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U's deserved their point, says Dunne
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne was pleased with the character his players showed in securing a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town.
The U’s claimed a point at the New Meadow but their injury crisis worsened after both Freddie Sears and David Wright both limped off with hamstring injuries.
Colchester had to play Wright as a makeshift centre-back, after Matt Taylor’s returned to Bradford City following his loan ending and Tom Eastman, Josh Thompson and Daniel Pappoe all ruled out through injury.
The U's lie 16th in League One, after their run without a league win was extended to 11 matches.
Dunne said: “We’ve had a traumatic night again in terms of our squad and I can’t fault the lads’ character.
“The difficulty is that everyone will see a draw again and bring out the 11 games without a win stat.
“But we’ve really deserved that point and we may have deserved a bit more.
“I want to give the players credit for their efforts and I think overall, we’ve done very well.”
Colchester fell behind in the third minute to Cristian Lopez’s header.
But the U’s claimed a point after Marcus Bean struck their equaliser, just before half-time.
“We started the game OK and we looked OK with the game plan,” said Dunne.
“We conceded an early goal which changed the dynamic of the game and then we lost Freddie Sears.
“I thought for 30 minutes we were sloppy; we never passed the ball or tackled.
“I thought Shrewsbury were worth their 1-0 and we looked a bit ragged.
“But we changed it tactically about ten minutes before half-time and we started to get a foothold in the game.
“We had one or two passing moves and we scored a good goal which was a good finish by Marcus.
“We’ve worked very hard on midfielders getting forward and getting chances.
“We spoke about coming out for the second half and moving the ball quicker and we knew we would get chances.
“I thought we did very well in the second half and deserved to win the game.
“We looked a threat and the home crowd got a bit impatient with their team.
“We took advantage of that and I thought our goalkeeper was a spectator in the second half.”
For a full match report, pictures and more reaction to the U’s draw at Shrewsbury, see Wednesday’s Gazette.
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