Crucial U's win pleases boss Dunne

Vital U's win pleases boss Dunne

Vital U's win pleases boss Dunne

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Joe Dunne said his Colchester United side deserved their vital 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town.

The U's are now five points above the League One relegation zone, following their crucial win at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

U's boss Dunne said: "It's a win - somebody would probably say we were expected to beat Shrewsbury.

"But we know how hard it is, because we were where Shrewsbury were last year.

"What we've done is gained a bit of distance.

"There's still ten games to go but we have to win more games.

"There was a real desire to win the game and the team deserve it and so do the staff.

“It’s a win against a team who could have closed the gap on us and now we want to get some more.

“It was a real team performance - I thought we dominated the game and we made some good chances.

“The back four were disciplined as they have been for a long time, the midfield had the legs to get around people and the front four had the energy we wanted.

“I think overall we were comfortable in terms of defending our lead.

“We hit the bar twice but you have to keep believing and the good thing is that we’re creating chances, which is important."

Dunne was full of praise for all of his players but in particular striker Jabo Ibehre, who scored Colchester's all-important winning goal just before the hour mark.

Dunne added: “I thought we had some really good play and I’m pleased for Jabo – it was an excellent goal.

“It was a wonderful goal and a great piece of skill.

“We’ve been encouraging him to get shots in on goal and he did that.”

For a full match report and pictures from the U's win over Shrewsbury, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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11:42pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

At last! A home win, but boy didn't we make hard work of it! We won, and 3 welcome points, but very essential in our quest for survival in Division One for the second season running, An uninspiring performance and to be honest, in the main, pretty lacklustre, so where Neil and his colleagues from BBC Essex got their information and what match they were watching is beyond me. Still not convinced with Mr Dunne's team selection and tactics. Up the U's!
At last! A home win, but boy didn't we make hard work of it! We won, and 3 welcome points, but very essential in our quest for survival in Division One for the second season running, An uninspiring performance and to be honest, in the main, pretty lacklustre, so where Neil and his colleagues from BBC Essex got their information and what match they were watching is beyond me. Still not convinced with Mr Dunne's team selection and tactics. Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 29

12:16am Wed 19 Mar 14

25414nora says...

Really pleased for the players and manager after this result, especially the manager. Had we lost tonight, the handful of vultures on here would surely have had a field day.
Yes of course our fortunes may 'yet' go tits up, but 'at least' Joe and the
lads can now have a short respite.
Really pleased for the players and manager after this result, especially the manager. Had we lost tonight, the handful of vultures on here would surely have had a field day. Yes of course our fortunes may 'yet' go tits up, but 'at least' Joe and the lads can now have a short respite. 25414nora
  • Score: -17

9:29am Wed 19 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

Who else can he pick Ozzie?
How else do you want us to play?
So who would you select and in what formation?
Criticism is easy; solutions are more difficult to find.

Any manager can only work with the squad that he has available between transfer windows (and money availabe then) and the tactics that the squad is collectively capable of playing. Last night these were spot on; albeit disappointing that we didn't close off the game by a second goal. We have played far worse and scored four (Carlisle away).

Thankfully, Joe Dunne left Morrison and Sears (injured) out. He instead played Vose; Massey; Watt; Ibrehe; Bean; Gilbey; surely that is our most attacking starting line up of the season and Bonne came on from the bench. So what more do fans that are demanding a more attacking focus want as regards "selection"?

Then albeit 4-5-1 (sometimes 4-3-3), we were never short of attackers; and Jabo was never isolated and had an awesome game. Shrewsbury simply defended well; just as they have previously done in recent draws against Crawley; Wolves; Port Vale and Coventry (conceding only one goal). The frequent call of some for 4-4-2 ignores the fact that strategy requires attacking overlapping full backs to provide the width; and centre backs with pace to cover for them. With no Luke Garbutt (and no great pace at centre back); that's what we don't have in the current squad and instead, we have more traditional solid defenders (legacy of John Ward) and wingers.
Who else can he pick Ozzie? How else do you want us to play? So who would you select and in what formation? Criticism is easy; solutions are more difficult to find. Any manager can only work with the squad that he has available between transfer windows (and money availabe then) and the tactics that the squad is collectively capable of playing. Last night these were spot on; albeit disappointing that we didn't close off the game by a second goal. We have played far worse and scored four (Carlisle away). Thankfully, Joe Dunne left Morrison and Sears (injured) out. He instead played Vose; Massey; Watt; Ibrehe; Bean; Gilbey; surely that is our most attacking starting line up of the season and Bonne came on from the bench. So what more do fans that are demanding a more attacking focus want as regards "selection"? Then albeit 4-5-1 (sometimes 4-3-3), we were never short of attackers; and Jabo was never isolated and had an awesome game. Shrewsbury simply defended well; just as they have previously done in recent draws against Crawley; Wolves; Port Vale and Coventry (conceding only one goal). The frequent call of some for 4-4-2 ignores the fact that strategy requires attacking overlapping full backs to provide the width; and centre backs with pace to cover for them. With no Luke Garbutt (and no great pace at centre back); that's what we don't have in the current squad and instead, we have more traditional solid defenders (legacy of John Ward) and wingers. Noah4x4
  • Score: -22

10:28am Wed 19 Mar 14

Col United says...

The team Joe picked yesterday, prob has to be our strongest team.
Not sure why people are questioning hes team selection.

I do find however that some of the players just don't appeciate the support from the fans, you clap them off then they get subsituted and you stand there at the end clapping with only a few players coming to the fans clapping.
The team Joe picked yesterday, prob has to be our strongest team. Not sure why people are questioning hes team selection. I do find however that some of the players just don't appeciate the support from the fans, you clap them off then they get subsituted and you stand there at the end clapping with only a few players coming to the fans clapping. Col United
  • Score: 20

11:02am Wed 19 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

Col United wrote:
The team Joe picked yesterday, prob has to be our strongest team.
Not sure why people are questioning hes team selection.

I do find however that some of the players just don't appeciate the support from the fans, you clap them off then they get subsituted and you stand there at the end clapping with only a few players coming to the fans clapping.
Totally agree with the former; but not the latter.

Sometimes when substituted; other things may be going through a player's head (like struggling to understand why) so some may overlook this courtesy. But I think it rare that support from the fans in the South Stand goes unacknowledged.at the final whistle....and who knows which player is bursting for a pee. None of us can last 45 minutes!
[quote][p][bold]Col United[/bold] wrote: The team Joe picked yesterday, prob has to be our strongest team. Not sure why people are questioning hes team selection. I do find however that some of the players just don't appeciate the support from the fans, you clap them off then they get subsituted and you stand there at the end clapping with only a few players coming to the fans clapping.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with the former; but not the latter. Sometimes when substituted; other things may be going through a player's head (like struggling to understand why) so some may overlook this courtesy. But I think it rare that support from the fans in the South Stand goes unacknowledged.at the final whistle....and who knows which player is bursting for a pee. None of us can last 45 minutes! Noah4x4
  • Score: -18

11:39am Wed 19 Mar 14

down the line says...

I've noticed before that some players just walk straight off the pitch and don't acknowledge the fans.
You can see why attendances are falling.... if the players couldn't care less about the fans support, then why would people bother turning up to support the team and players?
I've noticed before that some players just walk straight off the pitch and don't acknowledge the fans. You can see why attendances are falling.... if the players couldn't care less about the fans support, then why would people bother turning up to support the team and players? down the line
  • Score: 21

1:12pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

down the line wrote:
I've noticed before that some players just walk straight off the pitch and don't acknowledge the fans.
You can see why attendances are falling.... if the players couldn't care less about the fans support, then why would people bother turning up to support the team and players?
But attendances are NOT falling Downtheline....

Average gates are 3% up on last season; and are also higher than our average over the last four season's whilst in Division One at Layer Road including our promotion season.

Last night's 2,500 was similar to all other Tuesdays nights this season (or last) except for (say) Sheffield United. We also can't compare Tuesdays with Saturdays or prevailing Division One gates with our brief period in the Championship or first year at WHCS when we entertained a host of major local derbies; and huge teams like Leeds. It is the traveling away support that swelled those gates. Home support and season ticket holder numbers have always been pretty static since we returned to the football league. It's a fallacy that 'success' (if not promoted) brings more home support. Even under Parky in our promotion season we averaged merely 3,900 (current average about 3,600).

I would add that when we play away; all the players usually come across to acknowledge the 200 regular fans in one location. My guess is that at WHCS we can't expect them to approach all three stands (and I don't know where you sit); but in my perception, most do seem to approach at least the vocal South Stand.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: I've noticed before that some players just walk straight off the pitch and don't acknowledge the fans. You can see why attendances are falling.... if the players couldn't care less about the fans support, then why would people bother turning up to support the team and players?[/p][/quote]But attendances are NOT falling Downtheline.... Average gates are 3% up on last season; and are also higher than our average over the last four season's whilst in Division One at Layer Road including our promotion season. Last night's 2,500 was similar to all other Tuesdays nights this season (or last) except for (say) Sheffield United. We also can't compare Tuesdays with Saturdays or prevailing Division One gates with our brief period in the Championship or first year at WHCS when we entertained a host of major local derbies; and huge teams like Leeds. It is the traveling away support that swelled those gates. Home support and season ticket holder numbers have always been pretty static since we returned to the football league. It's a fallacy that 'success' (if not promoted) brings more home support. Even under Parky in our promotion season we averaged merely 3,900 (current average about 3,600). I would add that when we play away; all the players usually come across to acknowledge the 200 regular fans in one location. My guess is that at WHCS we can't expect them to approach all three stands (and I don't know where you sit); but in my perception, most do seem to approach at least the vocal South Stand. Noah4x4
  • Score: -16

1:21pm Wed 19 Mar 14

25414nora says...

Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here.
The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge..
Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping,
Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's.
Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here. The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge.. Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping, Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's. 25414nora
  • Score: -19

2:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

25414nora wrote:
Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here.
The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge..
Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping,
Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's.
Like it Nora....
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here. The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge.. Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping, Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's.[/p][/quote]Like it Nora.... Noah4x4
  • Score: -12

3:05pm Wed 19 Mar 14

25414nora says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
25414nora wrote:
Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here.
The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge..
Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping,
Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's.
Like it Nora....
In the words of the 'Immortal 'Mr Arthur Askey'....I thank yooow playmates.
( I love a good wind-up )..
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here. The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge.. Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping, Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's.[/p][/quote]Like it Nora....[/p][/quote]In the words of the 'Immortal 'Mr Arthur Askey'....I thank yooow playmates. ( I love a good wind-up ).. 25414nora
  • Score: -10

3:03am Thu 20 Mar 14

Boris says...

25414nora wrote:
Noah4x4 wrote:
25414nora wrote:
Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here.
The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge..
Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping,
Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's.
Like it Nora....
In the words of the 'Immortal 'Mr Arthur Askey'....I thank yooow playmates.
( I love a good wind-up )..
Arthur Askey's first ever professional gig was at the Playhouse, Colchester. Any time that you go in that pub, look up at the gallery, and remember that this was where the great man's career began.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Are you blokes for real?.. Cant believe the mentality of some on here. The U's WIN so you look for other reasons to have a good whinge.. Too many stewards. Cost of tickets, parking, burgers, not clapping, Soon you'll be wanting the players to give to give you a big hug and a kiss. Bloody Puftah's.[/p][/quote]Like it Nora....[/p][/quote]In the words of the 'Immortal 'Mr Arthur Askey'....I thank yooow playmates. ( I love a good wind-up )..[/p][/quote]Arthur Askey's first ever professional gig was at the Playhouse, Colchester. Any time that you go in that pub, look up at the gallery, and remember that this was where the great man's career began. Boris
  • Score: 5

3:12am Thu 20 Mar 14

Boris says...

down the line wrote:
I've noticed before that some players just walk straight off the pitch and don't acknowledge the fans.
You can see why attendances are falling.... if the players couldn't care less about the fans support, then why would people bother turning up to support the team and players?
Despite what Noah says in reply to you, I agree with you, DTL. Remember how John White always used to come over to the E7/E8 area, then along the south side, applauding us. He was among the few players in the modern era who grew up with Col U and really appreciated the home crowd. I wish we had a few more players like that, local boys whose blood runs blue and white.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: I've noticed before that some players just walk straight off the pitch and don't acknowledge the fans. You can see why attendances are falling.... if the players couldn't care less about the fans support, then why would people bother turning up to support the team and players?[/p][/quote]Despite what Noah says in reply to you, I agree with you, DTL. Remember how John White always used to come over to the E7/E8 area, then along the south side, applauding us. He was among the few players in the modern era who grew up with Col U and really appreciated the home crowd. I wish we had a few more players like that, local boys whose blood runs blue and white. Boris
  • Score: 9

11:42am Thu 20 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

"I wish we had a few more players like that, local boys whose blood runs blue and white"........EXACTL
Y!.....

.....and so your wish will be granted next season Boris.

The Club's stated aim (repeated by both Chairman and Manager) is to have "at least 25% of the Squad home grown by the start of next season". The truth is it will possibly be more. This is why the Academy is so vital.

We already have seen First XI league debuts (or at least experience on the bench or in Senior Cup matches) for academy graduates; Tolefumi; Gilbey; Wright (Drey); Bonne; Szmodics; Sanderson; Nwachku; Roast; Hubble; O'Donahue: Phillips and Lapslie. Some are out on loan gaining valuable experience (and beefing up; we forget some are barely 18). These lads have made it to the FA Youth Cup Area Final too; so the evidence of quality is there already.

Now add to that another outstanding youngster Dominic Vose (whom we forget is only 19 with that beard). Now let's consider that Sam Walker (22) ; Watt; Thompson: Eastman and Massey are all merely 23 or under; yet look at the experience already under their belts! What a future we may have. Let's just get this season of transition out of the way;
"I wish we had a few more players like that, local boys whose blood runs blue and white"........EXACTL Y!..... .....and so your wish will be granted next season Boris. The Club's stated aim (repeated by both Chairman and Manager) is to have "at least 25% of the Squad home grown by the start of next season". The truth is it will possibly be more. This is why the Academy is so vital. We already have seen First XI league debuts (or at least experience on the bench or in Senior Cup matches) for academy graduates; Tolefumi; Gilbey; Wright (Drey); Bonne; Szmodics; Sanderson; Nwachku; Roast; Hubble; O'Donahue: Phillips and Lapslie. Some are out on loan gaining valuable experience (and beefing up; we forget some are barely 18). These lads have made it to the FA Youth Cup Area Final too; so the evidence of quality is there already. Now add to that another outstanding youngster Dominic Vose (whom we forget is only 19 with that beard). Now let's consider that Sam Walker (22) ; Watt; Thompson: Eastman and Massey are all merely 23 or under; yet look at the experience already under their belts! What a future we may have. Let's just get this season of transition out of the way; Noah4x4
  • Score: -13

12:50pm Thu 20 Mar 14

25414nora says...

Again I tip my hat to you Noah4x4, the bank of information in your locker is most enlightening. Clearly you have insider knowledge which gives you an advantage, whatever it is, please continue the education.
Just maybe the lesser informed on here will learn to be just a little more tolerant of the magnificent effort of the management at Colchester United.
Again I tip my hat to you Noah4x4, the bank of information in your locker is most enlightening. Clearly you have insider knowledge which gives you an advantage, whatever it is, please continue the education. Just maybe the lesser informed on here will learn to be just a little more tolerant of the magnificent effort of the management at Colchester United. 25414nora
  • Score: -8

2:08pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

Nora; I have no "insider knowledge". I am simply an ordinary season ticket paying fan-atic that has made his geeky specialist subject/hobby 'Colchester United' rather than 'Allotments': 'Model Trains'; 'Marvel Comics' or 'Page Three Girls'.

The facts are that whatever pain some fans allege within these columns to be suffering; it's nothing compared to what the majority of fans have endured over the U's long history of under achievement;. The club is already undergoing the necessary change to break out from this mediocrity given we don't have money (e.g. develop more home grown youth); led by a committed and ambitious Chairman; but the realisation of this huge incremental step is not achievable merely between two matches which some of the moaners seem to desire.

This attitude of "we are only as good as our last result" is ridiculous. Win just three more games; and not only are we safe; we are probably top ten of Division One (here; I repeat top ten for the sixth time in seven years; having only ever achieved this 11 times in the last 55 years).

No U's manager has ever achieved a better career win rate than 46% (Burley) ever since we re-entered the Football League. Parkinson (42%) took 146 of his 187 games in charge before arriving at the squad he needed to achieve promotion. Change takes time. Joe Dunne has so far had only 72 games; and yet we are close to having an entire team of quality academy graduates waiting in the wings.

This U's best (post Conference) career win figure of 46% is material.; since to be in the top six of Division One TODAY demands a win rate of greater than 50% +.

But we have lost no more games than Peterborough; and they occupy a play-off spot. The margin between relegation and glory is remarkably slim. With so much youth now gaining experience; I am confident we will see a better future Colchester United that simply isn't possible today whilst most remain under age 19..
Nora; I have no "insider knowledge". I am simply an ordinary season ticket paying fan-atic that has made his geeky specialist subject/hobby 'Colchester United' rather than 'Allotments': 'Model Trains'; 'Marvel Comics' or 'Page Three Girls'. The facts are that whatever pain some fans allege within these columns to be suffering; it's nothing compared to what the majority of fans have endured over the U's long history of under achievement;. The club is already undergoing the necessary change to break out from this mediocrity given we don't have money (e.g. develop more home grown youth); led by a committed and ambitious Chairman; but the realisation of this huge incremental step is not achievable merely between two matches which some of the moaners seem to desire. This attitude of "we are only as good as our last result" is ridiculous. Win just three more games; and not only are we safe; we are probably top ten of Division One (here; I repeat top ten for the sixth time in seven years; having only ever achieved this 11 times in the last 55 years). No U's manager has ever achieved a better career win rate than 46% (Burley) ever since we re-entered the Football League. Parkinson (42%) took 146 of his 187 games in charge before arriving at the squad he needed to achieve promotion. Change takes time. Joe Dunne has so far had only 72 games; and yet we are close to having an entire team of quality academy graduates waiting in the wings. This U's best (post Conference) career win figure of 46% is material.; since to be in the top six of Division One TODAY demands a win rate of greater than 50% +. But we have lost no more games than Peterborough; and they occupy a play-off spot. The margin between relegation and glory is remarkably slim. With so much youth now gaining experience; I am confident we will see a better future Colchester United that simply isn't possible today whilst most remain under age 19.. Noah4x4
  • Score: -9

11:03pm Thu 20 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Nora; I have no "insider knowledge". I am simply an ordinary season ticket paying fan-atic that has made his geeky specialist subject/hobby 'Colchester United' rather than 'Allotments': 'Model Trains'; 'Marvel Comics' or 'Page Three Girls'.

The facts are that whatever pain some fans allege within these columns to be suffering; it's nothing compared to what the majority of fans have endured over the U's long history of under achievement;. The club is already undergoing the necessary change to break out from this mediocrity given we don't have money (e.g. develop more home grown youth); led by a committed and ambitious Chairman; but the realisation of this huge incremental step is not achievable merely between two matches which some of the moaners seem to desire.

This attitude of "we are only as good as our last result" is ridiculous. Win just three more games; and not only are we safe; we are probably top ten of Division One (here; I repeat top ten for the sixth time in seven years; having only ever achieved this 11 times in the last 55 years).

No U's manager has ever achieved a better career win rate than 46% (Burley) ever since we re-entered the Football League. Parkinson (42%) took 146 of his 187 games in charge before arriving at the squad he needed to achieve promotion. Change takes time. Joe Dunne has so far had only 72 games; and yet we are close to having an entire team of quality academy graduates waiting in the wings.

This U's best (post Conference) career win figure of 46% is material.; since to be in the top six of Division One TODAY demands a win rate of greater than 50% +.

But we have lost no more games than Peterborough; and they occupy a play-off spot. The margin between relegation and glory is remarkably slim. With so much youth now gaining experience; I am confident we will see a better future Colchester United that simply isn't possible today whilst most remain under age 19..
Noah,you keep reminding everyone,of what you call the under achievement of the U's over the period, the club has been in existence.

Personally and I hope I speak for others, not once have I seen any post on this site from any person moaning that we are not pushing for promotion. Most supporters are fully aware that would be a tall order with the resources we have at hand. I'm not worried how many previous games Joe Blogs won for us or the percentage of this and that. However people do want to see a game of football with their team at least trying to win a game. The club is very fortunate that its few loyal supporters it has left, have behaved impeccable at games in view to the recent results. Certainly if Joe had been manager of any North or Midland team he would have witnessed some strong unprintable abusive words from chanting supporters, and certainly been forced out. Steve McClaren was hounded and verbally abused virtually from the 1st day he took over at Notts Forest. Why you ask? Because his tactics and style were very much the same as Joe's. Now Mc Claren has gone to Derby he learnt fast it would win him no friends if he continued his methods and now look what has happened.

In view of what you and Nora call negative blogs the majority of fans would still be shouting for Joe if they were enjoying watching the matches. Boris and Nora like myself go back a long way to the fifties from when we first started supporting the U's. Perhaps the club will honour us for 60yrs support. I've seen the good and the bad over the years, but being honest as I am, this season for entertainment has taken the biscuit. We make our feelings known on this site because we can see the decline of the club and the reasons why we feel the attendances are low. Nothing negative about that. Please don't tell me attendances are not down, because I can not recollect many league attendances of under 3000 at the matches that I have attended,either at the community stadium or Layer Road. Like other supporters I care passionately about my club and want to preserve its status, certainly not its demise.

You also recently referred in a recent blog about Sunday morning football , something that I fervently follow. Believe it or not these young lads playing are very switched on regards tactics. Often managed by Dads they receive terrific encouragement from the touchlines, plus having a few advising words said in their ears at half time. They put every bit of passion and energy in, so when I visit the community stadium and see such rubbish served up by a professional club, then I get annoyed. Its obvious if these young lads were to watch a game at the Community stadium they would be far from impressed and bored out of their pants and never wishing to return again. They want heroes, some one that they can refer to and try to be like. We need bums on seats and the only way you will achieve that is to make it affordable and entertaining football. That does not mean I want us to win every game, far from it, but at least see some passion and fight not just from the team , but also the manager on the touchline. No bad feelings Noah, I respect your views, some of which are very good. We cant all be the manager so lets all get behind the man who is in charge and hope for 3 points on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Nora; I have no "insider knowledge". I am simply an ordinary season ticket paying fan-atic that has made his geeky specialist subject/hobby 'Colchester United' rather than 'Allotments': 'Model Trains'; 'Marvel Comics' or 'Page Three Girls'. The facts are that whatever pain some fans allege within these columns to be suffering; it's nothing compared to what the majority of fans have endured over the U's long history of under achievement;. The club is already undergoing the necessary change to break out from this mediocrity given we don't have money (e.g. develop more home grown youth); led by a committed and ambitious Chairman; but the realisation of this huge incremental step is not achievable merely between two matches which some of the moaners seem to desire. This attitude of "we are only as good as our last result" is ridiculous. Win just three more games; and not only are we safe; we are probably top ten of Division One (here; I repeat top ten for the sixth time in seven years; having only ever achieved this 11 times in the last 55 years). No U's manager has ever achieved a better career win rate than 46% (Burley) ever since we re-entered the Football League. Parkinson (42%) took 146 of his 187 games in charge before arriving at the squad he needed to achieve promotion. Change takes time. Joe Dunne has so far had only 72 games; and yet we are close to having an entire team of quality academy graduates waiting in the wings. This U's best (post Conference) career win figure of 46% is material.; since to be in the top six of Division One TODAY demands a win rate of greater than 50% +. But we have lost no more games than Peterborough; and they occupy a play-off spot. The margin between relegation and glory is remarkably slim. With so much youth now gaining experience; I am confident we will see a better future Colchester United that simply isn't possible today whilst most remain under age 19..[/p][/quote]Noah,you keep reminding everyone,of what you call the under achievement of the U's over the period, the club has been in existence. Personally and I hope I speak for others, not once have I seen any post on this site from any person moaning that we are not pushing for promotion. Most supporters are fully aware that would be a tall order with the resources we have at hand. I'm not worried how many previous games Joe Blogs won for us or the percentage of this and that. However people do want to see a game of football with their team at least trying to win a game. The club is very fortunate that its few loyal supporters it has left, have behaved impeccable at games in view to the recent results. Certainly if Joe had been manager of any North or Midland team he would have witnessed some strong unprintable abusive words from chanting supporters, and certainly been forced out. Steve McClaren was hounded and verbally abused virtually from the 1st day he took over at Notts Forest. Why you ask? Because his tactics and style were very much the same as Joe's. Now Mc Claren has gone to Derby he learnt fast it would win him no friends if he continued his methods and now look what has happened. In view of what you and Nora call negative blogs the majority of fans would still be shouting for Joe if they were enjoying watching the matches. Boris and Nora like myself go back a long way to the fifties from when we first started supporting the U's. Perhaps the club will honour us for 60yrs support. I've seen the good and the bad over the years, but being honest as I am, this season for entertainment has taken the biscuit. We make our feelings known on this site because we can see the decline of the club and the reasons why we feel the attendances are low. Nothing negative about that. Please don't tell me attendances are not down, because I can not recollect many league attendances of under 3000 at the matches that I have attended,either at the community stadium or Layer Road. Like other supporters I care passionately about my club and want to preserve its status, certainly not its demise. You also recently referred in a recent blog about Sunday morning football , something that I fervently follow. Believe it or not these young lads playing are very switched on regards tactics. Often managed by Dads they receive terrific encouragement from the touchlines, plus having a few advising words said in their ears at half time. They put every bit of passion and energy in, so when I visit the community stadium and see such rubbish served up by a professional club, then I get annoyed. Its obvious if these young lads were to watch a game at the Community stadium they would be far from impressed and bored out of their pants and never wishing to return again. They want heroes, some one that they can refer to and try to be like. We need bums on seats and the only way you will achieve that is to make it affordable and entertaining football. That does not mean I want us to win every game, far from it, but at least see some passion and fight not just from the team , but also the manager on the touchline. No bad feelings Noah, I respect your views, some of which are very good. We cant all be the manager so lets all get behind the man who is in charge and hope for 3 points on Saturday. crazy comments
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10:07am Fri 21 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

Crazy, the football league audited attendance statistics don't lie. Whilst people are perfectly entitled to express their negative opinions in these columns; those that repeatedly refer to "falling attendances" are simply spreading malicious false propaganda; and deserve a response.

Colchester United (Div One) home gates are NOT falling if one compares like for like. Today's average gates at 3,600 are 3% up compared to last season and are 32 persons higher than the average of our last four years whilst in Division One whilst at Layer Road including our promotion season. Furthermore; Tuesday night gates rarely do exceed 3,000 unless a local derby and are inevitably incomparable with Saturday gates. Division One and Championship gates are also obviously incomparable; as are gates of the 1950's; when one could fill a cinema; but not today. Life has changed; possibly not for the better.

I have never once mentioned "Sunday morning football" nor any comparisons with that. I think you are referring to another blogger. I generally deal solely in U's facts; not anecdotal or historical sentiment.

As regards "player effort"; every heartbeat and blade of grass covered by the modern footballer is measured; and the sports scientists can today determine work rates; stamina and energy expended. Any modern players that don't put in a shift are soon found out. So can we please talk about football as it is today and not keep referring to the irrelevant 1950's where players received a maximum wage and if they didn't have the "passion" they probably ended up down the mines. Employment conditions have changed in all workplaces; including on a football pitch.

Then; if your financial argument is that few things in life are today affordable to many pensioners; then I have total sympathy with that view. Sadly, football has become out of reach to many; as have many other forms of entertainment. Unfortunately; that's the problem with economics; and let's here blame Governments. But to suggest that the U's current pricing is unreasonable compared to the Division One (or wider football) market is nonsense; albeit that in the first two years at WHCS the management probably did get it wrong (just as they did with car parking prices and similar). prices have now been adjusted to reflect the correct level of football. I have paid £22 for an advance ticket for Molineux for next Tuesday when a similar 'early bird' adult ticket at WHCS is merely £15.

But before anybody says "Wolves is a big club"; at Crawley it was £19 in advance to sit in a horrible breezy tent with obscured vision. At Bristol City I paid £19 to sit in a seat with no back; at Leyton Orient £23 to get splinters in my bum; at Ipswich (admittedly Championship) in the away section it is £36. Even at Braintree Town in the Conference; a seated match day ticket is now between £15 and £17.

U's tickets (if bought in advance) can be as low as our nearest Conference rival; with further reductions for senior citizens etc. Here; I do there is a valid beef. Why have the U's equalised senior eligibility at age 65? Seniors citizen rates at Orient and Ipswich are from age 60 for both sexes.

I am with Nora; let's all stop moaning; cheer on the lads tomorrow; and win or lose; be realistic in our expectations of team and manager; tickets; pies; players; stewards; mascots and programme sellers........
Crazy, the football league audited attendance statistics don't lie. Whilst people are perfectly entitled to express their negative opinions in these columns; those that repeatedly refer to "falling attendances" are simply spreading malicious false propaganda; and deserve a response. Colchester United (Div One) home gates are NOT falling if one compares like for like. Today's average gates at 3,600 are 3% up compared to last season and are 32 persons higher than the average of our last four years whilst in Division One whilst at Layer Road including our promotion season. Furthermore; Tuesday night gates rarely do exceed 3,000 unless a local derby and are inevitably incomparable with Saturday gates. Division One and Championship gates are also obviously incomparable; as are gates of the 1950's; when one could fill a cinema; but not today. Life has changed; possibly not for the better. I have never once mentioned "Sunday morning football" nor any comparisons with that. I think you are referring to another blogger. I generally deal solely in U's facts; not anecdotal or historical sentiment. As regards "player effort"; every heartbeat and blade of grass covered by the modern footballer is measured; and the sports scientists can today determine work rates; stamina and energy expended. Any modern players that don't put in a shift are soon found out. So can we please talk about football as it is today and not keep referring to the irrelevant 1950's where players received a maximum wage and if they didn't have the "passion" they probably ended up down the mines. Employment conditions have changed in all workplaces; including on a football pitch. Then; if your financial argument is that few things in life are today affordable to many pensioners; then I have total sympathy with that view. Sadly, football has become out of reach to many; as have many other forms of entertainment. Unfortunately; that's the problem with economics; and let's here blame Governments. But to suggest that the U's current pricing is unreasonable compared to the Division One (or wider football) market is nonsense; albeit that in the first two years at WHCS the management probably did get it wrong (just as they did with car parking prices and similar). prices have now been adjusted to reflect the correct level of football. I have paid £22 for an advance ticket for Molineux for next Tuesday when a similar 'early bird' adult ticket at WHCS is merely £15. But before anybody says "Wolves is a big club"; at Crawley it was £19 in advance to sit in a horrible breezy tent with obscured vision. At Bristol City I paid £19 to sit in a seat with no back; at Leyton Orient £23 to get splinters in my bum; at Ipswich (admittedly Championship) in the away section it is £36. Even at Braintree Town in the Conference; a seated match day ticket is now between £15 and £17. U's tickets (if bought in advance) can be as low as our nearest Conference rival; with further reductions for senior citizens etc. Here; I do there is a valid beef. Why have the U's equalised senior eligibility at age 65? Seniors citizen rates at Orient and Ipswich are from age 60 for both sexes. I am with Nora; let's all stop moaning; cheer on the lads tomorrow; and win or lose; be realistic in our expectations of team and manager; tickets; pies; players; stewards; mascots and programme sellers........ Noah4x4
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