Road rage for Dunne
Colchester manager Joe Dunne was left to bemoan travel chaos which disrupted his side's preparations for the 2-0 defeat by Bradford.
Several U's players were held up in traffic getting to the match, following an accident on the A12.
Bradford went ahead in the 15th minute when James Hanson powerfully headed in Matthew Dolan's corner.
Aaron Mclean should have doubled City's lead just before half-time when he blasted wide.
But Bradford doubled their advantage 10 minutes into the second half when Kyle Bennett fired into the far corner from a tight angle.
Dunne said: "The whole day started badly, with half of the team stuck in the traffic.
"From the first moment when Mclean got in on goal, it set the tone.
"We were chasing the whole night - chasing players to get here and chasing the game.
"It was probably in the run we're in one game too far for us but we'll regroup and go again.
"We were off it in terms of energy and zap and I've only got a small squad.
"I can't level any criticism at my team.
"When our energy levels became flat it was a case of us staying in the game and trying to get something from it.
"But you can't make the mistakes we made and expect anything.
"We were a yard short at times and didn't pick up second balls.
"We got into a bit of a groove at times but missed good shooting opportunities."