ALEX Dyer admits picking Colchester United’s starting line-up has been presenting them with some difficult decisions, this season.

U’s head coach Hayden Mullins, alongside his number two Dyer, have already had some tough choices to make in the opening weeks of the new League Two campaign, following a busy summer of player recruitment at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Last season’s Player of the Year Noah Chilvers has been on the bench for the last two games, while summer signings Armando Dobra and Luke Hannant were also among the used substitutes for the 1-0 defeat against Crawley Town.

Tom Eastman and Sylvester Jasper were recalled to the U's starting line-up against Crawley, with Hannant and the suspended Luke Chambers dropping out from the team that had started the thrilling 3-2 win at Barrow, the previous week.

U’s assistant manager Dyer says they are having to deal with some selection dilemmas.

He said: “It’s difficult, because everyone wants to play.

“You look at the opposition and you decide on the best way that you can hurt them.

“Sometimes it’s easy to keep it the same because you’ve had a win but sometimes, that’s not the right thing to do just to keep people happy.

“You have to change it around and that’s what we did but now we’ve lost, it’s easy for someone to say ‘well you should have kept it as it was’.

“But that’s not the way it works; everyone wants to play and everyone wants to be part of it and it was the right side - it was just the wrong result.”


Colchester are now preparing for their trip to play Swindon Town, this weekend.

The U’s are looking to bounce back straight away at the County Ground, following their disappointing home defeat at the hands of Crawley.

“You carry on doing what you’re doing during the week,” said Dyer, who along with academy boss Dave Huzzey and performance director Jon De Souza took the U’s team last weekend in the absence of Mullins, who was absent due to illness.

“You work hard in training and it will change - 100 per cent.

“Since I’ve come here and obviously the gaffer was here before, the boys have been training well and it's shown in the performances and the results.

“We’ll continue doing that.

“We had a chat in the changing room (after the Crawley game) and let’s hope it’s just a one off.

“We’ll go again, this week.”