U's slide to defeat against Doncaster

U's slide to defeat against Doncaster

U's slide to defeat against Doncaster

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Colchester United suffered their third successive league defeat after being beaten 1-0 at home by Doncaster Rovers this afternoon.

Freddie Sears went close for Colchester in the opening minutes when he headed George Moncur’s wide at the near post and Dominic Vose curled wide from the edge of the area, soon after.

But the best chance of the first half came on the half-hour mark and it fell to the visitors.

Former Southend United striker Theo Robinson headed over from James Coppinger’s cross from close range, when he should have at least hit the target.

Colchester keeper Sam Walker denied Dean Furman on the hour, before the deadlock was broken five minutes later.

Kyle Bennett swept a low left-foot shot from just inside the area after Walker had denied Furman from close range and Colchester had failed to clear their lines.

Furman should have made it 2-0 when he fluffed his lines from three yards after James Coppinger had picked him out but despite making a triple substitution, Colchester hardly threatened an equaliser after that and fell to their first home defeat of the season.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's game with Doncaster Rovers, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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5:02pm Sat 23 Aug 14

down the line says...

So how are the blinkered people on here going to gloss this one up then?
Dunne out.
So how are the blinkered people on here going to gloss this one up then? Dunne out. down the line
  • Score: 137

5:50pm Sat 23 Aug 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Come on Joe Dunne, its time to pack it in now, you are a complete embarrassment to most fans at the club, you are just not good enough to manage a team in the football league. Fans are staying away from the ground because of you, and the poor standard of football you have been dishing up since you have been manager, and they wont be returning whilst you are there. Its time to give someone else a chance now, so they have time to try and turn things around. A new face is needed, someone with no connections at the club, so they can have a fresh look at the players we have and the way they are playing. JOE DUNNE OUT.
Come on Joe Dunne, its time to pack it in now, you are a complete embarrassment to most fans at the club, you are just not good enough to manage a team in the football league. Fans are staying away from the ground because of you, and the poor standard of football you have been dishing up since you have been manager, and they wont be returning whilst you are there. Its time to give someone else a chance now, so they have time to try and turn things around. A new face is needed, someone with no connections at the club, so they can have a fresh look at the players we have and the way they are playing. JOE DUNNE OUT. WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 26

5:52pm Sat 23 Aug 14

hungrystudent says...

Let's see what Dunne says, poor performance and wrong starting line up in my opinion, didn't create the chances and the players looked jaded (no zip)

I still believe in Dunne, the way he wants the team to play, his youth policy and his passion for the club despite the recent lack of results.

I was very disappointed to see booing from the fans following Dunnes decision to take off moncur, I wouldn't have taken him off but he may have taken a knock or asked to come off, that's not what support is about.

Down the line, if your going to say get Dunne out, at least offer an alternative of what you want (bar us winning games)

I'm still only young but from what I saw today from some "supporters" can be so narrow minded.
Let's see what Dunne says, poor performance and wrong starting line up in my opinion, didn't create the chances and the players looked jaded (no zip) I still believe in Dunne, the way he wants the team to play, his youth policy and his passion for the club despite the recent lack of results. I was very disappointed to see booing from the fans following Dunnes decision to take off moncur, I wouldn't have taken him off but he may have taken a knock or asked to come off, that's not what support is about. Down the line, if your going to say get Dunne out, at least offer an alternative of what you want (bar us winning games) I'm still only young but from what I saw today from some "supporters" can be so narrow minded. hungrystudent
  • Score: -27

5:53pm Sat 23 Aug 14

SuperU's says...

No need to gloss it as you suggest, just no penetration today. Didn't play badly but didn't have the ammunition. Goals were our problem last year as looks like we may have the same at the moment. Frustrating as we are close to getting it right, but you have to take or create chances in every game in every circumstance. They lokked more likely going forward. Booing the substitutions was pretty pathetic. Moncur played well again and looked best to make something happen, so I can only guess he was knackered or a tweak. Would have put Smodicz on, for his buzzing energy and verve. He'll do well given the chance soon. Eastman, Gordon, Moncur and Jabo best today. Vose in fits, Gilbey worked hard, Bean gave his usual, but is limited in the attacking phase. In summary, must do better in final third. Chew on that.
No need to gloss it as you suggest, just no penetration today. Didn't play badly but didn't have the ammunition. Goals were our problem last year as looks like we may have the same at the moment. Frustrating as we are close to getting it right, but you have to take or create chances in every game in every circumstance. They lokked more likely going forward. Booing the substitutions was pretty pathetic. Moncur played well again and looked best to make something happen, so I can only guess he was knackered or a tweak. Would have put Smodicz on, for his buzzing energy and verve. He'll do well given the chance soon. Eastman, Gordon, Moncur and Jabo best today. Vose in fits, Gilbey worked hard, Bean gave his usual, but is limited in the attacking phase. In summary, must do better in final third. Chew on that. SuperU's
  • Score: 30

6:00pm Sat 23 Aug 14

donttellanyone says...

Please Colchester fans listen people like Eastman are not good enough why do people praise him he always gets down by balls over the top.
Please Colchester fans listen people like Eastman are not good enough why do people praise him he always gets down by balls over the top. donttellanyone
  • Score: 30

6:18pm Sat 23 Aug 14

DAZZ1981 says...

Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha what did I say to you all todays attendance 3125 and 400 of them was Doncaster what a embarrassing and a joke and all you sad lot still go.
Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha what did I say to you all todays attendance 3125 and 400 of them was Doncaster what a embarrassing and a joke and all you sad lot still go. DAZZ1981
  • Score: 5

6:36pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

WEWANTGOALS wrote:
Come on Joe Dunne, its time to pack it in now, you are a complete embarrassment to most fans at the club, you are just not good enough to manage a team in the football league. Fans are staying away from the ground because of you, and the poor standard of football you have been dishing up since you have been manager, and they wont be returning whilst you are there. Its time to give someone else a chance now, so they have time to try and turn things around. A new face is needed, someone with no connections at the club, so they can have a fresh look at the players we have and the way they are playing. JOE DUNNE OUT.
Lets wait and see the results against Peterborough and Walsall.
WHAT WE DONT WANT IS ANOTHER OUTSIDER-The answer is inside the Club.
[quote][p][bold]WEWANTGOALS[/bold] wrote: Come on Joe Dunne, its time to pack it in now, you are a complete embarrassment to most fans at the club, you are just not good enough to manage a team in the football league. Fans are staying away from the ground because of you, and the poor standard of football you have been dishing up since you have been manager, and they wont be returning whilst you are there. Its time to give someone else a chance now, so they have time to try and turn things around. A new face is needed, someone with no connections at the club, so they can have a fresh look at the players we have and the way they are playing. JOE DUNNE OUT.[/p][/quote]Lets wait and see the results against Peterborough and Walsall. WHAT WE DONT WANT IS ANOTHER OUTSIDER-The answer is inside the Club. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -26

6:39pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

DAZZ1981 wrote:
Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha what did I say to you all todays attendance 3125 and 400 of them was Doncaster what a embarrassing and a joke and all you sad lot still go.
How are Southend doing?
[quote][p][bold]DAZZ1981[/bold] wrote: Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha what did I say to you all todays attendance 3125 and 400 of them was Doncaster what a embarrassing and a joke and all you sad lot still go.[/p][/quote]How are Southend doing? Shrubendlad
  • Score: 2

7:32pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Boris says...

Donny's defence was much more assured than ours. They didn't look much of a threat, but, aspecially once they had their lead, every time they closed our players down so there was no way they could get a clear shot on goal. But they didn't even take the half-chances, one of which might have gone in.
Disappointing and worrying. Some fans who had also been at Nottingham a few days ago said the U's had played far worse to-day, and I will believe that. I will not criticise Joe Dunne yet, but he needs to show us the results that seemed imminent during the Notts County game.
Donny's defence was much more assured than ours. They didn't look much of a threat, but, aspecially once they had their lead, every time they closed our players down so there was no way they could get a clear shot on goal. But they didn't even take the half-chances, one of which might have gone in. Disappointing and worrying. Some fans who had also been at Nottingham a few days ago said the U's had played far worse to-day, and I will believe that. I will not criticise Joe Dunne yet, but he needs to show us the results that seemed imminent during the Notts County game. Boris
  • Score: -25

8:10pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Closeguard says...

Over paid and under worked. You will find most of these players on the p155 tonight in town. Roll on league 2.
Over paid and under worked. You will find most of these players on the p155 tonight in town. Roll on league 2. Closeguard
  • Score: 23

10:30pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Ozzie says...

You are right Closeguard. The players have plenty of energy to get results in the pubs and clubs of Colchester and have been seen intoxicated by alcohol or some other substances but the club do not seem bothered or aware of this and certainly do not police it. Maybe a few 'surprise' drug and alcohol tests might help to reveal the underlying problems. It would appear that a lot of the players do their 'training' in the local pubs and clubs. Yet again today, Mr Carolan took the players through the same activities for warm up with little variation - the time for a new regime looms! Take action for the good of the club, Mr Cowling! And please do NOT recruit from within the club. We need a new broom to sweep clean and remove the debris. We have the squad but they seem unmotivated under Joe Dunne and Mark Kinsella. I have to agree, Joe Dunne and Mark Kinsella (Mr Schultz's son in law) OUT!!
You are right Closeguard. The players have plenty of energy to get results in the pubs and clubs of Colchester and have been seen intoxicated by alcohol or some other substances but the club do not seem bothered or aware of this and certainly do not police it. Maybe a few 'surprise' drug and alcohol tests might help to reveal the underlying problems. It would appear that a lot of the players do their 'training' in the local pubs and clubs. Yet again today, Mr Carolan took the players through the same activities for warm up with little variation - the time for a new regime looms! Take action for the good of the club, Mr Cowling! And please do NOT recruit from within the club. We need a new broom to sweep clean and remove the debris. We have the squad but they seem unmotivated under Joe Dunne and Mark Kinsella. I have to agree, Joe Dunne and Mark Kinsella (Mr Schultz's son in law) OUT!! Ozzie
  • Score: 8

8:19am Sun 24 Aug 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

The Dunne out claims just won't happen I'm afraid because it's not in Mr Cowlings interest to do so. I think JD puts in a great deal of effort, but unfortunately has very limited ability in many ways and has his hands very firmly tied. Unfortunately, with Mr Cowling's philosophy it's going to get much worse before it even begins to stabilise and who knows at what level we will be at then. Cowling's philosophy to develop youth at the expense of the first team would only attract " Yes man managers" which Is precisely what we have now. No manager, with any aspirations whatsoever, would touch this club with a barge pole under this regime. No money to buy, no money to sign free transfers even let alone in the areas that we need them most.

The guts have been well and truly knocked out of this club and it is no place for long standing supporters interested in real progress. For us we either live with the situation as it is or we ditch the club as many have already done. After this season I know which route I will chose.
The Dunne out claims just won't happen I'm afraid because it's not in Mr Cowlings interest to do so. I think JD puts in a great deal of effort, but unfortunately has very limited ability in many ways and has his hands very firmly tied. Unfortunately, with Mr Cowling's philosophy it's going to get much worse before it even begins to stabilise and who knows at what level we will be at then. Cowling's philosophy to develop youth at the expense of the first team would only attract " Yes man managers" which Is precisely what we have now. No manager, with any aspirations whatsoever, would touch this club with a barge pole under this regime. No money to buy, no money to sign free transfers even let alone in the areas that we need them most. The guts have been well and truly knocked out of this club and it is no place for long standing supporters interested in real progress. For us we either live with the situation as it is or we ditch the club as many have already done. After this season I know which route I will chose. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 18

10:00am Sun 24 Aug 14

down the line says...

BlueandWhiteBaz wrote:
The Dunne out claims just won't happen I'm afraid because it's not in Mr Cowlings interest to do so. I think JD puts in a great deal of effort, but unfortunately has very limited ability in many ways and has his hands very firmly tied. Unfortunately, with Mr Cowling's philosophy it's going to get much worse before it even begins to stabilise and who knows at what level we will be at then. Cowling's philosophy to develop youth at the expense of the first team would only attract " Yes man managers" which Is precisely what we have now. No manager, with any aspirations whatsoever, would touch this club with a barge pole under this regime. No money to buy, no money to sign free transfers even let alone in the areas that we need them most.

The guts have been well and truly knocked out of this club and it is no place for long standing supporters interested in real progress. For us we either live with the situation as it is or we ditch the club as many have already done. After this season I know which route I will chose.
I totally agree with this. As much as I think Joe Dunne is simply not up to it, also Robbie Cowling is not helping at all. Ok, he's done a great job with the training ground, academy etc, but he couldn't care less about the here and now. Time for Joe Dunne & Mark Kinsella to go, and time for Robbie Cowling to sell up.
[quote][p][bold]BlueandWhiteBaz[/bold] wrote: The Dunne out claims just won't happen I'm afraid because it's not in Mr Cowlings interest to do so. I think JD puts in a great deal of effort, but unfortunately has very limited ability in many ways and has his hands very firmly tied. Unfortunately, with Mr Cowling's philosophy it's going to get much worse before it even begins to stabilise and who knows at what level we will be at then. Cowling's philosophy to develop youth at the expense of the first team would only attract " Yes man managers" which Is precisely what we have now. No manager, with any aspirations whatsoever, would touch this club with a barge pole under this regime. No money to buy, no money to sign free transfers even let alone in the areas that we need them most. The guts have been well and truly knocked out of this club and it is no place for long standing supporters interested in real progress. For us we either live with the situation as it is or we ditch the club as many have already done. After this season I know which route I will chose.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with this. As much as I think Joe Dunne is simply not up to it, also Robbie Cowling is not helping at all. Ok, he's done a great job with the training ground, academy etc, but he couldn't care less about the here and now. Time for Joe Dunne & Mark Kinsella to go, and time for Robbie Cowling to sell up. down the line
  • Score: 11

10:28am Sun 24 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

down the line wrote:
So how are the blinkered people on here going to gloss this one up then?
Dunne out.
Accepting that JD might be a good trainer but lacks a winners touch-Where do we go from here then? Another Boothroyd /Ward farce? Colchester United is important to us-when they do well-we feel good-and it should be a"fun" club-our away support demolishes other club fans! Do we boycott the games or do we turn up in numbers and try and turn the tide from the stands? Do we ask Robbie Cowling to close the whole thing down?
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: So how are the blinkered people on here going to gloss this one up then? Dunne out.[/p][/quote]Accepting that JD might be a good trainer but lacks a winners touch-Where do we go from here then? Another Boothroyd /Ward farce? Colchester United is important to us-when they do well-we feel good-and it should be a"fun" club-our away support demolishes other club fans! Do we boycott the games or do we turn up in numbers and try and turn the tide from the stands? Do we ask Robbie Cowling to close the whole thing down? Shrubendlad
  • Score: -9

10:36am Sun 24 Aug 14

West Stand United says...

Shame we don't have a Chairman like the one at Fleetwood, anyone who doesn't understand where I'm coming from, watch yesterdays Football League Show on iPlayer.

Six promotions in ten years, originally invested £5000 into the club to pay the wages until the end of that season, now has invested in excess of £15 million and will continue to do so to bring them success.

Yes you could argue that Cowling has invested over the last few years but what success has he really bought to the club - NONE.

As more and more people stop supporting or attending the games we will have the highest graded Academy in non league football as that is definitely the direction we are heading under this leadership.

Favourites to be relegated, and we can all see why.

So sad as the size of this town deserves something better and for long serving supporters like myself it is pitiful and painful to watch.
Shame we don't have a Chairman like the one at Fleetwood, anyone who doesn't understand where I'm coming from, watch yesterdays Football League Show on iPlayer. Six promotions in ten years, originally invested £5000 into the club to pay the wages until the end of that season, now has invested in excess of £15 million and will continue to do so to bring them success. Yes you could argue that Cowling has invested over the last few years but what success has he really bought to the club - NONE. As more and more people stop supporting or attending the games we will have the highest graded Academy in non league football as that is definitely the direction we are heading under this leadership. Favourites to be relegated, and we can all see why. So sad as the size of this town deserves something better and for long serving supporters like myself it is pitiful and painful to watch. West Stand United
  • Score: 14

11:44am Sun 24 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

West Stand United wrote:
Shame we don't have a Chairman like the one at Fleetwood, anyone who doesn't understand where I'm coming from, watch yesterdays Football League Show on iPlayer.

Six promotions in ten years, originally invested £5000 into the club to pay the wages until the end of that season, now has invested in excess of £15 million and will continue to do so to bring them success.

Yes you could argue that Cowling has invested over the last few years but what success has he really bought to the club - NONE.

As more and more people stop supporting or attending the games we will have the highest graded Academy in non league football as that is definitely the direction we are heading under this leadership.

Favourites to be relegated, and we can all see why.

So sad as the size of this town deserves something better and for long serving supporters like myself it is pitiful and painful to watch.
My last word on the subject.
We cant compare Fleetwood and Colchester.
I will not be critical of Robbie Cowling who is a local businessman and has invested a lot of time and money in our Club.
He bought the club from Peter Herd who wanted his £2M back(having driven the Club up to the edge of the premiership.
The current problems go back to the Norwich conflicts-Delia Smith "stealing" the coaching staff..
If you recall Robbie did not want to sell 3000 seats that season to Norwich supporters.
I ended up shouting my head off in the west stand against a wall of Canaries-next to some "silent" local supporters.
Since then its all been Academy Academy.
[quote][p][bold]West Stand United[/bold] wrote: Shame we don't have a Chairman like the one at Fleetwood, anyone who doesn't understand where I'm coming from, watch yesterdays Football League Show on iPlayer. Six promotions in ten years, originally invested £5000 into the club to pay the wages until the end of that season, now has invested in excess of £15 million and will continue to do so to bring them success. Yes you could argue that Cowling has invested over the last few years but what success has he really bought to the club - NONE. As more and more people stop supporting or attending the games we will have the highest graded Academy in non league football as that is definitely the direction we are heading under this leadership. Favourites to be relegated, and we can all see why. So sad as the size of this town deserves something better and for long serving supporters like myself it is pitiful and painful to watch.[/p][/quote]My last word on the subject. We cant compare Fleetwood and Colchester. I will not be critical of Robbie Cowling who is a local businessman and has invested a lot of time and money in our Club. He bought the club from Peter Herd who wanted his £2M back(having driven the Club up to the edge of the premiership. The current problems go back to the Norwich conflicts-Delia Smith "stealing" the coaching staff.. If you recall Robbie did not want to sell 3000 seats that season to Norwich supporters. I ended up shouting my head off in the west stand against a wall of Canaries-next to some "silent" local supporters. Since then its all been Academy Academy. Shrubendlad
  • Score: -6

2:45pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Closeguard says...

I know it is only the start of the season but mr cowling sir it is time to start digging in those deep pockets of yours and get in players that have passion,loyalty and discipline. Otherwise the future's looking like league 2.
I know it is only the start of the season but mr cowling sir it is time to start digging in those deep pockets of yours and get in players that have passion,loyalty and discipline. Otherwise the future's looking like league 2. Closeguard
  • Score: 5

3:50pm Sun 24 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

We need a whole mind set change when attending the mausoleum to see cowling united play.don't expect a pleasant afternoon, don't expect decent reasonably priced food and drink, don't expect cheerful singing cheering supporters smiling faces warmhearted welcoming helpful stewards.if we go with that outlook whatever happens on the pitch good or bad wont disapoint.we should remember joe dunne and mark kinsella want to succeed and cowling would love a return for his money he has put into the club, for good or bad.a bit more singing when your not winning would help.
We need a whole mind set change when attending the mausoleum to see cowling united play.don't expect a pleasant afternoon, don't expect decent reasonably priced food and drink, don't expect cheerful singing cheering supporters smiling faces warmhearted welcoming helpful stewards.if we go with that outlook whatever happens on the pitch good or bad wont disapoint.we should remember joe dunne and mark kinsella want to succeed and cowling would love a return for his money he has put into the club, for good or bad.a bit more singing when your not winning would help. stevedawson
  • Score: -17

12:59pm Wed 3 Sep 14

jonty4 says...

Can we please, please cut out the negativity - it must effect the players.
On a positive note let us all get behind the players, management and Robbie Cowling without whom we would not have a football club. Taking into account the restrictions in place at the moment he is doing a remarkable job in keeping our head above water. Until we double our gates we will not have the resources to spend on the team.

Think back to our most successful manager for many years, one Phil Parkinson. What managerial experience did he have or come to that Gary Monk and Brendon Rogers to name but a few.

I have been supporting the U's now for well over fifty years and will continue to do so. They are my boys.

Ann Johnson.
Can we please, please cut out the negativity - it must effect the players. On a positive note let us all get behind the players, management and Robbie Cowling without whom we would not have a football club. Taking into account the restrictions in place at the moment he is doing a remarkable job in keeping our head above water. Until we double our gates we will not have the resources to spend on the team. Think back to our most successful manager for many years, one Phil Parkinson. What managerial experience did he have or come to that Gary Monk and Brendon Rogers to name but a few. I have been supporting the U's now for well over fifty years and will continue to do so. They are my boys. Ann Johnson. jonty4
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Wed 3 Sep 14

jonty4 says...

Please, please can we cut out the negativity - it must effect the players.
On a positive note let us all get behind the team, the management and Robbie Cowling without whom we would not have a football club. Taking into account the restrictions in place he is doing a remarkable job in keeping our head above water. Until the crowd increases there will not be any more money to spend on players.
I have been a supporter for well over fifty years and will continue to do so. This is my team.

Ann Johnson
Please, please can we cut out the negativity - it must effect the players. On a positive note let us all get behind the team, the management and Robbie Cowling without whom we would not have a football club. Taking into account the restrictions in place he is doing a remarkable job in keeping our head above water. Until the crowd increases there will not be any more money to spend on players. I have been a supporter for well over fifty years and will continue to do so. This is my team. Ann Johnson jonty4
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Wed 3 Sep 14

totallyfootball says...

jonty4 wrote:
Please, please can we cut out the negativity - it must effect the players.
On a positive note let us all get behind the team, the management and Robbie Cowling without whom we would not have a football club. Taking into account the restrictions in place he is doing a remarkable job in keeping our head above water. Until the crowd increases there will not be any more money to spend on players.
I have been a supporter for well over fifty years and will continue to do so. This is my team.

Ann Johnson
Do you think the players read this, do you think many of them care, money for old rope! Losing is habitual!
[quote][p][bold]jonty4[/bold] wrote: Please, please can we cut out the negativity - it must effect the players. On a positive note let us all get behind the team, the management and Robbie Cowling without whom we would not have a football club. Taking into account the restrictions in place he is doing a remarkable job in keeping our head above water. Until the crowd increases there will not be any more money to spend on players. I have been a supporter for well over fifty years and will continue to do so. This is my team. Ann Johnson[/p][/quote]Do you think the players read this, do you think many of them care, money for old rope! Losing is habitual! totallyfootball
  • Score: 0
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