Walker - we must pick ourselves up

Gazette: Realistic - Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker admits they are in "deep trouble" following a damaging 2-1 defeat against Tranmere Rovers. Picture: SEANA HUGHES Realistic - Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker admits they are in "deep trouble" following a damaging 2-1 defeat against Tranmere Rovers. Picture: SEANA HUGHES

Colchester United’s Sam Walker admitted his side are in deep trouble after the hammer-blow of their 2-1 defeat by Tranmere Rovers.

The goalkeeper described the setback as one of his worst since joining the club.

But he remains convinced his team can come out with “all guns blazing” in their final five fixtures and preserve their League One status.

Only goal difference is now keeping them above the trap door after slipping to their fourth straight defeat.

“I’m bitterly disappointed,” said the former Chelsea keeper.

“It’s one of the worst results I’ve had since I’ve been here. It’s right up there.

“But we have to pick ourselves up again because we’re really in trouble now."

For five pages of coverage of Colchester's game against Tranmere, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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8:59am Mon 7 Apr 14

Ozzie says...

Well, we all hope that the guns will be blazing goals at Stevenage on Saturday. We won there last year but that means nothing unless we can turn it on again this season. It is a real 6 pointer and every man wearing a blue and white (or plain white) shirt needs to play with the kind of passion and desire to ensure we win at all costs. Nothing less will do now.Each match is going to be a cup final! Win every game and we will survive. Lose one and we are then dependent upon other team's results. I hope we can do it but I cannot help but think pessimistically - us fans are all despondent and disappointed. The players have a lot to prove. Come on you U's!!
Well, we all hope that the guns will be blazing goals at Stevenage on Saturday. We won there last year but that means nothing unless we can turn it on again this season. It is a real 6 pointer and every man wearing a blue and white (or plain white) shirt needs to play with the kind of passion and desire to ensure we win at all costs. Nothing less will do now.Each match is going to be a cup final! Win every game and we will survive. Lose one and we are then dependent upon other team's results. I hope we can do it but I cannot help but think pessimistically - us fans are all despondent and disappointed. The players have a lot to prove. Come on you U's!! Ozzie
  • Score: 41

9:21am Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

To put it mildly, more like get your finger's out, another poor defensive display and I stick to what I sad about you earlier in the season.
To put it mildly, more like get your finger's out, another poor defensive display and I stick to what I sad about you earlier in the season. totallyfootball
  • Score: 31

10:09am Mon 7 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight.
We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck.
If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure.
The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight. We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck. If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure. super waluigi
  • Score: -30

10:13am Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

super waluigi wrote:
The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight.
We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck.
If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure.
Fingers and all else crossed Super?
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight. We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck. If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure.[/p][/quote]Fingers and all else crossed Super? totallyfootball
  • Score: 24

12:18pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Hitting the post at least five times in as many matches has cost us at least two dropped points (e.g. deserved draws that became defeats), so I reckon we are somewhat unlucky to be in this position. If we were already on 45 points we would have comparatively little to do (e.g. given the mathematics). Surely we are due some luck now (....please Mr Referee)?

Nothing less than a win against EITHER (one of) Stevenage or Crewe will do for comfort. But a draw on Saturday and then later a point at Crewe won't technically be a disaster; provided that in between we beat Oldham at home; Lots to play for, and it's perhaps good to have something at stake at season's end and things not fizzle out with little purpose. It's just a shame that this excitement isn't at the other end of the table.
Hitting the post at least five times in as many matches has cost us at least two dropped points (e.g. deserved draws that became defeats), so I reckon we are somewhat unlucky to be in this position. If we were already on 45 points we would have comparatively little to do (e.g. given the mathematics). Surely we are due some luck now (....please Mr Referee)? Nothing less than a win against EITHER (one of) Stevenage or Crewe will do for comfort. But a draw on Saturday and then later a point at Crewe won't technically be a disaster; provided that in between we beat Oldham at home; Lots to play for, and it's perhaps good to have something at stake at season's end and things not fizzle out with little purpose. It's just a shame that this excitement isn't at the other end of the table. Noah4x4
  • Score: -46

12:24pm Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Hitting the post at least five times in as many matches has cost us at least two dropped points (e.g. deserved draws that became defeats), so I reckon we are somewhat unlucky to be in this position. If we were already on 45 points we would have comparatively little to do (e.g. given the mathematics). Surely we are due some luck now (....please Mr Referee)?

Nothing less than a win against EITHER (one of) Stevenage or Crewe will do for comfort. But a draw on Saturday and then later a point at Crewe won't technically be a disaster; provided that in between we beat Oldham at home; Lots to play for, and it's perhaps good to have something at stake at season's end and things not fizzle out with little purpose. It's just a shame that this excitement isn't at the other end of the table.
Excitement, really?
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Hitting the post at least five times in as many matches has cost us at least two dropped points (e.g. deserved draws that became defeats), so I reckon we are somewhat unlucky to be in this position. If we were already on 45 points we would have comparatively little to do (e.g. given the mathematics). Surely we are due some luck now (....please Mr Referee)? Nothing less than a win against EITHER (one of) Stevenage or Crewe will do for comfort. But a draw on Saturday and then later a point at Crewe won't technically be a disaster; provided that in between we beat Oldham at home; Lots to play for, and it's perhaps good to have something at stake at season's end and things not fizzle out with little purpose. It's just a shame that this excitement isn't at the other end of the table.[/p][/quote]Excitement, really? totallyfootball
  • Score: 26

1:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

It's very difficult to not be frustrated in this situation. Had we been consistently outplayed and let in well crafted goals by "better" sides it would have been easier to take. The fact that the majority of goals conceded in the last six weeks, (and possibly most of the season), have been gifted to the opposition means the team are in a mess of their own making. Missing chance after chance at the other end clearly not helping either. The good thing is that these errors can be cut out and the chances can be taken. Whether or not that will happen time will tell. The most dissappointing thing to come from Saturday was JD's interview post match which tells me more than ever that confidence in that squad is rock bottom and we as fans must be supportive to the very end. Save the booing and negativity for if (not neccessarily when) we are relegated. Whatever your view point I am sure the common factor of all those who post on here is that no one welcomes relegation.

Form is not with us at the moment and a repetition of the last 5 games in the final 5 games will no doubt see us relegated....but can we maintain being this poor?

I always felt 9 points from the Tranmere, Notts County, Stevenage, Oldham and Crew games would be enough and that is still possible. Difficult but nonetheles possible. 7 points will probably be enough as long as we don't gift points to those around us.

It's a shame it has got to this point again. The Gillingham game looked as though it was going to herald a more promising second half to the season but since the wet weather forced a break on us it has been catastrophe after catastrophe. Let's hope we can see it out in the next few weeks. There is enough talent in that squad and for me some of the "bigger" names need to put a lot more of a shift in. Words don't cut it anymore.
It's very difficult to not be frustrated in this situation. Had we been consistently outplayed and let in well crafted goals by "better" sides it would have been easier to take. The fact that the majority of goals conceded in the last six weeks, (and possibly most of the season), have been gifted to the opposition means the team are in a mess of their own making. Missing chance after chance at the other end clearly not helping either. The good thing is that these errors can be cut out and the chances can be taken. Whether or not that will happen time will tell. The most dissappointing thing to come from Saturday was JD's interview post match which tells me more than ever that confidence in that squad is rock bottom and we as fans must be supportive to the very end. Save the booing and negativity for if (not neccessarily when) we are relegated. Whatever your view point I am sure the common factor of all those who post on here is that no one welcomes relegation. Form is not with us at the moment and a repetition of the last 5 games in the final 5 games will no doubt see us relegated....but can we maintain being this poor? I always felt 9 points from the Tranmere, Notts County, Stevenage, Oldham and Crew games would be enough and that is still possible. Difficult but nonetheles possible. 7 points will probably be enough as long as we don't gift points to those around us. It's a shame it has got to this point again. The Gillingham game looked as though it was going to herald a more promising second half to the season but since the wet weather forced a break on us it has been catastrophe after catastrophe. Let's hope we can see it out in the next few weeks. There is enough talent in that squad and for me some of the "bigger" names need to put a lot more of a shift in. Words don't cut it anymore. Eddy D
  • Score: -31

3:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch.

Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire.

I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”.

We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly!
Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch. Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire. I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”. We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly! Noah4x4
  • Score: -34

3:52pm Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch.

Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire.

I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”.

We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly!
Noah, you are very loyal but I feel that at times its misplaced, its obvious why we want Joe Dunne gone, Houghton was five points above the zone not right in the thick of it, what Norwich has done is madness but that's Norfolk for you! Who would we replace him with, lets see who is up for it and what cost is involved as long as they are not from within the club, a new broom is much needed. I don't really have a preference as long as they have passion and the heart and guts for a fight and not keep making stupid excuses and blaming all but himself, he tried and he has failed simple as that. There is a very good manager half an hour down the road at Braintree if you really need a suggestion?
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch. Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire. I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”. We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly![/p][/quote]Noah, you are very loyal but I feel that at times its misplaced, its obvious why we want Joe Dunne gone, Houghton was five points above the zone not right in the thick of it, what Norwich has done is madness but that's Norfolk for you! Who would we replace him with, lets see who is up for it and what cost is involved as long as they are not from within the club, a new broom is much needed. I don't really have a preference as long as they have passion and the heart and guts for a fight and not keep making stupid excuses and blaming all but himself, he tried and he has failed simple as that. There is a very good manager half an hour down the road at Braintree if you really need a suggestion? totallyfootball
  • Score: 28

5:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

I am still supporting "Joey Dunne" and his "blue and white army"; and hope that Joe is in charge for some considerable while to come. However, I can understand why Braintree's Alan Devonshire is perhaps a current popular choice as a future replacement (e.g. a suggestion from Totallyfootball).

But (IMHO) Alan Devonshire would be bonkers coming to WHCS. Given his achievements at Braintree (irrespective of the likelihood of promotion), surely Alan will be looking to do a Parkinson or Lambert; and get a leg up to a club with far higher gates; far greater resources and with more money to spend than the U's? If you listen to our regular critics, he might as well stay at Braintree? But surely other clubs must have also noticed this fine ex-West Ham footballer and what he has achieved for the Iron this season? The U's have also had 27 managers in 55 years; including 6 whilst at WHCS. So is he brave enough to put his current good reputation on the line and perhaps be a turkey voting for an early Xmas before the end of season 2014-15? If I were he, I would be asking my agent, how long before the more fickle U's fans that constantly moan in the Gazette about U's management start shouting "Devonshire Out"?.... "make sure I get a four year contract"....

But Joe Dunne has been repeatedly criticised in these columns for having "limited experience" yet.in another breath, Alan Devonshire is now being suggested as his successor despite having managed only two very lowly non-league teams and one in the Conference Premier. At Braintree; he has only been in charge for a mere103 games with a 38% win rate. Admittedly, he has done well recently, but overall his record in the Conference is limited to mid table form. Frankly, I don't see what advantage Devonshire might brings over Joe Dunne (and he offers no Football League managerial 'experience'), Also the last two Iron games that I saw (both this season) featured largely "Hoofball" .So is that what we expect him to bring to WHCS; mirroring what U's fans didn't like when Boothroyd was here? ......oh, I forgot to mention; .....Devonshire ended his playing career at Watford......er, raise the floodlights Sparky...
I am still supporting "Joey Dunne" and his "blue and white army"; and hope that Joe is in charge for some considerable while to come. However, I can understand why Braintree's Alan Devonshire is perhaps a current popular choice as a future replacement (e.g. a suggestion from Totallyfootball). But (IMHO) Alan Devonshire would be bonkers coming to WHCS. Given his achievements at Braintree (irrespective of the likelihood of promotion), surely Alan will be looking to do a Parkinson or Lambert; and get a leg up to a club with far higher gates; far greater resources and with more money to spend than the U's? If you listen to our regular critics, he might as well stay at Braintree? But surely other clubs must have also noticed this fine ex-West Ham footballer and what he has achieved for the Iron this season? The U's have also had 27 managers in 55 years; including 6 whilst at WHCS. So is he brave enough to put his current good reputation on the line and perhaps be a turkey voting for an early Xmas before the end of season 2014-15? If I were he, I would be asking my agent, how long before the more fickle U's fans that constantly moan in the Gazette about U's management start shouting "Devonshire Out"?.... "make sure I get a four year contract".... But Joe Dunne has been repeatedly criticised in these columns for having "limited experience" yet.in another breath, Alan Devonshire is now being suggested as his successor despite having managed only two very lowly non-league teams and one in the Conference Premier. At Braintree; he has only been in charge for a mere103 games with a 38% win rate. Admittedly, he has done well recently, but overall his record in the Conference is limited to mid table form. Frankly, I don't see what advantage Devonshire might brings over Joe Dunne (and he offers no Football League managerial 'experience'), Also the last two Iron games that I saw (both this season) featured largely "Hoofball" .So is that what we expect him to bring to WHCS; mirroring what U's fans didn't like when Boothroyd was here? ......oh, I forgot to mention; .....Devonshire ended his playing career at Watford......er, raise the floodlights Sparky... Noah4x4
  • Score: -36

6:19pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Col utd says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch.

Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire.

I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”.

We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly!
See how you are pointing 3 players out of a team off 11 Noah when the whole team is at fault not just 3 players. Clinton & Wilson for two games never played are they to blame for the two defeats... Zzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch. Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire. I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”. We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly![/p][/quote]See how you are pointing 3 players out of a team off 11 Noah when the whole team is at fault not just 3 players. Clinton & Wilson for two games never played are they to blame for the two defeats... Zzzzz Col utd
  • Score: 53

7:04pm Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
I am still supporting "Joey Dunne" and his "blue and white army"; and hope that Joe is in charge for some considerable while to come. However, I can understand why Braintree's Alan Devonshire is perhaps a current popular choice as a future replacement (e.g. a suggestion from Totallyfootball).

But (IMHO) Alan Devonshire would be bonkers coming to WHCS. Given his achievements at Braintree (irrespective of the likelihood of promotion), surely Alan will be looking to do a Parkinson or Lambert; and get a leg up to a club with far higher gates; far greater resources and with more money to spend than the U's? If you listen to our regular critics, he might as well stay at Braintree? But surely other clubs must have also noticed this fine ex-West Ham footballer and what he has achieved for the Iron this season? The U's have also had 27 managers in 55 years; including 6 whilst at WHCS. So is he brave enough to put his current good reputation on the line and perhaps be a turkey voting for an early Xmas before the end of season 2014-15? If I were he, I would be asking my agent, how long before the more fickle U's fans that constantly moan in the Gazette about U's management start shouting "Devonshire Out"?.... "make sure I get a four year contract"....

But Joe Dunne has been repeatedly criticised in these columns for having "limited experience" yet.in another breath, Alan Devonshire is now being suggested as his successor despite having managed only two very lowly non-league teams and one in the Conference Premier. At Braintree; he has only been in charge for a mere103 games with a 38% win rate. Admittedly, he has done well recently, but overall his record in the Conference is limited to mid table form. Frankly, I don't see what advantage Devonshire might brings over Joe Dunne (and he offers no Football League managerial 'experience'), Also the last two Iron games that I saw (both this season) featured largely "Hoofball" .So is that what we expect him to bring to WHCS; mirroring what U's fans didn't like when Boothroyd was here? ......oh, I forgot to mention; .....Devonshire ended his playing career at Watford......er, raise the floodlights Sparky...
Go and watch a Braintree game and see the difference, ,Joe Dunne is stagnant water where Devonshire is fast flowing, tidal even! What he lacks in managerial time he has gained being in the game a lot longer than Joe and will still be in it when Joe is long gone. Lets get real?
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: I am still supporting "Joey Dunne" and his "blue and white army"; and hope that Joe is in charge for some considerable while to come. However, I can understand why Braintree's Alan Devonshire is perhaps a current popular choice as a future replacement (e.g. a suggestion from Totallyfootball). But (IMHO) Alan Devonshire would be bonkers coming to WHCS. Given his achievements at Braintree (irrespective of the likelihood of promotion), surely Alan will be looking to do a Parkinson or Lambert; and get a leg up to a club with far higher gates; far greater resources and with more money to spend than the U's? If you listen to our regular critics, he might as well stay at Braintree? But surely other clubs must have also noticed this fine ex-West Ham footballer and what he has achieved for the Iron this season? The U's have also had 27 managers in 55 years; including 6 whilst at WHCS. So is he brave enough to put his current good reputation on the line and perhaps be a turkey voting for an early Xmas before the end of season 2014-15? If I were he, I would be asking my agent, how long before the more fickle U's fans that constantly moan in the Gazette about U's management start shouting "Devonshire Out"?.... "make sure I get a four year contract".... But Joe Dunne has been repeatedly criticised in these columns for having "limited experience" yet.in another breath, Alan Devonshire is now being suggested as his successor despite having managed only two very lowly non-league teams and one in the Conference Premier. At Braintree; he has only been in charge for a mere103 games with a 38% win rate. Admittedly, he has done well recently, but overall his record in the Conference is limited to mid table form. Frankly, I don't see what advantage Devonshire might brings over Joe Dunne (and he offers no Football League managerial 'experience'), Also the last two Iron games that I saw (both this season) featured largely "Hoofball" .So is that what we expect him to bring to WHCS; mirroring what U's fans didn't like when Boothroyd was here? ......oh, I forgot to mention; .....Devonshire ended his playing career at Watford......er, raise the floodlights Sparky...[/p][/quote]Go and watch a Braintree game and see the difference, ,Joe Dunne is stagnant water where Devonshire is fast flowing, tidal even! What he lacks in managerial time he has gained being in the game a lot longer than Joe and will still be in it when Joe is long gone. Lets get real? totallyfootball
  • Score: 32

9:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

25414nora says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch.

Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire.

I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”.

We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly!
Hey Ho Yet another masterpiece of a comment from our very own 'Noah4x4'.
Is there no end of this guy's footballing knowledge ?
He's a virtual walking talking encyclopedia.
This is a golden opportunity for some of the "clan negative's" on here to take in some of Noah's advice. re:- supporter loyalty, sportsmanship, and how to control one's inflated expectations. .
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Everybody has their own opinion and some within these threads will blame the team manager and chairman if their half time pie is ‘Beef & Ale’ when they wanted ‘Steak & Kidney’. But I agree with Eddy D, most of the recent defeats have resulted from individual errors in defence and/or ineptitude in front of goal; hence player errors; and not mistakes made in the technical area, manager’s office or training pitch. Joe Dunne is evidently just as frustrated as we. No player deliberately makes such errors, and I can’t see how these are ever the manager’s fault beyond his team selection? Plenty do moan about “tactics”; but surely these individual errors will keep occurring unless we have available better players in whatever formation. Example; Clinton Morrison has four goals in 62 matches (note; Joe Dunne can't take shots for him). Magnus and Wilson have been vulnerable down the right side all season; and look at the problems at right full back on Saturday when Wilson was suspended. Solutions are not easy to find; Joe Dunne can only select from the squad available; and other than the youngsters; the older brethren that are repeatedly making these same errors are largely what he inherited from John Ward that he cannot replace until their contracts expire. I just wish that those calling for Joe Dunne’s head would state who they would employ instead; why that person might come to WHCS; and how we might afford him; and please don’t say “Kinsella or Duguid” when the biggest moan is that Joe Dunne “has limited experience”. We can all see the problems on the pitch; but nobody is offering sensible solutions. “Dunne out” is no more constructive than what the Budgies have done to Chris Hughton (branded “deluded and bonkers” by Gary Lineker); but at least Norwich with 22,000 + gates do have money for his replacement when we don’t. So if Cowling did sack Joe, who might we bring in? Chris Hughton?…. don't be silly![/p][/quote]Hey Ho Yet another masterpiece of a comment from our very own 'Noah4x4'. Is there no end of this guy's footballing knowledge ? He's a virtual walking talking encyclopedia. This is a golden opportunity for some of the "clan negative's" on here to take in some of Noah's advice. re:- supporter loyalty, sportsmanship, and how to control one's inflated expectations. . 25414nora
  • Score: -43

10:22pm Mon 7 Apr 14

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

Noah4x4 wrote:
I am still supporting "Joey Dunne" and his "blue and white army"; and hope that Joe is in charge for some considerable while to come. However, I can understand why Braintree's Alan Devonshire is perhaps a current popular choice as a future replacement (e.g. a suggestion from Totallyfootball).

But (IMHO) Alan Devonshire would be bonkers coming to WHCS. Given his achievements at Braintree (irrespective of the likelihood of promotion), surely Alan will be looking to do a Parkinson or Lambert; and get a leg up to a club with far higher gates; far greater resources and with more money to spend than the U's? If you listen to our regular critics, he might as well stay at Braintree? But surely other clubs must have also noticed this fine ex-West Ham footballer and what he has achieved for the Iron this season? The U's have also had 27 managers in 55 years; including 6 whilst at WHCS. So is he brave enough to put his current good reputation on the line and perhaps be a turkey voting for an early Xmas before the end of season 2014-15? If I were he, I would be asking my agent, how long before the more fickle U's fans that constantly moan in the Gazette about U's management start shouting "Devonshire Out"?.... "make sure I get a four year contract"....

But Joe Dunne has been repeatedly criticised in these columns for having "limited experience" yet.in another breath, Alan Devonshire is now being suggested as his successor despite having managed only two very lowly non-league teams and one in the Conference Premier. At Braintree; he has only been in charge for a mere103 games with a 38% win rate. Admittedly, he has done well recently, but overall his record in the Conference is limited to mid table form. Frankly, I don't see what advantage Devonshire might brings over Joe Dunne (and he offers no Football League managerial 'experience'), Also the last two Iron games that I saw (both this season) featured largely "Hoofball" .So is that what we expect him to bring to WHCS; mirroring what U's fans didn't like when Boothroyd was here? ......oh, I forgot to mention; .....Devonshire ended his playing career at Watford......er, raise the floodlights Sparky...
Don't often agree with you Noah but some very valid points. Not that I agree with everything you've said but I like to be fair and give acknowledgement.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: I am still supporting "Joey Dunne" and his "blue and white army"; and hope that Joe is in charge for some considerable while to come. However, I can understand why Braintree's Alan Devonshire is perhaps a current popular choice as a future replacement (e.g. a suggestion from Totallyfootball). But (IMHO) Alan Devonshire would be bonkers coming to WHCS. Given his achievements at Braintree (irrespective of the likelihood of promotion), surely Alan will be looking to do a Parkinson or Lambert; and get a leg up to a club with far higher gates; far greater resources and with more money to spend than the U's? If you listen to our regular critics, he might as well stay at Braintree? But surely other clubs must have also noticed this fine ex-West Ham footballer and what he has achieved for the Iron this season? The U's have also had 27 managers in 55 years; including 6 whilst at WHCS. So is he brave enough to put his current good reputation on the line and perhaps be a turkey voting for an early Xmas before the end of season 2014-15? If I were he, I would be asking my agent, how long before the more fickle U's fans that constantly moan in the Gazette about U's management start shouting "Devonshire Out"?.... "make sure I get a four year contract".... But Joe Dunne has been repeatedly criticised in these columns for having "limited experience" yet.in another breath, Alan Devonshire is now being suggested as his successor despite having managed only two very lowly non-league teams and one in the Conference Premier. At Braintree; he has only been in charge for a mere103 games with a 38% win rate. Admittedly, he has done well recently, but overall his record in the Conference is limited to mid table form. Frankly, I don't see what advantage Devonshire might brings over Joe Dunne (and he offers no Football League managerial 'experience'), Also the last two Iron games that I saw (both this season) featured largely "Hoofball" .So is that what we expect him to bring to WHCS; mirroring what U's fans didn't like when Boothroyd was here? ......oh, I forgot to mention; .....Devonshire ended his playing career at Watford......er, raise the floodlights Sparky...[/p][/quote]Don't often agree with you Noah but some very valid points. Not that I agree with everything you've said but I like to be fair and give acknowledgement. We're not singing anymore!!!
  • Score: -33

10:29pm Mon 7 Apr 14

25414nora says...

super waluigi wrote:
The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight.
We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck.
If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure.
Great comment super waluigi, your criticism of the team is constructive,
you put forward your viewpoint, and clearly state your own personal preferences.
And all this- without name checking, without abusing the manager, chairman,
or players. and most of all- without a display of childish hysteria.
Nice One....
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight. We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck. If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure.[/p][/quote]Great comment super waluigi, your criticism of the team is constructive, you put forward your viewpoint, and clearly state your own personal preferences. And all this- without name checking, without abusing the manager, chairman, or players. and most of all- without a display of childish hysteria. Nice One.... 25414nora
  • Score: -37

1:37am Tue 8 Apr 14

Boris says...

25414nora wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight.
We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck.
If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure.
Great comment super waluigi, your criticism of the team is constructive,
you put forward your viewpoint, and clearly state your own personal preferences.
And all this- without name checking, without abusing the manager, chairman,
or players. and most of all- without a display of childish hysteria.
Nice One....
Well said, Nora and super.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: The U's players have put themselves in this relegation fight. We have as good chance as perhaps 12 teams of being relegated. Form is vital, but so is injuries, games in hand, remaining fixtures, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck. If we can beat Stevenage on Saturday then I think we will stay up for sure.[/p][/quote]Great comment super waluigi, your criticism of the team is constructive, you put forward your viewpoint, and clearly state your own personal preferences. And all this- without name checking, without abusing the manager, chairman, or players. and most of all- without a display of childish hysteria. Nice One....[/p][/quote]Well said, Nora and super. Boris
  • Score: -34

7:07am Tue 8 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Nothing "virtual" about me Nora; but I am a "walking talking" example of a retired person that might be long on years but has embraced the modern world where the Internet "encyclopaedia" is awash with data to verify stuff. So any criticism of me by others for "slaughtering some old geezers" is daft as I am one myself, just more resourceful.

I don't have any problem with people holding anecdotal opinion; be that optimism or pessimism; but when people repeatedly chant ridiculous "facts" about the U's for whatever propaganda purposes, I feel that somebody has to respond with the truth; sourced from whatever credible "encyclopaedia" is available. The fact is that we have had 27 managers in 55 years; and 6 at WHCS. We never give them chance to finish the job with one exception. Parkinson (42.58% wins) took 141 games to arrive at his promotion winning squad and after his final 46 games he left a hero. Funny how Lambert (45.4%) leaves after 42 games to similarly better his career and is deemed a 'villain' and Boothroyd (43.18%) gets sacked after just 44 as the devil incarnate., both having better records in their first 40 U games than Parky. This is an odd season with the top five so dominant, as anybody below 12th has long been in fear of the drop, and that may have even encouraged complacency? Who knows, as we are not party to what goes on in a dressing room (so why do so many talk as if they are flies on the wall?)

I just want to see Joe Dunne be given the opportunity to finish the job. The next transfer window + six games. If he is still failing, then I will join 'Clan Negative' but let's first give the man enough time.
Nothing "virtual" about me Nora; but I am a "walking talking" example of a retired person that might be long on years but has embraced the modern world where the Internet "encyclopaedia" is awash with data to verify stuff. So any criticism of me by others for "slaughtering some old geezers" is daft as I am one myself, just more resourceful. I don't have any problem with people holding anecdotal opinion; be that optimism or pessimism; but when people repeatedly chant ridiculous "facts" about the U's for whatever propaganda purposes, I feel that somebody has to respond with the truth; sourced from whatever credible "encyclopaedia" is available. The fact is that we have had 27 managers in 55 years; and 6 at WHCS. We never give them chance to finish the job with one exception. Parkinson (42.58% wins) took 141 games to arrive at his promotion winning squad and after his final 46 games he left a hero. Funny how Lambert (45.4%) leaves after 42 games to similarly better his career and is deemed a 'villain' and Boothroyd (43.18%) gets sacked after just 44 as the devil incarnate., both having better records in their first 40 U games than Parky. This is an odd season with the top five so dominant, as anybody below 12th has long been in fear of the drop, and that may have even encouraged complacency? Who knows, as we are not party to what goes on in a dressing room (so why do so many talk as if they are flies on the wall?) I just want to see Joe Dunne be given the opportunity to finish the job. The next transfer window + six games. If he is still failing, then I will join 'Clan Negative' but let's first give the man enough time. Noah4x4
  • Score: -41

11:59am Tue 8 Apr 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

The players now find themselves with their backs against the ropes and it's high time they stood up and proved to the supporters of Colchester United that they warrant being called professional footballers.
The players now find themselves with their backs against the ropes and it's high time they stood up and proved to the supporters of Colchester United that they warrant being called professional footballers. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 33

8:20pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Let’s be clear about this: the length of managerial reigns in the last millennium has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to Colchester United in 2014! Times have changed and so has football, unrecognizably so during just the last decade.

Quite frankly using outdated and irrelevant ‘facts’ to somehow justify the retention of a failing manager, with a win percentage of just 28.41%, shows how clan deluded lost the argument months ago!

The notion that Noah4x4 somehow has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of football’ is not only preposterous, but utterly laughable! Let’s face it even the Anfield cat has more football insight than the club-line enthusiasts Noah and Nora combined.

Let’s look at the extent of Noah’s ‘resourcefulness
by taking, for example, the win percentage for Alan Devonshire at Braintree that he copied off Wikipedia that is over 6 months out of date! Aidy Boothroyd sacked, really? No, actually he was poached by Coventry City! Any old Tom, Richard, or Harry, can source so-called facts off the internet, however Noah is incapable of constructing a logical argument using critical thinking...

The only vaguely honest element to Noah’s ludicrous slew of half-truths on this article is the telling admission that he has too much time on his hands. Perhaps train spotting would be a more suitable retirement hobby for his particular personality type!
Let’s be clear about this: the length of managerial reigns in the last millennium has absolutely no relevance whatsoever to Colchester United in 2014! Times have changed and so has football, unrecognizably so during just the last decade. Quite frankly using outdated and irrelevant ‘facts’ to somehow justify the retention of a failing manager, with a win percentage of just 28.41%, shows how clan deluded lost the argument months ago! The notion that Noah4x4 somehow has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of football’ is not only preposterous, but utterly laughable! Let’s face it even the Anfield cat has more football insight than the club-line enthusiasts Noah and Nora combined. Let’s look at the extent of Noah’s ‘resourcefulness by taking, for example, the win percentage for Alan Devonshire at Braintree that he copied off Wikipedia that is over 6 months out of date! Aidy Boothroyd sacked, really? No, actually he was poached by Coventry City! Any old Tom, Richard, or Harry, can source so-called facts off the internet, however Noah is incapable of constructing a logical argument using critical thinking... The only vaguely honest element to Noah’s ludicrous slew of half-truths on this article is the telling admission that he has too much time on his hands. Perhaps train spotting would be a more suitable retirement hobby for his particular personality type! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 29

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