IT’S still very early days, but it looks as though Colchester United, under new boss Joe Dunne, are going to be no shrinking violets.

While you got the feeling that previous manager John Ward’s priority was always to avoid defeat – not necessarily a bad trait – Dunne wants his team go all out for the win.

That does mean there will be plenty of disappointments along the way, with perhaps a few more defeats than were suffered during the first couple of seasons of Ward’s reign.

But the U’s, under Dunne, are going to play attacking football, and that should bring a few more fans back through the turnstiles.

The entertainment served up at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, during 2012, has often been in short supply.

True, fans don’t like to see their team lose, but most of them would rather watch their team go all out for victory, rather than be content with a draw, and occasionally suffer a defeat.

Ward’s era, at Colchester, was actually a success story, I would argue, up until this season. Two 10th place finishes, in Ward’s two full seasons, defied the annual bookmakers’ assumption that the U’s would be relegation candidates, rather than promotion hopefuls.

The statistics show that Ward only won 29% of his league games in charge, but a further 37% of them ended in draws.

That means the U’s, under Ward, only lost one third of their league fixtures (and there were exactly 100 fixtures).

So difficult to beat, certainly. But it was their failure to win regularly, or have the ability or know-how to kill off teams, that eventually lead to Ward’s exit.

Personally, I thought that Ward would have been given one more game in charge – ironically that Hartlepool fixture – before chairman Robbie Cowling would consider changing the regime.

But it was difficult to see how Ward was going to turn it around, in the long-term.

Under Dunne, with a new emphasis on attacking football, and more particularly training and playing at a high tempo, it should ensure some exciting months ahead, and hopefully years ahead.

If Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Hartlepool is anything to go by – even though the visitors looked a very poor side – then the Community Stadium should be a good place to be this season.

It was a joy to watch the Arsenal loanee duo of Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt in action. They also seemed to inspire some of the more established U's players to come out of their shells.

The U’s freely ran at their opponents, were brave on the ball, and looked capable of scoring goals galore.

Roll on the good times at Colchester!.