U's suffer a costly defeat at home to Tranmere

Gazette: Freddie Sears scored Colchester's goal Freddie Sears scored Colchester's goal

COLCHESTER United’s relegation fears intensified after sliding to a fourth straight defeat this afternoon, going down 2-1 at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Freddie Sears scored the U’s goal late in the first half, cancelling out Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s opener.

But Ryan Lowe pounced to grab Rovers’ precious winner just after the hour-mark.

Tranmere took the lead nine minutes before the break, following a goal against the run of play.

Colchester were caught in possession and Max Power fed dangerous wide man Akpa Akpro, who burst forward before slotting past goalkeeper Sam Walker.

It was hard luck on the U’s, who had dominating proceedings prior to the setback.

Jabo Ibehre, back in the starting line-up, fired over and then burst through on goal after a clever pass from Freddie Sears – only to have his weak effort saved by Owain Fon Williams.

Alex Gilbey then had a half-volleyed tipped over by the impressive shot-stopper, who then came to his side’s rescue again to keep out a rising effort from Sears.

But there was nothing the Rovers goalkeeper to do to keep out Sears’ leveller.

The dangerous Dominic Vose fed Ryan Dickson, who squared from the left, and Sears nipped in to turn the ball home from cloe range.

The second half was more flat and less uneventful than the first.

And it was the visitors who scored the only goal of the period - what proved their precious winner.

Akpa Akpro beat right-back Gavin Massey, before delivering a low cross that was turned in by Lowe.

Colchester tried to create some pressure and Drey Wright had a shot blocked just in front of the line by Matthew Pennington.

But the U’s ran out of steam and the result leaves them hovering just above the danger zone.

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5:38pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Mr Honest says...

Nothing else to say that hasn't been said previously. Going down for sure. In freefall.
Nothing else to say that hasn't been said previously. Going down for sure. In freefall. Mr Honest
  • Score: 144

6:13pm Sat 5 Apr 14

down the line says...

Gloves are off and in a street fight are we Joe? Well we have been totally knocked out.
JOE DUNNE OUT.
Gloves are off and in a street fight are we Joe? Well we have been totally knocked out. JOE DUNNE OUT. down the line
  • Score: 134

6:27pm Sat 5 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

I'm looking forward to hearing Professor Noah's comments.
I'm looking forward to hearing Professor Noah's comments. crazy comments
  • Score: 102

7:17pm Sat 5 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Not been good enough for two seasons now, but still the Chairman doesn't seem bothered. I expect us now to finish in 24th place. What a legacy that will be, 7 seasons in charge, two relegations and pitiful cup appearances. I'm not even convinced the slide will stop with league 2 either.
Not been good enough for two seasons now, but still the Chairman doesn't seem bothered. I expect us now to finish in 24th place. What a legacy that will be, 7 seasons in charge, two relegations and pitiful cup appearances. I'm not even convinced the slide will stop with league 2 either. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 65

7:32pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

I agree with Blue and White Baz. I think we are a club in total freefall down to the Skrill Premier! Look at Northampton. The buck stops with the chairman and he has to be accountable for the failure of the club both on and off the pitch. He is a kind man, dipping into his pocket, without which the club would have undoubtedly gone into administration long ago, so we are extremely thankful for that, but we as fans have been trying to tell the club for so long. The Prawn Sandwich brigade won't care which division we are in so long as they can wine, dine, drink, be rowdy, abusive and generally disinterested in what is actually happening to the club on the pitch which is where it counts. Today was make or break. We broke yet again. Failed. When the teams with a game in hand over us play again and win, then we will see where our fortunes take us - League 2. It has been apparent all season and the club over-hyped itself on the back of two or three ex-premier league junior cast-offs that just have not cut the mustard at League One!. A very costly mistake. Like many others I am disillusioned having purchased my first season ticket with my son, for some seasons, and have to say that the slump in form is clear for all to see and Mr Dunne and Mr Kinsella and the 'backroom staff'' are to blame. Lame, limp performances week in week out with pathetic excuses on the radio and media. Why not be honest? We are simply not good enough and our weaknesses got exposed by a team lying a place behind us who have been in the relegation fight longer than we have. We are only now waking up to the fact. I hope the team can prove me wrong, and I am not a defeatist, but I have to say, we looked down and out today.
I agree with Blue and White Baz. I think we are a club in total freefall down to the Skrill Premier! Look at Northampton. The buck stops with the chairman and he has to be accountable for the failure of the club both on and off the pitch. He is a kind man, dipping into his pocket, without which the club would have undoubtedly gone into administration long ago, so we are extremely thankful for that, but we as fans have been trying to tell the club for so long. The Prawn Sandwich brigade won't care which division we are in so long as they can wine, dine, drink, be rowdy, abusive and generally disinterested in what is actually happening to the club on the pitch which is where it counts. Today was make or break. We broke yet again. Failed. When the teams with a game in hand over us play again and win, then we will see where our fortunes take us - League 2. It has been apparent all season and the club over-hyped itself on the back of two or three ex-premier league junior cast-offs that just have not cut the mustard at League One!. A very costly mistake. Like many others I am disillusioned having purchased my first season ticket with my son, for some seasons, and have to say that the slump in form is clear for all to see and Mr Dunne and Mr Kinsella and the 'backroom staff'' are to blame. Lame, limp performances week in week out with pathetic excuses on the radio and media. Why not be honest? We are simply not good enough and our weaknesses got exposed by a team lying a place behind us who have been in the relegation fight longer than we have. We are only now waking up to the fact. I hope the team can prove me wrong, and I am not a defeatist, but I have to say, we looked down and out today. Ozzie
  • Score: 63

8:12pm Sat 5 Apr 14

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

Well the 'Rose Tinted Brigade' will have their work cut out this week. I look forward to seeing what positives they can take from that. I will get no pleasure whatsoever if/when we get relegated.
Well the 'Rose Tinted Brigade' will have their work cut out this week. I look forward to seeing what positives they can take from that. I will get no pleasure whatsoever if/when we get relegated. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 49

8:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Boris says...

The rote began in late January when Bryan Oviedo got injured at Everton and they recalled Luke Garbutt. If he had been allowed to stay with the U's, we would not now be in this mess.
But the fat lady has not sung yet. Up the U's.
The rote began in late January when Bryan Oviedo got injured at Everton and they recalled Luke Garbutt. If he had been allowed to stay with the U's, we would not now be in this mess. But the fat lady has not sung yet. Up the U's. Boris
  • Score: 41

8:24pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Boris says...

The rot, not the rote. Sorry.
The rot, not the rote. Sorry. Boris
  • Score: 17

9:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Absolutely gutted; I feel physically sick after a disastrous defeat that leaves us only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. There is a definite air of inevitably/resignati
on enveloping the Community Stadium as we continue to freefall towards League Two oblivion.

It was a relatively bright start for the first thirty minutes; alas it’s the same old story as we failed to make that dominance count by taking the chances that came our way. At this stage of the season it’s all about getting those results, yet we seem genuinely incapable of putting the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis. Alas all it took was for Vose's cheap dispossession for a Tranmere breakaway and any impetus we had quickly drained away. Still we did manage an equalizer after the game had swung in Tranmere’s favour with Sears netting from Dickson’s cross in injury time.

You would’ve thought having equalized almost at the stroke of halftime we’d have come out after the break all guns blazing with the momentum to a win! Sadly, and rather predictably, we failed to turn up for the second half with a decidedly lacklustre performance of team that seems resigned to its fate. Gavin Massey as a stand-in right back just didn’t work as Akpa Akpro gave him a rinsing, with Ryan Lowe pouncing on the rebound for the winner. Drey Wright had a late effort headed off the line, but it was a case of too little too late. Out of form Tranmere were good value on the day for their massive 6-pointer win.

A small miracle needed to stay up?! Even if we do manage to survive by the skin of our fingernails, with the playing budget set to be cut further to plug the funding gap from our Category Two youth academy fail, the prospects for next season are hardly going to be any better...
Absolutely gutted; I feel physically sick after a disastrous defeat that leaves us only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. There is a definite air of inevitably/resignati on enveloping the Community Stadium as we continue to freefall towards League Two oblivion. It was a relatively bright start for the first thirty minutes; alas it’s the same old story as we failed to make that dominance count by taking the chances that came our way. At this stage of the season it’s all about getting those results, yet we seem genuinely incapable of putting the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis. Alas all it took was for Vose's cheap dispossession for a Tranmere breakaway and any impetus we had quickly drained away. Still we did manage an equalizer after the game had swung in Tranmere’s favour with Sears netting from Dickson’s cross in injury time. You would’ve thought having equalized almost at the stroke of halftime we’d have come out after the break all guns blazing with the momentum to a win! Sadly, and rather predictably, we failed to turn up for the second half with a decidedly lacklustre performance of team that seems resigned to its fate. Gavin Massey as a stand-in right back just didn’t work as Akpa Akpro gave him a rinsing, with Ryan Lowe pouncing on the rebound for the winner. Drey Wright had a late effort headed off the line, but it was a case of too little too late. Out of form Tranmere were good value on the day for their massive 6-pointer win. A small miracle needed to stay up?! Even if we do manage to survive by the skin of our fingernails, with the playing budget set to be cut further to plug the funding gap from our Category Two youth academy fail, the prospects for next season are hardly going to be any better... Medicated Soap
  • Score: 59

9:27pm Sat 5 Apr 14

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

Medicated Soap wrote:
Absolutely gutted; I feel physically sick after a disastrous defeat that leaves us only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. There is a definite air of inevitably/resignati

on enveloping the Community Stadium as we continue to freefall towards League Two oblivion.

It was a relatively bright start for the first thirty minutes; alas it’s the same old story as we failed to make that dominance count by taking the chances that came our way. At this stage of the season it’s all about getting those results, yet we seem genuinely incapable of putting the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis. Alas all it took was for Vose's cheap dispossession for a Tranmere breakaway and any impetus we had quickly drained away. Still we did manage an equalizer after the game had swung in Tranmere’s favour with Sears netting from Dickson’s cross in injury time.

You would’ve thought having equalized almost at the stroke of halftime we’d have come out after the break all guns blazing with the momentum to a win! Sadly, and rather predictably, we failed to turn up for the second half with a decidedly lacklustre performance of team that seems resigned to its fate. Gavin Massey as a stand-in right back just didn’t work as Akpa Akpro gave him a rinsing, with Ryan Lowe pouncing on the rebound for the winner. Drey Wright had a late effort headed off the line, but it was a case of too little too late. Out of form Tranmere were good value on the day for their massive 6-pointer win.

A small miracle needed to stay up?! Even if we do manage to survive by the skin of our fingernails, with the playing budget set to be cut further to plug the funding gap from our Category Two youth academy fail, the prospects for next season are hardly going to be any better...
Don't worry Medicated, as one of the 'Rose Tinted Brigade' mentioned, we have goal difference in our favour.......that's worth at least one point. Stop laughing Medicated...........
..........I don't believe it either.
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: Absolutely gutted; I feel physically sick after a disastrous defeat that leaves us only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. There is a definite air of inevitably/resignati on enveloping the Community Stadium as we continue to freefall towards League Two oblivion. It was a relatively bright start for the first thirty minutes; alas it’s the same old story as we failed to make that dominance count by taking the chances that came our way. At this stage of the season it’s all about getting those results, yet we seem genuinely incapable of putting the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis. Alas all it took was for Vose's cheap dispossession for a Tranmere breakaway and any impetus we had quickly drained away. Still we did manage an equalizer after the game had swung in Tranmere’s favour with Sears netting from Dickson’s cross in injury time. You would’ve thought having equalized almost at the stroke of halftime we’d have come out after the break all guns blazing with the momentum to a win! Sadly, and rather predictably, we failed to turn up for the second half with a decidedly lacklustre performance of team that seems resigned to its fate. Gavin Massey as a stand-in right back just didn’t work as Akpa Akpro gave him a rinsing, with Ryan Lowe pouncing on the rebound for the winner. Drey Wright had a late effort headed off the line, but it was a case of too little too late. Out of form Tranmere were good value on the day for their massive 6-pointer win. A small miracle needed to stay up?! Even if we do manage to survive by the skin of our fingernails, with the playing budget set to be cut further to plug the funding gap from our Category Two youth academy fail, the prospects for next season are hardly going to be any better...[/p][/quote]Don't worry Medicated, as one of the 'Rose Tinted Brigade' mentioned, we have goal difference in our favour.......that's worth at least one point. Stop laughing Medicated........... ..........I don't believe it either. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 43

10:24pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

For once I actually agree with most of these posts. We were not beaten by a better side. This is a game where for 60 minutes the U's dominated and should have gone three up. We had 19 shots; and should have made far more of them. However, Tranmere keeper Fon Williams was (IMHO) man of the match for three superb saves,

Swapping tortured right full back Olefumi (who had played well at Posh) and Massey at first seemed understandable in one sense; as it did give us more height down the right flank where Tranmere hoofed the ball. But when Olefumi was replaced by Watt; and then later David Wright was replaced by right back loanee Wynter (who played quite well) to allow Massey to go forward again; it all seemed a rather odd sequence of substitutions and we lost any 'shape' that we had. Why not a straight defender for defender swap Wynter for Olefumi?

Unlike others though, I still remain optimistic. Still plenty to play for and surely we can do better against Crewe; Olham and Stevenage?
For once I actually agree with most of these posts. We were not beaten by a better side. This is a game where for 60 minutes the U's dominated and should have gone three up. We had 19 shots; and should have made far more of them. However, Tranmere keeper Fon Williams was (IMHO) man of the match for three superb saves, Swapping tortured right full back Olefumi (who had played well at Posh) and Massey at first seemed understandable in one sense; as it did give us more height down the right flank where Tranmere hoofed the ball. But when Olefumi was replaced by Watt; and then later David Wright was replaced by right back loanee Wynter (who played quite well) to allow Massey to go forward again; it all seemed a rather odd sequence of substitutions and we lost any 'shape' that we had. Why not a straight defender for defender swap Wynter for Olefumi? Unlike others though, I still remain optimistic. Still plenty to play for and surely we can do better against Crewe; Olham and Stevenage? Noah4x4
  • Score: -16

10:53pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
For once I actually agree with most of these posts. We were not beaten by a better side. This is a game where for 60 minutes the U's dominated and should have gone three up. We had 19 shots; and should have made far more of them. However, Tranmere keeper Fon Williams was (IMHO) man of the match for three superb saves,

Swapping tortured right full back Olefumi (who had played well at Posh) and Massey at first seemed understandable in one sense; as it did give us more height down the right flank where Tranmere hoofed the ball. But when Olefumi was replaced by Watt; and then later David Wright was replaced by right back loanee Wynter (who played quite well) to allow Massey to go forward again; it all seemed a rather odd sequence of substitutions and we lost any 'shape' that we had. Why not a straight defender for defender swap Wynter for Olefumi?

Unlike others though, I still remain optimistic. Still plenty to play for and surely we can do better against Crewe; Olham and Stevenage?
What no >1000 word scribe on how a 3 point lead is completely unassailable? Oops that’s right it evaporated over the course of ninety minutes! Nice one Noahstradamus!
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: For once I actually agree with most of these posts. We were not beaten by a better side. This is a game where for 60 minutes the U's dominated and should have gone three up. We had 19 shots; and should have made far more of them. However, Tranmere keeper Fon Williams was (IMHO) man of the match for three superb saves, Swapping tortured right full back Olefumi (who had played well at Posh) and Massey at first seemed understandable in one sense; as it did give us more height down the right flank where Tranmere hoofed the ball. But when Olefumi was replaced by Watt; and then later David Wright was replaced by right back loanee Wynter (who played quite well) to allow Massey to go forward again; it all seemed a rather odd sequence of substitutions and we lost any 'shape' that we had. Why not a straight defender for defender swap Wynter for Olefumi? Unlike others though, I still remain optimistic. Still plenty to play for and surely we can do better against Crewe; Olham and Stevenage?[/p][/quote]What no >1000 word scribe on how a 3 point lead is completely unassailable? Oops that’s right it evaporated over the course of ninety minutes! Nice one Noahstradamus! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 40

11:06pm Sat 5 Apr 14

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

Agree that there is still plenty to play for but unfortunately the players and managers tactics don't seem to agree.

Was good that the fans didn't boo during the game, they waited for the appropriate time at the end of the match . I for one didn't boo at the end as I couldn't be bothered to waste any more energy on them.
Agree that there is still plenty to play for but unfortunately the players and managers tactics don't seem to agree. Was good that the fans didn't boo during the game, they waited for the appropriate time at the end of the match . I for one didn't boo at the end as I couldn't be bothered to waste any more energy on them. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: 33

11:07pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Boris says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
For once I actually agree with most of these posts. We were not beaten by a better side. This is a game where for 60 minutes the U's dominated and should have gone three up. We had 19 shots; and should have made far more of them. However, Tranmere keeper Fon Williams was (IMHO) man of the match for three superb saves,

Swapping tortured right full back Olefumi (who had played well at Posh) and Massey at first seemed understandable in one sense; as it did give us more height down the right flank where Tranmere hoofed the ball. But when Olefumi was replaced by Watt; and then later David Wright was replaced by right back loanee Wynter (who played quite well) to allow Massey to go forward again; it all seemed a rather odd sequence of substitutions and we lost any 'shape' that we had. Why not a straight defender for defender swap Wynter for Olefumi?

Unlike others though, I still remain optimistic. Still plenty to play for and surely we can do better against Crewe; Olham and Stevenage?
Noah, you are right that their keeper,. fon Williams, was superb. As you would expect from a keeper who has played several youth internationals for Wales, and has been in their full international squad, though only on their bench so far.
A lesser keeper would have let in at least one of those goals. And a better attack than ours would have scored at least one of them.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: For once I actually agree with most of these posts. We were not beaten by a better side. This is a game where for 60 minutes the U's dominated and should have gone three up. We had 19 shots; and should have made far more of them. However, Tranmere keeper Fon Williams was (IMHO) man of the match for three superb saves, Swapping tortured right full back Olefumi (who had played well at Posh) and Massey at first seemed understandable in one sense; as it did give us more height down the right flank where Tranmere hoofed the ball. But when Olefumi was replaced by Watt; and then later David Wright was replaced by right back loanee Wynter (who played quite well) to allow Massey to go forward again; it all seemed a rather odd sequence of substitutions and we lost any 'shape' that we had. Why not a straight defender for defender swap Wynter for Olefumi? Unlike others though, I still remain optimistic. Still plenty to play for and surely we can do better against Crewe; Olham and Stevenage?[/p][/quote]Noah, you are right that their keeper,. fon Williams, was superb. As you would expect from a keeper who has played several youth internationals for Wales, and has been in their full international squad, though only on their bench so far. A lesser keeper would have let in at least one of those goals. And a better attack than ours would have scored at least one of them. Boris
  • Score: 26

11:19pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Boris says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
Agree that there is still plenty to play for but unfortunately the players and managers tactics don't seem to agree.

Was good that the fans didn't boo during the game, they waited for the appropriate time at the end of the match . I for one didn't boo at the end as I couldn't be bothered to waste any more energy on them.
The loudest booing of the game came not at the end, but when the Tranmere players celebrated their first goal by pointing to the Col U badges on their (our!) shirts.
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: Agree that there is still plenty to play for but unfortunately the players and managers tactics don't seem to agree. Was good that the fans didn't boo during the game, they waited for the appropriate time at the end of the match . I for one didn't boo at the end as I couldn't be bothered to waste any more energy on them.[/p][/quote]The loudest booing of the game came not at the end, but when the Tranmere players celebrated their first goal by pointing to the Col U badges on their (our!) shirts. Boris
  • Score: 32

7:32am Sun 6 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

Being above the relegation zone on goal difference is horrible. I felt physically sick yesterday.
One thing that struck me was how many chances Colchester United had. Their goalie saved about 3 or 4 good efforts in the first half, then Vise free kick, a goal line header clearance and a couple of Jabo scuffs could have been a heavy score in our favour.
It is our defensive friaries that cost us, because let's be honest, Tranmere were rubbish.
I still maintain, with a lot of confidence that Col U will stay up.
Being above the relegation zone on goal difference is horrible. I felt physically sick yesterday. One thing that struck me was how many chances Colchester United had. Their goalie saved about 3 or 4 good efforts in the first half, then Vise free kick, a goal line header clearance and a couple of Jabo scuffs could have been a heavy score in our favour. It is our defensive friaries that cost us, because let's be honest, Tranmere were rubbish. I still maintain, with a lot of confidence that Col U will stay up. super waluigi
  • Score: -15

2:56pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Bampotonian says...

Down and Out!!
Down and Out!! Bampotonian
  • Score: 22

12:17am Mon 7 Apr 14

Boris says...

super waluigi wrote:
Being above the relegation zone on goal difference is horrible. I felt physically sick yesterday.
One thing that struck me was how many chances Colchester United had. Their goalie saved about 3 or 4 good efforts in the first half, then Vise free kick, a goal line header clearance and a couple of Jabo scuffs could have been a heavy score in our favour.
It is our defensive friaries that cost us, because let's be honest, Tranmere were rubbish.
I still maintain, with a lot of confidence that Col U will stay up.
Friaries? Is that your predictive text speaking, Super? It is rubbish.
But you are right, we are going to stay up. Up the U's.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Being above the relegation zone on goal difference is horrible. I felt physically sick yesterday. One thing that struck me was how many chances Colchester United had. Their goalie saved about 3 or 4 good efforts in the first half, then Vise free kick, a goal line header clearance and a couple of Jabo scuffs could have been a heavy score in our favour. It is our defensive friaries that cost us, because let's be honest, Tranmere were rubbish. I still maintain, with a lot of confidence that Col U will stay up.[/p][/quote]Friaries? Is that your predictive text speaking, Super? It is rubbish. But you are right, we are going to stay up. Up the U's. Boris
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bampotonian says...

http://www.stevenage
fc.com/news/article/
gw-we-have-to-win-ne
xt-saturday-1471039.
aspx?
Stevenage couldn't hope for a better game for a guaranteed three points!!
http://www.stevenage fc.com/news/article/ gw-we-have-to-win-ne xt-saturday-1471039. aspx? Stevenage couldn't hope for a better game for a guaranteed three points!! Bampotonian
  • Score: 1

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