U's to take on Southend in pre-season friendly

Pointing the way - U's boss Joe Dunne passes on some advice to youngsters at Colchester United's Open Day, last Sunday. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO94212-08)

Pointing the way - U's boss Joe Dunne passes on some advice to youngsters at Colchester United's Open Day, last Sunday. Picture: SEANA HUGHES (CO94212-08)

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Colchester United continue their preparations for the new season when they travel to play Southend United in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Roots Hall this afternoon.

Sanchez Watt (knee) and Jabo Ibehre (groin) could return but Marcus Bean is still recovering from a knee problem and is currently training with the under-21s.

The U’s have won all four of their pre-season friendlies so far, scoring an impressive 24 goals in the process.

But all of the games have so far been against non-league opposition.

And while he is pleased with the way things have gone so far, U's boss Joe Dunne has warned of harder games ahead.

“It’s a case of so far, so good but we need to be careful,” said the U’s boss.

“You don’t win anything in pre-season - we’ve had some good shooting practice but there are bigger challenges ahead."

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, see Tuesday's Daily Gazette.

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8:49am Tue 22 Jul 14

Eddy D says...

It's a shame this one is behind-closed-doors. Far more appealling for me than the other friendlies (including ipswich).
That said if we can 1/3 to 1/2 of the goals per game scored in friendles over the course of the season it'd be great. I know friendlies count for nothing but creating chances has to be good.
It's a shame this one is behind-closed-doors. Far more appealling for me than the other friendlies (including ipswich). That said if we can 1/3 to 1/2 of the goals per game scored in friendles over the course of the season it'd be great. I know friendlies count for nothing but creating chances has to be good. Eddy D
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Shrubendlad says...

Well was the 2-1 loss a good result against League Two Southend -behind closed doors or not?
Well was the 2-1 loss a good result against League Two Southend -behind closed doors or not? Shrubendlad
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4:29pm Tue 22 Jul 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Well was the 2-1 loss a good result against League Two Southend -behind closed doors or not?
Without knowing the teams, it is difficult to say.

If we put out a 'reserve/u21' side then it is probably not too bad.

If we put out a full side and they put out a u21 then yes it is bad.

Pre-seasons are there more for gelling the team and getting fitness levels up than anything else. We should not carried away with wins or get carried away with loses. The amount of times I have seen teams have a great pre-season then dreadful season and vice-versa.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: Well was the 2-1 loss a good result against League Two Southend -behind closed doors or not?[/p][/quote]Without knowing the teams, it is difficult to say. If we put out a 'reserve/u21' side then it is probably not too bad. If we put out a full side and they put out a u21 then yes it is bad. Pre-seasons are there more for gelling the team and getting fitness levels up than anything else. We should not carried away with wins or get carried away with loses. The amount of times I have seen teams have a great pre-season then dreadful season and vice-versa. wearebeingwatched
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5:34pm Tue 22 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Well was the 2-1 loss a good result against League Two Southend -behind closed doors or not?
3 of the starting 11 played. Walker, Okounghae and Massey. We have a game against Ipswich tomorrow therefore we started a young squad. (Olufemi, O'Donoghue, Bonne, Szmodics, Moncur, Drey Wright)

From what i can see, Southend played a pretty decent squad with the likes of Barnard up top.

Make your own mind up but i'm happy with the result.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: Well was the 2-1 loss a good result against League Two Southend -behind closed doors or not?[/p][/quote]3 of the starting 11 played. Walker, Okounghae and Massey. We have a game against Ipswich tomorrow therefore we started a young squad. (Olufemi, O'Donoghue, Bonne, Szmodics, Moncur, Drey Wright) From what i can see, Southend played a pretty decent squad with the likes of Barnard up top. Make your own mind up but i'm happy with the result. hungrystudent
  • Score: 3

1:49am Wed 23 Jul 14

Boris says...

Why do games like this have to be played behind closed doors? Don't the clubs want a bit of extra revenue?
Why do games like this have to be played behind closed doors? Don't the clubs want a bit of extra revenue? Boris
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