Dunne: 'U's Players Are Fantastic'
U's boss Joe Dunne has labelled last night's 2-0 win over Yeovil as one of the best performances of the season as the Glovers' nine-game unbeaten run was ground to a halt by goals from Billy Clifford and Freddie Sears.
The three points provided some much-needed respite after Saturday's harrowing 5-1 home defeat to Tranmere, but the U's showed all of the reaction you would want and more as they performed to a high level to deserve the victory they picked up.
And Dunne praised his players on BBC Essex after the game, keen to give them as much credit as he possibly could.
'It was probably one of the best performances this season, based on circumstances after Saturday and the mood after that,' he suggested.
'We had a long discussion with the players and that was a great reaction, a great team performance. Everybody put in a shift today and that was much-needed after the loss on Saturday, so credit to the players, my staff and everyone.
'The players have conducted themselves in a fantastic way; we've had them in all day and they haven't moaned or grumbled, they are a credit to themselves at the training ground.
'There are lots of accusations about what they're up to or what they think, but I can tell you now that they're brilliant and we'll get out of this mess we are in if we keep on going - to a man we were excellent.'
Ever since taking on the managerial role Dunne has clearly shown his preference for a team of attacking verve, full of pace down the flanks and keen to get the ball down and keep it moving quickly.
The desire for creativity has seen Billy Clifford take up the midfield role after a former loanee, Craig Eastmond, had seen his spell cut short through injury, with the likes of Marcus Bean becoming displaced and consigned to a place on the bench.
The Irishman continued to express his intent for his team to be set up this way, but he was justified last night by the Man of the Match display from Clifford, who topped it off with a stunning strike to open the scoring.
'When you're talking about possible line-ups, there is the option of filling the midfield with big, strong, powerful players in a 4-5-1 system designed to avoid getting beaten,' he continued. 'But I don't want to go that way.
'Billy is the total opposite of that, but he has a heart the size of a lion. He was great tonight, his ability on the ball is there for everyone to see and his Man of the Match award was well-deserved.'
If there was one downside to the evening it was that results elsewhere didn't really go in the U's favour; Bury, Hartlepool and Scunthorpe also picked up three points and the season moves one step closer to the finishing line with the U's still sat in the bottom four.
Dunne insists that his side can only continue to focus on themselves and not allow those results to get to them. Certainly, with more performances like the one last night, there is every cause for optimism in north Essex that the U's can escape the drop.
'We are at the bottom because we have been inconsistent, or just consistently losing which we have done!
'It would be great to back this up with another win, but if we can put in the same level of performance then the results will come - we were well-deserving of the win tonight.
'We have to take care of ourselves because if we hadn't have won then it would be even tighter. It won't work all the time, but we looked good when it does.'
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