Gloves are off for U's boss Dunne ahead of vital Tranmere clash

Gazette: Up for the battle - Colchester United boss Joe Dunne knows how important his side's crunch game against Tranmere Rovers is tomorrow. Picture: WARREN PAGE Up for the battle - Colchester United boss Joe Dunne knows how important his side's crunch game against Tranmere Rovers is tomorrow. Picture: WARREN PAGE

Joe Dunne has labelled Colchester United’s relegation showdown with Tranmere Rovers as a “season-defining” game.

The U’s boss admits careers are on the line, ahead of a crucial run of matches which promises to decide their fate.

Colchester head into tomorrow’s crunch home game with fellow strugglers Tranmere just three points above the League One drop zone, following three straight defeats.

And Dunne has stressed that now is the time for his players to stand up and be counted.

Dunne said: “This is now the moment - the Tranmere game has become a real season-definer, if you like.

“We’re playing teams who stand in the way of our progression.

“I’ve asked my players what they’re going to do to follow their dream.

“Do you want to be a League Two player or a League One player? That’s what it is.

“It’s in the ring and they’re facing somebody who is in the way of them progressing in their career.

“You can stay and move up - or you can start from the bottom again.

“Where do you want to be, because that’s what it comes down to and who wants it more, because it’s a street fight and the gloves are off."

For a full preview of Colchester's game against Tranmere Rovers, including interviews with Joe Dunne and ex-U's skipper Kem Izzet, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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11:27am Fri 4 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

There is a lot of bravado in that statement Joe, but it's time the talking stopped and the action, for once, start to speak louder than the words!
There is a lot of bravado in that statement Joe, but it's time the talking stopped and the action, for once, start to speak louder than the words! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 46

11:53am Fri 4 Apr 14

whoopie says...

Cheerio joe
Cheerio joe whoopie
  • Score: 35

2:40pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

Defeat tomorrow could spell absolute disaster and my unfortunate early season prediction come true - that we are in a relegation battle yet again this season! I hope the players can find the strength to fight the cause and ease the relegation worries with a home win.
Defeat tomorrow could spell absolute disaster and my unfortunate early season prediction come true - that we are in a relegation battle yet again this season! I hope the players can find the strength to fight the cause and ease the relegation worries with a home win. Ozzie
  • Score: 39

2:55pm Fri 4 Apr 14

United we stand says...

All season, I've been frustrated by "big statements" and "tiny achievements". This kind of bravado only serves to make the end result - our dismal performances and continual schoolboy errors - even more difficult to stomach!
It was time to let the team's playing do the talking, some time ago. But so far......nothing!
All season, I've been frustrated by "big statements" and "tiny achievements". This kind of bravado only serves to make the end result - our dismal performances and continual schoolboy errors - even more difficult to stomach! It was time to let the team's playing do the talking, some time ago. But so far......nothing! United we stand
  • Score: 37

3:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

The chips are indeed down, and it is far from comfortable; but by 1700 tomorrow; the pundits predict (home teams first);

Brentford will almost certainly beat Notts County
Carlisle will probably lose or at best draw against powerful Swindon
Crawley (in good form) will probably beat Crewe (or Crewe draw at best).
One of Shrewsbury versus Stevenage must drop 3 points or both drop 2.
Colchester will win or at worst draw against Tranmere (we hope!!!!).

In all likelihood; only one of the bottom two will hence gain ground even if we do only get a point tomorrow. Hence a draw v Tranmere won't necessarily be a disaster given that we would still remain three points ahead of the drop zone = four with goal difference. Yes; Carlisle and Tranmere do have a game in hand; but given who they have to play (top sides), I would sooner have the 3 points and extra goals already in the table.

If four or five of the sides below us do win and we lose tomorrow then that may smack of disaster. But even so; all will still remain behind us; and our future is still in our hands (unlike theirs). So even a defeat can mean we can still remain positive with five to play; even if we can no longer be as confident. Having a positive mental outlook is vital to team confidence.

However a U's win tomorrow (irrespective of ANY other results) and we are almost home and dry; as 48 points is probably enough (this season) to stay up (consider the fact that others must play each other and against us). We would then need perhaps just two points from five games. That is surely realistic given that we have averaged better than a point all season (a season which admittedly been below par).

I just hope for a positive home crowd that will cheer the team on for 90 minutes to help us gain the win that we can achieve and if we don't; for they to reserve any dissatisfaction until the final whistle. Our job is to roar encouragement even if we go a goal behind. But if you want to boo at the final whistle if we lose; fair enough; you have paid your money.
The chips are indeed down, and it is far from comfortable; but by 1700 tomorrow; the pundits predict (home teams first); Brentford will almost certainly beat Notts County Carlisle will probably lose or at best draw against powerful Swindon Crawley (in good form) will probably beat Crewe (or Crewe draw at best). One of Shrewsbury versus Stevenage must drop 3 points or both drop 2. Colchester will win or at worst draw against Tranmere (we hope!!!!). In all likelihood; only one of the bottom two will hence gain ground even if we do only get a point tomorrow. Hence a draw v Tranmere won't necessarily be a disaster given that we would still remain three points ahead of the drop zone = four with goal difference. Yes; Carlisle and Tranmere do have a game in hand; but given who they have to play (top sides), I would sooner have the 3 points and extra goals already in the table. If four or five of the sides below us do win and we lose tomorrow then that may smack of disaster. But even so; all will still remain behind us; and our future is still in our hands (unlike theirs). So even a defeat can mean we can still remain positive with five to play; even if we can no longer be as confident. Having a positive mental outlook is vital to team confidence. However a U's win tomorrow (irrespective of ANY other results) and we are almost home and dry; as 48 points is probably enough (this season) to stay up (consider the fact that others must play each other and against us). We would then need perhaps just two points from five games. That is surely realistic given that we have averaged better than a point all season (a season which admittedly been below par). I just hope for a positive home crowd that will cheer the team on for 90 minutes to help us gain the win that we can achieve and if we don't; for they to reserve any dissatisfaction until the final whistle. Our job is to roar encouragement even if we go a goal behind. But if you want to boo at the final whistle if we lose; fair enough; you have paid your money. Noah4x4
  • Score: -32

4:01pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Goodison says...

Tomorrow's result will all depend on the two teams that turn up to play for the U's.
(1) The team that is entertaining, and capable, or
(2) the team that is completely void of any idea of how to play the game together like we have seen for most of the season.

Lets hope the first option plays tomorrow.

Up the U's
Tomorrow's result will all depend on the two teams that turn up to play for the U's. (1) The team that is entertaining, and capable, or (2) the team that is completely void of any idea of how to play the game together like we have seen for most of the season. Lets hope the first option plays tomorrow. Up the U's Goodison
  • Score: 28

5:04pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

We are now the worst team in League One since the 17th August!

20. Tranmere P 37 W 10 D 09 L 18 F 43 A 63 -20 39pts
21. Stevenage P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 37 A 55 -18 39pts
22. Crewe P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 44 A 71 -27 39pts
23. Shrewsbury P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 36 A 47 -11 37pts
24. Colchester P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 42 A 55 -13 37pts

The two fortuitous wins against newly promoted sides finding their feet in the division at the start of the campaign have kept us in a false position masking the true picture of a season of 24th place relegation form! When you consider how many points we've fluked for instance at Preston and Rotherham, it's only been outrageous good fortune that has kept us out of the relegation zone so far!
We are now the worst team in League One since the 17th August! 20. Tranmere P 37 W 10 D 09 L 18 F 43 A 63 -20 39pts 21. Stevenage P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 37 A 55 -18 39pts 22. Crewe P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 44 A 71 -27 39pts 23. Shrewsbury P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 36 A 47 -11 37pts 24. Colchester P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 42 A 55 -13 37pts The two fortuitous wins against newly promoted sides finding their feet in the division at the start of the campaign have kept us in a false position masking the true picture of a season of 24th place relegation form! When you consider how many points we've fluked for instance at Preston and Rotherham, it's only been outrageous good fortune that has kept us out of the relegation zone so far! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 45

6:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

In Joe we trust says...

If there has ever been a time when Joe & the team need " the twelfth man in the stands" tomorrow is it, so lets get behind OUR team & be UNITED!!
Up the U's
If there has ever been a time when Joe & the team need " the twelfth man in the stands" tomorrow is it, so lets get behind OUR team & be UNITED!! Up the U's In Joe we trust
  • Score: -17

8:35am Sat 5 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

In Joe we trust wrote:
If there has ever been a time when Joe & the team need " the twelfth man in the stands" tomorrow is it, so lets get behind OUR team & be UNITED!!
Up the U's
Yes that's true. We need every supporter to shout themselves hoarse, so come on the West Stand lets hear you for once.
[quote][p][bold]In Joe we trust[/bold] wrote: If there has ever been a time when Joe & the team need " the twelfth man in the stands" tomorrow is it, so lets get behind OUR team & be UNITED!! Up the U's[/p][/quote]Yes that's true. We need every supporter to shout themselves hoarse, so come on the West Stand lets hear you for once. crazy comments
  • Score: 8

9:25am Sat 5 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
We are now the worst team in League One since the 17th August!

20. Tranmere P 37 W 10 D 09 L 18 F 43 A 63 -20 39pts
21. Stevenage P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 37 A 55 -18 39pts
22. Crewe P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 44 A 71 -27 39pts
23. Shrewsbury P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 36 A 47 -11 37pts
24. Colchester P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 42 A 55 -13 37pts

The two fortuitous wins against newly promoted sides finding their feet in the division at the start of the campaign have kept us in a false position masking the true picture of a season of 24th place relegation form! When you consider how many points we've fluked for instance at Preston and Rotherham, it's only been outrageous good fortune that has kept us out of the relegation zone so far!
.......and if we win today and the other results go exactly as the pundits expect then the U's will leap to the top of this mini table on goal difference!

Frankly, it's daft and not statistically credible to exclude our 'best two wins" from the 'season to date' data unless you also exclude the "best two wins" of everybody else too. You are simply not comparing 'like with like'. For example; the U's have played both Wolves and Orient twice (and lost); when others still have to play them.

If you instead use the "last six, eight or ten", then your form observation is credible and it's wholly true that there we are bottom. But the U's have just played the toughest sequence of our entire season; including against the teams occupying positions 1 & 2 AWAY plus another in the play-off spots AWAY; then against three others in the top half; and also Crawley AWAY, a team that would probably be in the top half if it were not for games in hand.

However, we did BEAT both teams in our last ten sequence that occupy our half of the table; and that is all that we now have to do (e.g. defeat teams in our lower half of the table). Indeed; the U's can still afford some draws and defeats given our current points and GD advantage.. Our less tough sequence starts today (it will never be easy); when others now enter a far tougher run-in; where they must now play top teams; each other; and us. ....and as for us 'fluking results'; we have hit the post/bar more times than any team in the entire football league Frankly, luck has not been with us. We produced some incredible battling results away from home and we might produce more battling results at WHCS if some so called fans voiced encouragement rather than constantly demoralise our players and undermine the already shattered team confidence.
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: We are now the worst team in League One since the 17th August! 20. Tranmere P 37 W 10 D 09 L 18 F 43 A 63 -20 39pts 21. Stevenage P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 37 A 55 -18 39pts 22. Crewe P 38 W 10 D 09 L 19 F 44 A 71 -27 39pts 23. Shrewsbury P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 36 A 47 -11 37pts 24. Colchester P 38 W 08 D 13 L 17 F 42 A 55 -13 37pts The two fortuitous wins against newly promoted sides finding their feet in the division at the start of the campaign have kept us in a false position masking the true picture of a season of 24th place relegation form! When you consider how many points we've fluked for instance at Preston and Rotherham, it's only been outrageous good fortune that has kept us out of the relegation zone so far![/p][/quote].......and if we win today and the other results go exactly as the pundits expect then the U's will leap to the top of this mini table on goal difference! Frankly, it's daft and not statistically credible to exclude our 'best two wins" from the 'season to date' data unless you also exclude the "best two wins" of everybody else too. You are simply not comparing 'like with like'. For example; the U's have played both Wolves and Orient twice (and lost); when others still have to play them. If you instead use the "last six, eight or ten", then your form observation is credible and it's wholly true that there we are bottom. But the U's have just played the toughest sequence of our entire season; including against the teams occupying positions 1 & 2 AWAY plus another in the play-off spots AWAY; then against three others in the top half; and also Crawley AWAY, a team that would probably be in the top half if it were not for games in hand. However, we did BEAT both teams in our last ten sequence that occupy our half of the table; and that is all that we now have to do (e.g. defeat teams in our lower half of the table). Indeed; the U's can still afford some draws and defeats given our current points and GD advantage.. Our less tough sequence starts today (it will never be easy); when others now enter a far tougher run-in; where they must now play top teams; each other; and us. ....and as for us 'fluking results'; we have hit the post/bar more times than any team in the entire football league Frankly, luck has not been with us. We produced some incredible battling results away from home and we might produce more battling results at WHCS if some so called fans voiced encouragement rather than constantly demoralise our players and undermine the already shattered team confidence. Noah4x4
  • Score: -33

10:15am Sat 5 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Noah’s verbose hogwash is the very definition of fallacious folly, with zero credibility or substance. To analyse the last 38 consecutive league games is perfectly valid analysis of our current long-term form, to suggest otherwise is pure lunacy.

We’ve lost to Bradford, Crawley and Notts County in our last ten games, who all reside in our half of the League One table. Please desist with your campaign of misinformation and propaganda!

To my mind a so called ‘supporter’ as complacent as Noah4x4 cannot really care about the U’s, just the narcissistic mentally ill dogma which he peddles ad infinitum! In summary he has zero credibility and an overinflated sense of self worth!
Noah’s verbose hogwash is the very definition of fallacious folly, with zero credibility or substance. To analyse the last 38 consecutive league games is perfectly valid analysis of our current long-term form, to suggest otherwise is pure lunacy. We’ve lost to Bradford, Crawley and Notts County in our last ten games, who all reside in our half of the League One table. Please desist with your campaign of misinformation and propaganda! To my mind a so called ‘supporter’ as complacent as Noah4x4 cannot really care about the U’s, just the narcissistic mentally ill dogma which he peddles ad infinitum! In summary he has zero credibility and an overinflated sense of self worth! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 46

12:16pm Sat 5 Apr 14

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

So it's crazy to exclude two wins but it's ok for you to base this years average attendance over 20 games and not the completed 23. Is this a case of Do As I say not Do as I Do!!!!!!
So it's crazy to exclude two wins but it's ok for you to base this years average attendance over 20 games and not the completed 23. Is this a case of Do As I say not Do as I Do!!!!!! We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 21

7:51pm Sat 5 Apr 14

uptheu's says...

The players at the end of the match looked visibly upset and dejected. What I can't understand is that Joe Dunne took off Tosin at right back after a torrid time, but before that he'd moved Gavin Massey to that position. Why, when we had Wynter on the bench, does he nullify our attacking threat by putting a winger at full back when Wynter is a defender. The defeat was not only Massey's fault, there were others equally to blame. The whole team looked disjointed with Massey at the back and Olefemi further up the pitch. Until we can cut the Sunday League defending, we are going down and will continue to struggle in whatever league we are in next year.
The players at the end of the match looked visibly upset and dejected. What I can't understand is that Joe Dunne took off Tosin at right back after a torrid time, but before that he'd moved Gavin Massey to that position. Why, when we had Wynter on the bench, does he nullify our attacking threat by putting a winger at full back when Wynter is a defender. The defeat was not only Massey's fault, there were others equally to blame. The whole team looked disjointed with Massey at the back and Olefemi further up the pitch. Until we can cut the Sunday League defending, we are going down and will continue to struggle in whatever league we are in next year. uptheu's
  • Score: 12

3:12am Sun 6 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

SO much for the gloves!! Now watt, Mr Dunne? Wait for the lame excuses... in the name of the club - go !!!
SO much for the gloves!! Now watt, Mr Dunne? Wait for the lame excuses... in the name of the club - go !!! Ozzie
  • Score: 9

6:06am Sun 6 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Gloves off mittens on!
Gloves off mittens on! totallyfootball
  • Score: 7

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