‘I don’t do draws’ – Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne

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YOU win some, you lose some, you draw … just once!

There’s no middle ground for League One strugglers Colchester United. They either win or lose.

Remarkably, the U’s have drawn just once during Joe Dunne’s first 28 games in charge, since he was appointed to the hot-seat at the end of September.

And ironically, that one solitary draw – 2-2 at Shrewsbury – was a game in which the U’s threw away a commanding 2-0 lead.

This contrasts acutely with Dunne’s predecessor, John Ward, who drew 15 of his last 28 games before being dismissed by the U’s and ending up at Bristol Rovers.


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Dunne sees no reason why the current trend won’t continue, and his Colchester side certainly need more than a few draws to preserve their League One status, starting with tomorrow’s trip to mid-table Stevenage.

“I go into every game trying to win it,” insisted Dunne.

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“I don’t go looking for draws. I don’t do draws!

“Stevenage will be about focusing on how we are going out to win it, because we could draw every game until the end of the season and still get relegated.

“We want to keep going for the win, and I believe we have enough in our team to get the three points.

“If our mental state is right, we can go and win at Stevenage. If it’s not, then we’ll get beat, it’s as simple as that.

“It’s why we don’t do draws, it’s either there, or there. We haven’t quite got the in between, because we’ve got a lot of younger players, and only a few experienced players who can get you through a game to get a draw.

“We haven’t got that, which is why we have got a win or a loss in us,” added Dunne.

Since the 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury, on October 27, the U’s have won five and lost 15 of their last 20 games.

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