Colchester United manager Joe Dunne said the final margin of defeat could have been heavier for his side after they were thrashed by MK Dons.

The U’s were thumped 5-1 at a rain-sodden stadium:mk, to fall to their heaviest defeat of the season.

Dunne said: “I’m delighted that it was only 5-1 because it could have been ten.

“That’s how I feel and it’s desperately disappointing for us.

“We didn’t get close to them and we lost our concentration.

“When you do that against a team like MK Dons, you’re going to get punished.

“We got punished five times but it could have been more.”

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to the U’s defeat at MK Dons, see Monday’s Gazette.