U's boss Dunne - we didn't deserve to lose

Disappointed - U's boss Joe Dunne felt his side deserved more from their game at Doncaster Rovers.

Disappointed - U's boss Joe Dunne felt his side deserved more from their game at Doncaster Rovers.

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Joe Dunne felt his Colchester United side deserved more than their 1-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

The struggling U's looked like they were heading for a much-needed point at the Keepmoat Stadium, until David Cotterill struck an 84th-minute winner for the high-flying hosts.

Colchester have now suffered eight successive defeats in League One, a new club record.

However, U's boss Dunne said their performance warranted more than they got from the game. He said: “It doesn’t make it any easier to take that it took a top-quality goal to beat us.

“I thought that we were magnificent and that we were the better team.

“I thought that we controlled the ball and that we got into some great positions.

“We tested their back four and I don’t think that we deserved to lose the game.”

Dunne admitted Colchester were beaten by a strike that was worthy of winning any game.

Cotterill collected possession on the left flank before curling a delightful shot past the helpless dive of U’s goalkeeper Mark Cousins, to win the game for Doncaster.

“It was an excellent goal and I think that it was their first meaningful shot of the game and it cost us,” added the U’s boss.

“We could have probably prevented it from higher up the pitch because we lost possession but you can’t take anything away from the finish.”

See Monday’s Gazette for more reaction from Colchester’s defeat at Doncaster Rovers, plus a full match report and pictures from the game.

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5:08pm Sun 6 Jan 13

United we stand says...

Get real, Joe. If we were so good at Doncaster why yet again did we have minimal goal attempts and yet another "no goal day"?
This was a tough fixture in our current situation, for sure.
Will we play as well at WHCS next Saturday against less-competent opposition? I'm not convinced!
Get real, Joe. If we were so good at Doncaster why yet again did we have minimal goal attempts and yet another "no goal day"? This was a tough fixture in our current situation, for sure. Will we play as well at WHCS next Saturday against less-competent opposition? I'm not convinced! United we stand
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6:16pm Sun 6 Jan 13

sicknote1 says...

Joe. What nonsense. If we were so good, why didn't we win ?
Joe. What nonsense. If we were so good, why didn't we win ? sicknote1
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7:03pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Coochie1 says...

No games are won with no goals
No games are won with no goals Coochie1
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8:24pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Ontheball says...

But you DID lose didn't you Joe. Eight straight defeats for the first time since 1954 with this shower of third-rate players, most of who were inherited from the incompetent Ward!!
But you DID lose didn't you Joe. Eight straight defeats for the first time since 1954 with this shower of third-rate players, most of who were inherited from the incompetent Ward!! Ontheball
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8:24pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Ontheball says...

But you DID lose didn't you Joe. Eight straight defeats for the first time since 1954 with this shower of third-rate players, most of who were inherited from the incompetent Ward!!
But you DID lose didn't you Joe. Eight straight defeats for the first time since 1954 with this shower of third-rate players, most of who were inherited from the incompetent Ward!! Ontheball
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8:25pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Ontheball says...

But you DID lose didn't you Joe. Eight straight defeats for the first time since 1954 with this shower of third-rate players, most of who were inherited from the incompetent Ward!!
But you DID lose didn't you Joe. Eight straight defeats for the first time since 1954 with this shower of third-rate players, most of who were inherited from the incompetent Ward!! Ontheball
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8:59pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Surb says...

Joe you dont need to be a scientist to work out that your current tactics are not working. Change the formation to 4-4-2 with two wingers and TWO strikers. To your amazement it might work.
Joe you dont need to be a scientist to work out that your current tactics are not working. Change the formation to 4-4-2 with two wingers and TWO strikers. To your amazement it might work. Surb
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10:26am Mon 7 Jan 13

totallyfootball says...

Never looked like scoring and while that situation remains you won't win games!
Never looked like scoring and while that situation remains you won't win games! totallyfootball
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12:01pm Mon 7 Jan 13

candy box says...

Joe now this is becoming a habit
and you should no in football you dont get long
Joe now this is becoming a habit and you should no in football you dont get long candy box
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3:37pm Mon 7 Jan 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

In fairness to JD overall we did deserve a draw, but apart from the ruled out Thompson header, although we had by far the majority of possession, we failed to create any chances and the Doncaster defence was always in control. Overall we defended quite well but Doncaster had up front what we lack, quality experienced players who can create and score quality goals.

The one thing that really infuriates me about our lot is our total impotence from outside the box. We fail time and time again to hit the target from 20 - 25 yards from open play and, more often than not, from free kicks. They are always pathetically high, wide and not too handsome. For me that sums up our total lack of quality from midfield onwards!
In fairness to JD overall we did deserve a draw, but apart from the ruled out Thompson header, although we had by far the majority of possession, we failed to create any chances and the Doncaster defence was always in control. Overall we defended quite well but Doncaster had up front what we lack, quality experienced players who can create and score quality goals. The one thing that really infuriates me about our lot is our total impotence from outside the box. We fail time and time again to hit the target from 20 - 25 yards from open play and, more often than not, from free kicks. They are always pathetically high, wide and not too handsome. For me that sums up our total lack of quality from midfield onwards! BlueandWhiteBaz
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7:51pm Mon 7 Jan 13

brig 1 says...

Talking to some of the Doncaster supporters after the game they admitted we were the better team and played some good football But at the end of the day, its goals that count. Can,t see where they are going to come from. Get somebody up front that can hustle and bustle defences.This passing game looks good but we ain,t Man United Joe.
Talking to some of the Doncaster supporters after the game they admitted we were the better team and played some good football But at the end of the day, its goals that count. Can,t see where they are going to come from. Get somebody up front that can hustle and bustle defences.This passing game looks good but we ain,t Man United Joe. brig 1
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10:37pm Mon 7 Jan 13

wellnow says...

Will being able to use the training ground 24 hrs a week help?
Will being able to use the training ground 24 hrs a week help? wellnow
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