TOM Dallison insists it is a ‘brilliant thing’ that Colchester United are back in League Two action tonight.

The U’s head to Doncaster Rovers looking for a quick response, following their 4-1 home defeat to Barrow, last weekend.

Matty Etherington’s side are looking to bounce back from that setback and centre-back Dallison believes it is a good thing that have another game so quickly, ahead of their trip to the Eco-Power Stadium.

Dallison said: “It’s a brilliant thing that we’ve got a game on Tuesday and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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“We have to move on quickly and we won’t have time to dwell on (the Barrow defeat) too long.

“It’s a big game on Tuesday night and all focus will be on that now.

“We’ve got three points to go and grab and it’s an opportunity for us to bounce back.

“You’re only as good as your last game and if we go and win on Tuesday night, then everyone’s talking about that.”

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Dallison admits losing at home to Barrow left him ‘shell shocked’, on Saturday night.

The U’s had led through Cam McGeehan’s first-half goal but the visitors levelled after the break through Will Greenidge’s own goal and three goals in the final minutes condemned the hosts to defeat, after Jayden Fevrier had been sent off.

“I’m a bit shell shocked, losing 4-1,” said former Crawley Town centre-back Dallison.

“I’ve never felt so comfortable coming in at half-time, 1-0 up.

“Some of the football we played was really encouraging and we probably looked like we were going to go on and score more goals.

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“For large spells of the game, we were really good and we were the team in the ascendency.

“We had the fans on our side for large parts of the game and end up being booed off the pitch, rightly so in the end.

“That sums up the performance and I don’t mean that in a negative way.

“We can take some really good things about of the game but we obviously need to tweak a few things to get ourselves over the line.

“We were in complete control of the game up until 75 minutes so to lose the game 4-1 is disappointing but we’ve only ourselves to blame.


“Before this we’d been so resilient; it’s probably been one of the strongest parts of our game really.

“I don’t like people saying we were unlucky though, as we completely caused our own downfall.

“It’s not unlucky, it’s not blaming referee’s decisions – it’s completely our own downfall.

“Let’s not get too downbeat but we need to learn from games like that.”

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Dallison has started Colchester’s last three league games under Matty Etherington, having recovered from a hamstring injury which had sidelined him for more than two months.

Dallison added: “It’s been really good – I’m enjoying it.

“He’s a great guy to work under and away from football, he’s a really good guy as well which always helps.

“Since he’s come in, he’s been really good with me.

“I came back from an injury at the moment where he took over and he’s been brilliant with me, in terms of getting me minutes and building me up.

“That’s why recently, I’ve been able to get through games unscathed, so it’s all positive.”