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Dunne disappointed with U's second-half display after Walsall draw
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne admitted Walsall were well worth their point following the 1-1 draw between the two sides.
Andy Taylor’s fine equaliser deep into stoppage-time denied the U’s all three points, after Freddie Sears’ early goal had seen them lead for much of the match.
The Saddlers had struck the woodwork twice before their late equaliser and were the better team in the second half, after Colchester had shaded the first half.
Dunne said: “If we’d held on for a 1-0 win, then everyone would have been delighted.
“It probably would have papered over a few gaps in the second half, though.
“It was a great finish and Walsall were worth it.
“We played our part in the first half but we didn’t play well in the second half.
“Walsall dominated after half-time and their corner count was ridiculous.
“We didn’t carry any attacking threat in the second half, even with the changes.
“We dropped too deep but our back four defended ever so well and they were excellent.
“But because we couldn’t maintain the ball, we had to drop behind it.
“I thought the only way they were going to score was from a free-kick, because I thought that we defended their corners and from open play exceptionally well.
“I don’t think Sam Walker had a save to make for all of their domination.
“My players worked hard and kept going and they showed doggedness not to get beat.
“But that’s probably the worst we’ve been in the second half and not been beaten.”
For a full match report, pictures and reaction to Colchester’s draw with Walsall, see Monday’s Gazette.
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