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Dunne quick to praise U's resilience after they make a point at Bradford
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne was quick to praise the “resilence” of his players after they became the first side to take a point off Bradford City at their home ground this season.
The League One meeting between the two sides ended 2-2 with Nahki Wells’ two goals for the Bantams cancelled out by well-taken strikes by Jeffrey Monakana and Jabo Ibehre.
Monakana was making his debut after joining the U’s on a month’s loan from Preston North End and Dunne was impressed with the impact he made.
The U’s boss said: “I brought Monakana in as we knew he could score goals like he did.
“He’s not totally fit yet, but once we get him fully fit he’ll be more lethal hopfully.
“His goal was a great response to falling behind to Bradford’s early goal.
“We scored quickly on the counter-attack and I thought we moved the ball around well in the first half.
“We got into places and caused them problems.
“They have a lot of talent, with Nahki Wells playing off the flicks of (James) Hanson and he’s a threat.
“I don’t know if he meant their second goal, but we’ve shown a lot of resilience and we can be pleased with our work.
“Bradford started well, but we managed our game and the crowd had started to go quiet.
“The game started to fall into a pattern and we started to move the ball and get control of it.
“But they went ahead from an error and punished us.
“Our response was magnificent, though.
“To have the confidence to go on and take the lead was great.
“We knew the second half would be tough with them going towards their Kop (end) but I was pleased again with our resilience.
“We dealt with crosses and corners and once or twice looked threatening on the break, but just failed to finish them off.
“Gavin Massey hitting the post was unlucky and Alex (Gilbey) just couldn’t finish off the rebound, but I’m really proud of my players.
“Territorially, they probably had the bulk of it.
“When it’s being showered into the box, you have to be ready to deal with the first ball and then the second and we did that constantly.
“What I’m pleased about was that we didn’t fold.”
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