‘We didn’t earn the right’ – Joe Dunne

COLCHESTER United boss Joe Dunne admitted that his team “did not earn the right” to get through to the second round of the FA Cup.

A brace from Donovan Simmonds and a late third from Jamie Slabber secured a 3-1 win for hosts Chelmnsford City this afternoon, with a Michael Rose free-kick the only response from the U’s.

“To say that I am desperately disappointed to lose this match, is an understatement,” admitted Dunne.

“I can stand here and say every ingredient that was needed to be beaten today – a bit of luck, taking your chances – all those things came together, and came into play today.

But I don’t want to take anything away from Chelmsford. I want them to have a great day (in the second round) because they’ve earned the right to be there, and we haven’t.

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“That’s what the Cup is all about, earning the right, and we fell short today,” added Dunne.

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