Dunne left furious as U’s fail to secure safety
COLCHESTER ....0 SHREWSBURY......0
COLCHESTER manager Joe Dunne slammed his side’s drab display against Shrewsbury which left them facing up to the possibility of relegation.
The U’s played out a lacklustre goalless draw with Town and now travel to Carlisle for their final game of the season just three points above the bottom four, following Scunthorpe’s shock win at MK Dons.
And Dunne said:“It was unacceptable – it wasn’t right and whatever we get now, we’ll probably deserve.
“We didn’t do enough to win the game. I’m furious – we were lacklustre and we let fear get in the way of everything.
“There was a big crowd and we were booed at the end and rightly so.We gave the fans nothing to cheer about.
“We had two or three opportunities but there was desperation about our play and the whole game.
“It looked like we were waiting on MK Dons to do us a favour, which they didn’t. It’s been in our hands for the last three games and we’ve picked up one point.”
Shrewsbury officially sealed their place in League One for another season with the point and boss Graham Turner was pleased with their display.
He said:“We were not mathematically safe but you couldn’t imagine that amount of goals changing hands.
“To be totally safe is a relief though, given all of the circumstances of the season.
“There was a lot of energy in our performance and in the second half we got ourselves in some good positions.
“We were a bit too anxious at times and we got ourselves offside rather naively on several occasions. But we generally defended well and broke and passed well and it might have been better for us. I would imagine it was as young a side that the club has put out for many years.”
There was little for Colchester’s biggest home crowd of the season to get excited about – George Porter’s fierce drive flashed past the far post from 20 yards for while Jabo Ibehre also went close for the hosts.
But Shrewsbury had their moments as an attacking force and Steve McGinn’s low shot flashed just wide and the visitors started the second half brightly. Jon Taylor poked the ball past U’s right-back Brian Wilson before drilling in a shot which keeper Sam Walker saved at his near post.
Walker turned Sean McAllister’s fierce 30-yard thunderbolt away for a corner just after the hour but neither side was able to bag a winner.