Dunne happy with U's strong finish to the season

Gazette: Content - U's boss Joe Dunne was pleased with his team's performance and result at Walsall. Content - U's boss Joe Dunne was pleased with his team's performance and result at Walsall.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne said he was delighted to see his side finish the season on a high following their 1-0 win at Walsall.

Craig Eastmond's strike early in the second half was enough to give the U's victory at the Banks's Stadium and help them end the season with back-to-back wins, securing them a 16th-place finish in League One.

Dunne said: “It was a good away performance and a positive end to the season in many respects.

“We’ve had three wins and a draw in the last five and as a group, we’ve managed to keep everybody fit and the results have happened.

“They’ve allowed us to stay in the league and finish the season strongly.

“I’m delighted for the chairman, the players and the supporters and everyone who’s stayed loyal to the club.

“There has been a lot of areas where people haven’t quite stayed loyal to the club, who have represented the club.

“They know who they are but what I want to focus on now is all of the people who have supported our young players.

“It was a strong finish and it came at the right time.

“We always talked about holding our nerve as a club and we did that and were able to produce, which was pleasing."

For more reaction and five pages of coverage of Colchester's game with Walsall, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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4:41pm Sun 4 May 14

crazy comments says...

Joe is learning fast as a manager who to trust and those who you don't.
If its humanely possible he can move out a couple of more dead wood players that no longer fit in with the strategy of his plans, and then bring in two experienced players to blend in with the youngsters, I then feel we could hold our own. Joe has had his critics, including me, but give him credit where its due, he stuck to his task, never buckled and in the end got the result we all wanted.
Any decent business man will tell you, that you learn by you mistakes fast, I know I did. I'm sure Joe would hold his hand up high and admit a few were made. Next season he will be wiser, and my own personal view is that he needs to work on tactics better with his coaching staff. We do have players with the ability, but that has to be built into a unit that functions.
We can all be thank full of one thing, that Cowling got rid of Ward just in time or we could well have been out of the football league if he had stayed.
Joe is learning fast as a manager who to trust and those who you don't. If its humanely possible he can move out a couple of more dead wood players that no longer fit in with the strategy of his plans, and then bring in two experienced players to blend in with the youngsters, I then feel we could hold our own. Joe has had his critics, including me, but give him credit where its due, he stuck to his task, never buckled and in the end got the result we all wanted. Any decent business man will tell you, that you learn by you mistakes fast, I know I did. I'm sure Joe would hold his hand up high and admit a few were made. Next season he will be wiser, and my own personal view is that he needs to work on tactics better with his coaching staff. We do have players with the ability, but that has to be built into a unit that functions. We can all be thank full of one thing, that Cowling got rid of Ward just in time or we could well have been out of the football league if he had stayed. crazy comments
  • Score: 20

7:39pm Sun 4 May 14

Eddy D says...

Well done Joe and all the staff for getting it right and getting us over the line, in the end, with some comfort.

Two wins to end the season is great stuff and the Brentford game in particular was a real highlight at the WHCS for me.

The ability was always there, the application sometimes waned but Joe has stuck to his guns, done it his way and thankfully in the end been rewarded. Deservedly so too. Joe is a great character and a very loyal man. It is diasppointing to read that he and the club have been let down by some of those within the club. Whatever your opinion of Joe I think we'd all agree he deserves better.

Lots of work to do over the summer for sure but I have every faith Joe will do the best with what he is given to work with. He has recruited well given the circumstances he has had to work in in my opinion and I am sure he will bring in players with enthusiasm and get rid of those who have no desire to wear the blue and white with the pride it deserves.

A turbulent season ending with a probably very fair league position. Nice to see we were closer to mid table than relegation in terms of points too. Glass half full and all that.

Have a great close season to each and every blogger. Let's now see how much we can all disagree over the England team :)
Well done Joe and all the staff for getting it right and getting us over the line, in the end, with some comfort. Two wins to end the season is great stuff and the Brentford game in particular was a real highlight at the WHCS for me. The ability was always there, the application sometimes waned but Joe has stuck to his guns, done it his way and thankfully in the end been rewarded. Deservedly so too. Joe is a great character and a very loyal man. It is diasppointing to read that he and the club have been let down by some of those within the club. Whatever your opinion of Joe I think we'd all agree he deserves better. Lots of work to do over the summer for sure but I have every faith Joe will do the best with what he is given to work with. He has recruited well given the circumstances he has had to work in in my opinion and I am sure he will bring in players with enthusiasm and get rid of those who have no desire to wear the blue and white with the pride it deserves. A turbulent season ending with a probably very fair league position. Nice to see we were closer to mid table than relegation in terms of points too. Glass half full and all that. Have a great close season to each and every blogger. Let's now see how much we can all disagree over the England team :) Eddy D
  • Score: -24

12:23pm Mon 5 May 14

bell103 says...

Next season if we clear up our wage bill by getting rid of unused players. Morrison and Duguid have already freed up the players wage bill so we can invest more in terms of these unfair financial fair play agreements.

I feel Okuonghae isn't good enough, maybe even Eastman. Look at the difference Wynter made instead of him - even Kent came on and played a fantastic 45. I say get hold of an experienced and/or more technical centre back that does not lump the ball up the pitch all the time, and we should see much more effective performances from our skilled players like Watt, Sears and Vose. Bulk up competition a bit with some tactical, experienced, strong midfielders and defenders and I think we have ourselves a decent squad for a mid-table finish next year, and maybe even more. We should look up to Leyton Orient for example.

Provided they don't get injured of course... Which I feel really did us in this year.
Next season if we clear up our wage bill by getting rid of unused players. Morrison and Duguid have already freed up the players wage bill so we can invest more in terms of these unfair financial fair play agreements. I feel Okuonghae isn't good enough, maybe even Eastman. Look at the difference Wynter made instead of him - even Kent came on and played a fantastic 45. I say get hold of an experienced and/or more technical centre back that does not lump the ball up the pitch all the time, and we should see much more effective performances from our skilled players like Watt, Sears and Vose. Bulk up competition a bit with some tactical, experienced, strong midfielders and defenders and I think we have ourselves a decent squad for a mid-table finish next year, and maybe even more. We should look up to Leyton Orient for example. Provided they don't get injured of course... Which I feel really did us in this year. bell103
  • Score: -7

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