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Dunne hails his players' resilience after drawing at Bramall Lane
COLCHESTER United boss Joe Dunne hailed his players’ mental toughness after their hard-earned 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.
Freddie Sears gave the U’s the lead but Harry Maguire levelled just before the break, after an error by goalkeeper Sam Walker.
However, far from buckling in the second period, Colchester showed their grit and maintained their unbeaten start to the League One season.
“It was a decent point and a fair result,” said an upbeat Dunne.
“The onus was on them in the second half but we stood up to them and showed our resilience.
“We showed our quality and then real grit to see the game out.
“It was a good challenge for us not to collapse.
“We dug deep, our goalkeeper stood up to them and the back four were tough.
“We tried to limit them to long-range shots and overall it was a good day’s work.
“We challenged them at half-time (after conceding just before the break).
“It was a big moment for us.
“Many times we’ve come to places like this and, had we conceded just before half-time, we might have conceded two or three more.
“But this time we came through it. There’s plenty to build on and plenty of positives.”
For a full report, pictures and reaction from Bramall Lane, see Monday’s Daily Gazette.
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