U's suffer narrow defeat at Bournemouth

Narrow defeat - U's keeper Mark Cousins made several good saves in their 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

Narrow defeat - U's keeper Mark Cousins made several good saves in their 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

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Colchester United suffered a narrow defeat at in-form Bournemouth this afternoon.

Lewis Grabban's well-taken strike four minutes before half-time proved enough to give the Cherries victory at Dean Court and condemn the U's to their seventh defeat in eight league and cup matches.

Bournemouth were much the better side in the first half and keeper Mark Cousins denied Brett Pitman, before foiling Pitman again soon after following Charlie Daniels' free-kick.

However, the U's fell behind when Grabban finished neatly inside the area, after being picked out by Eunan O'Kane.

Colchester manager Joe Dunne made changes at half-time, sending on Clinton Morrison and Drey Wright for John-Joe O'Toole and Dan Potts and switching to a 4-4-2 formation.

It made a big difference and the U's were much improved in the second half.

Anthony Wordsworth and John White both went close for Colchester and Freddie Sears' drive flashed inches wide.

Colchester felt that they should have had a penalty when Wright appeared to be tripped by Fogden in the area, seconds before Thompson drilled straight at Bournemouth keeper David James.

But it was not enough as the battling U's slipped to another defeat, which leaves them two points above the League One relegation zone.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's defeat at Bournemouth, see Monday's Gazette.

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5:48pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Bampotonian says...

Was expecting a trouncing today, so this almost feels a relief... what does that say about Col U's season?
Was expecting a trouncing today, so this almost feels a relief... what does that say about Col U's season? Bampotonian
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9:18pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Steve86 says...

Another lose, but as I said before that I didn't expect a win. Glad we got beaten 1-0 to be honest, thought we would get thrashed.
Another lose, but as I said before that I didn't expect a win. Glad we got beaten 1-0 to be honest, thought we would get thrashed. Steve86
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1:34am Sun 16 Dec 12

Boris says...

It seems the defence had a better day this time, only letting in one goal. Well done John White for steadying the ship. Shame his shot on goal didn't go in, but others are meant to do that job.
It seems the defence had a better day this time, only letting in one goal. Well done John White for steadying the ship. Shame his shot on goal didn't go in, but others are meant to do that job. Boris
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5:56pm Sun 16 Dec 12

crazy comments says...

Boris wrote:
It seems the defence had a better day this time, only letting in one goal. Well done John White for steadying the ship. Shame his shot on goal didn't go in, but others are meant to do that job.
Like you Boris I am a huge John White fan. Yesterday I thought he struggled slightly first half with the pace of the guy down the wing and also trying to play the J.W. stystem. Come the second half when we switched back to basics, operating a 4-4-2 then I thought he excelled. I shall be very unhappy if he is dropped for the next match. Personally I think J.D. is trying to play a different style to which most of our players can easily adapt to. We try to move out quickly from defence,in trying to spring the offside trap, then a loose ball goes astray from a misplaced pass,which is then intercepted and away go the oppostion and goal. It's happening in a few games to many,by giving away easy simple goals on a plate. That's also one of the reasons I believe Magnus,and other certain players are struggling because its not their way in clearing balls upfield. These kind of players like to play deeper back and then just clearing the ball upfield with one kick. Example JonJo is a Boothroyd type player and we all know what that means. My own view is that Joe needs to impliment his own change of style when he has the right type of players in place to fill the holes. Until then,love it or hate it, we have to stick to basics,with the players he has at his disposal or otherwise it's certain relegation. I have nothing against Joe's style which in my mind will be highly entertaining and the way football should be played.It all takes time,and without a shadow of doubt in my mind ,he knows what players can do it and those that can't.Come next season I'm sure,we will all realise exactly what he is trying to achieve.Now back to the match.When Bournmouth lost their star player Shaun MacDonald for the seconf half, who is a very influential cog in the wheel for them,suddenly the game completely changed. You lose a very good player & then your team starts to misfire, which is exactly the same thing that happened to us when we lost two good players Watt and Eastmond. Finally it was great watching David James in goal, seing exactly how a good goalkeeper organises his defenders and bawling his head off. Overall not the best of games to have watched but the resilence of our team in the 2nd half fully deserved at least a draw.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: It seems the defence had a better day this time, only letting in one goal. Well done John White for steadying the ship. Shame his shot on goal didn't go in, but others are meant to do that job.[/p][/quote]Like you Boris I am a huge John White fan. Yesterday I thought he struggled slightly first half with the pace of the guy down the wing and also trying to play the J.W. stystem. Come the second half when we switched back to basics, operating a 4-4-2 then I thought he excelled. I shall be very unhappy if he is dropped for the next match. Personally I think J.D. is trying to play a different style to which most of our players can easily adapt to. We try to move out quickly from defence,in trying to spring the offside trap, then a loose ball goes astray from a misplaced pass,which is then intercepted and away go the oppostion and goal. It's happening in a few games to many,by giving away easy simple goals on a plate. That's also one of the reasons I believe Magnus,and other certain players are struggling because its not their way in clearing balls upfield. These kind of players like to play deeper back and then just clearing the ball upfield with one kick. Example JonJo is a Boothroyd type player and we all know what that means. My own view is that Joe needs to impliment his own change of style when he has the right type of players in place to fill the holes. Until then,love it or hate it, we have to stick to basics,with the players he has at his disposal or otherwise it's certain relegation. I have nothing against Joe's style which in my mind will be highly entertaining and the way football should be played.It all takes time,and without a shadow of doubt in my mind ,he knows what players can do it and those that can't.Come next season I'm sure,we will all realise exactly what he is trying to achieve.Now back to the match.When Bournmouth lost their star player Shaun MacDonald for the seconf half, who is a very influential cog in the wheel for them,suddenly the game completely changed. You lose a very good player & then your team starts to misfire, which is exactly the same thing that happened to us when we lost two good players Watt and Eastmond. Finally it was great watching David James in goal, seing exactly how a good goalkeeper organises his defenders and bawling his head off. Overall not the best of games to have watched but the resilence of our team in the 2nd half fully deserved at least a draw. crazy comments
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