Joe Dunne says there is no anxiety among his Colchester United players, as they go in search of their first win of the season.

The U’s head into their clash with Doncaster Rovers looking to get off the mark in League One, having lost two and drawn one of their opening three league games.

Despite being without a victory, Colchester’s performances have been impressive and they were hugely unfortunate to lose 2-1 at Notts County, on Tuesday night.

Dunne said: “I’ve just told them to carry on what they’re doing.

“We’ve kept the players positive and I have great confidence in the team.

“There’s no anxiety about getting the first win, because I’m a great believer that performance is key.

“That’s based on what we’re trying to do as a club and over the course of a season, things even themselves out.

“In our philosophy, we want to bring through quality players who will help us to win games.

“We’re in the business to win games, we understand that.

“My job as a manager is to keep us stable in League One and try and play in a way that allows these players to come through.

“Are we progressing in that? Absolutely.

“I fully appreciate that when we don’t win, there will obviously be people who feel that is the be all and end all.

“That’s not what we’re about and I think there’s an understanding from Colchester United fans about what we’re trying to do.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion and they’re warranted.

“Some are more excessive than others but that’s not a problem to me.

“In the modern era that we live in, instant gratification of anything is what’s expected.

“If we lose a game, I’ll be judged on losing a game irrespective of how well or how badly we’ve played.

“If we win a game, sometimes people say that it’s papering over cracks and so on.

“I haven’t got a problem with what people say or do or how they react.

“What’s important is what I do to make sure that we as a club are sound in the future.”

For a three-page preview of the U's game with Doncaster Rovers tomorrow, see Friday's Daily Gazette.