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The U’s do not score ‘bad goals’

PUBLISHED: 10:58 20 November 2012

Josh Thompson, who is expected to be on the bench again tonight, following his loan switch from Portsmouth last week

Josh Thompson, who is expected to be on the bench again tonight, following his loan switch from Portsmouth last week

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COLCHESTER United do not know what it feels like to score a “bad goal,” since manager Joe Dunne took over the managerial reins, just under two months ago.

The U’s have tended to score quality goals, either superb finishes or from sweeping moves, and Dunne hopes that trend will continue against Coventry City tonight.

However, although the Sky Blues are three points behind the U’s in the League One table, they are a team in form, having thrashed Hartlepool 5-0 away last Saturday.

Dunne explained: “Coventry is another big game, and it is another opportunity for us to test ourselves against what is a big club.

“Bury (2-0 win) came here in good form, and now Coventry come here in good form.

“Anyone who has come to our stadium in recent weeks has seen good goals. We don’t seem to score bad ones.

“We have clever players who just need to believe a bit more, in what they are capable of.

“It’s also good to have kept five clean-sheets in a short space of time.”

Dunne could well name an unchanged side for this evening’s game, with recent recruit Josh Thompson again on the bench.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

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Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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