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Ward remaining defiant despite U's winless start
Under-fire John Ward has backed his struggling Colchester United players to fight for him, after their woeful start to the season continued.
The U’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Doncaster Rovers left them rooted to the bottom of the League One table and still searching for their first win of the campaign.
After three successive defeats, Colchester have failed to win any of their opening six league matches.
It is their worst start to a season in decades, increasing calls for Ward to be replaced as manager from some disgruntled supporters.
However, the U’s boss is remaining defiant, ahead of tomorrow night’s home game against Crawley Town.
Ward said: “It’s easy to support a winning team and have a winning group.
“The tough thing is toughing it out when things are difficult.
“You can walk away, run away or hide away from it or boo or cheer or shout.
“The tough thing is to believe in what you’re doing and I have a group of players who will stand up and fight.
“We’ve conceded two exceptionally soft goals against Doncaster, from our point of view.
“I know there’s no good time to do anything but we put ourselves in a position where we’ve been chasing the game for a large part of the match.
“But I’ve got the opportunity to work with these players today and try and improve it for tomorrow night.
“We need the same attitude towards everything in training today.
“That’s a good thing – they want to work and I want to work with them.
“It’s important today that we come in without feeling sorry for ourselves and we have a good go at it.
“If we can get something in our favour tomorrow night then hopefully the supporters will go home happy and that’s what we have to try and do.”
See Monday's Gazette for more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United , including reaction, pictures and a match report from the U's game with Doncaster Rovers.