Dunne compares Griffin Park to ‘a library’

Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne - Credit: Archant

Colchester United boss, Joe Dunne, compared Griffin Park’s subdued atmosphere to that of a library, during the first half of their League One encounter on Saturday.

Alas, Brentford’s home ground did not resemble a library by the final whistle, due to three Bees goals in a 10-minute spell to inflict a 3-1 defeat on the U’s.

Tomorrow, the U’s will bid to end a depressing run of 10 league games without a victory, at fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town.

But Dunne’s men will still be kicking themselves that they failed to stop the rot at Brentford, following Magnus Okuonghae’s 48th minute opener.

“I thought Brentford would press high, and that a lot of Brentford fans would be coming here with different agendas. I wanted to take advantage of that,” explained Dunne.


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“There was pressure around the ground. It was like a library in the first half, and all credit to us for that. You’ve got to give my players credit.

“We looked organised, we looked comfortable and happy at 1-0 up.

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“But Brentford wanted to prove a point, as a team, and we aided our own downfall,” added Dunne.

Matt Taylor returned to Bradford City over the weekend, following the end of his one-month loan stay.

Dunne would love to keep the 31-year-old centre-half for another month, but that might not be possible due to the constraints of the Essex club’s playing budget.

“Matt (Taylor) was immense again at Brentford,” said Dunne.

“He has gone back to Bradford, but I will try and keep him for sure.

“We will assess it over the next 24 hours.

“We are talking about a minute amount of money, but I know our (financial) limits.

“The chairman has been great. He wants what is best for us.”

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