Dunne left fu­ri­ous as U’s fail to se­cure safety


The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

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.


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