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'We need to be better than where we are' - Colchester boss Joe Dunne ahead of Crewe game.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne believes his team should be higher up the table as they scrap for League One survival. The U's are just two points ahead of the bottom four ahead of their game with Crewe. Only goal difference separates the two clubs, with the U's two places above in 18th.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Gresty Road, Dunne said 'No one's happy to be in the position where we are, and we get to this situation where its still in our hands to avoid relegation. Its not in my DNA to keep hanging on and hanging on. As a group we should be better than where we are'.

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Dunne named new U's boss

Joe Dunne will replace John Ward Credit: PA

Colchester have confirmed Joe Dunne as the club's permanent manager following the dismissal of John Ward.

Former United defender Dunne, 39, has spent the last 16 years at the club. He had been installed as caretaker-manager for the second time following the defeat at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Colchester owner Robbie Cowling said in an interview earlier this week that he would be keen to promote from within the club.

Mr Cowling said today: "Joe takes charge of Colchester United when the club's long-term prospects are the best they have ever been, but at a time when the short-term future is one of its most challenging."

Dunne at the manager press conference Credit: Laura Burns, ITV Anglia