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Dunne Pleased With Three Points

Dunne Pleased With Three Points

Although U's boss Joe Dunne insists that the fight for survival is not yet over, he was clearly pleased and ready to relax on Saturday evening after his side toiled through to a huge three points over East London neighbours, Leyton Orient.

In what could be dubbed the A12 derby, the O's arrived in north Essex with a host of former U's players in their ranks, but it was the current group who came out triumphant with goals from Gavin Massey and Drey Wright sealing a 2-1 victory.

After getting out of the blocks in positive fashion for the opening half an hour, a goal from former favourite Kevin Lisbie before the break set up a more nervy second half.

Speaking to BBC Essex after the game, Dunne admitted he wouldn't be in any rush to give the game a second viewing and would leave that down to his backroom staff.

'It's been a great day with a great three points, but it wasn't pretty,' he reflected. 'I won't be sitting down and watching this game again, I'll get my analysts to do that and I'll have a cold beer to celebrate winning!

'After the first twenty-five minutes where we started excellently we looked nervous and made mistakes, but we were resilient and we'll take the three points.

'We had looked like scoring every time we attacked, but their goal changed the complexion of the game and we were on the back foot from then really, but they didn't score again and we'll take the three points.'

It was another great day for the development of the U's younger players on Saturday, with the two goalscorers of Massey and Wright only having a combined age of thirty-seven, and the U's boss admitted he was pleased for them to both get on the scoresheet.

Both goals were well worked moves, with Bradley Garmston whipping in a pinpoint cross for Massey to head home the first whilst good hold up play from Clinton Morrison teed up Wright to double the advantage.

'We were forcing the issue through good play and we looked like scoring when we attacked the sides,' Dunne explained. 'Pleased for Gavin to get his goal and Drey was a threat again.

'He's a product of our academy, he's got pace, he's direct and, although he needs to keep learning, he's a real threat.'

It was Kevin Lisbie who pulled the goal back for the visiting O's, beating the offside trap to latch onto a through ball by Dean Cox. Although the move looked suspiciously offside, the U's boss was happy to accept the decision.

He said: 'Lisbie is onside, I'll admit that, and it's also an absolute penalty. We've watched every penalty he's taken in the last few years and he always puts them in the same place and it was a very good save.

'We defended immensely today but it's not over yet. It's only six points so two games can change it all, but we've been here before and we have to stay focused and keep going.'


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Monday April 8 2013
Time: 12:19PM

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