Joe Dunne was left contemplating his future as Colchester manager in the wake of their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Scunthorpe.

The U's suffered their ninth successive league defeat - a new club record - and have now dropped into the relegation zone.

Dunne said: "I just need to consider my position now. I need to speak to the chairman, who has been very supportive of me. I know what I want to try and do at the club but I love this club too much to see it suffer the way that it is at the moment.

"I really believe that I can take us up but we've lost a lot of games. It's still the problem and I'm trying to fix it and do what's right to try and amend things but the players and everyone need to stick together.

"We've got good players in the team but it's all about results now. I love the club a lot and I want to keep fighting but I know I need to assess all of the solutions. If part of the problem is me then I'll always be honest enough to say, what can I do?"

Scunthorpe went ahead four minutes before the break through Jimmy Ryan's blistering 25-yard strike and doubled their lead in the opening minute of the second half when Karl Hawley finished well from close range.

Callum Kennedy's free-kick rattled the woodwork and Hawley did the same, before Colchester substitute Freddie Sears lashed home from close range just before the hour.

Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws said: "It's a huge win as it was a huge game for both teams. It was a game that neither could afford to lose. They've been on a really poor run of results - I'm not saying form because their performances have been really good - but we always knew that this was going to be a tough task for us.

"But while they were unsteady and nervous we had to play on that. At times we were very, very good and at others we were sloppy. In general play, I thought it was a hard-fought result and one that we deserved in the end.

"It was important that we unsettled them and the first goal of any game is vital. It goes without saying that confidence is always bred from results, but even more so now as the lads have seen themselves out of the bottom four for a long time."