Dunne urges U's to keep believing after Crawley defeat

Dunne urges U's to keep believing after Crawley defeat

Dunne urges U's to keep believing after Crawley defeat

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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne has urged his side to keep believing after they were beaten 1-0 at Crawley Town.

The U’s lie just two points above the League One relegation zone and have won only one of their last nine matches, following their narrow defeat at the Broadfield Stadium.

Mike Jones’ scored Crawley’s all-important winner just before half-time.

And although Colchester improved in the second half, with Sanchez Watt and substitute Dominic Vose both hitting the woodwork, it was not to be the visitors’ day.

Dunne said: “The players are trying exceptionally hard and they don’t like losing.

“We’re in a bit of a difficult run at the moment but we have to keep believing in ourselves.

“It’s another defeat unfortunately and it’s one against a team who are in and around us.

“We can’t start games like we did and have first-half performances where we’re standing off people.

“It was disappointing after our second-half performance but the game is longer than one 45 minutes.

“It was a wonderful response in the second half; they had the first half but we had the second, for sure.

“We got in some good positions in the final third, pressurized them and got about them a bit more.

“We had good opportunities to score but we’re just not taking them at the moment and the luck was with Crawley in the second half.”

For five pages of coverage of Colchester’s defeat at Crawley, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.

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10:07pm Sat 15 Mar 14

GLADSTONE 1 says...

Poor again, you don't win games playing well in one half !! Why is Joe Dunne starting with the same formation every week, everyone can see it's not working apart from him ! Joe Dunne should whole team back in tomorrow morning working on shooting because you need to score goals to win games !! Come on Joe Dunne you need to turn this around or walk
Poor again, you don't win games playing well in one half !! Why is Joe Dunne starting with the same formation every week, everyone can see it's not working apart from him ! Joe Dunne should whole team back in tomorrow morning working on shooting because you need to score goals to win games !! Come on Joe Dunne you need to turn this around or walk GLADSTONE 1
  • Score: 38

10:16pm Sat 15 Mar 14

down the line says...

Dunne out.
Dunne out. down the line
  • Score: 42

10:19pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Ozzie says...

Like many others, I think that Joe is well out of his depth. Yes, we were unlucky at Crawley but at some point we must stopping just 'bad luck' and actually admit that we simply cannot finish and are not good enough! Our weaknesses have been exploited one too many times this season, we bore this last season. Mr Cowling, it might be too late to change this season now so we have to go with Mr Dunne, but we could make a clean start for next season be it in Division One or Two. I am sorry to seem so negative about Mr Dunne's tactics and team selections, but I am simply just fed up of the same old excuses pouring out from his mouth which are just a load of old poppycock! Tuesday night will be the real test. Lose that and we are well and truly in the mire! Up the U's!
Like many others, I think that Joe is well out of his depth. Yes, we were unlucky at Crawley but at some point we must stopping just 'bad luck' and actually admit that we simply cannot finish and are not good enough! Our weaknesses have been exploited one too many times this season, we bore this last season. Mr Cowling, it might be too late to change this season now so we have to go with Mr Dunne, but we could make a clean start for next season be it in Division One or Two. I am sorry to seem so negative about Mr Dunne's tactics and team selections, but I am simply just fed up of the same old excuses pouring out from his mouth which are just a load of old poppycock! Tuesday night will be the real test. Lose that and we are well and truly in the mire! Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 48

7:48am Sun 16 Mar 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I believe in the main what you get out of anything equates to what you are prepared to put in. We put in absolutely nothing in the first half and so we ended up getting exactly what we deserved, nothing. That adage has never been truer with regards to this team or indeed to the club as a whole. Nobody at the club is up to there job, simples!.
I believe in the main what you get out of anything equates to what you are prepared to put in. We put in absolutely nothing in the first half and so we ended up getting exactly what we deserved, nothing. That adage has never been truer with regards to this team or indeed to the club as a whole. Nobody at the club is up to there job, simples!. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 42

8:38am Sun 16 Mar 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Sorry Joe alot of the players like you are just not good enough at this level,you only have a few players who are good enough to be playing at this level,and i guess that like alot of the fans they have lost belief in you.At the beginning of the season i think alot of the fans had respect for you due to your connections with the club as a player,but that respect is fast dissappearing as you continue to drag the club downhill towards league two.Defeat on tuesday night and you should be a man and step down and say sorry im not good enough for this job.However should you insist on carrying on could i suggest that instead of trying to manage the team from the sideline that you take a seat higher up in the stand so like the fans you can actually see whats going on,you need to be an experienced manager to be able to manage from the sideline and you are far from that.Lets hope for something better tuesday night otherwise il be reaching for the whisky bottle again and that bottle seems to be going down very fast just recently.
Sorry Joe alot of the players like you are just not good enough at this level,you only have a few players who are good enough to be playing at this level,and i guess that like alot of the fans they have lost belief in you.At the beginning of the season i think alot of the fans had respect for you due to your connections with the club as a player,but that respect is fast dissappearing as you continue to drag the club downhill towards league two.Defeat on tuesday night and you should be a man and step down and say sorry im not good enough for this job.However should you insist on carrying on could i suggest that instead of trying to manage the team from the sideline that you take a seat higher up in the stand so like the fans you can actually see whats going on,you need to be an experienced manager to be able to manage from the sideline and you are far from that.Lets hope for something better tuesday night otherwise il be reaching for the whisky bottle again and that bottle seems to be going down very fast just recently. WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 32

9:34am Sun 16 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

Of course they will believe, they are as deluded as you! Another going through the motions display which has one thing written all over it, three points go begging again!
Of course they will believe, they are as deluded as you! Another going through the motions display which has one thing written all over it, three points go begging again! totallyfootball
  • Score: 33

10:28am Sun 16 Mar 14

adoptedU's says...

As my tag suggests I adopted this club to follow a local team after my move to the south. I am a season ticket holder so no trolls as to not being a real supporter! I'm also a former England representative team player, so do like most on here have a valid experienced point of view. I have watched frustrated for the last 4 seasons at the inept lack of tactical strategy portrayed on the field and off. John Ward's '1 man up front, long ball over the top' tactic hardly ever came to fruition as the target man had no one to lay the ball off too. Joe Dunn steps up to the plate announcing radical play changes and promising exciting football. In truth this happened for about the 1st 3 matches, just long enough to get us all excited that maybe we had found 'the chosen one' with fresh ideas to inject and lead us to victory time and time again!
Oh how we dared to dream!
What we now see on a very regular basis is a single strategy played out on the field week after week. Formation? I am at a loss to describe, certainly not evident of the attacking exciting play we had been promised long ago, and certainly not solidly defensive either!
I cannot conceive that in this day and age players are not equipped with the intelligence relating to their 'so-called' field of expertise to carry in their heads various tactical strategies as well as a variety of set-pieces that should have been practised to death during training.
Therefore why oh why does this never show during the course of a game on match days? Joe, as a leader of these young undoubtedly talented individuals are you not looking to play them firstly; in their obvious natural positions in order to bring out their peak performance; thus boosting their confidence enough to try out playing in new positions and secondly working as a team that moves and plays in a set formation. Take your training tactics back to basics. Remember your training Joe, you are not much younger than I so you should be able to remember the basics. Allow me to highlights some points I see week in and week out that are crucifying us and require immediate re-training. Passing: direct, in-front; therefore allowing a player to continually move forward and create movement. Throw In's: OMG!! What on earth do we think about when this happens? Clearly not alot it's like we forget what to do. Throw-ins should be an advantageous extension of our passing, it allows us to direct the ball forward and to an area that we choose, unfortunately every single time we encounter a throw in for us we lack foresight of the potential, nobody moves, we all stand stock still, we invariably lose posession as the throw is poor and the control even more so. GET THIS SORTED!
These are basic training issues that are taught nationwide in schools up and down the country, do not forget where you first learnt and played. If in doubt or under pressure keep it simple!
Now strikers, we have had some key players occupying this position over the last 4 years so it's high time you start to make in-roads to utilising the poaching abilities of this talent. Basically your front man needs support, it doesn't work if he has to do it all himself, he aint superman! Both Jabo and Feddie are capable Centre Forwards but need a more defined pairing formation up front, that way they can feed off each other, one knocks it down whilst the other runs onto it! Simples! It really isn't rocket science boys it just requires a tweaking of the formation.
Joe you already play Freddie behind Jabo away from the so-called midfield as a floater so just put them up front together, it can't hurt to try it surely?
With regards your midfield it really is woeful, non-existant for so many games now, no idea where or what they are meant to be doing, a complete overhaul needed in this area along with tactical strategies to employ to react or actually just to act and play a part. It seems super Bean is your key figure here so that said utilise him as such, personally I think he commands a better central midfielder role than any other man you have in this area.
Finally, (thank god!) I hear you say! Communication on the pitch. Oh really?! Brian Wilson bless him, just hasn't got the lungs or gumption for the captaincy please choose a suitable alternative that can actually command some respect and shows on the pitch that he has the fight in him to rouse his team when it is needed the most. I can honestly say i have never met a quieter team. Unfortunately if all your tactics, strategy and ball play were up to standard I would still expect the boss on the pitch to be encouraging and directing play so that all his team could hear him as well as the fans in the stands. Time to have a lion in charge on the pitch with a roar to match!
I truely hope some of what I have written is read by those in charge because anyone sitting around the stands can see there are problems and no doubt they all have they're own ideas of how to fix it, but in the end the only ones that can are the manager and the players. I know you players don't like going out onto the field and performing so ineptly so stop the rot and sort it out! Show your fans and your manager you are capable of taking on more than one-tactic strategy football. Prove to us that you have the talent you were bought for. Your commitment is not in doubt your technique at present clearly is!
Up the U's. Good luck going forward.
As my tag suggests I adopted this club to follow a local team after my move to the south. I am a season ticket holder so no trolls as to not being a real supporter! I'm also a former England representative team player, so do like most on here have a valid experienced point of view. I have watched frustrated for the last 4 seasons at the inept lack of tactical strategy portrayed on the field and off. John Ward's '1 man up front, long ball over the top' tactic hardly ever came to fruition as the target man had no one to lay the ball off too. Joe Dunn steps up to the plate announcing radical play changes and promising exciting football. In truth this happened for about the 1st 3 matches, just long enough to get us all excited that maybe we had found 'the chosen one' with fresh ideas to inject and lead us to victory time and time again! Oh how we dared to dream! What we now see on a very regular basis is a single strategy played out on the field week after week. Formation? I am at a loss to describe, certainly not evident of the attacking exciting play we had been promised long ago, and certainly not solidly defensive either! I cannot conceive that in this day and age players are not equipped with the intelligence relating to their 'so-called' field of expertise to carry in their heads various tactical strategies as well as a variety of set-pieces that should have been practised to death during training. Therefore why oh why does this never show during the course of a game on match days? Joe, as a leader of these young undoubtedly talented individuals are you not looking to play them firstly; in their obvious natural positions in order to bring out their peak performance; thus boosting their confidence enough to try out playing in new positions and secondly working as a team that moves and plays in a set formation. Take your training tactics back to basics. Remember your training Joe, you are not much younger than I so you should be able to remember the basics. Allow me to highlights some points I see week in and week out that are crucifying us and require immediate re-training. Passing: direct, in-front; therefore allowing a player to continually move forward and create movement. Throw In's: OMG!! What on earth do we think about when this happens? Clearly not alot it's like we forget what to do. Throw-ins should be an advantageous extension of our passing, it allows us to direct the ball forward and to an area that we choose, unfortunately every single time we encounter a throw in for us we lack foresight of the potential, nobody moves, we all stand stock still, we invariably lose posession as the throw is poor and the control even more so. GET THIS SORTED! These are basic training issues that are taught nationwide in schools up and down the country, do not forget where you first learnt and played. If in doubt or under pressure keep it simple! Now strikers, we have had some key players occupying this position over the last 4 years so it's high time you start to make in-roads to utilising the poaching abilities of this talent. Basically your front man needs support, it doesn't work if he has to do it all himself, he aint superman! Both Jabo and Feddie are capable Centre Forwards but need a more defined pairing formation up front, that way they can feed off each other, one knocks it down whilst the other runs onto it! Simples! It really isn't rocket science boys it just requires a tweaking of the formation. Joe you already play Freddie behind Jabo away from the so-called midfield as a floater so just put them up front together, it can't hurt to try it surely? With regards your midfield it really is woeful, non-existant for so many games now, no idea where or what they are meant to be doing, a complete overhaul needed in this area along with tactical strategies to employ to react or actually just to act and play a part. It seems super Bean is your key figure here so that said utilise him as such, personally I think he commands a better central midfielder role than any other man you have in this area. Finally, (thank god!) I hear you say! Communication on the pitch. Oh really?! Brian Wilson bless him, just hasn't got the lungs or gumption for the captaincy please choose a suitable alternative that can actually command some respect and shows on the pitch that he has the fight in him to rouse his team when it is needed the most. I can honestly say i have never met a quieter team. Unfortunately if all your tactics, strategy and ball play were up to standard I would still expect the boss on the pitch to be encouraging and directing play so that all his team could hear him as well as the fans in the stands. Time to have a lion in charge on the pitch with a roar to match! I truely hope some of what I have written is read by those in charge because anyone sitting around the stands can see there are problems and no doubt they all have they're own ideas of how to fix it, but in the end the only ones that can are the manager and the players. I know you players don't like going out onto the field and performing so ineptly so stop the rot and sort it out! Show your fans and your manager you are capable of taking on more than one-tactic strategy football. Prove to us that you have the talent you were bought for. Your commitment is not in doubt your technique at present clearly is! Up the U's. Good luck going forward. adoptedU's
  • Score: 48

11:40am Sun 16 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

adoptedU's wrote:
As my tag suggests I adopted this club to follow a local team after my move to the south. I am a season ticket holder so no trolls as to not being a real supporter! I'm also a former England representative team player, so do like most on here have a valid experienced point of view. I have watched frustrated for the last 4 seasons at the inept lack of tactical strategy portrayed on the field and off. John Ward's '1 man up front, long ball over the top' tactic hardly ever came to fruition as the target man had no one to lay the ball off too. Joe Dunn steps up to the plate announcing radical play changes and promising exciting football. In truth this happened for about the 1st 3 matches, just long enough to get us all excited that maybe we had found 'the chosen one' with fresh ideas to inject and lead us to victory time and time again!
Oh how we dared to dream!
What we now see on a very regular basis is a single strategy played out on the field week after week. Formation? I am at a loss to describe, certainly not evident of the attacking exciting play we had been promised long ago, and certainly not solidly defensive either!
I cannot conceive that in this day and age players are not equipped with the intelligence relating to their 'so-called' field of expertise to carry in their heads various tactical strategies as well as a variety of set-pieces that should have been practised to death during training.
Therefore why oh why does this never show during the course of a game on match days? Joe, as a leader of these young undoubtedly talented individuals are you not looking to play them firstly; in their obvious natural positions in order to bring out their peak performance; thus boosting their confidence enough to try out playing in new positions and secondly working as a team that moves and plays in a set formation. Take your training tactics back to basics. Remember your training Joe, you are not much younger than I so you should be able to remember the basics. Allow me to highlights some points I see week in and week out that are crucifying us and require immediate re-training. Passing: direct, in-front; therefore allowing a player to continually move forward and create movement. Throw In's: OMG!! What on earth do we think about when this happens? Clearly not alot it's like we forget what to do. Throw-ins should be an advantageous extension of our passing, it allows us to direct the ball forward and to an area that we choose, unfortunately every single time we encounter a throw in for us we lack foresight of the potential, nobody moves, we all stand stock still, we invariably lose posession as the throw is poor and the control even more so. GET THIS SORTED!
These are basic training issues that are taught nationwide in schools up and down the country, do not forget where you first learnt and played. If in doubt or under pressure keep it simple!
Now strikers, we have had some key players occupying this position over the last 4 years so it's high time you start to make in-roads to utilising the poaching abilities of this talent. Basically your front man needs support, it doesn't work if he has to do it all himself, he aint superman! Both Jabo and Feddie are capable Centre Forwards but need a more defined pairing formation up front, that way they can feed off each other, one knocks it down whilst the other runs onto it! Simples! It really isn't rocket science boys it just requires a tweaking of the formation.
Joe you already play Freddie behind Jabo away from the so-called midfield as a floater so just put them up front together, it can't hurt to try it surely?
With regards your midfield it really is woeful, non-existant for so many games now, no idea where or what they are meant to be doing, a complete overhaul needed in this area along with tactical strategies to employ to react or actually just to act and play a part. It seems super Bean is your key figure here so that said utilise him as such, personally I think he commands a better central midfielder role than any other man you have in this area.
Finally, (thank god!) I hear you say! Communication on the pitch. Oh really?! Brian Wilson bless him, just hasn't got the lungs or gumption for the captaincy please choose a suitable alternative that can actually command some respect and shows on the pitch that he has the fight in him to rouse his team when it is needed the most. I can honestly say i have never met a quieter team. Unfortunately if all your tactics, strategy and ball play were up to standard I would still expect the boss on the pitch to be encouraging and directing play so that all his team could hear him as well as the fans in the stands. Time to have a lion in charge on the pitch with a roar to match!
I truely hope some of what I have written is read by those in charge because anyone sitting around the stands can see there are problems and no doubt they all have they're own ideas of how to fix it, but in the end the only ones that can are the manager and the players. I know you players don't like going out onto the field and performing so ineptly so stop the rot and sort it out! Show your fans and your manager you are capable of taking on more than one-tactic strategy football. Prove to us that you have the talent you were bought for. Your commitment is not in doubt your technique at present clearly is!
Up the U's. Good luck going forward.
Excellent blog at least someone that knows what football is all about. There is no such thing as bad luck, its what you do to rectify things that count, and Joe has had enough time now to change things around,
[quote][p][bold]adoptedU's[/bold] wrote: As my tag suggests I adopted this club to follow a local team after my move to the south. I am a season ticket holder so no trolls as to not being a real supporter! I'm also a former England representative team player, so do like most on here have a valid experienced point of view. I have watched frustrated for the last 4 seasons at the inept lack of tactical strategy portrayed on the field and off. John Ward's '1 man up front, long ball over the top' tactic hardly ever came to fruition as the target man had no one to lay the ball off too. Joe Dunn steps up to the plate announcing radical play changes and promising exciting football. In truth this happened for about the 1st 3 matches, just long enough to get us all excited that maybe we had found 'the chosen one' with fresh ideas to inject and lead us to victory time and time again! Oh how we dared to dream! What we now see on a very regular basis is a single strategy played out on the field week after week. Formation? I am at a loss to describe, certainly not evident of the attacking exciting play we had been promised long ago, and certainly not solidly defensive either! I cannot conceive that in this day and age players are not equipped with the intelligence relating to their 'so-called' field of expertise to carry in their heads various tactical strategies as well as a variety of set-pieces that should have been practised to death during training. Therefore why oh why does this never show during the course of a game on match days? Joe, as a leader of these young undoubtedly talented individuals are you not looking to play them firstly; in their obvious natural positions in order to bring out their peak performance; thus boosting their confidence enough to try out playing in new positions and secondly working as a team that moves and plays in a set formation. Take your training tactics back to basics. Remember your training Joe, you are not much younger than I so you should be able to remember the basics. Allow me to highlights some points I see week in and week out that are crucifying us and require immediate re-training. Passing: direct, in-front; therefore allowing a player to continually move forward and create movement. Throw In's: OMG!! What on earth do we think about when this happens? Clearly not alot it's like we forget what to do. Throw-ins should be an advantageous extension of our passing, it allows us to direct the ball forward and to an area that we choose, unfortunately every single time we encounter a throw in for us we lack foresight of the potential, nobody moves, we all stand stock still, we invariably lose posession as the throw is poor and the control even more so. GET THIS SORTED! These are basic training issues that are taught nationwide in schools up and down the country, do not forget where you first learnt and played. If in doubt or under pressure keep it simple! Now strikers, we have had some key players occupying this position over the last 4 years so it's high time you start to make in-roads to utilising the poaching abilities of this talent. Basically your front man needs support, it doesn't work if he has to do it all himself, he aint superman! Both Jabo and Feddie are capable Centre Forwards but need a more defined pairing formation up front, that way they can feed off each other, one knocks it down whilst the other runs onto it! Simples! It really isn't rocket science boys it just requires a tweaking of the formation. Joe you already play Freddie behind Jabo away from the so-called midfield as a floater so just put them up front together, it can't hurt to try it surely? With regards your midfield it really is woeful, non-existant for so many games now, no idea where or what they are meant to be doing, a complete overhaul needed in this area along with tactical strategies to employ to react or actually just to act and play a part. It seems super Bean is your key figure here so that said utilise him as such, personally I think he commands a better central midfielder role than any other man you have in this area. Finally, (thank god!) I hear you say! Communication on the pitch. Oh really?! Brian Wilson bless him, just hasn't got the lungs or gumption for the captaincy please choose a suitable alternative that can actually command some respect and shows on the pitch that he has the fight in him to rouse his team when it is needed the most. I can honestly say i have never met a quieter team. Unfortunately if all your tactics, strategy and ball play were up to standard I would still expect the boss on the pitch to be encouraging and directing play so that all his team could hear him as well as the fans in the stands. Time to have a lion in charge on the pitch with a roar to match! I truely hope some of what I have written is read by those in charge because anyone sitting around the stands can see there are problems and no doubt they all have they're own ideas of how to fix it, but in the end the only ones that can are the manager and the players. I know you players don't like going out onto the field and performing so ineptly so stop the rot and sort it out! Show your fans and your manager you are capable of taking on more than one-tactic strategy football. Prove to us that you have the talent you were bought for. Your commitment is not in doubt your technique at present clearly is! Up the U's. Good luck going forward.[/p][/quote]Excellent blog at least someone that knows what football is all about. There is no such thing as bad luck, its what you do to rectify things that count, and Joe has had enough time now to change things around, crazy comments
  • Score: 40

1:04pm Sun 16 Mar 14

southstand says...

Am I wrong in thinking Morrison is a waste of space? listened to the game yesterday and once he brought morrison on I thought game over!
Am I wrong in thinking Morrison is a waste of space? listened to the game yesterday and once he brought morrison on I thought game over! southstand
  • Score: 36

2:46pm Sun 16 Mar 14

West Stand United says...

adoptedU's wrote:
As my tag suggests I adopted this club to follow a local team after my move to the south. I am a season ticket holder so no trolls as to not being a real supporter! I'm also a former England representative team player, so do like most on here have a valid experienced point of view. I have watched frustrated for the last 4 seasons at the inept lack of tactical strategy portrayed on the field and off. John Ward's '1 man up front, long ball over the top' tactic hardly ever came to fruition as the target man had no one to lay the ball off too. Joe Dunn steps up to the plate announcing radical play changes and promising exciting football. In truth this happened for about the 1st 3 matches, just long enough to get us all excited that maybe we had found 'the chosen one' with fresh ideas to inject and lead us to victory time and time again!
Oh how we dared to dream!
What we now see on a very regular basis is a single strategy played out on the field week after week. Formation? I am at a loss to describe, certainly not evident of the attacking exciting play we had been promised long ago, and certainly not solidly defensive either!
I cannot conceive that in this day and age players are not equipped with the intelligence relating to their 'so-called' field of expertise to carry in their heads various tactical strategies as well as a variety of set-pieces that should have been practised to death during training.
Therefore why oh why does this never show during the course of a game on match days? Joe, as a leader of these young undoubtedly talented individuals are you not looking to play them firstly; in their obvious natural positions in order to bring out their peak performance; thus boosting their confidence enough to try out playing in new positions and secondly working as a team that moves and plays in a set formation. Take your training tactics back to basics. Remember your training Joe, you are not much younger than I so you should be able to remember the basics. Allow me to highlights some points I see week in and week out that are crucifying us and require immediate re-training. Passing: direct, in-front; therefore allowing a player to continually move forward and create movement. Throw In's: OMG!! What on earth do we think about when this happens? Clearly not alot it's like we forget what to do. Throw-ins should be an advantageous extension of our passing, it allows us to direct the ball forward and to an area that we choose, unfortunately every single time we encounter a throw in for us we lack foresight of the potential, nobody moves, we all stand stock still, we invariably lose posession as the throw is poor and the control even more so. GET THIS SORTED!
These are basic training issues that are taught nationwide in schools up and down the country, do not forget where you first learnt and played. If in doubt or under pressure keep it simple!
Now strikers, we have had some key players occupying this position over the last 4 years so it's high time you start to make in-roads to utilising the poaching abilities of this talent. Basically your front man needs support, it doesn't work if he has to do it all himself, he aint superman! Both Jabo and Feddie are capable Centre Forwards but need a more defined pairing formation up front, that way they can feed off each other, one knocks it down whilst the other runs onto it! Simples! It really isn't rocket science boys it just requires a tweaking of the formation.
Joe you already play Freddie behind Jabo away from the so-called midfield as a floater so just put them up front together, it can't hurt to try it surely?
With regards your midfield it really is woeful, non-existant for so many games now, no idea where or what they are meant to be doing, a complete overhaul needed in this area along with tactical strategies to employ to react or actually just to act and play a part. It seems super Bean is your key figure here so that said utilise him as such, personally I think he commands a better central midfielder role than any other man you have in this area.
Finally, (thank god!) I hear you say! Communication on the pitch. Oh really?! Brian Wilson bless him, just hasn't got the lungs or gumption for the captaincy please choose a suitable alternative that can actually command some respect and shows on the pitch that he has the fight in him to rouse his team when it is needed the most. I can honestly say i have never met a quieter team. Unfortunately if all your tactics, strategy and ball play were up to standard I would still expect the boss on the pitch to be encouraging and directing play so that all his team could hear him as well as the fans in the stands. Time to have a lion in charge on the pitch with a roar to match!
I truely hope some of what I have written is read by those in charge because anyone sitting around the stands can see there are problems and no doubt they all have they're own ideas of how to fix it, but in the end the only ones that can are the manager and the players. I know you players don't like going out onto the field and performing so ineptly so stop the rot and sort it out! Show your fans and your manager you are capable of taking on more than one-tactic strategy football. Prove to us that you have the talent you were bought for. Your commitment is not in doubt your technique at present clearly is!
Up the U's. Good luck going forward.
Could you contact Cowling Monday morning, I'd have you as Colchester Manager any day, someone talking sense.

If Shrewsbury pay 3-5-2 against us it will be another dire result with no tactical answers, they will have sussed us out weeks ago as our poor tactics never change.

Congratulations on your post, a really great read. Everything you have said is absolutely true.
[quote][p][bold]adoptedU's[/bold] wrote: As my tag suggests I adopted this club to follow a local team after my move to the south. I am a season ticket holder so no trolls as to not being a real supporter! I'm also a former England representative team player, so do like most on here have a valid experienced point of view. I have watched frustrated for the last 4 seasons at the inept lack of tactical strategy portrayed on the field and off. John Ward's '1 man up front, long ball over the top' tactic hardly ever came to fruition as the target man had no one to lay the ball off too. Joe Dunn steps up to the plate announcing radical play changes and promising exciting football. In truth this happened for about the 1st 3 matches, just long enough to get us all excited that maybe we had found 'the chosen one' with fresh ideas to inject and lead us to victory time and time again! Oh how we dared to dream! What we now see on a very regular basis is a single strategy played out on the field week after week. Formation? I am at a loss to describe, certainly not evident of the attacking exciting play we had been promised long ago, and certainly not solidly defensive either! I cannot conceive that in this day and age players are not equipped with the intelligence relating to their 'so-called' field of expertise to carry in their heads various tactical strategies as well as a variety of set-pieces that should have been practised to death during training. Therefore why oh why does this never show during the course of a game on match days? Joe, as a leader of these young undoubtedly talented individuals are you not looking to play them firstly; in their obvious natural positions in order to bring out their peak performance; thus boosting their confidence enough to try out playing in new positions and secondly working as a team that moves and plays in a set formation. Take your training tactics back to basics. Remember your training Joe, you are not much younger than I so you should be able to remember the basics. Allow me to highlights some points I see week in and week out that are crucifying us and require immediate re-training. Passing: direct, in-front; therefore allowing a player to continually move forward and create movement. Throw In's: OMG!! What on earth do we think about when this happens? Clearly not alot it's like we forget what to do. Throw-ins should be an advantageous extension of our passing, it allows us to direct the ball forward and to an area that we choose, unfortunately every single time we encounter a throw in for us we lack foresight of the potential, nobody moves, we all stand stock still, we invariably lose posession as the throw is poor and the control even more so. GET THIS SORTED! These are basic training issues that are taught nationwide in schools up and down the country, do not forget where you first learnt and played. If in doubt or under pressure keep it simple! Now strikers, we have had some key players occupying this position over the last 4 years so it's high time you start to make in-roads to utilising the poaching abilities of this talent. Basically your front man needs support, it doesn't work if he has to do it all himself, he aint superman! Both Jabo and Feddie are capable Centre Forwards but need a more defined pairing formation up front, that way they can feed off each other, one knocks it down whilst the other runs onto it! Simples! It really isn't rocket science boys it just requires a tweaking of the formation. Joe you already play Freddie behind Jabo away from the so-called midfield as a floater so just put them up front together, it can't hurt to try it surely? With regards your midfield it really is woeful, non-existant for so many games now, no idea where or what they are meant to be doing, a complete overhaul needed in this area along with tactical strategies to employ to react or actually just to act and play a part. It seems super Bean is your key figure here so that said utilise him as such, personally I think he commands a better central midfielder role than any other man you have in this area. Finally, (thank god!) I hear you say! Communication on the pitch. Oh really?! Brian Wilson bless him, just hasn't got the lungs or gumption for the captaincy please choose a suitable alternative that can actually command some respect and shows on the pitch that he has the fight in him to rouse his team when it is needed the most. I can honestly say i have never met a quieter team. Unfortunately if all your tactics, strategy and ball play were up to standard I would still expect the boss on the pitch to be encouraging and directing play so that all his team could hear him as well as the fans in the stands. Time to have a lion in charge on the pitch with a roar to match! I truely hope some of what I have written is read by those in charge because anyone sitting around the stands can see there are problems and no doubt they all have they're own ideas of how to fix it, but in the end the only ones that can are the manager and the players. I know you players don't like going out onto the field and performing so ineptly so stop the rot and sort it out! Show your fans and your manager you are capable of taking on more than one-tactic strategy football. Prove to us that you have the talent you were bought for. Your commitment is not in doubt your technique at present clearly is! Up the U's. Good luck going forward.[/p][/quote]Could you contact Cowling Monday morning, I'd have you as Colchester Manager any day, someone talking sense. If Shrewsbury pay 3-5-2 against us it will be another dire result with no tactical answers, they will have sussed us out weeks ago as our poor tactics never change. Congratulations on your post, a really great read. Everything you have said is absolutely true. West Stand United
  • Score: 31

6:34pm Sun 16 Mar 14

United we stand says...

Another few days of hype - this time from underperforming players - followed by a display in which the team once more failed to deliver for at least 50% of the match.
It's unfortunately what fans have come to expect - week after week.
Anything less than six points from our two whcs matches this coming week, and we will be "relegation fodder for the taking" given the current depressing run of form.
I'll be at both games, hoping for much and expecting very little.
Another few days of hype - this time from underperforming players - followed by a display in which the team once more failed to deliver for at least 50% of the match. It's unfortunately what fans have come to expect - week after week. Anything less than six points from our two whcs matches this coming week, and we will be "relegation fodder for the taking" given the current depressing run of form. I'll be at both games, hoping for much and expecting very little. United we stand
  • Score: 30

7:03pm Sun 16 Mar 14

notenough says...

adoptedU's I don't know who you are but that was excellent !!!
If things don't change ! & either we stay up or go down I'm sorry to say that's it as far as myself & son in-law go. We are not wasting any more hard earned " CASH " on this setup.
adoptedU's I don't know who you are but that was excellent !!! If things don't change ! & either we stay up or go down I'm sorry to say that's it as far as myself & son in-law go. We are not wasting any more hard earned " CASH " on this setup. notenough
  • Score: 30

7:52pm Sun 16 Mar 14

totallyfootball says...

southstand wrote:
Am I wrong in thinking Morrison is a waste of space? listened to the game yesterday and once he brought morrison on I thought game over!
For what he is costing and for what use he is, you would feel better off with a tailors dummy up front!
[quote][p][bold]southstand[/bold] wrote: Am I wrong in thinking Morrison is a waste of space? listened to the game yesterday and once he brought morrison on I thought game over![/p][/quote]For what he is costing and for what use he is, you would feel better off with a tailors dummy up front! totallyfootball
  • Score: 26

1:07pm Mon 17 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Happy st patricks day joe.
Happy st patricks day joe. stevedawson
  • Score: 8

4:20pm Mon 17 Mar 14

gilberdian says...

I am not so sure about that long diatribe. I don't know if the gentleman who wrote it was at Crawley, or if he actually knows anything about coaching, shape, or pattern of play. It may be a negative on both counts. It smacks of Sunday morning soccer-Dad type advice. Very easy to deliver, but actually lacking in detail. Lacking substance.
When it gets to detail, it falls short. 'Pass the ball in front', utilise Marcus Bean. Errr, yes, but how? Balls out, in other words.Joe has developed Bean into a better player than he was at Brentford by the way. He is now a better carrier of the ball than he ever was, when in the shadow of Jon Douglas at Griffin Park.
The throw-in comment is weird, as well. I know exactly what we do at throw-ins, because it never changes. We throw to a player, who gives it back with one touch. ALWAYS. I am not saying it is good. Watch the development players however, and they have a cross-over move which sees them work the ball to the far full back. The comments about 'movement' are again Sunday morning coaching talk that wouldn't stand up to insepction.
So let's have some specifics please, Mr Adopted U's. As for Joe, it's a case of 'you have to have been in this vehicle to know where it's been'. You might just find that standing on that touchline is not the easy place you imply it is.
I am not so sure about that long diatribe. I don't know if the gentleman who wrote it was at Crawley, or if he actually knows anything about coaching, shape, or pattern of play. It may be a negative on both counts. It smacks of Sunday morning soccer-Dad type advice. Very easy to deliver, but actually lacking in detail. Lacking substance. When it gets to detail, it falls short. 'Pass the ball in front', utilise Marcus Bean. Errr, yes, but how? Balls out, in other words.Joe has developed Bean into a better player than he was at Brentford by the way. He is now a better carrier of the ball than he ever was, when in the shadow of Jon Douglas at Griffin Park. The throw-in comment is weird, as well. I know exactly what we do at throw-ins, because it never changes. We throw to a player, who gives it back with one touch. ALWAYS. I am not saying it is good. Watch the development players however, and they have a cross-over move which sees them work the ball to the far full back. The comments about 'movement' are again Sunday morning coaching talk that wouldn't stand up to insepction. So let's have some specifics please, Mr Adopted U's. As for Joe, it's a case of 'you have to have been in this vehicle to know where it's been'. You might just find that standing on that touchline is not the easy place you imply it is. gilberdian
  • Score: -36

6:30pm Mon 17 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

gilberdian wrote:
I am not so sure about that long diatribe. I don't know if the gentleman who wrote it was at Crawley, or if he actually knows anything about coaching, shape, or pattern of play. It may be a negative on both counts. It smacks of Sunday morning soccer-Dad type advice. Very easy to deliver, but actually lacking in detail. Lacking substance.
When it gets to detail, it falls short. 'Pass the ball in front', utilise Marcus Bean. Errr, yes, but how? Balls out, in other words.Joe has developed Bean into a better player than he was at Brentford by the way. He is now a better carrier of the ball than he ever was, when in the shadow of Jon Douglas at Griffin Park.
The throw-in comment is weird, as well. I know exactly what we do at throw-ins, because it never changes. We throw to a player, who gives it back with one touch. ALWAYS. I am not saying it is good. Watch the development players however, and they have a cross-over move which sees them work the ball to the far full back. The comments about 'movement' are again Sunday morning coaching talk that wouldn't stand up to insepction.
So let's have some specifics please, Mr Adopted U's. As for Joe, it's a case of 'you have to have been in this vehicle to know where it's been'. You might just find that standing on that touchline is not the easy place you imply it is.
Talk from a deluded Idiot.
[quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: I am not so sure about that long diatribe. I don't know if the gentleman who wrote it was at Crawley, or if he actually knows anything about coaching, shape, or pattern of play. It may be a negative on both counts. It smacks of Sunday morning soccer-Dad type advice. Very easy to deliver, but actually lacking in detail. Lacking substance. When it gets to detail, it falls short. 'Pass the ball in front', utilise Marcus Bean. Errr, yes, but how? Balls out, in other words.Joe has developed Bean into a better player than he was at Brentford by the way. He is now a better carrier of the ball than he ever was, when in the shadow of Jon Douglas at Griffin Park. The throw-in comment is weird, as well. I know exactly what we do at throw-ins, because it never changes. We throw to a player, who gives it back with one touch. ALWAYS. I am not saying it is good. Watch the development players however, and they have a cross-over move which sees them work the ball to the far full back. The comments about 'movement' are again Sunday morning coaching talk that wouldn't stand up to insepction. So let's have some specifics please, Mr Adopted U's. As for Joe, it's a case of 'you have to have been in this vehicle to know where it's been'. You might just find that standing on that touchline is not the easy place you imply it is.[/p][/quote]Talk from a deluded Idiot. crazy comments
  • Score: 33

6:38pm Mon 17 Mar 14

WEWANTGOALS says...

Well written aoptedU's,it all makes sense to me,shame Joe Dunne cant see where its all going wrong,but then as most of us know he is useless,his record speaks for itself,lets hope he can get the team there in time for kick off
Well written aoptedU's,it all makes sense to me,shame Joe Dunne cant see where its all going wrong,but then as most of us know he is useless,his record speaks for itself,lets hope he can get the team there in time for kick off WEWANTGOALS
  • Score: 24

6:58pm Mon 17 Mar 14

adoptedU's says...

Dear Mr/Miss Gilberdian, I would never presume!
I posted my comment as others do and are allowed to on here. It's a place where we supporters get to vent our frustration at the events played out before us and I intend to use it, as others do and that you have chosen to do.
Firstly your efforts into guessing my background are way off and as this is an anonymous media blog I retain the right to continue to remain so. I can however assure you I have never been nor ever will be a 'sunday morning soccer dad!'
The length of my previous blog goes some way to explain that there would have been plenty of further details I could have taken issue with and gone to some length to explain, however time being of the essence and a realisation on my part of just how much I had already included, prompted me to cut short my rantings.
You are obviously an intelligent individual and an avid supporter so no doubts you have your own, (as I said) views on how we can achieve better results.
You may also wish to re-read my rather large 'diatribe' to note that I make a positive mention of Marcus Bean which I feel does portray him a good light not a negative one as you so suggest.
Your repeated references to 'sunday morning coaching tactics' sound more like you have experience with this side of football than I and If there are other Sunday morning football coaches reading your comments or mine I'm pretty sure they would not thank you for your disparaging remarks!
As you so imply the coaching on the sidelines is not an easy thing to do, experience gathered over time and in a variety of leagues would pay dividends, but alas in Joe we do not have that luxury. He is trying to cut his teeth in a division that strategically he hasn't got an answer for and that he cannot seem to out-play tactically because he simply doesn't have enough experience at any managerial level to make the necessary strategic decisions.
I might suggest that instead of standing on the sidelines Joe takes to the stands and gets a more aerial view of the game in play to assess how to approach technical issues that arise. There are far greater premier league managers who will attest to it's benefits, and it surely can't hurt.
See you at the game!
Hoping for a positive display!
Up the U's.
Dear Mr/Miss Gilberdian, I would never presume! I posted my comment as others do and are allowed to on here. It's a place where we supporters get to vent our frustration at the events played out before us and I intend to use it, as others do and that you have chosen to do. Firstly your efforts into guessing my background are way off and as this is an anonymous media blog I retain the right to continue to remain so. I can however assure you I have never been nor ever will be a 'sunday morning soccer dad!' The length of my previous blog goes some way to explain that there would have been plenty of further details I could have taken issue with and gone to some length to explain, however time being of the essence and a realisation on my part of just how much I had already included, prompted me to cut short my rantings. You are obviously an intelligent individual and an avid supporter so no doubts you have your own, (as I said) views on how we can achieve better results. You may also wish to re-read my rather large 'diatribe' to note that I make a positive mention of Marcus Bean which I feel does portray him a good light not a negative one as you so suggest. Your repeated references to 'sunday morning coaching tactics' sound more like you have experience with this side of football than I and If there are other Sunday morning football coaches reading your comments or mine I'm pretty sure they would not thank you for your disparaging remarks! As you so imply the coaching on the sidelines is not an easy thing to do, experience gathered over time and in a variety of leagues would pay dividends, but alas in Joe we do not have that luxury. He is trying to cut his teeth in a division that strategically he hasn't got an answer for and that he cannot seem to out-play tactically because he simply doesn't have enough experience at any managerial level to make the necessary strategic decisions. I might suggest that instead of standing on the sidelines Joe takes to the stands and gets a more aerial view of the game in play to assess how to approach technical issues that arise. There are far greater premier league managers who will attest to it's benefits, and it surely can't hurt. See you at the game! Hoping for a positive display! Up the U's. adoptedU's
  • Score: 21

7:14pm Mon 17 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Some of them get so involved they can only watch on the telly.
Some of them get so involved they can only watch on the telly. stevedawson
  • Score: 10

8:19pm Mon 17 Mar 14

seikothrill says...

I always believe, it's such a shame it feels the 11 players selected don't

Still positive we won't get relegated though
I always believe, it's such a shame it feels the 11 players selected don't Still positive we won't get relegated though seikothrill
  • Score: -8

8:54pm Mon 17 Mar 14

25414nora says...

gilberdian wrote:
I am not so sure about that long diatribe. I don't know if the gentleman who wrote it was at Crawley, or if he actually knows anything about coaching, shape, or pattern of play. It may be a negative on both counts. It smacks of Sunday morning soccer-Dad type advice. Very easy to deliver, but actually lacking in detail. Lacking substance.
When it gets to detail, it falls short. 'Pass the ball in front', utilise Marcus Bean. Errr, yes, but how? Balls out, in other words.Joe has developed Bean into a better player than he was at Brentford by the way. He is now a better carrier of the ball than he ever was, when in the shadow of Jon Douglas at Griffin Park.
The throw-in comment is weird, as well. I know exactly what we do at throw-ins, because it never changes. We throw to a player, who gives it back with one touch. ALWAYS. I am not saying it is good. Watch the development players however, and they have a cross-over move which sees them work the ball to the far full back. The comments about 'movement' are again Sunday morning coaching talk that wouldn't stand up to insepction.
So let's have some specifics please, Mr Adopted U's. As for Joe, it's a case of 'you have to have been in this vehicle to know where it's been'. You might just find that standing on that touchline is not the easy place you imply it is.
Refreshing reading you comment gilberdian.
It seems you too noted the " play to the gallery" condescending comments made by AdoptedUs on this thread.
He certainly makes a positive connection with the usual six or seven resident negative posters on this site.
As you have already said, the mechanic's of the game are far more detailed and complex than Mr adopted would have us believe.
Your "Sunday morning soccer dad" observation is probably very close to
the truth.. Meanwhile the rest of us prefer the real world.
[quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: I am not so sure about that long diatribe. I don't know if the gentleman who wrote it was at Crawley, or if he actually knows anything about coaching, shape, or pattern of play. It may be a negative on both counts. It smacks of Sunday morning soccer-Dad type advice. Very easy to deliver, but actually lacking in detail. Lacking substance. When it gets to detail, it falls short. 'Pass the ball in front', utilise Marcus Bean. Errr, yes, but how? Balls out, in other words.Joe has developed Bean into a better player than he was at Brentford by the way. He is now a better carrier of the ball than he ever was, when in the shadow of Jon Douglas at Griffin Park. The throw-in comment is weird, as well. I know exactly what we do at throw-ins, because it never changes. We throw to a player, who gives it back with one touch. ALWAYS. I am not saying it is good. Watch the development players however, and they have a cross-over move which sees them work the ball to the far full back. The comments about 'movement' are again Sunday morning coaching talk that wouldn't stand up to insepction. So let's have some specifics please, Mr Adopted U's. As for Joe, it's a case of 'you have to have been in this vehicle to know where it's been'. You might just find that standing on that touchline is not the easy place you imply it is.[/p][/quote]Refreshing reading you comment gilberdian. It seems you too noted the " play to the gallery" condescending comments made by AdoptedUs on this thread. He certainly makes a positive connection with the usual six or seven resident negative posters on this site. As you have already said, the mechanic's of the game are far more detailed and complex than Mr adopted would have us believe. Your "Sunday morning soccer dad" observation is probably very close to the truth.. Meanwhile the rest of us prefer the real world. 25414nora
  • Score: -30

10:40pm Mon 17 Mar 14

gilberdian says...

adoptedU's wrote:
Dear Mr/Miss Gilberdian, I would never presume!
I posted my comment as others do and are allowed to on here. It's a place where we supporters get to vent our frustration at the events played out before us and I intend to use it, as others do and that you have chosen to do.
Firstly your efforts into guessing my background are way off and as this is an anonymous media blog I retain the right to continue to remain so. I can however assure you I have never been nor ever will be a 'sunday morning soccer dad!'
The length of my previous blog goes some way to explain that there would have been plenty of further details I could have taken issue with and gone to some length to explain, however time being of the essence and a realisation on my part of just how much I had already included, prompted me to cut short my rantings.
You are obviously an intelligent individual and an avid supporter so no doubts you have your own, (as I said) views on how we can achieve better results.
You may also wish to re-read my rather large 'diatribe' to note that I make a positive mention of Marcus Bean which I feel does portray him a good light not a negative one as you so suggest.
Your repeated references to 'sunday morning coaching tactics' sound more like you have experience with this side of football than I and If there are other Sunday morning football coaches reading your comments or mine I'm pretty sure they would not thank you for your disparaging remarks!
As you so imply the coaching on the sidelines is not an easy thing to do, experience gathered over time and in a variety of leagues would pay dividends, but alas in Joe we do not have that luxury. He is trying to cut his teeth in a division that strategically he hasn't got an answer for and that he cannot seem to out-play tactically because he simply doesn't have enough experience at any managerial level to make the necessary strategic decisions.
I might suggest that instead of standing on the sidelines Joe takes to the stands and gets a more aerial view of the game in play to assess how to approach technical issues that arise. There are far greater premier league managers who will attest to it's benefits, and it surely can't hurt.
See you at the game!
Hoping for a positive display!
Up the U's.
Good reply, adoptedU's, much appreciated.
The point is, Joe does not have an easy job, and the management of Colchester United always has been, and always will be, an uphill struggle at League One level. Joe has made a marginal improvement on last season, with a 30% reduction in budget. He and his team seem fraught with tension and the team rarely express themselves on the pitch. On that much we could probably agree. His management team is probably weak. I could also name three positions where we are weak, but would that be the action of a real fan?
I virtually never read the Gazette website, and I think you will understand why, whether you feel the same or not.
If you spent 20 minutes with Joe you would understand that what is lacking is not intelligence, football knowledge, or deep thought. That sets his apart from every negative poster on this blog, the few that want him to succeed, and those that hope he fails. It's the way of the world. I incidentally have only spoken to him at length once, and that was a chance meeting in Williams and Griffin car park, so please don't think I have any special access!
[quote][p][bold]adoptedU's[/bold] wrote: Dear Mr/Miss Gilberdian, I would never presume! I posted my comment as others do and are allowed to on here. It's a place where we supporters get to vent our frustration at the events played out before us and I intend to use it, as others do and that you have chosen to do. Firstly your efforts into guessing my background are way off and as this is an anonymous media blog I retain the right to continue to remain so. I can however assure you I have never been nor ever will be a 'sunday morning soccer dad!' The length of my previous blog goes some way to explain that there would have been plenty of further details I could have taken issue with and gone to some length to explain, however time being of the essence and a realisation on my part of just how much I had already included, prompted me to cut short my rantings. You are obviously an intelligent individual and an avid supporter so no doubts you have your own, (as I said) views on how we can achieve better results. You may also wish to re-read my rather large 'diatribe' to note that I make a positive mention of Marcus Bean which I feel does portray him a good light not a negative one as you so suggest. Your repeated references to 'sunday morning coaching tactics' sound more like you have experience with this side of football than I and If there are other Sunday morning football coaches reading your comments or mine I'm pretty sure they would not thank you for your disparaging remarks! As you so imply the coaching on the sidelines is not an easy thing to do, experience gathered over time and in a variety of leagues would pay dividends, but alas in Joe we do not have that luxury. He is trying to cut his teeth in a division that strategically he hasn't got an answer for and that he cannot seem to out-play tactically because he simply doesn't have enough experience at any managerial level to make the necessary strategic decisions. I might suggest that instead of standing on the sidelines Joe takes to the stands and gets a more aerial view of the game in play to assess how to approach technical issues that arise. There are far greater premier league managers who will attest to it's benefits, and it surely can't hurt. See you at the game! Hoping for a positive display! Up the U's.[/p][/quote]Good reply, adoptedU's, much appreciated. The point is, Joe does not have an easy job, and the management of Colchester United always has been, and always will be, an uphill struggle at League One level. Joe has made a marginal improvement on last season, with a 30% reduction in budget. He and his team seem fraught with tension and the team rarely express themselves on the pitch. On that much we could probably agree. His management team is probably weak. I could also name three positions where we are weak, but would that be the action of a real fan? I virtually never read the Gazette website, and I think you will understand why, whether you feel the same or not. If you spent 20 minutes with Joe you would understand that what is lacking is not intelligence, football knowledge, or deep thought. That sets his apart from every negative poster on this blog, the few that want him to succeed, and those that hope he fails. It's the way of the world. I incidentally have only spoken to him at length once, and that was a chance meeting in Williams and Griffin car park, so please don't think I have any special access! gilberdian
  • Score: -19

7:13am Tue 18 Mar 14

gilberdian says...

As for Sunday morning soccer Dads, as a group there are no people in the world so ignorant or lacking in self-awareness of their lack of knowledge…

...Oh hang on, I'd forgotten, yes there are. The borderline psychopathic crazy comments, west stand united and their ilk, as shown on this blog!!
As for Sunday morning soccer Dads, as a group there are no people in the world so ignorant or lacking in self-awareness of their lack of knowledge… ...Oh hang on, I'd forgotten, yes there are. The borderline psychopathic crazy comments, west stand united and their ilk, as shown on this blog!! gilberdian
  • Score: -10

8:27pm Tue 18 Mar 14

crazy comments says...

gilberdian wrote:
As for Sunday morning soccer Dads, as a group there are no people in the world so ignorant or lacking in self-awareness of their lack of knowledge…

...Oh hang on, I'd forgotten, yes there are. The borderline psychopathic crazy comments, west stand united and their ilk, as shown on this blog!!
You must be married to Nora. Like her, clueless in any thing regarding to do with football. As for Sunday morning soccer dads I actually do go and watch my grandson play. At least these lads show competiveness and fight, which is more than can be said recently from the U's. You also see far more entertainment. I suggest you go and watch a few games to see how seriously these lads take things and take Mr Dunne along as well. My grandson 11 years old will not even come to the community stadium any more because he calls it boring to watch.
[quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: As for Sunday morning soccer Dads, as a group there are no people in the world so ignorant or lacking in self-awareness of their lack of knowledge… ...Oh hang on, I'd forgotten, yes there are. The borderline psychopathic crazy comments, west stand united and their ilk, as shown on this blog!![/p][/quote]You must be married to Nora. Like her, clueless in any thing regarding to do with football. As for Sunday morning soccer dads I actually do go and watch my grandson play. At least these lads show competiveness and fight, which is more than can be said recently from the U's. You also see far more entertainment. I suggest you go and watch a few games to see how seriously these lads take things and take Mr Dunne along as well. My grandson 11 years old will not even come to the community stadium any more because he calls it boring to watch. crazy comments
  • Score: 8

10:35pm Wed 19 Mar 14

gilberdian says...

crazy comments wrote:
gilberdian wrote:
As for Sunday morning soccer Dads, as a group there are no people in the world so ignorant or lacking in self-awareness of their lack of knowledge…

...Oh hang on, I'd forgotten, yes there are. The borderline psychopathic crazy comments, west stand united and their ilk, as shown on this blog!!
You must be married to Nora. Like her, clueless in any thing regarding to do with football. As for Sunday morning soccer dads I actually do go and watch my grandson play. At least these lads show competiveness and fight, which is more than can be said recently from the U's. You also see far more entertainment. I suggest you go and watch a few games to see how seriously these lads take things and take Mr Dunne along as well. My grandson 11 years old will not even come to the community stadium any more because he calls it boring to watch.
The poor little sod probably has to sit next to you so no wonder he doesn't want to go. I would be the same.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: As for Sunday morning soccer Dads, as a group there are no people in the world so ignorant or lacking in self-awareness of their lack of knowledge… ...Oh hang on, I'd forgotten, yes there are. The borderline psychopathic crazy comments, west stand united and their ilk, as shown on this blog!![/p][/quote]You must be married to Nora. Like her, clueless in any thing regarding to do with football. As for Sunday morning soccer dads I actually do go and watch my grandson play. At least these lads show competiveness and fight, which is more than can be said recently from the U's. You also see far more entertainment. I suggest you go and watch a few games to see how seriously these lads take things and take Mr Dunne along as well. My grandson 11 years old will not even come to the community stadium any more because he calls it boring to watch.[/p][/quote]The poor little sod probably has to sit next to you so no wonder he doesn't want to go. I would be the same. gilberdian
  • Score: -7

10:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

gilberdian says...

The poor little sod probably has to sit next to you so no wonder he doesn't want to go. I would be the same.
The poor little sod probably has to sit next to you so no wonder he doesn't want to go. I would be the same. gilberdian
  • Score: -7

12:36am Thu 20 Mar 14

linton68 says...

gilberdian wrote:
The poor little sod probably has to sit next to you so no wonder he doesn't want to go. I would be the same.
Ha Ha now stop it you lot, i'm laughing so much i've peed my pants.
Have to say tho, some of you guys really take your football too darn
Seriously. Why do we get so bloody het up over 22 blokes kicking a bag of
Wind around a field? ...Cant wait for the next game tho and the next
Bout of. Insults. Bring it on !!
[quote][p][bold]gilberdian[/bold] wrote: The poor little sod probably has to sit next to you so no wonder he doesn't want to go. I would be the same.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha now stop it you lot, i'm laughing so much i've peed my pants. Have to say tho, some of you guys really take your football too darn Seriously. Why do we get so bloody het up over 22 blokes kicking a bag of Wind around a field? ...Cant wait for the next game tho and the next Bout of. Insults. Bring it on !! linton68
  • Score: -2

3:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

gilberdian says...

Is it really all about football?

Is it not more a question of being a decent human being and, whatever your personal problems may be, not taking them out other people who cannot defend themselves?

I think football is the vehicle, but not the problem. I certainly wouldn't get steamed up if it were just about the game football!!
It's not; it's about enlightenment, self-awareness, and respect for people.
Is it really all about football? Is it not more a question of being a decent human being and, whatever your personal problems may be, not taking them out other people who cannot defend themselves? I think football is the vehicle, but not the problem. I certainly wouldn't get steamed up if it were just about the game football!! It's not; it's about enlightenment, self-awareness, and respect for people. gilberdian
  • Score: -4

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