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Dunne targets maximum points haul

14 April 2013

Colchester manager Joe Dunne said his side still need three wins to ensure their npower League One survival after he blamed 'defensive lapses' for a 3-1 defeat at Notts County.

Goals from second-half substitutes Yoann Arquin and Romello Nangel sealed the three points for mid-table County. Jabo Ibehre had earlier levelled for the U's after Jeff Hughes had put the hosts in front in an extended first half which was marred by a delay of over 10 minutes following an injury to Colchester's David Wright in a clash with Joss Labadie.

First thoughts after the full-time whistle, therefore, were regarding the health of the full-back. Dunne said: "David is at the hospital at the moment. He got clean knocked out and we were worried about his neck as well so all the precautions were taken to make sure he was removed from the ground in a safe manner and I have to credit everybody for that.

"I haven't seen him as they took him straight to the hospital for a scan but we know he's okay and we will go and pick him up and take him home."

On the pitch Dunne felt it was a missed opportunity and now feels his side need to win all their remaining games to avoid the drop.

He added: "It could come down to goal difference and you can't be conceding twos and threes so I'm particularly frustrated with their third goal. We've cleared the air in the dressing room and now we have to go and win all our games. That's the end of it. We've got to win all our games to avoid the drop."

Notts County manager Chris Kiwomya decided to blood a number of youngsters and he was delighted with how they responded - and with the win after a run of three defeats on the trot.

He said: "They (the young players) went out there and were courageous and had a go and that's all you can ask. But they had some good leaders on the pitch as well and that is what you need to nurse them through.

"There are other players that I need to look at but I don't want to interrupt the team too much, but if you get your opportunity you've got to come in and take it. It was a difficult game for us and Colchester started pretty well so I'm happy that we ground out the result. We played some good stuff at times.

"We've played top-six teams the last three games and it has been tough but that was more like us."

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