U's beaten at Wolves despite spirited fightback

So close - Colchester substitute Freddie Sears strikes the post in the U's 4-2 defeat at Wolves at Molineux. Picture: WARREN PAGE

So close - Colchester substitute Freddie Sears strikes the post in the U's 4-2 defeat at Wolves at Molineux. Picture: WARREN PAGE

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Colchester United were beaten 4-2 by leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers in a thrilling game at Molineux.

The U's went in trailing 3-0 at half-time, following goals from Michael Jacobs, Dave Edwards and James Henry.

But a spirited second-half display saw the U's draw back to 3-2, thanks to strikes from Alex Gilbey and David Wright.

The U's pushed for an equaliser after that and substitute Freddie Sears struck a post with a low shot, with four minutes to go.

But as they were pushing to make it 3-3, Wolves broke away and substitute Nouha Dicko rounded off the home side's win.

Colchester found themselves behind after just 51 seconds.
 

In Wolves’ first attack of the game, Michael Jacobs collected possession on the left and swung in a left-footed cross that eluded everyone in the area including goalkeeper Sam Walker and bounced into the net.
 

And Colchester were 2-0 down when Ryan Dickson’s under-hit back pass midway inside his own half allowed Dave Edwards to latch on to the ball and go past Walker before tucking it into an empty net.

Wolves scored a third two minutes before the break when James Henry converted after Leon Clarke had initially been denied by Walker.

At 3-0 down at half-time, Colchester looked down and out.

But Gilbey gave them renewed hope when he headed in Dominic Vose's floated delivery, just before the hour.

And when Wright smashed in from Sears' low cross 14 minutes later, it was game on.

Sears came agonisingly close to equalising when his low shot came back off the woodwork, as the U's pressed for a leveller.

But substitute Dicko raced away in stoppage-time to seal Wolves win, as most of Molineux breathed a huge collective sigh of relief.

For a fulll match report and pictures from Colchester's game with Wolves, see Wednesday's Daily Gazette.

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10:02pm Tue 25 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

Left ourselves too much to do but great to see Alex Gilbey score his first senior goal for the U's.
Left ourselves too much to do but great to see Alex Gilbey score his first senior goal for the U's. West Stand United
  • Score: 19

12:01am Wed 26 Mar 14

johnwolf says...

It was a spirited fight back? But we should have been at least ten up at half time.
Colchester are a very, very poor team and are bottom six conference league at best.
It was a spirited fight back? But we should have been at least ten up at half time. Colchester are a very, very poor team and are bottom six conference league at best. johnwolf
  • Score: 23

12:04am Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

Those defensive errors were catastrophic, but what is so encouraging is that fightback to 3-2 down and then going all out for the equaliser. Their 4th goal didn't matter ultimately, it was a risk that had to be taken, and it could so easily have been 3-3. Also very encouraging that Sammie Szmodics got enough time on the pitch to be so busy. Hope he gets a start some time soon.
Up the U's.
Those defensive errors were catastrophic, but what is so encouraging is that fightback to 3-2 down and then going all out for the equaliser. Their 4th goal didn't matter ultimately, it was a risk that had to be taken, and it could so easily have been 3-3. Also very encouraging that Sammie Szmodics got enough time on the pitch to be so busy. Hope he gets a start some time soon. Up the U's. Boris
  • Score: 5

12:13am Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

johnwolf wrote:
It was a spirited fight back? But we should have been at least ten up at half time.
Colchester are a very, very poor team and are bottom six conference league at best.
Yours is a once-great club, you used to be one of the best in the country, supplying several players in the England team, but that was a long time ago. What are you doing down here in League 1? We were never a great club, but we have had our moments, and we are going to survive.
If you really believe it should have been ten, go and argue with your strikers about it, not with us, Mr. Wolf.
Just be grateful that it wasn't 3-3, which it could so easily have been.
Up the U's.
[quote][p][bold]johnwolf[/bold] wrote: It was a spirited fight back? But we should have been at least ten up at half time. Colchester are a very, very poor team and are bottom six conference league at best.[/p][/quote]Yours is a once-great club, you used to be one of the best in the country, supplying several players in the England team, but that was a long time ago. What are you doing down here in League 1? We were never a great club, but we have had our moments, and we are going to survive. If you really believe it should have been ten, go and argue with your strikers about it, not with us, Mr. Wolf. Just be grateful that it wasn't 3-3, which it could so easily have been. Up the U's. Boris
  • Score: 11

8:24am Wed 26 Mar 14

down the line says...

Boris wrote:
johnwolf wrote:
It was a spirited fight back? But we should have been at least ten up at half time.
Colchester are a very, very poor team and are bottom six conference league at best.
Yours is a once-great club, you used to be one of the best in the country, supplying several players in the England team, but that was a long time ago. What are you doing down here in League 1? We were never a great club, but we have had our moments, and we are going to survive.
If you really believe it should have been ten, go and argue with your strikers about it, not with us, Mr. Wolf.
Just be grateful that it wasn't 3-3, which it could so easily have been.
Up the U's.
Well said Borris.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnwolf[/bold] wrote: It was a spirited fight back? But we should have been at least ten up at half time. Colchester are a very, very poor team and are bottom six conference league at best.[/p][/quote]Yours is a once-great club, you used to be one of the best in the country, supplying several players in the England team, but that was a long time ago. What are you doing down here in League 1? We were never a great club, but we have had our moments, and we are going to survive. If you really believe it should have been ten, go and argue with your strikers about it, not with us, Mr. Wolf. Just be grateful that it wasn't 3-3, which it could so easily have been. Up the U's.[/p][/quote]Well said Borris. down the line
  • Score: 9

10:32am Wed 26 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Boris, there is no point putting on spirited come backs if we consistently get everything wrong from the start and let the game get away from us by half-time. Last nights first half performance was nothing short of being totally embarrassing for the team and supporters alike. It was the same on Saturday too but it appears the one who doesn't learn from his mistakes is the one in charge. I'm afraid these set of players need an experienced manager at the helm and I can't see things changing until we get one. Young inexperienced players are being introduced under an inexperienced manager. I can't think of a worse combination and I fear for the long term futures of these youngsters who could be ruined in the process.
Boris, there is no point putting on spirited come backs if we consistently get everything wrong from the start and let the game get away from us by half-time. Last nights first half performance was nothing short of being totally embarrassing for the team and supporters alike. It was the same on Saturday too but it appears the one who doesn't learn from his mistakes is the one in charge. I'm afraid these set of players need an experienced manager at the helm and I can't see things changing until we get one. Young inexperienced players are being introduced under an inexperienced manager. I can't think of a worse combination and I fear for the long term futures of these youngsters who could be ruined in the process. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 16

11:40am Wed 26 Mar 14

wearebeingwatched says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Boris, there is no point putting on spirited come backs if we consistently get everything wrong from the start and let the game get away from us by half-time. Last nights first half performance was nothing short of being totally embarrassing for the team and supporters alike. It was the same on Saturday too but it appears the one who doesn't learn from his mistakes is the one in charge. I'm afraid these set of players need an experienced manager at the helm and I can't see things changing until we get one. Young inexperienced players are being introduced under an inexperienced manager. I can't think of a worse combination and I fear for the long term futures of these youngsters who could be ruined in the process.
An experienced manager like John Ward, that worked well did it not!
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Boris, there is no point putting on spirited come backs if we consistently get everything wrong from the start and let the game get away from us by half-time. Last nights first half performance was nothing short of being totally embarrassing for the team and supporters alike. It was the same on Saturday too but it appears the one who doesn't learn from his mistakes is the one in charge. I'm afraid these set of players need an experienced manager at the helm and I can't see things changing until we get one. Young inexperienced players are being introduced under an inexperienced manager. I can't think of a worse combination and I fear for the long term futures of these youngsters who could be ruined in the process.[/p][/quote]An experienced manager like John Ward, that worked well did it not! wearebeingwatched
  • Score: -4

1:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

wearebeingwatched: I said an experienced manager not an excuse for one.
wearebeingwatched: I said an experienced manager not an excuse for one. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 11

1:16pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Boris, there is no point putting on spirited come backs if we consistently get everything wrong from the start and let the game get away from us by half-time. Last nights first half performance was nothing short of being totally embarrassing for the team and supporters alike. It was the same on Saturday too but it appears the one who doesn't learn from his mistakes is the one in charge. I'm afraid these set of players need an experienced manager at the helm and I can't see things changing until we get one. Young inexperienced players are being introduced under an inexperienced manager. I can't think of a worse combination and I fear for the long term futures of these youngsters who could be ruined in the process.
An experienced manager like John Ward, that worked well did it not!
I agree with Baz that a spirited fightback serves no purpose if the defence have done their best to ensure that you are going to fail. But maybe next time the defence will do better (look at all the clean sheets this season), and then the fighting spirit will come into its own. At least their heads didn't go down, they kept at it and came close to grabbing a point, which might have been seen as undeserved, but would have been a cause for celebration. Yes, some of us are dreamers, but to support a club like ours, that is what you have to be.
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Boris, there is no point putting on spirited come backs if we consistently get everything wrong from the start and let the game get away from us by half-time. Last nights first half performance was nothing short of being totally embarrassing for the team and supporters alike. It was the same on Saturday too but it appears the one who doesn't learn from his mistakes is the one in charge. I'm afraid these set of players need an experienced manager at the helm and I can't see things changing until we get one. Young inexperienced players are being introduced under an inexperienced manager. I can't think of a worse combination and I fear for the long term futures of these youngsters who could be ruined in the process.[/p][/quote]An experienced manager like John Ward, that worked well did it not![/p][/quote]I agree with Baz that a spirited fightback serves no purpose if the defence have done their best to ensure that you are going to fail. But maybe next time the defence will do better (look at all the clean sheets this season), and then the fighting spirit will come into its own. At least their heads didn't go down, they kept at it and came close to grabbing a point, which might have been seen as undeserved, but would have been a cause for celebration. Yes, some of us are dreamers, but to support a club like ours, that is what you have to be. Boris
  • Score: 3

1:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Boris says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
wearebeingwatched: I said an experienced manager not an excuse for one.
Baz, add up the number of years that Joe Dunne spent as assistant to Williams, Lambert, Boothroyd and Ward. Then compare that to the number of years José Mourinho spent as assistant to Bobby Robson and others before he was appointed manager at Porto (and Chelsea after that). Agreed that Mourinho was assisting and then managing at a very different level, but Col U could never have afforded him. You cannot accuse JD of being an inexperienced manager.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: wearebeingwatched: I said an experienced manager not an excuse for one.[/p][/quote]Baz, add up the number of years that Joe Dunne spent as assistant to Williams, Lambert, Boothroyd and Ward. Then compare that to the number of years José Mourinho spent as assistant to Bobby Robson and others before he was appointed manager at Porto (and Chelsea after that). Agreed that Mourinho was assisting and then managing at a very different level, but Col U could never have afforded him. You cannot accuse JD of being an inexperienced manager. Boris
  • Score: -4

1:50pm Wed 26 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

I think you make a point that many will take as an example of how they see joe's expertise.how good were those managers in the long term, what have they achieved?
I think you make a point that many will take as an example of how they see joe's expertise.how good were those managers in the long term, what have they achieved? stevedawson
  • Score: 5

2:16pm Wed 26 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Being an assistant is a whole load different to being the one in charge and the decision maker. It is just not the time for the manager to have to continue to learn his trade while introducing very young players.
Being an assistant is a whole load different to being the one in charge and the decision maker. It is just not the time for the manager to have to continue to learn his trade while introducing very young players. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 13

5:51pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Noah4x4 says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
Being an assistant is a whole load different to being the one in charge and the decision maker. It is just not the time for the manager to have to continue to learn his trade while introducing very young players.
....................
.but who else has Joe Dunne got except very young players?

Even if we had an 'experienced manager' what would his options be?

Please select a competitve team from the squad that Joe Dunne has inherited (and/or has since added to) that has an average age exceeding 24.

Despite including Morrison; Magnus; Dickson and David Wright; you will struggle (or shall we ask Doogie and Kinsella to get their boots back on?).

People forget that Walker; Massey; Watt Eastman and others have barely started to shave; but then the hirsute 19 year old Dominic Vose probably makes up for that.

When will some folk realise that youth is our only option when the Fair Play Rules means we can't spend money on 'experience' given our low gates.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: Being an assistant is a whole load different to being the one in charge and the decision maker. It is just not the time for the manager to have to continue to learn his trade while introducing very young players.[/p][/quote].................... .but who else has Joe Dunne got except very young players? Even if we had an 'experienced manager' what would his options be? Please select a competitve team from the squad that Joe Dunne has inherited (and/or has since added to) that has an average age exceeding 24. Despite including Morrison; Magnus; Dickson and David Wright; you will struggle (or shall we ask Doogie and Kinsella to get their boots back on?). People forget that Walker; Massey; Watt Eastman and others have barely started to shave; but then the hirsute 19 year old Dominic Vose probably makes up for that. When will some folk realise that youth is our only option when the Fair Play Rules means we can't spend money on 'experience' given our low gates. Noah4x4
  • Score: -9

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