Dunne unhappy with goals conceded after U's defeat

Gazette: Off the ground - Ian Henderson does battle during Colchester United's 2-0 defeat against Notts County. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO71067-115) Off the ground - Ian Henderson does battle during Colchester United's 2-0 defeat against Notts County. Picture: STEVE BRADING (CO71067-115)

Joe Dunne admitted conceding two sloppy goals cost his Colchester United side dearly against Notts County.

And the U’s boss conceded he may have to raid the loan market for defensive reinforcements, following the home defeat.

Colchester were beaten 2-0 by the Magpies, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

First-half goals from Neal Bishop and Alan Judge left Colchester with a mountain to climb.

And despite enjoying plenty of possession in the second half, they were unable to make a breakthrough.

Dunne said: “I’m very disappointed but initially I thought that we were on top.

“We set our stall out to get after them and we did that.

“We attacked them and got balls into the box and into good positions.

“But again it was our old bad habit of conceding from set pieces and giving away stupid free-kicks in wrong areas that cost us and I probably now need to look at changing things.

“We created chances in the second half and we hit the bar.

“We should be proud of the way the players responded in the second half because we created chances.

“After last Saturday (at Chelmsford), it could have been five or six if we’d have capitulated.

“But we didn’t do that and we showed good character to try and come back.

“Notts County are a top six team who are organised and made it difficult for us.

“i was very annoyed with how we conceded the goals but very pleased with the way that we passed the ball and I won’t ask them to do anything else.”

See Wednesday's Gazette for a full match report and pictures from the U’s defeat to Notts County.

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11:09pm Tue 6 Nov 12

United we stand says...

I don't disagree, Joe....Rose giving away an unnecessary free kick for a stupid push from behind for the first goal was particularly galling.
But: there are problems up-front too. We hardly tested their keeper at all> Goal-bound efforts were virtually non-existent until the final few minutes.
A very poor performance.
I don't disagree, Joe....Rose giving away an unnecessary free kick for a stupid push from behind for the first goal was particularly galling. But: there are problems up-front too. We hardly tested their keeper at all> Goal-bound efforts were virtually non-existent until the final few minutes. A very poor performance. United we stand
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1:21am Wed 7 Nov 12

Odysseus says...

Dunne, get real, tonight was the worst game of football I have ever seen. You have a great squad of players but they play a match as if they are still on the training ground. TOO MUCH PASSING with no desire to attack. If tonight’s game had been decided on possession and passing, then you would have won, but sadly you need to put the ball in the back of the opposition’s goal to win.
Not happy
Dunne, get real, tonight was the worst game of football I have ever seen. You have a great squad of players but they play a match as if they are still on the training ground. TOO MUCH PASSING with no desire to attack. If tonight’s game had been decided on possession and passing, then you would have won, but sadly you need to put the ball in the back of the opposition’s goal to win. Not happy Odysseus
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9:23am Wed 7 Nov 12

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

After a promising couple of games under Joe the wind has certainly been knocked out of our sails.

I enjoy watching a passing game and can live with the slowly slowly catchy monkey approach. But last night there didn't appear to be any shots on target in the first half. We need an end product with the passing game. The midfield wasn't supporting in the way they should. Either they didn't get in the box to support or they were all there and the ball got passed behind them.

Defensively we were terrible. Rose is not a defender, he looks ok going forward but every manger in the football league must know he's our weak link. Not sure what happened to Magnus, he use to play like a tank, now plays like a **** cat.

Cousins does make the occasional good save but he doesn't have the presence of Williams.

How there can be a Colchester United man of the match when we lose a game is beyond me but to make it Henderson was just an insult and two fingers up at the fans.

Bad day at the office, now let’s move onwards and upwards.

Up the U's
After a promising couple of games under Joe the wind has certainly been knocked out of our sails. I enjoy watching a passing game and can live with the slowly slowly catchy monkey approach. But last night there didn't appear to be any shots on target in the first half. We need an end product with the passing game. The midfield wasn't supporting in the way they should. Either they didn't get in the box to support or they were all there and the ball got passed behind them. Defensively we were terrible. Rose is not a defender, he looks ok going forward but every manger in the football league must know he's our weak link. Not sure what happened to Magnus, he use to play like a tank, now plays like a **** cat. Cousins does make the occasional good save but he doesn't have the presence of Williams. How there can be a Colchester United man of the match when we lose a game is beyond me but to make it Henderson was just an insult and two fingers up at the fans. Bad day at the office, now let’s move onwards and upwards. Up the U's We're not singing anymore!!!
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9:28am Wed 7 Nov 12

Mr Honest says...

The honeymoon is over Mr Dunne. After Saturdays shambles you had the chance to make lots of changes to remind the players that underperforming will not be tolerated yet just two changes were made and one was enforced due to injury. Wordsworth and Henderson seem to get away with underperforming all the time and its time Pentney had a run in the team ahead of Cousins surely? Poor performance again tonight from the lads and a tough away game coming at Crewe.”
The honeymoon is over Mr Dunne. After Saturdays shambles you had the chance to make lots of changes to remind the players that underperforming will not be tolerated yet just two changes were made and one was enforced due to injury. Wordsworth and Henderson seem to get away with underperforming all the time and its time Pentney had a run in the team ahead of Cousins surely? Poor performance again tonight from the lads and a tough away game coming at Crewe.” Mr Honest
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9:40am Wed 7 Nov 12

Swifty Morgan says...

Agree with a lot of the comments. Last night and Saturday for that matter was reminiscent of the John Ward era. The passing was easy on the eye but it was not incisive enough and too slow to create clear openings. Notts County had time to get men behind the ball and could afford to give Col U the ball as it was clear we couldn't hurt them.
It also doesn't look like we have a Plan B if Plan A doesn't come off - this was clearly evident on Saturday as well. The defence is a worry but a lot stems from the goalkeeper who I don't think gives the back four any confidence.
He was caught out on Saturday for their second goal and again last night. Great shotstopper but does not command his box, is slow of his line and often in no mans land. We need a new, experienced keeper and someone who can challenge Magnus as he is playing poorly at the moment.
He we was touted to be going here, there and everywhere last summer only to end up signing a new contact at the U's - I wonder why?? Despite all this, still early days for the new regime so need to keep the faith.
Agree with a lot of the comments. Last night and Saturday for that matter was reminiscent of the John Ward era. The passing was easy on the eye but it was not incisive enough and too slow to create clear openings. Notts County had time to get men behind the ball and could afford to give Col U the ball as it was clear we couldn't hurt them. It also doesn't look like we have a Plan B if Plan A doesn't come off - this was clearly evident on Saturday as well. The defence is a worry but a lot stems from the goalkeeper who I don't think gives the back four any confidence. He was caught out on Saturday for their second goal and again last night. Great shotstopper but does not command his box, is slow of his line and often in no mans land. We need a new, experienced keeper and someone who can challenge Magnus as he is playing poorly at the moment. He we was touted to be going here, there and everywhere last summer only to end up signing a new contact at the U's - I wonder why?? Despite all this, still early days for the new regime so need to keep the faith. Swifty Morgan
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11:09am Wed 7 Nov 12

crazy comments says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
After a promising couple of games under Joe the wind has certainly been knocked out of our sails. I enjoy watching a passing game and can live with the slowly slowly catchy monkey approach. But last night there didn't appear to be any shots on target in the first half. We need an end product with the passing game. The midfield wasn't supporting in the way they should. Either they didn't get in the box to support or they were all there and the ball got passed behind them. Defensively we were terrible. Rose is not a defender, he looks ok going forward but every manger in the football league must know he's our weak link. Not sure what happened to Magnus, he use to play like a tank, now plays like a **** cat. Cousins does make the occasional good save but he doesn't have the presence of Williams. How there can be a Colchester United man of the match when we lose a game is beyond me but to make it Henderson was just an insult and two fingers up at the fans. Bad day at the office, now let’s move onwards and upwards. Up the U's
Tend to agree with you on this. Magnus is not used to holding the ball, and then passing, but more suited to the first time clearamces up field. Being a big guy he is not as moblie as some and to me is suffering badly.
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: After a promising couple of games under Joe the wind has certainly been knocked out of our sails. I enjoy watching a passing game and can live with the slowly slowly catchy monkey approach. But last night there didn't appear to be any shots on target in the first half. We need an end product with the passing game. The midfield wasn't supporting in the way they should. Either they didn't get in the box to support or they were all there and the ball got passed behind them. Defensively we were terrible. Rose is not a defender, he looks ok going forward but every manger in the football league must know he's our weak link. Not sure what happened to Magnus, he use to play like a tank, now plays like a **** cat. Cousins does make the occasional good save but he doesn't have the presence of Williams. How there can be a Colchester United man of the match when we lose a game is beyond me but to make it Henderson was just an insult and two fingers up at the fans. Bad day at the office, now let’s move onwards and upwards. Up the U's[/p][/quote]Tend to agree with you on this. Magnus is not used to holding the ball, and then passing, but more suited to the first time clearamces up field. Being a big guy he is not as moblie as some and to me is suffering badly. crazy comments
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4:21pm Wed 7 Nov 12

wellnow says...

all together now are you john ward are you john ward are you john ward in disguise are you jooohhn ward in diguise
all together now are you john ward are you john ward are you john ward in disguise are you jooohhn ward in diguise wellnow
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4:46pm Wed 7 Nov 12

super waluigi says...

I cannot believe I am reading some of the blogs above. No wait, yes I can because it is the same bloggers doing the same moaning all over again.

Last night was not pretty and yes we have had better performances under Joe Dunne, but it is all about the bigger picture, which is more wins than defeats/draws at the end of the season.

Some bloggers should be ashamed. Calling us promotion chasers after 2 wins and then a poor side after 2 defeats shows a lack of credibility in the bloggers footballing knowledge. We all know that anyone can beat anyone on the day. Even Man u lose 2 games in a row. It also shows an inability to move on to the bigger picture of what is really going on at our club. Dunne is trying to play attacking football that so many of you lot wanted last season. He is playing wingers and passing. Passing as far back as the goalie. Please give him the time. Rome was not built in a day. We will have good and bad days, but that is football.

I happen to be impressed by Henderson at the moment. We might have under performed as a team last night, but he created far more going forward than Massey, Bean or Jabo. Well done Henderson, and to think I was considering writing him off.
I cannot believe I am reading some of the blogs above. No wait, yes I can because it is the same bloggers doing the same moaning all over again. Last night was not pretty and yes we have had better performances under Joe Dunne, but it is all about the bigger picture, which is more wins than defeats/draws at the end of the season. Some bloggers should be ashamed. Calling us promotion chasers after 2 wins and then a poor side after 2 defeats shows a lack of credibility in the bloggers footballing knowledge. We all know that anyone can beat anyone on the day. Even Man u lose 2 games in a row. It also shows an inability to move on to the bigger picture of what is really going on at our club. Dunne is trying to play attacking football that so many of you lot wanted last season. He is playing wingers and passing. Passing as far back as the goalie. Please give him the time. Rome was not built in a day. We will have good and bad days, but that is football. I happen to be impressed by Henderson at the moment. We might have under performed as a team last night, but he created far more going forward than Massey, Bean or Jabo. Well done Henderson, and to think I was considering writing him off. super waluigi
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4:48pm Wed 7 Nov 12

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

wellnow wrote:
all together now are you john ward are you john ward are you john ward in disguise are you jooohhn ward in diguise
Think that's a bit unfair. Look at where we are compared to where we were about six weeks ago.

It's only been two bad games. It's the players who need a rocket up their backsides, not Joe Dunne.

Either you have a short memory or you haven't been going to the games. (or maybe you're John Ward, ha ha!!!)
[quote][p][bold]wellnow[/bold] wrote: all together now are you john ward are you john ward are you john ward in disguise are you jooohhn ward in diguise[/p][/quote]Think that's a bit unfair. Look at where we are compared to where we were about six weeks ago. It's only been two bad games. It's the players who need a rocket up their backsides, not Joe Dunne. Either you have a short memory or you haven't been going to the games. (or maybe you're John Ward, ha ha!!!) We're not singing anymore!!!
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4:54pm Wed 7 Nov 12

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

super waluigi wrote:
I cannot believe I am reading some of the blogs above. No wait, yes I can because it is the same bloggers doing the same moaning all over again. Last night was not pretty and yes we have had better performances under Joe Dunne, but it is all about the bigger picture, which is more wins than defeats/draws at the end of the season. Some bloggers should be ashamed. Calling us promotion chasers after 2 wins and then a poor side after 2 defeats shows a lack of credibility in the bloggers footballing knowledge. We all know that anyone can beat anyone on the day. Even Man u lose 2 games in a row. It also shows an inability to move on to the bigger picture of what is really going on at our club. Dunne is trying to play attacking football that so many of you lot wanted last season. He is playing wingers and passing. Passing as far back as the goalie. Please give him the time. Rome was not built in a day. We will have good and bad days, but that is football. I happen to be impressed by Henderson at the moment. We might have under performed as a team last night, but he created far more going forward than Massey, Bean or Jabo. Well done Henderson, and to think I was considering writing him off.
Super it must be you who chooses the Man of the Match award. The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all.

Jabo run his socks off yesterday with very little support from anyone else and in my opinion should have been given Man of the Match.

The rest of your comments are mostly valid though.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: I cannot believe I am reading some of the blogs above. No wait, yes I can because it is the same bloggers doing the same moaning all over again. Last night was not pretty and yes we have had better performances under Joe Dunne, but it is all about the bigger picture, which is more wins than defeats/draws at the end of the season. Some bloggers should be ashamed. Calling us promotion chasers after 2 wins and then a poor side after 2 defeats shows a lack of credibility in the bloggers footballing knowledge. We all know that anyone can beat anyone on the day. Even Man u lose 2 games in a row. It also shows an inability to move on to the bigger picture of what is really going on at our club. Dunne is trying to play attacking football that so many of you lot wanted last season. He is playing wingers and passing. Passing as far back as the goalie. Please give him the time. Rome was not built in a day. We will have good and bad days, but that is football. I happen to be impressed by Henderson at the moment. We might have under performed as a team last night, but he created far more going forward than Massey, Bean or Jabo. Well done Henderson, and to think I was considering writing him off.[/p][/quote]Super it must be you who chooses the Man of the Match award. The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all. Jabo run his socks off yesterday with very little support from anyone else and in my opinion should have been given Man of the Match. The rest of your comments are mostly valid though. We're not singing anymore!!!
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6:02pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Catboy says...

I think some credit has to be given to Notts County - I thought their work rate was outstanding and closed us down as a unit (although not a provider of a great spectacle). We missed the width that Watt has given with Hendo in the team - I was surprised that he got MoM but then again I don't really think anyone stood out for the U's.

Lets no be too down hearted, hopefully the lads will bounce back Saturday.
I think some credit has to be given to Notts County - I thought their work rate was outstanding and closed us down as a unit (although not a provider of a great spectacle). We missed the width that Watt has given with Hendo in the team - I was surprised that he got MoM but then again I don't really think anyone stood out for the U's. Lets no be too down hearted, hopefully the lads will bounce back Saturday. Catboy
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7:15pm Wed 7 Nov 12

super waluigi says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
I cannot believe I am reading some of the blogs above. No wait, yes I can because it is the same bloggers doing the same moaning all over again. Last night was not pretty and yes we have had better performances under Joe Dunne, but it is all about the bigger picture, which is more wins than defeats/draws at the end of the season. Some bloggers should be ashamed. Calling us promotion chasers after 2 wins and then a poor side after 2 defeats shows a lack of credibility in the bloggers footballing knowledge. We all know that anyone can beat anyone on the day. Even Man u lose 2 games in a row. It also shows an inability to move on to the bigger picture of what is really going on at our club. Dunne is trying to play attacking football that so many of you lot wanted last season. He is playing wingers and passing. Passing as far back as the goalie. Please give him the time. Rome was not built in a day. We will have good and bad days, but that is football. I happen to be impressed by Henderson at the moment. We might have under performed as a team last night, but he created far more going forward than Massey, Bean or Jabo. Well done Henderson, and to think I was considering writing him off.
Super it must be you who chooses the Man of the Match award. The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all.

Jabo run his socks off yesterday with very little support from anyone else and in my opinion should have been given Man of the Match.

The rest of your comments are mostly valid though.
Yup Jabo did do enough to get MOTM too. Perhaps more so than Hendo. Still punching above what I expected from him this season.
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: I cannot believe I am reading some of the blogs above. No wait, yes I can because it is the same bloggers doing the same moaning all over again. Last night was not pretty and yes we have had better performances under Joe Dunne, but it is all about the bigger picture, which is more wins than defeats/draws at the end of the season. Some bloggers should be ashamed. Calling us promotion chasers after 2 wins and then a poor side after 2 defeats shows a lack of credibility in the bloggers footballing knowledge. We all know that anyone can beat anyone on the day. Even Man u lose 2 games in a row. It also shows an inability to move on to the bigger picture of what is really going on at our club. Dunne is trying to play attacking football that so many of you lot wanted last season. He is playing wingers and passing. Passing as far back as the goalie. Please give him the time. Rome was not built in a day. We will have good and bad days, but that is football. I happen to be impressed by Henderson at the moment. We might have under performed as a team last night, but he created far more going forward than Massey, Bean or Jabo. Well done Henderson, and to think I was considering writing him off.[/p][/quote]Super it must be you who chooses the Man of the Match award. The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all. Jabo run his socks off yesterday with very little support from anyone else and in my opinion should have been given Man of the Match. The rest of your comments are mostly valid though.[/p][/quote]Yup Jabo did do enough to get MOTM too. Perhaps more so than Hendo. Still punching above what I expected from him this season. super waluigi
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8:56pm Wed 7 Nov 12

25414nora says...

So where do we go from here?
Boothroyds long ball game, (by-passing the midfield) made him very unpopular, so he had to go..
Ward tried to play tight defensive close passing, posession football, and it got him the boot. (even though he gave us three top ten finishes in league one).
Now we have Joe Dunne, after initial success, he has been pegged back by two horrendous results. the setback at Chelmsford was especially unexpected, embarrasing, and damaging to morale. One thing is sure the manager is busting a gut trying to bring success with miserable home attendences, and low funds,. It's a thankless task.
The way things are, unless we make a few fortunate loan signings, Col u will do well just to survive in league one this season.
So where do we go from here? Boothroyds long ball game, (by-passing the midfield) made him very unpopular, so he had to go.. Ward tried to play tight defensive close passing, posession football, and it got him the boot. (even though he gave us three top ten finishes in league one). Now we have Joe Dunne, after initial success, he has been pegged back by two horrendous results. the setback at Chelmsford was especially unexpected, embarrasing, and damaging to morale. One thing is sure the manager is busting a gut trying to bring success with miserable home attendences, and low funds,. It's a thankless task. The way things are, unless we make a few fortunate loan signings, Col u will do well just to survive in league one this season. 25414nora
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10:19pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Clacc says...

"The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all"

It wasn't Henderson who was booed, but the decision to award him MOTM. In fact although I disagree with the choice, he never had too bad a game.

Good to see Sears being played in position for a change. He's got to be knocking at the door for a start against Crewe.
"The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all" It wasn't Henderson who was booed, but the decision to award him MOTM. In fact although I disagree with the choice, he never had too bad a game. Good to see Sears being played in position for a change. He's got to be knocking at the door for a start against Crewe. Clacc
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11:01pm Wed 7 Nov 12

jdh919 says...

Odysseus wrote:
Dunne, get real, tonight was the worst game of football I have ever seen. You have a great squad of players but they play a match as if they are still on the training ground. TOO MUCH PASSING with no desire to attack. If tonight’s game had been decided on possession and passing, then you would have won, but sadly you need to put the ball in the back of the opposition’s goal to win.
Not happy
'Worst game of football I have ever seen' is a pretty bizarre way of looking at it. I've been to half a dozen U's matches this season and last night was one of the better ones. It was certainly miles better than the Crawley and Sheffield United games for example.

It was nice to see the players passing and moving and some of the spells of play we had looked very good although there was no incisive final ball (other than the one time we put it in the net and it was ruled out for offside) to really threaten a solid Notts County defence. Our defence on the other hand looked weak and susceptible, we could easily have shipped more than the two we did so that definitely needs to be tightened up.
[quote][p][bold]Odysseus[/bold] wrote: Dunne, get real, tonight was the worst game of football I have ever seen. You have a great squad of players but they play a match as if they are still on the training ground. TOO MUCH PASSING with no desire to attack. If tonight’s game had been decided on possession and passing, then you would have won, but sadly you need to put the ball in the back of the opposition’s goal to win. Not happy[/p][/quote]'Worst game of football I have ever seen' is a pretty bizarre way of looking at it. I've been to half a dozen U's matches this season and last night was one of the better ones. It was certainly miles better than the Crawley and Sheffield United games for example. It was nice to see the players passing and moving and some of the spells of play we had looked very good although there was no incisive final ball (other than the one time we put it in the net and it was ruled out for offside) to really threaten a solid Notts County defence. Our defence on the other hand looked weak and susceptible, we could easily have shipped more than the two we did so that definitely needs to be tightened up. jdh919
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9:18am Thu 8 Nov 12

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

Clacc wrote:
"The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all" It wasn't Henderson who was booed, but the decision to award him MOTM. In fact although I disagree with the choice, he never had too bad a game. Good to see Sears being played in position for a change. He's got to be knocking at the door for a start against Crewe.
If you think that Henderson didn't have "too bad a game" then you must have pretty low standards for football.
I've seen Henderson play much better. Unfortunately we've not seen it for quite a while. He's too inconsistent.

Sears did look good when he came on. One of only a couple of things to cheer on the night.
[quote][p][bold]Clacc[/bold] wrote: "The fact that Henderson got booed by the majority of the crowd when it was annoccued that he was the star player said it all" It wasn't Henderson who was booed, but the decision to award him MOTM. In fact although I disagree with the choice, he never had too bad a game. Good to see Sears being played in position for a change. He's got to be knocking at the door for a start against Crewe.[/p][/quote]If you think that Henderson didn't have "too bad a game" then you must have pretty low standards for football. I've seen Henderson play much better. Unfortunately we've not seen it for quite a while. He's too inconsistent. Sears did look good when he came on. One of only a couple of things to cheer on the night. We're not singing anymore!!!
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12:39pm Thu 8 Nov 12

jpis247 says...

Notts county set up in a way which made them very hard to play against and they are good team with aspirations of getting into the playoffs. I understand many think we're should be in the same boat but realistically we're just not there yet. Joe's done a great job to get us back up to mid-table and we can push on from there. Tues may not have been a great game, but I've seen the U's play a lot worse and try a lot less. Joe and Mark understand our weaknesses and are working on them, give them time and support them, not boo them.
Notts county set up in a way which made them very hard to play against and they are good team with aspirations of getting into the playoffs. I understand many think we're should be in the same boat but realistically we're just not there yet. Joe's done a great job to get us back up to mid-table and we can push on from there. Tues may not have been a great game, but I've seen the U's play a lot worse and try a lot less. Joe and Mark understand our weaknesses and are working on them, give them time and support them, not boo them. jpis247
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