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Dunne hails his battling U's side
Joe Dunne praised his Colchester United players after they battled to a 0-0 draw at relegation-haunted Hartlepool United.
The U's had to play with ten men for all of the second half, after Jabo Ibehre was harshly sent off for a challenge on Neil Austin.
However, Colchester defended extremely well to claim a point at Victoria Park and make it three clean sheets in a row in League One.
U's boss Dunne said: "Overall, it was a wonderful point.
"The players' discipline and attitude was great and we came out of it with a lot of credit.
"We did a lot of tactical work at half-time and then we changed it a bit as the game went on to baffle them a bit more."
Dunne said Colchester will appeal Ibehre's red card.
He said: "I've looked at it again on the video and we'll be appealing it straight away.
"I felt it was a fair challenge and there was no studs showing when he made the challenge.
"The laces were going for the ball but (Neil) Austin got straight up to his credit and I think everybody around there felt it was harsh.
"I felt the angle the referee had made it difficult and he had a difficult night."
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