U's thrashed at home by five-star Rovers

Gazette: On target - but Magnus Okuonghae's goal proved only a consolation for Colchester United after they were thumped 5-1 by Tranmere Rovers. On target - but Magnus Okuonghae's goal proved only a consolation for Colchester United after they were thumped 5-1 by Tranmere Rovers.

Colchester United's survival hopes suffered a blow this afternoon when they were thrashed 5-1 at home by Tranmere Rovers.

The U's fell behind in the 11th minute when Max Power drove past keeper Sam Walker from the edge of the area, after the U's had only partially cleared Andy Robinson's corner.

But Colchester equalised just before the half hour through Magnus Okuonghae, who swept in at the far post after Billy Clifford's free-kick had not been dealt with by the Tranmere defence.

However, Tranmere regained their lead four minutes before half-time when Jean Akpa Akpro nipped in to score, following hestiancy between Walker and Josh Thompson in the U's area.

And the U's fell further behind just before the midway point in the second half when Ash Taylor headed in from Michael Kay's delivery.

Jabo Ibehre headed straight at keeper Owain Fon Williams before the end, but Tranmere substitute Cole Stockton drove home a low shot from the edge of the area with four minutes to go.

Michael O'Halloran wrapped up Tranmere's win with a penalty late on, as Colchester were soundly beaten.

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester United's game with Tranmere Rovers, see Monday's Gazette.

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5:03pm Sat 23 Feb 13

the allotments says...

Fasten seat Belts.
Fasten seat Belts. the allotments

5:03pm Sat 23 Feb 13

down the line says...

Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.
Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job. down the line

5:46pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Bampotonian says...

can't see a very big crowd on Tuesday night after this - not only are you frozen to death but ...
can't see a very big crowd on Tuesday night after this - not only are you frozen to death but ... Bampotonian

5:50pm Sat 23 Feb 13

wellnow says...

Rovers much the better side.however col u were not as bad as the score implies. Tranmere used their big men well using the long ball and route one all after noon.l haven't experienced a fan exodus like today.be lucky to see 3000 against Yeovil.
Rovers much the better side.however col u were not as bad as the score implies. Tranmere used their big men well using the long ball and route one all after noon.l haven't experienced a fan exodus like today.be lucky to see 3000 against Yeovil. wellnow

6:16pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Boris says...

down the line wrote:
Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.
Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see.
The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White.
The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.[/p][/quote]Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see. The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White. The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before. Boris

6:18pm Sat 23 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

down the line wrote:
Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.
Have to agree here. I blogged on this site during the week saying that I find it amazing that Tom Eastman is not in the side and that a player like Jon Jo should be in midfield as Clifford is far to lightweight.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.[/p][/quote]Have to agree here. I blogged on this site during the week saying that I find it amazing that Tom Eastman is not in the side and that a player like Jon Jo should be in midfield as Clifford is far to lightweight. crazy comments

6:36pm Sat 23 Feb 13

crazy comments says...

Boris wrote:
down the line wrote: Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.
Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see. The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White. The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before.
I must just add to this Boris. Though I gave him my full blessing when appointed Joe Dunne is also certainly not up to the job. It took him a fair old while to bring Johny White back into the fold considering prior the awful performances of other certain full backs. To be perfectly honest,hand on heart I have been dissapointed with Joe. Again today not playing Tom Eastman baffles me. Well still got to keep taking the pills and get on with it.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.[/p][/quote]Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see. The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White. The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before.[/p][/quote]I must just add to this Boris. Though I gave him my full blessing when appointed Joe Dunne is also certainly not up to the job. It took him a fair old while to bring Johny White back into the fold considering prior the awful performances of other certain full backs. To be perfectly honest,hand on heart I have been dissapointed with Joe. Again today not playing Tom Eastman baffles me. Well still got to keep taking the pills and get on with it. crazy comments

6:37pm Sat 23 Feb 13

down the line says...

I've never felt so down leaving the ground today. The writing is on the wall....league 2 football next season. The club is a mess.
I've never felt so down leaving the ground today. The writing is on the wall....league 2 football next season. The club is a mess. down the line

7:35pm Sat 23 Feb 13

super waluigi says...

Boris wrote:
down the line wrote:
Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.
Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see.
The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White.
The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before.
Sure enough Boris, you are a valued blogger around here, but I am unsure as to how much more of your blatant favouritism for John White I can take.
To be honest and I mean no harm, but he never gets forward, he never wins a tackle first time around and he never plays the right ball either. He has never been anything other than a team player who is liked by a loud minority of fans.

Every player was awful today. Freddie sears and Jabo are no exception. We need a response against Yeovil now just to get back to basics.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.[/p][/quote]Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see. The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White. The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before.[/p][/quote]Sure enough Boris, you are a valued blogger around here, but I am unsure as to how much more of your blatant favouritism for John White I can take. To be honest and I mean no harm, but he never gets forward, he never wins a tackle first time around and he never plays the right ball either. He has never been anything other than a team player who is liked by a loud minority of fans. Every player was awful today. Freddie sears and Jabo are no exception. We need a response against Yeovil now just to get back to basics. super waluigi

9:52pm Sat 23 Feb 13

25414nora says...

Def not a good day for us Col u fans. freezing cold, and our team getting
well beaten..Me, my son, and grandson, never spoke a word in the car all the way home, 'well gutted'.

Some wont agree, but I think the club became destablised after the John Ward sacking, he should have been given more time.

I dont think Joe Dunne should take too much blame either for the poor performances, Keeping solvent is crucial for the future of the club, just now, loanee players are the only option.

My grandson is really down just now, but I gaurentee he'll be up and raring to to go come Tuesday and Yeovil. Up the U's.
Def not a good day for us Col u fans. freezing cold, and our team getting well beaten..Me, my son, and grandson, never spoke a word in the car all the way home, 'well gutted'. Some wont agree, but I think the club became destablised after the John Ward sacking, he should have been given more time. I dont think Joe Dunne should take too much blame either for the poor performances, Keeping solvent is crucial for the future of the club, just now, loanee players are the only option. My grandson is really down just now, but I gaurentee he'll be up and raring to to go come Tuesday and Yeovil. Up the U's. 25414nora

1:26am Sun 24 Feb 13

Boris says...

super waluigi wrote:
Boris wrote:
down the line wrote:
Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.
Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see.
The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White.
The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before.
Sure enough Boris, you are a valued blogger around here, but I am unsure as to how much more of your blatant favouritism for John White I can take.
To be honest and I mean no harm, but he never gets forward, he never wins a tackle first time around and he never plays the right ball either. He has never been anything other than a team player who is liked by a loud minority of fans.

Every player was awful today. Freddie sears and Jabo are no exception. We need a response against Yeovil now just to get back to basics.
Super, thanks for being so kind to me, but I'm sorry you feel I bang on too much about John White. The fact is that, as Crazy has said, Joe Dunne overlooked him for far too long, and several contributors on here seemed to think that the answer to our woes was to ignore the current squad members and bring in yet more loan players who would bust the club's budget. I am old fashioned enough to believe that a local boy committed to the club is worth a lot. That's why I was disappointed that Carl Pentney was never given a chance here.
Johnny White may never be a star, he may never even score a goal, but he got right forward and produced a good cross in this game which was not converted into a goal but that was not Johnny's fault. He does try harder than most to keep the ball on the ground. I'm sure he was embarrassed to be named as man of the match, but he deserved it none the less. And what is the matter with him being a team player? Don't we need players who play for the team, rather than for themselves?
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Anyway, your point is taken, and I shall try my best to go easy on John White for a while. But if the miracle happens and he scores the winning goal against Yeovil, or indeed against anyone, I shall not be able to ignore it.....
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In spite of everything, up the U's.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Absolute gutless performance, the players should be ashamed of themselves. Josh Thompson is a liability. Sorry Joe your clearly not up to the job.[/p][/quote]Josh Thompson is not up to the job, nor are several other players. Certainly the referee and linesman are not up to the job, for the corner that led to Tranmere's first goal should have been a goal kick, as everyone in the South stand could see. The ineptitude betwen Thompson and Walker gave them their second goal. After that it was downhill all the way, with one or two shining exceptions, notably Johnny White. The mass exodus after their 4th goal was indeed shocking, but the U's players can't complain. Most of the shuttle buses seemed to have departed, full, by the time of the final whistle, which I have never seen before.[/p][/quote]Sure enough Boris, you are a valued blogger around here, but I am unsure as to how much more of your blatant favouritism for John White I can take. To be honest and I mean no harm, but he never gets forward, he never wins a tackle first time around and he never plays the right ball either. He has never been anything other than a team player who is liked by a loud minority of fans. Every player was awful today. Freddie sears and Jabo are no exception. We need a response against Yeovil now just to get back to basics.[/p][/quote]Super, thanks for being so kind to me, but I'm sorry you feel I bang on too much about John White. The fact is that, as Crazy has said, Joe Dunne overlooked him for far too long, and several contributors on here seemed to think that the answer to our woes was to ignore the current squad members and bring in yet more loan players who would bust the club's budget. I am old fashioned enough to believe that a local boy committed to the club is worth a lot. That's why I was disappointed that Carl Pentney was never given a chance here. Johnny White may never be a star, he may never even score a goal, but he got right forward and produced a good cross in this game which was not converted into a goal but that was not Johnny's fault. He does try harder than most to keep the ball on the ground. I'm sure he was embarrassed to be named as man of the match, but he deserved it none the less. And what is the matter with him being a team player? Don't we need players who play for the team, rather than for themselves? . Anyway, your point is taken, and I shall try my best to go easy on John White for a while. But if the miracle happens and he scores the winning goal against Yeovil, or indeed against anyone, I shall not be able to ignore it..... . In spite of everything, up the U's. Boris

3:24am Sun 24 Feb 13

Ozzie says...

I listened to Joe's feeble excuses on BBC Essex after the game and I earlier this week gave him the benefit of the doubt and wrote on this website encouraging every U's fan to stick with him and get behind the club! What a mistake! I have to say that over the 45 years I have supported the U's, this has probably got to be one of the most embarrassing, inept, lacklustre performances! I look particularly at our 'motivational' captain, Thompson, and our 'Premier league standard keeper' Walker and new left back Garmston. We looked pathetic! These players just do not cut it when you are needing players to grind out results! Mr Cowling, the ball lies in your court again I believe. I respect you for your financial support for the club, but if you have the club at heart, you need to think seriously about the managerial capabilities of Mr Dunne. I gave him the benefit of the doubt but now, like many fans, the time for him has come to depart. His inexperience is evident for all to see. I know he will be gutted by this reaction and probably blame the fans for this ill feeling,but life is like that. If I performed badly in my job I would expect repercussions. So must Joe Dunne - or he must do the reasonable thing and leave. There is still time for someone to turn this around but it does need fresh blood - and quick!! We are very quickly sinking into the mire and our first division status is sitting on a knife edge. One more home defeat on Tuesday and other results going against us, we will be in trouble and almost finished this season. I personally do not want to hear the excuses from Joe anymore, just be honest and admit that your team capitulated and gave up hope after 3-1! When you brought on Bond for Wright and Morrison for Porter, the writing looked on the wall. We were opened up all over the place and the defence looked vulnerable both on the ground and in the air and Walker so lacklustre that there were two goals where he just stood and watched the ball go past him! One word describes this performance - abysmal!! Up the U's!!”
I listened to Joe's feeble excuses on BBC Essex after the game and I earlier this week gave him the benefit of the doubt and wrote on this website encouraging every U's fan to stick with him and get behind the club! What a mistake! I have to say that over the 45 years I have supported the U's, this has probably got to be one of the most embarrassing, inept, lacklustre performances! I look particularly at our 'motivational' captain, Thompson, and our 'Premier league standard keeper' Walker and new left back Garmston. We looked pathetic! These players just do not cut it when you are needing players to grind out results! Mr Cowling, the ball lies in your court again I believe. I respect you for your financial support for the club, but if you have the club at heart, you need to think seriously about the managerial capabilities of Mr Dunne. I gave him the benefit of the doubt but now, like many fans, the time for him has come to depart. His inexperience is evident for all to see. I know he will be gutted by this reaction and probably blame the fans for this ill feeling,but life is like that. If I performed badly in my job I would expect repercussions. So must Joe Dunne - or he must do the reasonable thing and leave. There is still time for someone to turn this around but it does need fresh blood - and quick!! We are very quickly sinking into the mire and our first division status is sitting on a knife edge. One more home defeat on Tuesday and other results going against us, we will be in trouble and almost finished this season. I personally do not want to hear the excuses from Joe anymore, just be honest and admit that your team capitulated and gave up hope after 3-1! When you brought on Bond for Wright and Morrison for Porter, the writing looked on the wall. We were opened up all over the place and the defence looked vulnerable both on the ground and in the air and Walker so lacklustre that there were two goals where he just stood and watched the ball go past him! One word describes this performance - abysmal!! Up the U's!!” Ozzie

11:19am Sun 24 Feb 13

wellnow says...

I watched the heavyweight prize fighters last night and who won all his fights? Audley harrison.written of by all the armchair pundits.so come on joey dunne get busy no time for tears.
I watched the heavyweight prize fighters last night and who won all his fights? Audley harrison.written of by all the armchair pundits.so come on joey dunne get busy no time for tears. wellnow

2:54pm Sun 24 Feb 13

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Anyone who would bet The U's will survive the drop need to go to the doctors to get their head tested. This inexperienced side is going down and you need to believe it. For the second week in a row it was men against a young boys team.

Cowling is the problem with Colchester, having only time for his Tiptree projects leaving the first team to go to rack and ruin. There is not enough good senior professionals down the spine of the team to carry the youngsters and; on top of that, we have a rookie manager who has made too many mistakes and is still making them.

The trouble is with all dictatorships there is no democracy and, if you sack JD who is going to want the job under Cowling's guidance. This man may be paying the bills, but as a club he is ripping the heart out of it. This will be the second relegation he has orchestrated with no signs that life in League 2 will be any better. There has not been even a sniff of a cup run in any of the cups under his tenure and, if I had to speculate, I would say he's the man most likely to take this club out of the football league altogether rather than create a side able to gain promotion. With poor gates this season, the budget will need to be cut considerably further next season, so what hope is there and what encouragement is there to buy season tickets in the close season. This club is spiralling down faster than a bob sleigh run and I don't see anything likely to change it.
Anyone who would bet The U's will survive the drop need to go to the doctors to get their head tested. This inexperienced side is going down and you need to believe it. For the second week in a row it was men against a young boys team. Cowling is the problem with Colchester, having only time for his Tiptree projects leaving the first team to go to rack and ruin. There is not enough good senior professionals down the spine of the team to carry the youngsters and; on top of that, we have a rookie manager who has made too many mistakes and is still making them. The trouble is with all dictatorships there is no democracy and, if you sack JD who is going to want the job under Cowling's guidance. This man may be paying the bills, but as a club he is ripping the heart out of it. This will be the second relegation he has orchestrated with no signs that life in League 2 will be any better. There has not been even a sniff of a cup run in any of the cups under his tenure and, if I had to speculate, I would say he's the man most likely to take this club out of the football league altogether rather than create a side able to gain promotion. With poor gates this season, the budget will need to be cut considerably further next season, so what hope is there and what encouragement is there to buy season tickets in the close season. This club is spiralling down faster than a bob sleigh run and I don't see anything likely to change it. BlueandWhiteBaz

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