Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 3°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Magnus calls for more leadership

07:00 29 November 2012

Magnus Okuonghae (right) with Gavin Massey

Magnus Okuonghae (right) with Gavin Massey

Archant

MAGNUS Okuonghae has called for more leadership, on the pitch, following Colchester United’s 5-1 capitulation at MK Dons on a rain-soaked last Saturday.

shares

Angry U’s manager Joe Dunne bemoaned his players’ lack of leadership, and motivational skills, in terms of communicating with each other after a fifth defeat in six games.

Dunne insisted that his players – “don’t talk on the pitch” – and experienced centre-half Okuonghae was not about to disagree.

“Possibly there was a lack of leaders on the pitch. How can you disagree with anything that the manager says after a 5-1 defeat?” explained Okuonghae.

“There are enough players out there who know how to lead, but whether they are leading, that’s debatable.

“We definitely got over-run. MK Dons played better than us.

“We have to stand up to it, early doors as a team, when we are in the game.

“And it is a worry that we did not stand up to it, and that we later allowed them to make it a rout.”

The U’s have dropped to 17th in the table, and are now just four points clear of the drop zone after a miserable November, featuring five defeats in six games.

Dunne’s men now have a two-week break before their next game, at home to Oldham on December 8, due to their early exit from the FA Cup at Chelmsford City.

Okuonghae sees this mini-break as a chance to take stock.

“We must and try to put it right,” admitted Okuonghae.

“No game coming up, this week or even next Saturday, gives us a break away from it all.

“It will be a little come-down for us, although we’ll be working very hard in training.

“It gives us a chance to regroup and get ourselves right for the next game. There are too many highs and lows at the moment, we are very inconsistent.

“But I didn’t see the (last) performance coming.”

Okuonghae took time out to apologise to the supporters, who made the journey to Buckinghamshire on such a rain-lashed day.

And he also admitted that the U’s will be in a relegation battle, if things don’t improve.

“It was a very disappointing performance and apologies to all the supporters who came to watch the game,” continued Okuonghae.

“We will be in a relegation struggle, if it carries on, that’s the reality of it.

“It won’t be the first time for some of the boys, not here of course, but for those who have been around the block. That’s when you have to come together and be strong,” concluded Okuonghae.”

shares

0 comments

Bryan Klug

Teddy Bishop, Matt Clarke and Kundai Benyu... Ipswich Town’s youth set-up is beginning to produce again.

Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne

Ipswich Town are in with their best shot at promotion to the Premier League in a decade.

Zeki Fryers (right) in action for former club Tottenham

New loan signing Zeki Fryers is hoping to help ‘massive club’ Ipswich Town back into the Premier League.

Paul Taylor, left

Ipswich Town forgotten man Paul Taylor insists Blackburn Rovers is the place he wants to be, labelling the Lancashire club the biggest he has been at.

Jonny Williams celebrates scoring at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

Jonny Williams has thanked fans for their ‘special support’ following his return to Ipswich Town for a third spell.

Ipswich Town's Jonny Williams celebrates with the fans after setting up a goal at Brighton this time last year. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

The moment he silenced the Brighton boo-boys was the moment Ipswich Town supporters fell in love with Jonny Williams.

Jonny Williams, pictured during his loan spell at Ipswich Town earlier this season

Ipswich Town have completed a sensational double swoop moments before the 5pm ‘emergency’ loan deadline – landing Jonny Williams and Zeki Fryers from Crystal Palace.

Kieron Dyer, pictured during his second spell as an Ipswich Town player

Ex-Ipswich Town midfielder Kieron Dyer can’t understand some of the recent criticism aimed at the club. STUART WATSON spoke to him about players, tactics, transfers and more.

Luke Varney (blue) in action against Watford

Ipswich Town have extended the loan deals of striker Luke Varney and midfielder Richard Chaplow until the end of the season.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages