Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Thursday August 15 2013
U's boss Joe Dunne has stated that he has been happy with his side in the games to date, praising the ability to create chances despite a lack of goals from the front four.
The Irishman wants his front four to adopt clever movement and interchange amongst themselves in order to create confusion amongs the opposition back line, which worked to great effect last weekend.
The U's defeated Port Vale by just the one goal, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of chances with the U's front four of Gavin Massey, Freddie Sears, Sanchez Watt and Jabo Ibehre bamboozling the Vale defence.
Massey eventually notched the only goal of the game for Dunne's men, but they may have felt that they ought to have bagged four or five and, perhaps on another day, they will do so.
Saturday sees the U's face the sterner test of a trip to Sheffield United, against a Blades side who might be less merciful should the U's allow so many opportunities to go begging again.
For now, though, Dunne is happy to be creating the chances: 'As long as we have the ability to create chances, then we can brush up on the finishing,' he explained to BBC Essex ahead of the trip to Yorkshire.
'It's still three points whether you win 1-0 or 10-0, so as long as we keep on creating the chances then we'll focus on just winning the games.'
Despite crashing out of the League Cup with a 5-1 defeat to Peterborough, the U's have started the league season strongly with last weekend's win building on the opening day away victory at Gillingham.
With both results seeing the U's back line remain firmly shut, and having finished last season with a 0-0 draw against Shrewsbury and a 2-0 win at Carlisle, that's four league clean sheets in a row for the U's - impressive given the leaky nature of the back line for much of last season.
'There have been lots of positives so far,' Dunne continued. 'We've done extremely well but it's only two games and the start of a long season.
'There will be many twists and turns but we've done a lot of work with this defence and making sure that they use the ball well when they have it. So far, so good - but we'll see how far it takes us.'
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