‘We need to get things right’ – warns Dunne

Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne - Credit: Archant

Colchester United boss Joe Dunne will resist the temptation to make wholesale changes, for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round tie at Essex neighbours Dagenham & Redbridge.

Dunne was unhappy with the manner of the goals conceded in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat, at the hands of league leaders Leyton Orient, and he will be looking for a quick response at Victoria Road.

Dunne insisted: “All that team who played on Saturday, will be going to Dagenham on Tuesday, the whole lot of them.

“I will pick and choose, but every single one of them must be ready to play.

“I am not going down that route (of resting players). And they better not look for any excuses to be rested either, because if they don’t play Tuesday due to injury, then they won’t play Saturday.


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“I’m not doing it this year – we need to get things right now, and the mentality right now.

“I just feel we are better than what we were last season,” added Dunne, with reference to last term’s struggle to avoid relegation.

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However, Dunne could be tempted to give rare starts to the teenage duo of midfielder Alex Gilbey and winger Drey Wright, while deputy keeper Mark Cousins and midfielders Marcus Bean and Andy Bond are also hoping for opportunities to catch the eye.

Both Gilbey and Wright have impressed as second-half substitutes already this campaign, and are seen as future regulars in Dunne’s set-up.

Skipper Brian Wilson missed the defeat to Leyton Orient due to illness, and will therefore face a late fitness test. Veteran Clinton Morrison will also hope to see some action.

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