Ambrose starts for U's in Ipswich friendly defeat

Surprise inclusion - Darren Ambrose started for Colchester United against his former club Ipswich Town.

Surprise inclusion - Darren Ambrose started for Colchester United against his former club Ipswich Town.

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Darren Ambrose was a surprise inclusion in Colchester United's starting line-up for their pre-season friendly defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town tonight.

The 30-year-old former Crystal Palace and Birmingham City player, who played his football in Greece last season, lined up against his old club Town, who ran out 3-0 winners in front of a crowd of 3,519 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Colchester performed well in a goal-less first half, with Freddie Sears and Dan Holman both going close before the break.

But Town had their chances too, with Paul Anderson squandering the pick of their chances when he headed wide unmarked at the far post from Frank Nouble's deep cross.

Ipswich took the lead ten minutes after the break through Nouble, who made no mistake from 12 yards after Daryl Murphy had picked him out in the area.

And Nouble doubled Town's lead two minutes later when he headed home Anderson's deep cross unchallenged at the far post.

A superb reaction save from Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski denied Ambrose a goal against his former club just before the hour mark, as both managers made a succession of substitutions in the second half.

Ipswich added a third goal with 13 minutes to go when Jack Marriott drilled a fine low shot past U's keeper Sam Walker from nearly 25 yards

For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester's friendly with Ipswich, see Thursday's Daily Gazette.

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10:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

down the line says...

Yep, back to reality!
Yep, back to reality! down the line
  • Score: 114

10:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

donttellanyone says...

Well beateb tonight from a team that never had to get going while we were giving everything. When will people listen that players like eastmond are not good enough but get prasied all the time he is a league two player at best.
Well beateb tonight from a team that never had to get going while we were giving everything. When will people listen that players like eastmond are not good enough but get prasied all the time he is a league two player at best. donttellanyone
  • Score: 68

11:26am Thu 24 Jul 14

down the line says...

Nothing has been learnt from the last 2 years, there has been no improvement in the squad from last season. How can people expect this season will be any different from the last 2 seasons?
Another season of struggle is a certainty and the only was we will get out of this league is when we get relegated.
There is no ambition and all I see is a good club going to waste.
Nothing has been learnt from the last 2 years, there has been no improvement in the squad from last season. How can people expect this season will be any different from the last 2 seasons? Another season of struggle is a certainty and the only was we will get out of this league is when we get relegated. There is no ambition and all I see is a good club going to waste. down the line
  • Score: 102

11:30am Thu 24 Jul 14

mojo51 says...

Ipswich in the first half looked totally disinterested or maybe playing to a game plan of dealing with constant pressure. They were poor!
The midfield looked like it was working reasonably well and Ambrose looks a class act.
Lewington looked good in goal and it was nice to hear him being so vocal to the defence.
Clohessy looked sound as right back and looks like he has pace as well which he used well against Ipswich.
Eastman looked solid in defence.
Holman did not look out of place and had some nice touches.
Sears looked sharp and full of running.
Colchester played some nice sharp football at times but need to work on getting more balls into the front men, Sears kept coming deep at times to pick the ball up.
Defensively it is going to take a few games like last nights to get the new players (right back/ left back/centre back) to gel into a defensive unit.
Basically do not go with all the negativity by some on here after a few friendlies. These friendlies are used by the management to show up areas where the team needs to improve, to work on formations, team players , tactics, fitness etc.
Ipswich in the first half looked totally disinterested or maybe playing to a game plan of dealing with constant pressure. They were poor! The midfield looked like it was working reasonably well and Ambrose looks a class act. Lewington looked good in goal and it was nice to hear him being so vocal to the defence. Clohessy looked sound as right back and looks like he has pace as well which he used well against Ipswich. Eastman looked solid in defence. Holman did not look out of place and had some nice touches. Sears looked sharp and full of running. Colchester played some nice sharp football at times but need to work on getting more balls into the front men, Sears kept coming deep at times to pick the ball up. Defensively it is going to take a few games like last nights to get the new players (right back/ left back/centre back) to gel into a defensive unit. Basically do not go with all the negativity by some on here after a few friendlies. These friendlies are used by the management to show up areas where the team needs to improve, to work on formations, team players , tactics, fitness etc. mojo51
  • Score: -73

12:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

down the line wrote:
Nothing has been learnt from the last 2 years, there has been no improvement in the squad from last season. How can people expect this season will be any different from the last 2 seasons?
Another season of struggle is a certainty and the only was we will get out of this league is when we get relegated.
There is no ambition and all I see is a good club going to waste.
I wont argue with you because i realize your consciousness and attitude is completely entrenched in pessimism.

We will see how the season progresses, but i wont take yours or any other defeatist predictions i see on here too seriously, considering you've been envisioning a relegation to league 2 for the past few years.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Nothing has been learnt from the last 2 years, there has been no improvement in the squad from last season. How can people expect this season will be any different from the last 2 seasons? Another season of struggle is a certainty and the only was we will get out of this league is when we get relegated. There is no ambition and all I see is a good club going to waste.[/p][/quote]I wont argue with you because i realize your consciousness and attitude is completely entrenched in pessimism. We will see how the season progresses, but i wont take yours or any other defeatist predictions i see on here too seriously, considering you've been envisioning a relegation to league 2 for the past few years. hungrystudent
  • Score: -68

1:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

down the line says...

Not being pessimistic, just a realist hungrystudent :-)
Surely anyone can see that the club has no ambitions under the current regime?
Not being pessimistic, just a realist hungrystudent :-) Surely anyone can see that the club has no ambitions under the current regime? down the line
  • Score: 85

1:36pm Thu 24 Jul 14

super waluigi says...

down the line wrote:
Not being pessimistic, just a realist hungrystudent :-)
Surely anyone can see that the club has no ambitions under the current regime?
One thing for sure is that you are a pessimist. That is beyond doubt. To be a realist, you would probably have to sit on the fence more and think about what you are going to say, with out splurting something negative just for the sake of saying something.
Truth be told, yes, colchester united probably will struggle this season. But I expect this every season. Including 10 years before we even got promoted to the championship. That is being realistic. EXPECTING it and getting on with enjoying our wins along the way to safety, not predicting another relegation doom and gloom.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Not being pessimistic, just a realist hungrystudent :-) Surely anyone can see that the club has no ambitions under the current regime?[/p][/quote]One thing for sure is that you are a pessimist. That is beyond doubt. To be a realist, you would probably have to sit on the fence more and think about what you are going to say, with out splurting something negative just for the sake of saying something. Truth be told, yes, colchester united probably will struggle this season. But I expect this every season. Including 10 years before we even got promoted to the championship. That is being realistic. EXPECTING it and getting on with enjoying our wins along the way to safety, not predicting another relegation doom and gloom. super waluigi
  • Score: -87

1:55pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

down the line wrote:
Not being pessimistic, just a realist hungrystudent :-)
Surely anyone can see that the club has no ambitions under the current regime?
No ambition ? What about the substantial effort to improve the Youth team ? Or perhaps the millions put into Florence Park ? Oh and what about the fast, fluid, passing football Dunne is trying to install ?
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Not being pessimistic, just a realist hungrystudent :-) Surely anyone can see that the club has no ambitions under the current regime?[/p][/quote]No ambition ? What about the substantial effort to improve the Youth team ? Or perhaps the millions put into Florence Park ? Oh and what about the fast, fluid, passing football Dunne is trying to install ? hungrystudent
  • Score: -117

2:53pm Thu 24 Jul 14

down the line says...

Super waluigi & hungrystudent, am I not allowed a opinion?
Because every time I comment on here I'm totally wrong and your right.
Oh and hungrystudent, "what about the fast, fluid, passing football Dunne is trying to install?"........you are joking right?
Super waluigi & hungrystudent, am I not allowed a opinion? Because every time I comment on here I'm totally wrong and your right. Oh and hungrystudent, "what about the fast, fluid, passing football Dunne is trying to install?"........you are joking right? down the line
  • Score: 64

3:14pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Ozzie says...

I agree with most of the comments on here but would say that yet again we were treated to an apathetic final 20 minutes showing from the lacklustre U's players that looked yet again as if they had been told to 'just go through the motions'. I fail to see any difference so far with the style and performance of the team. Walker was at fault for the (third goal) I think and the defence were opened on numerous occasions and almost at will during the second half. Clohessey, Lewington and Ambrose aside, I saw no reason to suggest that this coming season will be any less arduous than the previous two season with the current incubments in control.Yes, accuse me of being pessimistic too, but I am also realistic and to be honest, unless Dan and Freddie get it together and Jabo keeps free of injury along with Sanchez, where are the goals going to come from? Please prove me wrong, Mr Dunne! Up the U's!
I agree with most of the comments on here but would say that yet again we were treated to an apathetic final 20 minutes showing from the lacklustre U's players that looked yet again as if they had been told to 'just go through the motions'. I fail to see any difference so far with the style and performance of the team. Walker was at fault for the (third goal) I think and the defence were opened on numerous occasions and almost at will during the second half. Clohessey, Lewington and Ambrose aside, I saw no reason to suggest that this coming season will be any less arduous than the previous two season with the current incubments in control.Yes, accuse me of being pessimistic too, but I am also realistic and to be honest, unless Dan and Freddie get it together and Jabo keeps free of injury along with Sanchez, where are the goals going to come from? Please prove me wrong, Mr Dunne! Up the U's! Ozzie
  • Score: 100

5:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

hungrystudent says...

down the line wrote:
Super waluigi & hungrystudent, am I not allowed a opinion?
Because every time I comment on here I'm totally wrong and your right.
Oh and hungrystudent, "what about the fast, fluid, passing football Dunne is trying to install?"........you are joking right?
Of course you are allowed an opinion, My issue is that you rarely, if ever have anything positive to say about the club. When in my opinion, there are plenty of positives.

The result yesterday was slightly disappointing likewise with the last few seasons. But what makes you believe we will be in a relegation battle this season before it even starts ?

In relation to the "fast, fluid, passing" football, would you agree we have changed styles since the Boothroyd era ? If so what style do you think we try to play now ? Because in my opinion, Dunne likes the players to knock the ball about, counter attack quickly and have players roaming.
[quote][p][bold]down the line[/bold] wrote: Super waluigi & hungrystudent, am I not allowed a opinion? Because every time I comment on here I'm totally wrong and your right. Oh and hungrystudent, "what about the fast, fluid, passing football Dunne is trying to install?"........you are joking right?[/p][/quote]Of course you are allowed an opinion, My issue is that you rarely, if ever have anything positive to say about the club. When in my opinion, there are plenty of positives. The result yesterday was slightly disappointing likewise with the last few seasons. But what makes you believe we will be in a relegation battle this season before it even starts ? In relation to the "fast, fluid, passing" football, would you agree we have changed styles since the Boothroyd era ? If so what style do you think we try to play now ? Because in my opinion, Dunne likes the players to knock the ball about, counter attack quickly and have players roaming. hungrystudent
  • Score: -98

5:54am Fri 25 Jul 14

DAZZ1981 says...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHY DO YOU ALL BOTHER THIS TEAM WILL NEVER EVER GET BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP THE CROWD AT EACH GAME IS LAUGHABLE BRAINTREE HAVE MORE CROWD THEN COL U DO GIVE UP COL U YOU ARE JUST A WANABEE FOOTBALL TEAM WHO CANT WIN, COWLING CLOSE THIS CLUB DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHY DO YOU ALL BOTHER THIS TEAM WILL NEVER EVER GET BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP THE CROWD AT EACH GAME IS LAUGHABLE BRAINTREE HAVE MORE CROWD THEN COL U DO GIVE UP COL U YOU ARE JUST A WANABEE FOOTBALL TEAM WHO CANT WIN, COWLING CLOSE THIS CLUB DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. DAZZ1981
  • Score: 114

8:51am Fri 25 Jul 14

down the line says...

DAZZ1981 wrote:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHY DO YOU ALL BOTHER THIS TEAM WILL NEVER EVER GET BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP THE CROWD AT EACH GAME IS LAUGHABLE BRAINTREE HAVE MORE CROWD THEN COL U DO GIVE UP COL U YOU ARE JUST A WANABEE FOOTBALL TEAM WHO CANT WIN, COWLING CLOSE THIS CLUB DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
This comment makes me look optimistic!
[quote][p][bold]DAZZ1981[/bold] wrote: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHY DO YOU ALL BOTHER THIS TEAM WILL NEVER EVER GET BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP THE CROWD AT EACH GAME IS LAUGHABLE BRAINTREE HAVE MORE CROWD THEN COL U DO GIVE UP COL U YOU ARE JUST A WANABEE FOOTBALL TEAM WHO CANT WIN, COWLING CLOSE THIS CLUB DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.[/p][/quote]This comment makes me look optimistic! down the line
  • Score: 0

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