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Dunne "furious" after U's surrender lead to lose
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne could not hide his anger after seeing his side bow out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight.
The U’s were beaten 2-1 at League Two side Northampton Town, after two goals in less than two minutes early in the second half cancelled out Freddie Sears’ first-half goal and sealed their fate at Sixfields.
Clinton Morrison was sent off in stoppage-time for Colchester for appearing to throw an elbow in the direction of David Artell, as the U’s were defeated at the second-round stage.
Dunne said: “We could have been three or four up in the first half easily and we dominated the game.
“We said to them at half-time that they’ll come out and do what they do in the first ten minutes but we didn’t stand up to it.
“That’s what I’m furious about, the fact that we couldn’t stand up to it.
“That mentality and (lack of) toughness was evident and it needs to be better.
“It has to change and I’ve told them that in the changing room.
“If we had seen out the first ten minutes, we probably win the game comfortably.”
See Wednesday’s Gazette for a full match report and pictures from Colchester United’s defeat at Northampton Town.