants in virtually all the home games I've seen, so lack of them over the next few matches might be tricky to detect anyway! And, as for effort, that most definately needs stepping up at whcs - BIGTIME! Let's see how it all looks from the East Stand tonight! United we stand
  • Score: 12

3:58pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

We, the loyal fans of Col Utd only want the best for our club yet we are seeing it gradually disappear in terms of performances on the pitch and the bureaucratic, erroneous way that the club is managed in other areas. I cannot believe that a club, based on such family values (when we were at Layer Road) has now turned into an almost very ordinary, lacklustre, uninspiring anti-family club that I was ashamed to call myself a supporter of recently. My daughter tried to purchase a ticket in the Family enclosure on match day against Coventry but was told there were no tickets available for her and her sons in the East Stand Family Enclosure (sons aged 2 and 4 respectively) and therefore she was told that she had to purchase an adult ticket and two under 18s tickets in the South Stand. I was, quite frankly, disgusted and the club wonders why it is struggling to attract families to the cold, dismal,over-policed 'community' stadium called the Weston Homes COMMUNITY stadium. Just what does it do for the local community exactly? Ken Willoughby did more in 3 months of his 'kids club' tenure at Layer Road than the whole time we have been at WHCS. Yes, we need results on the pitch, but it would be nice to get the attitude right with the so-called 'staff' at the club. Incidentally, a letter was written to the club but no response even acknowledged when I wrote to voice my concerns. That alone shows the ineptitude and lack of 'family' values this club now has. Sorry to seem like I am always complaining, but it has to be said that when results are going badly on the pitch, it needs some good to be done off the pitch to encourage people to get behind their club. My daughter will not be taking her sons along anymore and I will not be renewing my season ticket. The costs far outweigh the benefits at the WHCS and in my opinion, the club is fast disappearing up its own rear end with a total lack of family-orientated direction to get families back.
We, the loyal fans of Col Utd only want the best for our club yet we are seeing it gradually disappear in terms of performances on the pitch and the bureaucratic, erroneous way that the club is managed in other areas. I cannot believe that a club, based on such family values (when we were at Layer Road) has now turned into an almost very ordinary, lacklustre, uninspiring anti-family club that I was ashamed to call myself a supporter of recently. My daughter tried to purchase a ticket in the Family enclosure on match day against Coventry but was told there were no tickets available for her and her sons in the East Stand Family Enclosure (sons aged 2 and 4 respectively) and therefore she was told that she had to purchase an adult ticket and two under 18s tickets in the South Stand. I was, quite frankly, disgusted and the club wonders why it is struggling to attract families to the cold, dismal,over-policed 'community' stadium called the Weston Homes COMMUNITY stadium. Just what does it do for the local community exactly? Ken Willoughby did more in 3 months of his 'kids club' tenure at Layer Road than the whole time we have been at WHCS. Yes, we need results on the pitch, but it would be nice to get the attitude right with the so-called 'staff' at the club. Incidentally, a letter was written to the club but no response even acknowledged when I wrote to voice my concerns. That alone shows the ineptitude and lack of 'family' values this club now has. Sorry to seem like I am always complaining, but it has to be said that when results are going badly on the pitch, it needs some good to be done off the pitch to encourage people to get behind their club. My daughter will not be taking her sons along anymore and I will not be renewing my season ticket. The costs far outweigh the benefits at the WHCS and in my opinion, the club is fast disappearing up its own rear end with a total lack of family-orientated direction to get families back. Ozzie
  • Score: 11

4:02pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

By the way, tactics. What tactics? The players do not even seem to know what positions they are supposed to be playing in. The whole set up is a joke and with Dunne at the helm we are heading downwards. It is a real 6 pointer tonight. Lose this and we are in big trouble!
By the way, tactics. What tactics? The players do not even seem to know what positions they are supposed to be playing in. The whole set up is a joke and with Dunne at the helm we are heading downwards. It is a real 6 pointer tonight. Lose this and we are in big trouble! Ozzie
  • Score: 13

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