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Dunne "desperately disappointed" after FA Cup defeat
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne offered no excuses after seeing his side crash out of the FA Cup at neighbours Chelmsford City.
The U's were beaten 3-1 at Melbourne Park by the Blue Square Bet South side, for whom Donovan Simmonds scored twice and Jamie Slabber also netted.
Michael Rose's free-kick gave Colchester hope in the first-round tie but in the end, it proved to be only a consolation for the League One side.
Dunne said: “We’re desperately disappointed to lose the match.
“That’s a bit of an understatement.
“I can stand here and say that every ingredient that was needed all seemed to come into play.
“But I don’t want to take anything from Chelmsford – I want them to have a great day and they’ve earned the right to be in the next round and we haven’t.
“That’s what the cup is about – it’s about earning the right and we just fell short."
See Monday's Gazette for a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's cup defeat at Chelmsford City.