U's beaten by relegation rivals Scunthorpe

On target - Freddie Sears scored the U's consolation goal against Scunthorpe.

On target - Freddie Sears scored the U's consolation goal against Scunthorpe.

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Colchester United suffered a club record ninth successive league defeat this afternoon after losing 2-1 to fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United.

Goals from Jimmy Ryan and Karl Hawley left Colchester with a mountain to climb.

And although substitute Freddie Sears pulled a goal back for the U's just before the hour, it was not enough to prevent them losing to their relegation rivals and dropping into the bottom four.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's home defeat to Scunthorpe, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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5:04pm Sat 12 Jan 13

down the line says...

Not good enough, Dunne has to go now. He's only been in the job 5 minutes and we lose a club record 9 games in a row. Unless a change is made quick then league 2 here we come. Dunne out.
Not good enough, Dunne has to go now. He's only been in the job 5 minutes and we lose a club record 9 games in a row. Unless a change is made quick then league 2 here we come. Dunne out. down the line
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5:20pm Sat 12 Jan 13

super waluigi says...

4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope.
4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope. super waluigi
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5:46pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Surb says...

I full respect for dunne after hearing him on the radio. And saying he's too big of a supporter to see this happening and he's thinking of he's position. We just have not got the luck, and our defence is very poor. All down to the full backs. And Cousins.
I full respect for dunne after hearing him on the radio. And saying he's too big of a supporter to see this happening and he's thinking of he's position. We just have not got the luck, and our defence is very poor. All down to the full backs. And Cousins. Surb
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5:49pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Surb says...

"Down the line" if he was to go, who else is there?
With these players we have no hope, and the problem is no one wants to buy them.
"Down the line" if he was to go, who else is there? With these players we have no hope, and the problem is no one wants to buy them. Surb
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5:55pm Sat 12 Jan 13

United we stand says...

As I feared, the fans seemed up for the battle more than the team.
As well as effort lacking in certain quarters, I have to say it's the weakest line-up I can remember seeing for many years.
Quite simply we looked what we are: a bunch of on-loan youngsters not man enough for the job. We are poor, even against the standards of Scunthorpe. I can see no way that relegation can be avoided.
Goalkeeper and full-back positions are a nightmare.
Sorry, Joe and Mark: this was pathetic .
As I feared, the fans seemed up for the battle more than the team. As well as effort lacking in certain quarters, I have to say it's the weakest line-up I can remember seeing for many years. Quite simply we looked what we are: a bunch of on-loan youngsters not man enough for the job. We are poor, even against the standards of Scunthorpe. I can see no way that relegation can be avoided. Goalkeeper and full-back positions are a nightmare. Sorry, Joe and Mark: this was pathetic . United we stand
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6:12pm Sat 12 Jan 13

down the line says...

Surb, but who brought in half of these players in such a short space of time?....Joe Dunne. I would say Paul Ince would be a good choice. I take no pleasure seeing Joe fail, but the club is bigger than any one person.
Surb, but who brought in half of these players in such a short space of time?....Joe Dunne. I would say Paul Ince would be a good choice. I take no pleasure seeing Joe fail, but the club is bigger than any one person. down the line
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7:34pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Dug says...

Col U will finish where they deserve this season, nothing more or less.
Col U will finish where they deserve this season, nothing more or less. Dug
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8:48pm Sat 12 Jan 13

25414nora says...

It's a known fact, and it's been said many times before: Any team coach worth his salt, will build his team from the defence upwards,

A tight defence gives confidence and impetus to the midfield and forwards to exploit the best of their own ability, if you dont concede, you dont lose.

At this level of football, all talk of team formation..4-4-2. 5-4-1. 10 past six, is absolute twaddle, we just dont have the player quality to play intricate tactical football.

Boothroyd knew this, hence the long ball, over the top, not pretty, but direct and sometimes effective.

John Ward tried a more defensive tack, again not pretty, hence a lot of boring draws, But he did give us THREE top ten League one finishes, Yes we were punching above our weight, but you cant take that away from him.

Now Joe Dunne has tried his utmost to bring us some joy, and for a time he had some success but it didn't last, and the beating by Chelmsford was a huge setback, it knocked the stuffing out of us.

But then again, as I've always said managers, coach'es can only play the cards their dealt with. There's a lot of talk of getting an experienced manager in, but lets face it, unless we get another Paul lambert, the immediate future looks bleak..
It's a known fact, and it's been said many times before: Any team coach worth his salt, will build his team from the defence upwards, A tight defence gives confidence and impetus to the midfield and forwards to exploit the best of their own ability, if you dont concede, you dont lose. At this level of football, all talk of team formation..4-4-2. 5-4-1. 10 past six, is absolute twaddle, we just dont have the player quality to play intricate tactical football. Boothroyd knew this, hence the long ball, over the top, not pretty, but direct and sometimes effective. John Ward tried a more defensive tack, again not pretty, hence a lot of boring draws, But he did give us THREE top ten League one finishes, Yes we were punching above our weight, but you cant take that away from him. Now Joe Dunne has tried his utmost to bring us some joy, and for a time he had some success but it didn't last, and the beating by Chelmsford was a huge setback, it knocked the stuffing out of us. But then again, as I've always said managers, coach'es can only play the cards their dealt with. There's a lot of talk of getting an experienced manager in, but lets face it, unless we get another Paul lambert, the immediate future looks bleak.. 25414nora
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8:50pm Sat 12 Jan 13

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

Well I went along today with hope that we might actually show a little bit of battle and how disappointed I was.

I can fully respect players if they've come off the pitch trying their hardest but saw very little of this today. Most of the time they were swanning around like it was a testimonial.

Cousins was a joke with the first goal.....was he trying to wave at the ball as it went past him ???

Wilson and Rose both need shooting. How many more times is Rose going to be picked for the team ????

Thought Massey had a good first half but disappeared in the second. The Chelsea guy wasn't up to it. I thought Bean was playing ok but got taken off!!!!!!

Sears was the only player who seemed to show a little desperation to get something from the game. Just a shame that nobody else matched his enthusiasm.

Not sure if Joe is blame. I like him a lot and want to see him do well but the players just don't seem to be doing it for him.

At the moment I would rather pay to see 11 fans play. At least they would have heart and pride even if they don't have the fat wallets that the current bunch of lazy squad have.

Down in the dumps but up the U's
Well I went along today with hope that we might actually show a little bit of battle and how disappointed I was. I can fully respect players if they've come off the pitch trying their hardest but saw very little of this today. Most of the time they were swanning around like it was a testimonial. Cousins was a joke with the first goal.....was he trying to wave at the ball as it went past him ??? Wilson and Rose both need shooting. How many more times is Rose going to be picked for the team ???? Thought Massey had a good first half but disappeared in the second. The Chelsea guy wasn't up to it. I thought Bean was playing ok but got taken off!!!!!! Sears was the only player who seemed to show a little desperation to get something from the game. Just a shame that nobody else matched his enthusiasm. Not sure if Joe is blame. I like him a lot and want to see him do well but the players just don't seem to be doing it for him. At the moment I would rather pay to see 11 fans play. At least they would have heart and pride even if they don't have the fat wallets that the current bunch of lazy squad have. Down in the dumps but up the U's We're not singing anymore!!!
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9:01pm Sat 12 Jan 13

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

super waluigi wrote:
4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope.
Super....

Would you mind explaining what Hope ?

I went today and truthfully didn't see much hope !!! That's not me being negative or argumentative. It would be nice know what it is that I'm missing when watching the games.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope.[/p][/quote]Super.... Would you mind explaining what Hope ? I went today and truthfully didn't see much hope !!! That's not me being negative or argumentative. It would be nice know what it is that I'm missing when watching the games. We're not singing anymore!!!
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10:26pm Sat 12 Jan 13

crazy comments says...

25414nora wrote:
It's a known fact, and it's been said many times before: Any team coach worth his salt, will build his team from the defence upwards, A tight defence gives confidence and impetus to the midfield and forwards to exploit the best of their own ability, if you dont concede, you dont lose. At this level of football, all talk of team formation..4-4-2. 5-4-1. 10 past six, is absolute twaddle, we just dont have the player quality to play intricate tactical football. Boothroyd knew this, hence the long ball, over the top, not pretty, but direct and sometimes effective. John Ward tried a more defensive tack, again not pretty, hence a lot of boring draws, But he did give us THREE top ten League one finishes, Yes we were punching above our weight, but you cant take that away from him. Now Joe Dunne has tried his utmost to bring us some joy, and for a time he had some success but it didn't last, and the beating by Chelmsford was a huge setback, it knocked the stuffing out of us. But then again, as I've always said managers, coach'es can only play the cards their dealt with. There's a lot of talk of getting an experienced manager in, but lets face it, unless we get another Paul lambert, the immediate future looks bleak..
We dont always see eye to eye Nora, but I'm 100% in agreement with you on this one. We do not have the kind of tactictal players, that can play the kind of football we would all love to watch. Joe's inexperience in trying something new has backfired badly in his face. For me one of the players that has suffered more than anybody else to the new style, is Magnus. He was used to just clearing his lines upfield by hooving the ball forward or by a header. Now he has to stop, and then look around first, before he passes the ball, which he looks very uncomfortable with. Bringing some one else in now,will not save us. Instead Joe needs a good weeks break away from the club and the players so to get his head straight. It's obvious just by looking at him the huge strain and stress he is under. He needs all the support he can get and certainly people not jumping on his back.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: It's a known fact, and it's been said many times before: Any team coach worth his salt, will build his team from the defence upwards, A tight defence gives confidence and impetus to the midfield and forwards to exploit the best of their own ability, if you dont concede, you dont lose. At this level of football, all talk of team formation..4-4-2. 5-4-1. 10 past six, is absolute twaddle, we just dont have the player quality to play intricate tactical football. Boothroyd knew this, hence the long ball, over the top, not pretty, but direct and sometimes effective. John Ward tried a more defensive tack, again not pretty, hence a lot of boring draws, But he did give us THREE top ten League one finishes, Yes we were punching above our weight, but you cant take that away from him. Now Joe Dunne has tried his utmost to bring us some joy, and for a time he had some success but it didn't last, and the beating by Chelmsford was a huge setback, it knocked the stuffing out of us. But then again, as I've always said managers, coach'es can only play the cards their dealt with. There's a lot of talk of getting an experienced manager in, but lets face it, unless we get another Paul lambert, the immediate future looks bleak..[/p][/quote]We dont always see eye to eye Nora, but I'm 100% in agreement with you on this one. We do not have the kind of tactictal players, that can play the kind of football we would all love to watch. Joe's inexperience in trying something new has backfired badly in his face. For me one of the players that has suffered more than anybody else to the new style, is Magnus. He was used to just clearing his lines upfield by hooving the ball forward or by a header. Now he has to stop, and then look around first, before he passes the ball, which he looks very uncomfortable with. Bringing some one else in now,will not save us. Instead Joe needs a good weeks break away from the club and the players so to get his head straight. It's obvious just by looking at him the huge strain and stress he is under. He needs all the support he can get and certainly people not jumping on his back. crazy comments
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10:34pm Sat 12 Jan 13

super waluigi says...

We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope.
Super....

Would you mind explaining what Hope ?

I went today and truthfully didn't see much hope !!! That's not me being negative or argumentative. It would be nice know what it is that I'm missing when watching the games.
Well, by hope I mean that Freddie was outstanding when he came on and played through the middle.
[quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope.[/p][/quote]Super.... Would you mind explaining what Hope ? I went today and truthfully didn't see much hope !!! That's not me being negative or argumentative. It would be nice know what it is that I'm missing when watching the games.[/p][/quote]Well, by hope I mean that Freddie was outstanding when he came on and played through the middle. super waluigi
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10:43pm Sat 12 Jan 13

myhouse3 says...

I also went to the game but wished i had stayed at home in my armchair.what really dawned on me was the players body language in the pre match warm up some just stood there taken the p--s. Sorry these so called players are running the show themselves and are treating the management and the fans as a joke.I Know its impossible but almost the entire pyaying staff need to be shown the door at the end of the season its that bad , i dont think i have ever seen so much bad attitude either and as Joe rightly pointed nobody was talking on the pitch just passing the ball with no words spoken or shouts.As for Joe i hope he stays he deserves better from players to even some suppporters . league 2 awaits us now im sorry to say but not surpised as i forcast this the start of the season and one or two was rude on this site for talking rubbish, well its not rubbish now is it. Still there might be a bright side to all this in the coming seasons we need a new beginning get rid of all the dead wood and start all over again.Dont go Joe
I also went to the game but wished i had stayed at home in my armchair.what really dawned on me was the players body language in the pre match warm up some just stood there taken the p--s. Sorry these so called players are running the show themselves and are treating the management and the fans as a joke.I Know its impossible but almost the entire pyaying staff need to be shown the door at the end of the season its that bad , i dont think i have ever seen so much bad attitude either and as Joe rightly pointed nobody was talking on the pitch just passing the ball with no words spoken or shouts.As for Joe i hope he stays he deserves better from players to even some suppporters . league 2 awaits us now im sorry to say but not surpised as i forcast this the start of the season and one or two was rude on this site for talking rubbish, well its not rubbish now is it. Still there might be a bright side to all this in the coming seasons we need a new beginning get rid of all the dead wood and start all over again.Dont go Joe myhouse3
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11:15pm Sat 12 Jan 13

super waluigi says...

Just reading back through the other blogs.....

Am I the only person who saw a really open game today that could have ended 5-0 or 0-5?????? Not pretty, but entertaining.
I realise that we have lost 9 in a row and I know how bad things look, but we are not a million miles away from staying up. Although I do admit we are a million miles from promotion.

Myhouse3, I think you have a valid point regards to the body language only I see it as a defeatist mentality. The players looked beaten through a lack of confidence and not a lack of confidence.

Nora, I agree with you 90% of the time and again I do regards to the talk of formation hence my sarcastic 1-1-8 formation. I do however think that you and me both know that colchester don't want another lambert. Why have your fingers burnt twice?

Crazy, you was right regards to Drey Wright. Although next season would have benefitted him.
Just reading back through the other blogs..... Am I the only person who saw a really open game today that could have ended 5-0 or 0-5?????? Not pretty, but entertaining. I realise that we have lost 9 in a row and I know how bad things look, but we are not a million miles away from staying up. Although I do admit we are a million miles from promotion. Myhouse3, I think you have a valid point regards to the body language only I see it as a defeatist mentality. The players looked beaten through a lack of confidence and not a lack of confidence. Nora, I agree with you 90% of the time and again I do regards to the talk of formation hence my sarcastic 1-1-8 formation. I do however think that you and me both know that colchester don't want another lambert. Why have your fingers burnt twice? Crazy, you was right regards to Drey Wright. Although next season would have benefitted him. super waluigi
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11:16pm Sat 12 Jan 13

super waluigi says...

Myhouse3.... Sorry, misprint. Change the second confidence to passion.
Myhouse3.... Sorry, misprint. Change the second confidence to passion. super waluigi
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11:18pm Sat 12 Jan 13

We're not singing anymore!!! says...

super waluigi wrote:
We're not singing anymore!!! wrote:
super waluigi wrote:
4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope.
Super....

Would you mind explaining what Hope ?

I went today and truthfully didn't see much hope !!! That's not me being negative or argumentative. It would be nice know what it is that I'm missing when watching the games.
Well, by hope I mean that Freddie was outstanding when he came on and played through the middle.
Agree that Freddie played well through the middle but don't see that he alone can save us.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]We're not singing anymore!!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 8-1-1, 1-1-8 it does not matter. Freddie sears has to play through the middle. We have lost this one, but there is hope.[/p][/quote]Super.... Would you mind explaining what Hope ? I went today and truthfully didn't see much hope !!! That's not me being negative or argumentative. It would be nice know what it is that I'm missing when watching the games.[/p][/quote]Well, by hope I mean that Freddie was outstanding when he came on and played through the middle.[/p][/quote]Agree that Freddie played well through the middle but don't see that he alone can save us. We're not singing anymore!!!
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11:50pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Boris says...

Agree with myhouse3. JD, stay in your job, but give preference to players who really want to play for the U's, notably John White and (when he is fit again) Kem Izzet. And please give Carl Pentney a run in the team, as Cousins may benefit from a rest from front line duties.
Agree with myhouse3. JD, stay in your job, but give preference to players who really want to play for the U's, notably John White and (when he is fit again) Kem Izzet. And please give Carl Pentney a run in the team, as Cousins may benefit from a rest from front line duties. Boris
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11:31am Sun 13 Jan 13

25414nora says...

super waluigi wrote:
Just reading back through the other blogs.....

Am I the only person who saw a really open game today that could have ended 5-0 or 0-5?????? Not pretty, but entertaining.
I realise that we have lost 9 in a row and I know how bad things look, but we are not a million miles away from staying up. Although I do admit we are a million miles from promotion.

Myhouse3, I think you have a valid point regards to the body language only I see it as a defeatist mentality. The players looked beaten through a lack of confidence and not a lack of confidence.

Nora, I agree with you 90% of the time and again I do regards to the talk of formation hence my sarcastic 1-1-8 formation. I do however think that you and me both know that colchester don't want another lambert. Why have your fingers burnt twice?

Crazy, you was right regards to Drey Wright. Although next season would have benefitted him.
Point taken, super waluigi...When I said we need another Paul Lambert, it was with tongue, 'firmly in cheek'.

In reality, I didn't like the way Lambert used us to further his career, but 'of course' he was relatively unknown, and very ambitious, and thats the kind of manager ( I think) who will lift us out of the present doldrums.

Sorry if my comment seems rather down-beat, maybe I've been reading too many negative comments on here, and It's getting to me..
Up the U's.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Just reading back through the other blogs..... Am I the only person who saw a really open game today that could have ended 5-0 or 0-5?????? Not pretty, but entertaining. I realise that we have lost 9 in a row and I know how bad things look, but we are not a million miles away from staying up. Although I do admit we are a million miles from promotion. Myhouse3, I think you have a valid point regards to the body language only I see it as a defeatist mentality. The players looked beaten through a lack of confidence and not a lack of confidence. Nora, I agree with you 90% of the time and again I do regards to the talk of formation hence my sarcastic 1-1-8 formation. I do however think that you and me both know that colchester don't want another lambert. Why have your fingers burnt twice? Crazy, you was right regards to Drey Wright. Although next season would have benefitted him.[/p][/quote]Point taken, super waluigi...When I said we need another Paul Lambert, it was with tongue, 'firmly in cheek'. In reality, I didn't like the way Lambert used us to further his career, but 'of course' he was relatively unknown, and very ambitious, and thats the kind of manager ( I think) who will lift us out of the present doldrums. Sorry if my comment seems rather down-beat, maybe I've been reading too many negative comments on here, and It's getting to me.. Up the U's. 25414nora
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11:56am Sun 13 Jan 13

wellnow says...

It was very cold, but the game was entertaining, made more so by the many comments of the angry supporters.league two or no where else could you get a better two hrs entertainment for twenty quid.
It was very cold, but the game was entertaining, made more so by the many comments of the angry supporters.league two or no where else could you get a better two hrs entertainment for twenty quid. wellnow
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2:39pm Mon 14 Jan 13

irememberwhen says...

The cinema
The cinema irememberwhen
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