Dunne: 'It Was Gritty'
Today's victory over Preston North End pleased U's boss Joe Dunne because of the manner in which the three points were ground out in a dogged game against a tough
Graham Westley side.
The second half goal from Freddie Sears has sealed a fourth win in five for the U's and, speaking to BBC Essex after the game, Dunne insisted that the key to the U's
result was discipline in battling it out.
'It was a very good victory,' he reflected. 'There are many types of victory and it is the three points that count, but the manner of this victory was very pleasing as
it was a gritty game where discipline was key.
'We had enough quality in how we attacked them though to win the game.'
The first half remained a tight affair with both sides creating one or two chances of their own, the U's going closest through Gavin Massey's strike from the edge of
the box that fired back off of the inside of the post.
It was the defensive side of the performance that pleased the Irishman about the opening forty-five, though.
'We played well in the first half again; we hit the post, got into good situations and did well.
'But Preston through everything at us and we defended exceptionally well. It was that which gave us a good, firm base to attack with, and when we got into our flowing
attacks we looked like scoring.'
The first goal has been crucial in the U's recent fixtures, and it looked like being that way this afternoon as well.
It was therefore crucial that Freddie Sears opened the scoring for Joe Dunne's men and he points to the build-up play that comes from having the creativity and
attacking flair in the side that is now present.
He reflected: 'The goal was a great move between the team and we've worked on breaking fast and with pace.
'It was slipped through the back four, the keeper made a good save but, luckily, Freddie was following it up.
'We saw the confidence exude from that opening goal and we have some quality attacking player now; the pace of Porter and Massey, the skill and creativity of Sears and
Clifford and Jabo's workrate means we're a real threat.
'The fans were great again today and we've won two out of three at home now, and we were close the other evening.
'The fans sensed blood today when we had them on the ropes, and it was a good performance.'
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