Colchester United manager Joe Dunne felt his side fully deserved their 2-1 triumph over Coventry City.

The U's ended a run of six games without a win with a narrow victory over the Sky Blues, to move four points above the relegation zone.

Colchester took a fourth-minute lead when former Coventry loanee Freddie Sears latched on to a pass and confidently slotted past goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

And the U's went further ahead midway through the first half when Gavin Massey finished low past Murphy, from David Wright's long pass.

Dunne said: "I've very pleased for everybody, for ourselves and the fans.

"It was a great win all round for the football club.

"It was a great start and we'd done a lot of work on this kind of play.

"Freddie took his goal exceptionally well and it was a good finish.

"Gavin has been scoring on his left foot a lot in training and he took his goal exceptionally well too.

"It was a great pass into space and a wonderful finish and we had two or three other moments where we could have killed the game off and made it a lot more comfortable than it was.

"We said at half-time that we should put the first 45 minutes to bed and to start again in the second half.

"We knew if we'd draw or win the second half we'd win the game and I thought in the end, we deserved the win."

Coventry manager Steven Pressley was left to rue his side's poor start.

Pressley said: "It's about concentration, without doubt when you defend and when you attack.

"As a group, we have to do better than that and you can't come away from home and find yourself 2-0 down after 20 minutes and expect to get something.

"Over the course of the other 70 minutes, when you take into consideration the pitch, which was appalling, I thought we played a lot of good football.

"In the end, I thought that we should have got something but we're making life far too difficult for ourselves and we have to be far more aggressive in our defending and be better with our concentration.

"But we looked a real threat on the counter-attack and at times, we looked like the team we were at the start of the season.

"There were a lot of good things to take but the first 20 minutes, we can't accept."