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Dunne: 'We're Focused & Ready'

Dunne: 'We're Focused & Ready'

U's boss Joe Dunne says that he is looking forward to the game with Walsall tomorrow and that the U's opponents can set the example of how a season can be turned around.

It was just five weeks ago that the U's travelled to the West Midlands to take on the Saddlers, who went into that game with Dunne's charges on a run of sixteen games without a win.

However, a 1-0 victory over the Essex side that day has sparked an incredible revival for tomorrow's opposition, who have now won six in seven including that victory, as well as their last four games on the bounce.

With Dunne taking his side tomorrow off the back of a nine game losing run, he points to the Saddlers' turnaround as leading the way for his squad.

He told BBC Essex: 'Walsall have shown how it can be turned around, and you have to keep believing in that.

'There's been a lot of close games on this run losing by the odd goal, and Walsall are a great example of what you can do in this league to turn it around.

'If we get a win and get the confidence back then we can do it - the players want to go out there, I have great belief in them and I want them to have belief in themselves.'

Despite a fortnight where the wintry weather may have put paid to some training plans, the U's have still managed to fit in all of the work they were hoping to do and Dunne insists he is happy with how they've coped under the conditions.

'For me, you just deal with what you're given and I've been pleased with how we've managed the break.

'We've managed training well in terms of fitness and sharpness, so we just need to extend that over the final days before the game and we're looking forward to Saturday,' he continued.

'All we've been missing is the game, as we've trained pretty much on schedule.'

A lack of goals has been costing the U's dear with a rate of 0.93 goals per game in the League One fixtures so far for the side during the current campaign.

With the arrival of Jabo Ibehre during the week until the end of the season, everyone will be hoping that the powerful front-man can recapture the goalscoring form shown at the beginning of his loan spell.

Elsewhere though, Dunne believes the goals are on their way due to the frequency of chances created.

So far in January wingers Jack Compton and George Porter have been brought in, Gavin Massey has had a run in the side following his return from suspension and young Drey Wright has excelled in making the left wing berth his own.

All of these factors point to more goals according to the U's man in charge.

He said: 'It will come. With the speed we've got back into the team we'll create more, and we're getting into the final third as much as before, so we just need that final touch.

'We're focused, energetic and ready to go. We know the set up for Saturday, but the good thing is we have two players for every position for the first time in a long time.'


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Friday January 25 2013
Time: 10:27AM

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