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Dunne Wants U's To Compete

Dunne Wants U's To Compete

Joe Dunne is eager for his U's side to prove competitive in tomorrow's game away at Sheffield United having been on the receiving end of back-to-back 3-0 defeats at Bramall Lane in recent seasons.

Having been beaten 3-0 at the Blades in September 2011, last year the U's headed north to Yorkshire full of optimism having begun to turn their woeful form around with three wins in four to halt the nine-game losing streak.

However, a Barry Robson goal within the opening five minutes set the tone and the U's were always chasing the game, eventually falling to another 3-0 defeat in the quest to avoid the drop.

This time, Dunne is determined to avoid a similar fate.

'I know possible reasons why those games got away from us and we've spoken to the group about those reasons,' he told BBC Essex this week. 'I'm sick and tired of days out to Sheffield United, we want to take them on.

'Let's face it, Sheffield United shouldn't be in our league but, whilst they are, we have to compete and the last few years it has felt like a day out.'

It's not always been a miserable trip north for the U's to Bramall Lane, with a memorable FA Cup victory there in the promotion season providing yet another high in a memorable campaign.

However, following an opening day away victory at Gillingham and a subsequent league win at home to Port Vale, Dunne is keen for the U's to continue their good start to the season with continued momentum.

'I expect the players to go and earn the right to play and there's no better place to do that than Bramall Lane,' he continued. 'It's going to be a hard game but we'll go there and do our best.

'They're trying to play football like us, so it makes for a good footballing spectacle. We'll have to earn the right for sure, but we'll do whatever we have to do to gain momentum.'


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Writer:Colchester Dan
Date:Friday August 16 2013
Time: 2:30PM

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