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U's boss Joe Dunne

U's boss Joe Dunne

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COLCHESTER’S body-blow at home to Tranmere sparked a rather unfortunate post-match discussion among the press pack, in the minutes spent waiting for U’s boss Joe Dunne.

The question was simple.

Which is or was the worst, most worrying predicament – the club’s precarious position with five games to go last season or the position they find themselves in now?

Both were and still are unenviable, nerve-jangling scenarios.

But surely the honest, realistic answer is that the current dilemma is of greater concern.

Colchester were 19th this time last season, after 41 games. This time they’re 18th.

However, they had the relative luxury of being six points better off than third-from-bottom Portsmouth.

This time, it’s only goal difference keeping them out of the drop zone and, to compound matters, they’ve played a game more than the sides directly below them - Tranmere and Carlisle.

Colchester knew their fate was firmly in their own hands last season.

They made hard work of it, beating Orient, losing to Notts County and MK Dons, drawing with Shrewsbury but then winning at Carlisle to secure another season of League One football.

Once again, their fate still rests in their own hands.

However, they absolutely must arrest this current slide in form – a run of results that, at the moment, suggests only one thing - that the worst-case scenario is inevitable.

Performances have become irrelevant.

It’s all about points and not least because their last few fixtures include six-points against the likes of Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, before ending with much tougher matches (on paper at least) against Brentford and Walsall.

Such rank bad form is bound to cause anger, pile on the pressure and allow negativity to prosper.

But Joe Dunne and his players cannot allow their focus to slip, now more than ever.

Wave the white flag and it’s curtains. Goodnight Vienna.

Come out fighting and it could be a very different, happier ending.

It’s not going to be pretty.

It’s going to be tense and it’s not for the faint-hearted, as was the case this time last year.

But let’s just hope and pray that results in the coming weeks lead to the same outcome – survival.

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5:38pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Bampotonian says...

I wish I could be optimistic, but I'm afraid the writing has been on the wall for a while... League 2 here we come.
I wish I could be optimistic, but I'm afraid the writing has been on the wall for a while... League 2 here we come. Bampotonian
  • Score: 57

7:21pm Tue 8 Apr 14

25414nora says...

Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season.
On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium.
Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . .
Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season. On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium. Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . . 25414nora
  • Score: -13

8:31pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Hope and prayer just about sums up the extent of the U’s realistic survival chances considering their current woeful short, medium, and long term form!

U’s form since February:

16. Shrewsbury P 13 W 03 D 06 L 04 F 10 A 12 -2 15pts (1.15 pts per game)
17. Crawley P 13 W 04 D 03 L 06 F 11 A 14 -3 15pts (1.15 pts per game)
18. Stevenage P 15 W 04 D 05 L 06 F 16 A 17 -1 17pts (1.13 pts per game)
19. Notts County P 12 W 04 D 01 L 07 F 18 A 24 -6 13pts (1.08 pts per game)
20. Bradford City P 14 W 04 D 03 L 07 F 14 A 19 -5 15pts (1.07 pts per game)
21. Coventry City P 14 W 04 D 03 L 07 F 16 A 24 -8 15pts (1.07 pts per game)
22. Carlisle P 13 W 03 D 04 L 06 F 09 A 14 -5 13pts (1.00 pts per game)
23. Walsall P 12 W 02 D 04 L 06 F 09 A 16 -7 10pts (0.83 pts per game)
24. Colchester P 15 W 02 D 03 L 10 F 10 A 23 -13 9pts (0.60 pts per game)

U’s form since 11th August 2013:

16. Oldham P 39 W 11 D 11 L 17 F 42 A 53 -11 44pts
17. Carlisle P 38 W 11 D 10 L 17 F 39 A 52 -13 43pts
18. Crawley P 36 W 10 D 12 L 14 F 34 A 43 -9 42pts
19. Tranmere P 38 W 11 D 09 L 18 F 45 A 64 -19 42pts
20. Crewe P 39 W 11 D 09 L 19 F 46 A 72 -26 42pts
21. Shrewsbury P 39 W 09 D 13 L 17 F 37 A 47 -10 40pts
22. Notts County P 39 W 12 D 04 L 23 F 52 A 66 -14 40pts
23. Stevenage P 39 W 10 D 09 L 20 F 37 A 56 -19 39pts
24. Colchester P 39 W 08 D 13 L 18 F 43 A 57 -14 37pts
Hope and prayer just about sums up the extent of the U’s realistic survival chances considering their current woeful short, medium, and long term form! U’s form since February: 16. Shrewsbury P 13 W 03 D 06 L 04 F 10 A 12 -2 15pts (1.15 pts per game) 17. Crawley P 13 W 04 D 03 L 06 F 11 A 14 -3 15pts (1.15 pts per game) 18. Stevenage P 15 W 04 D 05 L 06 F 16 A 17 -1 17pts (1.13 pts per game) 19. Notts County P 12 W 04 D 01 L 07 F 18 A 24 -6 13pts (1.08 pts per game) 20. Bradford City P 14 W 04 D 03 L 07 F 14 A 19 -5 15pts (1.07 pts per game) 21. Coventry City P 14 W 04 D 03 L 07 F 16 A 24 -8 15pts (1.07 pts per game) 22. Carlisle P 13 W 03 D 04 L 06 F 09 A 14 -5 13pts (1.00 pts per game) 23. Walsall P 12 W 02 D 04 L 06 F 09 A 16 -7 10pts (0.83 pts per game) 24. Colchester P 15 W 02 D 03 L 10 F 10 A 23 -13 9pts (0.60 pts per game) U’s form since 11th August 2013: 16. Oldham P 39 W 11 D 11 L 17 F 42 A 53 -11 44pts 17. Carlisle P 38 W 11 D 10 L 17 F 39 A 52 -13 43pts 18. Crawley P 36 W 10 D 12 L 14 F 34 A 43 -9 42pts 19. Tranmere P 38 W 11 D 09 L 18 F 45 A 64 -19 42pts 20. Crewe P 39 W 11 D 09 L 19 F 46 A 72 -26 42pts 21. Shrewsbury P 39 W 09 D 13 L 17 F 37 A 47 -10 40pts 22. Notts County P 39 W 12 D 04 L 23 F 52 A 66 -14 40pts 23. Stevenage P 39 W 10 D 09 L 20 F 37 A 56 -19 39pts 24. Colchester P 39 W 08 D 13 L 18 F 43 A 57 -14 37pts Medicated Soap
  • Score: 54

9:27pm Tue 8 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

25414nora wrote:
Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season.
On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium.
Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . .
Yes Southend have had some big crowds. Reason why? Answer by reducing admission prices to a tenner.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season. On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium. Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . .[/p][/quote]Yes Southend have had some big crowds. Reason why? Answer by reducing admission prices to a tenner. crazy comments
  • Score: 47

9:58pm Tue 8 Apr 14

whoopie says...

crazy comments wrote:
25414nora wrote:
Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season.
On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium.
Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . .
Yes Southend have had some big crowds. Reason why? Answer by reducing admission prices to a tenner.
Colchester acadamy cant get enough quality players through the sytem to make it count most of the kids coming through arnt good enough and would be released at most academy's and southend have phil brown has a good track record imwould swap him for jd all day long
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season. On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium. Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . .[/p][/quote]Yes Southend have had some big crowds. Reason why? Answer by reducing admission prices to a tenner.[/p][/quote]Colchester acadamy cant get enough quality players through the sytem to make it count most of the kids coming through arnt good enough and would be released at most academy's and southend have phil brown has a good track record imwould swap him for jd all day long whoopie
  • Score: 31

11:28pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Boris says...

crazy comments wrote:
25414nora wrote:
Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season.
On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium.
Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . .
Yes Southend have had some big crowds. Reason why? Answer by reducing admission prices to a tenner.
Crazy, I'm sure you're right, but another reason could be that they have an old ground, easy to get to, easy to park in nearby streets for free, just like Layer Road used to be.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: Not waving the White flag, but on 'current form' it's reasonable to assume we'll get no joy from either Brentford, or Walsall. We've really got to take 6 points from our 3 meetings with Stevenage, Oldham and Crewe, 'again' on current form, this is a huge task. I hate negativity, but even if we stay in Lg 1, there is a real prospect Col u will still be Ill equipped for the new season. On the other hand, If it is to be:- Goodnight Vienna, (and again not being negative) just maybe Colchester United flying high in Lg 2, will give the club more time to bring forward youngsters from the Tiptree Academy, bring back winning ways, and fill our football Stadium. Looking at neighbours Southend .big crowds, lots of interest, cup runs, etc could it be the answer for Col U ? . .[/p][/quote]Yes Southend have had some big crowds. Reason why? Answer by reducing admission prices to a tenner.[/p][/quote]Crazy, I'm sure you're right, but another reason could be that they have an old ground, easy to get to, easy to park in nearby streets for free, just like Layer Road used to be. Boris
  • Score: 20

1:20am Wed 9 Apr 14

linton68 says...

Colchester united is my adopted football club. Previously Getting to upton park from my home in Forest Gate involved underground (tube) travel with all the pimps, pickpockets, and all the general low-life's that haunt the east end. At the ground one has to contend with yobbish behaviour, foul mouthed rantings, and filthy surroundings, Absolutely no place to take women or children. Now since becoming a U's fan both at layer Rd, and the New stadium, the matchday experience is a revelation, yes a small club with limited talents, and limited ambitions, but for a football crazy family a great matchday experience. So I can well empathise with those who jealously want to protect the future stability of this fine family club.
Colchester united is my adopted football club. Previously Getting to upton park from my home in Forest Gate involved underground (tube) travel with all the pimps, pickpockets, and all the general low-life's that haunt the east end. At the ground one has to contend with yobbish behaviour, foul mouthed rantings, and filthy surroundings, Absolutely no place to take women or children. Now since becoming a U's fan both at layer Rd, and the New stadium, the matchday experience is a revelation, yes a small club with limited talents, and limited ambitions, but for a football crazy family a great matchday experience. So I can well empathise with those who jealously want to protect the future stability of this fine family club. linton68
  • Score: 14

7:29am Wed 9 Apr 14

angryman!!! says...

What ever the outcome there needs to be done big discussion and serious look into the club at the end if the season.
Short term we need more youth in the squad when there in they seem fearles and give 100% also bean needs to be in someone that's going to get stuck in and grind a result eastmond is good when your playing pretty and controlling the game once were chasing it he just gives up.
Far to many players on big contracts who just do to have the appetite for a fight.
What ever the outcome there needs to be done big discussion and serious look into the club at the end if the season. Short term we need more youth in the squad when there in they seem fearles and give 100% also bean needs to be in someone that's going to get stuck in and grind a result eastmond is good when your playing pretty and controlling the game once were chasing it he just gives up. Far to many players on big contracts who just do to have the appetite for a fight. angryman!!!
  • Score: 15

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