Dunne is keeping his feet firmly on the ground

Dunne is keeping his feet firmly on the ground

Dunne is keeping his feet firmly on the ground

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COLCHESTER United boss Joe Dunne is keeping his feet firmly on the ground – despite watching his side produce a scintillating second-half performance to win 3-2 at Stevenage.

The Irishman admitted being “exceptionally pleased” after two goals from Freddie Sears and one from Jabo Ibehre secured a precious win in Hertfordshire.

However, Dunne is refusing to get carried away in terms of his side’s survival chances.

Instead, he said his players have to reproduce the goods in their remaining matches – starting with Friday’s home clash against Oldham Athletic.

“It was a big game and I thought we were very good in the second half,” said Dunne.

“We were magnificent and I was exceptionally pleased.

“It could have been more and the final score was closer than it should have been.

“Freddie produced a wonderful finish for our first goal and then Jabo was alert to make it 2-1.

“We sensed the third goal was coming.

“We were on the front foot and camped in their final third.

“Every time we broke forward it looked like we were going to score.

“It was a big game and, at this stage of the season, an important win, which we worked hard for.

“However, there are still more matches to go and my job now is to make sure we win again next week, too.”

For full coverage of the game, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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12:27pm Mon 14 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

Great result. Well done U's.

It is all about Oldham now. A win and we will be all but safe with games to go, a draw keeps it interesting.
Great result. Well done U's. It is all about Oldham now. A win and we will be all but safe with games to go, a draw keeps it interesting. super waluigi
  • Score: -53

12:31pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

A U's win on Good Friday and our goal difference means that we should be (almost certainly) safe with three fixtures still to play. The reason being that if we get to 49 points; then others will then need 50 to overtake us and that looks insurmountable for at least four (e.g. gven the points that they must drop by playing each other and also their remaining fixtures lists (against Wolves etc).

Even if the U's did slip up, we do have three more chances to get the points that we need; and by Saturday evening we might (possibly) only need a further point (e.g. rather than three) if other results go as expected (but I agree with our negative orientated friends that is being far TOO optimistic at this stage!). By contrast, if we beat Oldham, and Tranmere beat Gillingham; these two currently above us will be pulled into the mire. The U's would then have EIGHT teams below them; and Oldham then have to play Carlisle and Notts County (so one or both must drop points); whilst the the Gills then have to play Walsall (a) and Preston (a); so they could be in a drop zone six pointer winner takes all with Shrewsbury on the last day!

So one huge effort by team and fans alike on Good Friday and we should be able to relax and party. So whatever you persuasion - positive or negative - let's sing our hearts out and if necessary, once again at Crewe on Easter Monday. See you at both.
A U's win on Good Friday and our goal difference means that we should be (almost certainly) safe with three fixtures still to play. The reason being that if we get to 49 points; then others will then need 50 to overtake us and that looks insurmountable for at least four (e.g. gven the points that they must drop by playing each other and also their remaining fixtures lists (against Wolves etc). Even if the U's did slip up, we do have three more chances to get the points that we need; and by Saturday evening we might (possibly) only need a further point (e.g. rather than three) if other results go as expected (but I agree with our negative orientated friends that is being far TOO optimistic at this stage!). By contrast, if we beat Oldham, and Tranmere beat Gillingham; these two currently above us will be pulled into the mire. The U's would then have EIGHT teams below them; and Oldham then have to play Carlisle and Notts County (so one or both must drop points); whilst the the Gills then have to play Walsall (a) and Preston (a); so they could be in a drop zone six pointer winner takes all with Shrewsbury on the last day! So one huge effort by team and fans alike on Good Friday and we should be able to relax and party. So whatever you persuasion - positive or negative - let's sing our hearts out and if necessary, once again at Crewe on Easter Monday. See you at both. Noah4x4
  • Score: -84

12:42pm Mon 14 Apr 14

down the line says...

Myself and others have had a dig at Joe Dunne and the team in the past, and rightly so. But well done to all involved Saturday, it was a massive result. Lets hope for more of the same on Friday against Oldham. However this doesn't change the fact that we have been woeful for the last 2 years now and big changes are still needed. Saturdays result has just papered over the cracks for now.
Myself and others have had a dig at Joe Dunne and the team in the past, and rightly so. But well done to all involved Saturday, it was a massive result. Lets hope for more of the same on Friday against Oldham. However this doesn't change the fact that we have been woeful for the last 2 years now and big changes are still needed. Saturdays result has just papered over the cracks for now. down the line
  • Score: 65

3:48pm Mon 14 Apr 14

gilberdian says...

Delighted with the progress Joe is achieving. He took over a moribund team from John Ward and somehow turned things round last season. Now, despite everything, the team is hitting form and the playing budget has been slashed. we are upwardly mobile again, thanks to Joe.
Delighted with the progress Joe is achieving. He took over a moribund team from John Ward and somehow turned things round last season. Now, despite everything, the team is hitting form and the playing budget has been slashed. we are upwardly mobile again, thanks to Joe. gilberdian
  • Score: -60

4:08pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Col utd says...

gilberdian wrote:
Delighted with the progress Joe is achieving. He took over a moribund team from John Ward and somehow turned things round last season. Now, despite everything, the team is hitting form and the playing budget has been slashed. we are upwardly mobile again, thanks to Joe.
Wouldn't say we are hitting form but confident we will survive another year. As for budget, every club are cutting there budget cause of the fair play rules so all other clubs & managers in the same boat.
[quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: Delighted with the progress Joe is achieving. He took over a moribund team from John Ward and somehow turned things round last season. Now, despite everything, the team is hitting form and the playing budget has been slashed. we are upwardly mobile again, thanks to Joe.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't say we are hitting form but confident we will survive another year. As for budget, every club are cutting there budget cause of the fair play rules so all other clubs & managers in the same boat. Col utd
  • Score: 28

4:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years?

My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill.

The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation.

These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week.

One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers.
I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years? My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill. The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation. These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week. One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers. Noah4x4
  • Score: -57

4:27pm Mon 14 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

We did lose the previous 4 games to Saturday and it could happen again quite easily. Joe is doing right by not getting carried away. Never take nothing for granted. Don't worry Noah I will still be giving my usual 100% full support on Friday, as a member of your negative clan brigade.
We did lose the previous 4 games to Saturday and it could happen again quite easily. Joe is doing right by not getting carried away. Never take nothing for granted. Don't worry Noah I will still be giving my usual 100% full support on Friday, as a member of your negative clan brigade. crazy comments
  • Score: 81

4:30pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Col utd says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years?

My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill.

The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation.

These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week.

One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers.
Noah u18 football & u21s is totally different to senior football.. Look how many good teams are in our league now, you but these kids in next year the big clubs like sheff utd will have a field day! The kids aren't strong enough to compete & aren't experienced enough. Alex did the right thing going out on loan to league2 which is a tuff league and come back a stronger and better player, how many others have done, none so what does that tell you! Wake up will you.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years? My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill. The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation. These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week. One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers.[/p][/quote]Noah u18 football & u21s is totally different to senior football.. Look how many good teams are in our league now, you but these kids in next year the big clubs like sheff utd will have a field day! The kids aren't strong enough to compete & aren't experienced enough. Alex did the right thing going out on loan to league2 which is a tuff league and come back a stronger and better player, how many others have done, none so what does that tell you! Wake up will you. Col utd
  • Score: 29

4:45pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

gilberdian wrote:
Delighted with the progress Joe is achieving. He took over a moribund team from John Ward and somehow turned things round last season. Now, despite everything, the team is hitting form and the playing budget has been slashed. we are upwardly mobile again, thanks to Joe.
Have I entered the twilight zone?! How on Earth can terms like “hitting form” or “upwardly mobile” be conceivably used to describe a team with a miserable record of 3 wins from 16 games?! Sheer insanity!

The hysterical reactions, to a narrow 3-2 win over a woeful Stevenage side, from the deluded brigade belie the nonsensical propaganda that miraculously everything in the garden is rosy...
[quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: Delighted with the progress Joe is achieving. He took over a moribund team from John Ward and somehow turned things round last season. Now, despite everything, the team is hitting form and the playing budget has been slashed. we are upwardly mobile again, thanks to Joe.[/p][/quote]Have I entered the twilight zone?! How on Earth can terms like “hitting form” or “upwardly mobile” be conceivably used to describe a team with a miserable record of 3 wins from 16 games?! Sheer insanity! The hysterical reactions, to a narrow 3-2 win over a woeful Stevenage side, from the deluded brigade belie the nonsensical propaganda that miraculously everything in the garden is rosy... Medicated Soap
  • Score: 72

4:57pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

I agree crazy comments a reality check for some is clearly in order! Shrewsbury and Stevenage have to be the two of the worst Third Division sides I’ve seen this millennium, narrow wins against these sides have not somehow turned us into world beaters! The very fact that we lost the four games after the Shrewsbury win clearly demonstrates that we could very easily lose the next four and consequently drop through the trap door! If the players we’re to exhibit even 0.01% of the complacency that the likes of Noah4x4 and gilberdian exude then we’d be all but down! We’re certainly in a better position than we were last week; however the job is far from complete!
I agree crazy comments a reality check for some is clearly in order! Shrewsbury and Stevenage have to be the two of the worst Third Division sides I’ve seen this millennium, narrow wins against these sides have not somehow turned us into world beaters! The very fact that we lost the four games after the Shrewsbury win clearly demonstrates that we could very easily lose the next four and consequently drop through the trap door! If the players we’re to exhibit even 0.01% of the complacency that the likes of Noah4x4 and gilberdian exude then we’d be all but down! We’re certainly in a better position than we were last week; however the job is far from complete! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 54

5:17pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Eddy D says...

Great result and we will have to see where it takes us now. A win by hook or by crook is what was needed and it sounded like a very positive performance.
A win over Oldham is more than achievable. Lets hope the home support come Friday is as positive as those who travelled to Stevenage made the support on Saturday. It was only Col Utd fans I heard on the radio except for after the stevenage goals.
Great stuff and it's back firmly in our hands now. Let's hope Brentford win their next two to see them promoted before we play them in 3 games time.
Well done to JD and the players and all those who travelled on Saturday. Working together is far better than being fragmented.
Great result and we will have to see where it takes us now. A win by hook or by crook is what was needed and it sounded like a very positive performance. A win over Oldham is more than achievable. Lets hope the home support come Friday is as positive as those who travelled to Stevenage made the support on Saturday. It was only Col Utd fans I heard on the radio except for after the stevenage goals. Great stuff and it's back firmly in our hands now. Let's hope Brentford win their next two to see them promoted before we play them in 3 games time. Well done to JD and the players and all those who travelled on Saturday. Working together is far better than being fragmented. Eddy D
  • Score: -32

9:52pm Mon 14 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
I agree crazy comments a reality check for some is clearly in order! Shrewsbury and Stevenage have to be the two of the worst Third Division sides I’ve seen this millennium, narrow wins against these sides have not somehow turned us into world beaters! The very fact that we lost the four games after the Shrewsbury win clearly demonstrates that we could very easily lose the next four and consequently drop through the trap door! If the players we’re to exhibit even 0.01% of the complacency that the likes of Noah4x4 and gilberdian exude then we’d be all but down! We’re certainly in a better position than we were last week; however the job is far from complete!
Your dead right medicated soap, regards Stevenage being one of the worst teams in this division. Like every one else I was glad to see us win, but to say it was a superb performance is taking the biscuit. If we do manage to stay up, then big changes have got to be made for next season.
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: I agree crazy comments a reality check for some is clearly in order! Shrewsbury and Stevenage have to be the two of the worst Third Division sides I’ve seen this millennium, narrow wins against these sides have not somehow turned us into world beaters! The very fact that we lost the four games after the Shrewsbury win clearly demonstrates that we could very easily lose the next four and consequently drop through the trap door! If the players we’re to exhibit even 0.01% of the complacency that the likes of Noah4x4 and gilberdian exude then we’d be all but down! We’re certainly in a better position than we were last week; however the job is far from complete![/p][/quote]Your dead right medicated soap, regards Stevenage being one of the worst teams in this division. Like every one else I was glad to see us win, but to say it was a superb performance is taking the biscuit. If we do manage to stay up, then big changes have got to be made for next season. crazy comments
  • Score: 46

10:07pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Col utd says...

crazy comments wrote:
Medicated Soap wrote:
I agree crazy comments a reality check for some is clearly in order! Shrewsbury and Stevenage have to be the two of the worst Third Division sides I’ve seen this millennium, narrow wins against these sides have not somehow turned us into world beaters! The very fact that we lost the four games after the Shrewsbury win clearly demonstrates that we could very easily lose the next four and consequently drop through the trap door! If the players we’re to exhibit even 0.01% of the complacency that the likes of Noah4x4 and gilberdian exude then we’d be all but down! We’re certainly in a better position than we were last week; however the job is far from complete!
Your dead right medicated soap, regards Stevenage being one of the worst teams in this division. Like every one else I was glad to see us win, but to say it was a superb performance is taking the biscuit. If we do manage to stay up, then big changes have got to be made for next season.
There certainly won't be big changes as there's only Dickinson, Wilson, Morrison, D. wright, Thompson that are all up. It will be very tight for joe to bring in experience players with the budget being slashed again next year.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: I agree crazy comments a reality check for some is clearly in order! Shrewsbury and Stevenage have to be the two of the worst Third Division sides I’ve seen this millennium, narrow wins against these sides have not somehow turned us into world beaters! The very fact that we lost the four games after the Shrewsbury win clearly demonstrates that we could very easily lose the next four and consequently drop through the trap door! If the players we’re to exhibit even 0.01% of the complacency that the likes of Noah4x4 and gilberdian exude then we’d be all but down! We’re certainly in a better position than we were last week; however the job is far from complete![/p][/quote]Your dead right medicated soap, regards Stevenage being one of the worst teams in this division. Like every one else I was glad to see us win, but to say it was a superb performance is taking the biscuit. If we do manage to stay up, then big changes have got to be made for next season.[/p][/quote]There certainly won't be big changes as there's only Dickinson, Wilson, Morrison, D. wright, Thompson that are all up. It will be very tight for joe to bring in experience players with the budget being slashed again next year. Col utd
  • Score: 30

10:09pm Mon 14 Apr 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

A good win and a much needed 3 points at the weekend,,well done to joe and the players,but it is still my belief that joe dunne is not the man for the job,i understand that some people who comment on here feel the best way to support the club is to not have anything bad said about the club,manager or players,i like those people dont wish to see the club relegated,but the fact is all is not well at the club,its the second season in a row that we have been in a relegation battle,the performances on the pitch have not only been poor,but also boring,this resulting in some really poor attendances,some fans may be happy with this,but to me its just not good enough,another season with joe dunne in charge,will be more of the same as we have had this season,and i for one dont wish to watch another season of poor football,theres nobody more then me would wish joe dunne would prove me wrong,still lets hope we can get a win on friday. Come on Col u
A good win and a much needed 3 points at the weekend,,well done to joe and the players,but it is still my belief that joe dunne is not the man for the job,i understand that some people who comment on here feel the best way to support the club is to not have anything bad said about the club,manager or players,i like those people dont wish to see the club relegated,but the fact is all is not well at the club,its the second season in a row that we have been in a relegation battle,the performances on the pitch have not only been poor,but also boring,this resulting in some really poor attendances,some fans may be happy with this,but to me its just not good enough,another season with joe dunne in charge,will be more of the same as we have had this season,and i for one dont wish to watch another season of poor football,theres nobody more then me would wish joe dunne would prove me wrong,still lets hope we can get a win on friday. Come on Col u WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 25

10:49pm Mon 14 Apr 14

25414nora says...

crazy comments wrote:
We did lose the previous 4 games to Saturday and it could happen again quite easily. Joe is doing right by not getting carried away. Never take nothing for granted. Don't worry Noah I will still be giving my usual 100% full support on Friday, as a member of your negative clan brigade.
Wise words from crazy, yes indeed we did lose 4 on the trot, and yes it could easily all turn sour again. I agree Joe should not get carried away. Col u have been so unpredictable and it's been so frustrating for us all. Basically we show our frustration in 2 different ways, either 'like me' cool and calculated,(positive
) or passionate and hotly critical like you.(negative) And we're worlds apart when it comes to how we control our passion, I would NEVER put down young footballers in writing even when they play badly, and I find it hard to accept people who do.
But 'there it is' we aint never going to agree on this.
'However' when all is said and done, we're on the same side.
Up the U's..
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: We did lose the previous 4 games to Saturday and it could happen again quite easily. Joe is doing right by not getting carried away. Never take nothing for granted. Don't worry Noah I will still be giving my usual 100% full support on Friday, as a member of your negative clan brigade.[/p][/quote]Wise words from crazy, yes indeed we did lose 4 on the trot, and yes it could easily all turn sour again. I agree Joe should not get carried away. Col u have been so unpredictable and it's been so frustrating for us all. Basically we show our frustration in 2 different ways, either 'like me' cool and calculated,(positive ) or passionate and hotly critical like you.(negative) And we're worlds apart when it comes to how we control our passion, I would NEVER put down young footballers in writing even when they play badly, and I find it hard to accept people who do. But 'there it is' we aint never going to agree on this. 'However' when all is said and done, we're on the same side. Up the U's.. 25414nora
  • Score: -22

11:29pm Mon 14 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years?

My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill.

The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation.

These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week.

One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers.
What can be done to improve and change things things???????? you ask.

Well first of all if Joe wants to stay at the Helm, he has got to come up with some fresh ideas regards tactic's. For instance free kick and corner kick routines. These should be practiced on the training ground. For example,Lloyd James in swinging corner kicks have provided a hatful of goals for Orient this season. However the best team that I've seen this season with special set pieces has got to be Bournemouth. The players know the exact pattern on how to make their runs to confuse the opposition. Only small things but they can play a big part during a game. Does anyone remember John Bond.? He was a master of set pieces during his managerial time.
Now we have all heard of Jordan Rhodes. Has anyone seen how he plays. At times defenders don't have a clue how to man mark him. He shifts from wing to wing and floats all over the pitch. Now I could see Freddie doing this and being the same kind of player, scoring lots of goals. I don't want to see him in a static position all the time.
Personally I think the majority of players on the clubs books are good enough to be a decent team. I think we need 3 fresh players with a bit of experience but not as old as Clinton. If John White was still with us, we would not be in the position we are as now. Naturally a manager plays a big part in a clubs fortunes. I'm fed up reading that Joe has not had enough time. Eddie Howe took over at Bournemouth last season when they were struggling, yet he still took them up. Nigel Clough took over at Sheffield Utd this season when they were bottom of the table. What's happened since.?
Do you honestly believe Noah that players like Alec Gilbey will want to play 2nd division football next season. I've watched the U's games near on 60 years and you only 10, so please don't tell me the present football is acceptable. Its been the worst I can ever remember. Only two people can change things. Cowling and Dunne. If Joe wants to stay and succeed he needs to get fresh people in with fresh ideas, unconnected to the club. Good bye Kinsella and Dugard. Were not a social club of friends but in the business of a so called professional football club. I'm sick to the back teeth being called clan negative. Nothing is further from the truth. I've always striven to be a winner in life and I don't like being second best when there is no need for it to happen. Joe will learn fast and I'm sure he is far wiser now than when he started as manager. Having run a very successful business, after very nearly being bankrupt I myself soon learnt fast. You have no friends in business if you want to succeed.
Without a doubt when Maria Partner left, the bottom run out of this club. She would always have a smile and responded to any grievances you had. That's a lot more than you get from the two jokers ( one of these ex Col Utd footballer part of the family) that run the P.R of the club. They could not do a decent web site page of interest if they tried. My ten year old grandson could do better.
If I was in Mr Cowlings shoes, then I would be trying to get in as many supporters as possible on Friday,so give the team all the encouragement possible. Drop the prices down to a tenner and get a 10,000 crowd.
I think the supporters more than deserve that after what we have had o suffer during this season. Yes dream only. The man is never a business man. never was never will be.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years? My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill. The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation. These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week. One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers.[/p][/quote]What can be done to improve and change things things???????? you ask. Well first of all if Joe wants to stay at the Helm, he has got to come up with some fresh ideas regards tactic's. For instance free kick and corner kick routines. These should be practiced on the training ground. For example,Lloyd James in swinging corner kicks have provided a hatful of goals for Orient this season. However the best team that I've seen this season with special set pieces has got to be Bournemouth. The players know the exact pattern on how to make their runs to confuse the opposition. Only small things but they can play a big part during a game. Does anyone remember John Bond.? He was a master of set pieces during his managerial time. Now we have all heard of Jordan Rhodes. Has anyone seen how he plays. At times defenders don't have a clue how to man mark him. He shifts from wing to wing and floats all over the pitch. Now I could see Freddie doing this and being the same kind of player, scoring lots of goals. I don't want to see him in a static position all the time. Personally I think the majority of players on the clubs books are good enough to be a decent team. I think we need 3 fresh players with a bit of experience but not as old as Clinton. If John White was still with us, we would not be in the position we are as now. Naturally a manager plays a big part in a clubs fortunes. I'm fed up reading that Joe has not had enough time. Eddie Howe took over at Bournemouth last season when they were struggling, yet he still took them up. Nigel Clough took over at Sheffield Utd this season when they were bottom of the table. What's happened since.? Do you honestly believe Noah that players like Alec Gilbey will want to play 2nd division football next season. I've watched the U's games near on 60 years and you only 10, so please don't tell me the present football is acceptable. Its been the worst I can ever remember. Only two people can change things. Cowling and Dunne. If Joe wants to stay and succeed he needs to get fresh people in with fresh ideas, unconnected to the club. Good bye Kinsella and Dugard. Were not a social club of friends but in the business of a so called professional football club. I'm sick to the back teeth being called clan negative. Nothing is further from the truth. I've always striven to be a winner in life and I don't like being second best when there is no need for it to happen. Joe will learn fast and I'm sure he is far wiser now than when he started as manager. Having run a very successful business, after very nearly being bankrupt I myself soon learnt fast. You have no friends in business if you want to succeed. Without a doubt when Maria Partner left, the bottom run out of this club. She would always have a smile and responded to any grievances you had. That's a lot more than you get from the two jokers ( one of these ex Col Utd footballer part of the family) that run the P.R of the club. They could not do a decent web site page of interest if they tried. My ten year old grandson could do better. If I was in Mr Cowlings shoes, then I would be trying to get in as many supporters as possible on Friday,so give the team all the encouragement possible. Drop the prices down to a tenner and get a 10,000 crowd. I think the supporters more than deserve that after what we have had o suffer during this season. Yes dream only. The man is never a business man. never was never will be. crazy comments
  • Score: 38

7:21am Tue 15 Apr 14

whoopie says...

Look as long as Jen at the club thats all that matters
Look as long as Jen at the club thats all that matters whoopie
  • Score: 7

10:34am Tue 15 Apr 14

West Stand United says...

Well said Crazy, completely agree with your comments.
Well said Crazy, completely agree with your comments. West Stand United
  • Score: 23

3:30pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Col utd says...

crazy comments wrote:
Noah4x4 wrote:
I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years?

My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill.

The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation.

These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week.

One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers.
What can be done to improve and change things things???????? you ask.

Well first of all if Joe wants to stay at the Helm, he has got to come up with some fresh ideas regards tactic's. For instance free kick and corner kick routines. These should be practiced on the training ground. For example,Lloyd James in swinging corner kicks have provided a hatful of goals for Orient this season. However the best team that I've seen this season with special set pieces has got to be Bournemouth. The players know the exact pattern on how to make their runs to confuse the opposition. Only small things but they can play a big part during a game. Does anyone remember John Bond.? He was a master of set pieces during his managerial time.
Now we have all heard of Jordan Rhodes. Has anyone seen how he plays. At times defenders don't have a clue how to man mark him. He shifts from wing to wing and floats all over the pitch. Now I could see Freddie doing this and being the same kind of player, scoring lots of goals. I don't want to see him in a static position all the time.
Personally I think the majority of players on the clubs books are good enough to be a decent team. I think we need 3 fresh players with a bit of experience but not as old as Clinton. If John White was still with us, we would not be in the position we are as now. Naturally a manager plays a big part in a clubs fortunes. I'm fed up reading that Joe has not had enough time. Eddie Howe took over at Bournemouth last season when they were struggling, yet he still took them up. Nigel Clough took over at Sheffield Utd this season when they were bottom of the table. What's happened since.?
Do you honestly believe Noah that players like Alec Gilbey will want to play 2nd division football next season. I've watched the U's games near on 60 years and you only 10, so please don't tell me the present football is acceptable. Its been the worst I can ever remember. Only two people can change things. Cowling and Dunne. If Joe wants to stay and succeed he needs to get fresh people in with fresh ideas, unconnected to the club. Good bye Kinsella and Dugard. Were not a social club of friends but in the business of a so called professional football club. I'm sick to the back teeth being called clan negative. Nothing is further from the truth. I've always striven to be a winner in life and I don't like being second best when there is no need for it to happen. Joe will learn fast and I'm sure he is far wiser now than when he started as manager. Having run a very successful business, after very nearly being bankrupt I myself soon learnt fast. You have no friends in business if you want to succeed.
Without a doubt when Maria Partner left, the bottom run out of this club. She would always have a smile and responded to any grievances you had. That's a lot more than you get from the two jokers ( one of these ex Col Utd footballer part of the family) that run the P.R of the club. They could not do a decent web site page of interest if they tried. My ten year old grandson could do better.
If I was in Mr Cowlings shoes, then I would be trying to get in as many supporters as possible on Friday,so give the team all the encouragement possible. Drop the prices down to a tenner and get a 10,000 crowd.
I think the supporters more than deserve that after what we have had o suffer during this season. Yes dream only. The man is never a business man. never was never will be.
Of course we would still be in this position if we still did have John white so stop talking nonsense. If he was that a great a player he would still be in league 1 & not 2.
As for Eddie Howe & Nigel clough it's called money dont u people get it. Bournemouth went up cause they attracted big named players on big money. Eddie how left burnley in a good position in the championship for the money why else. Nigel clough has gone to a massive club which will win promotion next season without a doubt. We as a club haven't got the funds and joe is doing what he can with little money.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: I agree that we haven't been "good" for a couple of years, but what "big changes" do you actually suggest Down the Line other than we continue 'UP the line' that we have been heading for a couple of (admittedly) painful transformation years? My opinion is that NO manager can turn this ship around as quickly as some believe or desire (be he 'Jose' Dunn or 'Jose Murinho'). There's been lots of criticism flying about; but as a loyal passionate fan I am not hearing any convincing constructive solutions other that those offered by the U's current management. We can't change too many of the senior (over 23) playing staff as John Ward signed up most on long term contracts. The Financial Fair Play (60%) Rule then stops us increasing the wage bill. The only solution does seem to be the Academy and our fast developing youth policy (which we have never previously had in over 50 years of football league membership), and we are now seeing the first 'green shoots' (Drey Wright, Bonne, Szmodics, Gilbey etc.). These youngsters are conspicuously loyal to Joe Dunne (and others of the current management) as he has worked directly with them for many years. Joining his senior squad is hence like "coming home" for most. So I don't see any benefit in changing the manager; as continuity may be highly important WHEN we emerge from this difficult period of transformation. These lads will also have played together at junior level for over five years; and that must bring future "understanding" benefits and opportunity. Why wreck the prospect of that by going down the line instead of the current up? Those even younger following behind them are also showing great promise (our under 16's have just beaten Norwich City; and our older boys are in the Academy 3/4 National Youth Cup Final).next week. One of our problems is a better defence; where we have three superb boys coming through in Frankie Kent (centre half), Billy Roast and Michael O'Donahue (left back) and the day can't be far away when they all might join Tom Eastman and Tosin Olefumi in the First XI. But they are NOT ready yet. It's too much risk; and they need to 'beef up' a bit (hence the loan cycle that benefitted local boy Alex Gilbey) . But I can see them all playing together sometime perhaps next season.. If you do get fed up with the First Team; come and occasionally watch the boys. I do and it's often a blessed relief; but I can see where the First XI is ultimately heading; and it's not into Division Two. One more win this weekend (either day will do) and these boys can have fulfil their dream in Division One. It would be so sad to see them debut amongst the Division Two cloggers.[/p][/quote]What can be done to improve and change things things???????? you ask. Well first of all if Joe wants to stay at the Helm, he has got to come up with some fresh ideas regards tactic's. For instance free kick and corner kick routines. These should be practiced on the training ground. For example,Lloyd James in swinging corner kicks have provided a hatful of goals for Orient this season. However the best team that I've seen this season with special set pieces has got to be Bournemouth. The players know the exact pattern on how to make their runs to confuse the opposition. Only small things but they can play a big part during a game. Does anyone remember John Bond.? He was a master of set pieces during his managerial time. Now we have all heard of Jordan Rhodes. Has anyone seen how he plays. At times defenders don't have a clue how to man mark him. He shifts from wing to wing and floats all over the pitch. Now I could see Freddie doing this and being the same kind of player, scoring lots of goals. I don't want to see him in a static position all the time. Personally I think the majority of players on the clubs books are good enough to be a decent team. I think we need 3 fresh players with a bit of experience but not as old as Clinton. If John White was still with us, we would not be in the position we are as now. Naturally a manager plays a big part in a clubs fortunes. I'm fed up reading that Joe has not had enough time. Eddie Howe took over at Bournemouth last season when they were struggling, yet he still took them up. Nigel Clough took over at Sheffield Utd this season when they were bottom of the table. What's happened since.? Do you honestly believe Noah that players like Alec Gilbey will want to play 2nd division football next season. I've watched the U's games near on 60 years and you only 10, so please don't tell me the present football is acceptable. Its been the worst I can ever remember. Only two people can change things. Cowling and Dunne. If Joe wants to stay and succeed he needs to get fresh people in with fresh ideas, unconnected to the club. Good bye Kinsella and Dugard. Were not a social club of friends but in the business of a so called professional football club. I'm sick to the back teeth being called clan negative. Nothing is further from the truth. I've always striven to be a winner in life and I don't like being second best when there is no need for it to happen. Joe will learn fast and I'm sure he is far wiser now than when he started as manager. Having run a very successful business, after very nearly being bankrupt I myself soon learnt fast. You have no friends in business if you want to succeed. Without a doubt when Maria Partner left, the bottom run out of this club. She would always have a smile and responded to any grievances you had. That's a lot more than you get from the two jokers ( one of these ex Col Utd footballer part of the family) that run the P.R of the club. They could not do a decent web site page of interest if they tried. My ten year old grandson could do better. If I was in Mr Cowlings shoes, then I would be trying to get in as many supporters as possible on Friday,so give the team all the encouragement possible. Drop the prices down to a tenner and get a 10,000 crowd. I think the supporters more than deserve that after what we have had o suffer during this season. Yes dream only. The man is never a business man. never was never will be.[/p][/quote]Of course we would still be in this position if we still did have John white so stop talking nonsense. If he was that a great a player he would still be in league 1 & not 2. As for Eddie Howe & Nigel clough it's called money dont u people get it. Bournemouth went up cause they attracted big named players on big money. Eddie how left burnley in a good position in the championship for the money why else. Nigel clough has gone to a massive club which will win promotion next season without a doubt. We as a club haven't got the funds and joe is doing what he can with little money. Col utd
  • Score: 45

5:29pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Joe Dunne has been voted onto the League Managers Association "Technical Committee" by his respected peers; so it's an insult to suggest that he doesn't know/work upon innovative free kicks. The problem (IMHO) is simply their poor execution (from corners too).

Now that Garbutt has returned to Everton, we don't have ANY 'dead ball specialist' remotely as good as Lloyd James (and how did he ever escape from WHCS) but Dickson is fast improving. We also don't have a "Jordan Rhodes" (nor a Mooney) to get on the end of such "crosses". You can count the number of headed goals scored in three seasons other by defenders like Magnus and Eastman on one hand (but how brilliant was Macca Bonne's headed goal - he perhaps is THE future)

We can't simply pull in three new players because of the contracts and wage bill of the old squad inherited from John Ward; and even if we could it's daft to compare the situation at WHCS with (say) Forest or Bournemouth that have vastly greater financial resources and can hence buy players of better ability. I do think that some U's fans need to be far more realistic in their expectations.
Joe Dunne has been voted onto the League Managers Association "Technical Committee" by his respected peers; so it's an insult to suggest that he doesn't know/work upon innovative free kicks. The problem (IMHO) is simply their poor execution (from corners too). Now that Garbutt has returned to Everton, we don't have ANY 'dead ball specialist' remotely as good as Lloyd James (and how did he ever escape from WHCS) but Dickson is fast improving. We also don't have a "Jordan Rhodes" (nor a Mooney) to get on the end of such "crosses". You can count the number of headed goals scored in three seasons other by defenders like Magnus and Eastman on one hand (but how brilliant was Macca Bonne's headed goal - he perhaps is THE future) We can't simply pull in three new players because of the contracts and wage bill of the old squad inherited from John Ward; and even if we could it's daft to compare the situation at WHCS with (say) Forest or Bournemouth that have vastly greater financial resources and can hence buy players of better ability. I do think that some U's fans need to be far more realistic in their expectations. Noah4x4
  • Score: -36

5:31pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

I meant to say Sheffield Utd not Forest (Clough). But it makes no odds. Just look at the Blades home crowds.
I meant to say Sheffield Utd not Forest (Clough). But it makes no odds. Just look at the Blades home crowds. Noah4x4
  • Score: -22

6:11pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Col utd says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Joe Dunne has been voted onto the League Managers Association "Technical Committee" by his respected peers; so it's an insult to suggest that he doesn't know/work upon innovative free kicks. The problem (IMHO) is simply their poor execution (from corners too).

Now that Garbutt has returned to Everton, we don't have ANY 'dead ball specialist' remotely as good as Lloyd James (and how did he ever escape from WHCS) but Dickson is fast improving. We also don't have a "Jordan Rhodes" (nor a Mooney) to get on the end of such "crosses". You can count the number of headed goals scored in three seasons other by defenders like Magnus and Eastman on one hand (but how brilliant was Macca Bonne's headed goal - he perhaps is THE future)

We can't simply pull in three new players because of the contracts and wage bill of the old squad inherited from John Ward; and even if we could it's daft to compare the situation at WHCS with (say) Forest or Bournemouth that have vastly greater financial resources and can hence buy players of better ability. I do think that some U's fans need to be far more realistic in their expectations.
Haha fans our fickle on here, when mooney & llyody was here people where slatering them but cause they have been proflic at orient you sing there praises....
Noah your stats completely bore the life out of me, give it a rest will you.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: Joe Dunne has been voted onto the League Managers Association "Technical Committee" by his respected peers; so it's an insult to suggest that he doesn't know/work upon innovative free kicks. The problem (IMHO) is simply their poor execution (from corners too). Now that Garbutt has returned to Everton, we don't have ANY 'dead ball specialist' remotely as good as Lloyd James (and how did he ever escape from WHCS) but Dickson is fast improving. We also don't have a "Jordan Rhodes" (nor a Mooney) to get on the end of such "crosses". You can count the number of headed goals scored in three seasons other by defenders like Magnus and Eastman on one hand (but how brilliant was Macca Bonne's headed goal - he perhaps is THE future) We can't simply pull in three new players because of the contracts and wage bill of the old squad inherited from John Ward; and even if we could it's daft to compare the situation at WHCS with (say) Forest or Bournemouth that have vastly greater financial resources and can hence buy players of better ability. I do think that some U's fans need to be far more realistic in their expectations.[/p][/quote]Haha fans our fickle on here, when mooney & llyody was here people where slatering them but cause they have been proflic at orient you sing there praises.... Noah your stats completely bore the life out of me, give it a rest will you. Col utd
  • Score: 50

8:43pm Tue 15 Apr 14

uptheu's says...

Interesting comments above; however look at the teams in the bottom nine of the table this year compared to a year ago . . . 16th place is Gillingham, 17th is Oldham, 18th place is the U's, 19th place is Tranmere, 20th place is Notts Co, 21st is Carlisle, 22nd is Crewe, 23rd is Shrewsbury and 24th is Stevenage. At the end of last season Shrewsbury finished in 16th, Carlisle 17th, Stevenage 18th, Oldham 19th, U's 20th. Scunthorpe 21st, Bury 22nd, Hartlepool 23rd, Portsmouth 24th. Tranmere finished in 11th place, Notts Co 12th and Crewe 13th. If Portsmouth hadn't been relegated with a ten point deduction then we would have gone done. However Tranmere, Notts Co, Carlisle, Crew, Shrewsbury and Stevenage have all fared worse than us this season. So perhaps we should keep this all in perspective
Interesting comments above; however look at the teams in the bottom nine of the table this year compared to a year ago . . . 16th place is Gillingham, 17th is Oldham, 18th place is the U's, 19th place is Tranmere, 20th place is Notts Co, 21st is Carlisle, 22nd is Crewe, 23rd is Shrewsbury and 24th is Stevenage. At the end of last season Shrewsbury finished in 16th, Carlisle 17th, Stevenage 18th, Oldham 19th, U's 20th. Scunthorpe 21st, Bury 22nd, Hartlepool 23rd, Portsmouth 24th. Tranmere finished in 11th place, Notts Co 12th and Crewe 13th. If Portsmouth hadn't been relegated with a ten point deduction then we would have gone done. However Tranmere, Notts Co, Carlisle, Crew, Shrewsbury and Stevenage have all fared worse than us this season. So perhaps we should keep this all in perspective uptheu's
  • Score: -27

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