Given the crippling injury list they have had to contend with over recent weeks, perhaps Colchester United deserved a small slice of fortune.

The U’s know only too well how sickening it is to concede a stoppage-time equaliser and be denied victory, having been dealt the very same punishment by Walsall only last month.

So it must have been a particularly sweet feeling for Joe Dunne and his players to see Elliot Lee’s last-gasp header bounce the right side of the line for them at Rotherham United, especially given that Colchester were a long way from their best at the New York Stadium.

Dunne was honest enough to admit in his post-match press call that his side had not played well.

But that probably made the fact that they had salvaged a point even more satisfying, in stark contrast to the deep melancholy felt by Rotherham boss Steve Evans in the minutes that followed the final whistle.

Once again, a header from an 18-year-old striker brought considerable joy to Colchester fans.

But while last weekend was very much about Macauley Bonne and his birthday to remember, this time around it was Lee who took the limelight.

West Ham academy guru Tony Carr had predicted last week in the Daily Gazette that the young Hammers forward would hit the goal trail during his loan spell at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

And he was true to his word; Lee will certainly not forget his first-ever Football League goal in a hurry.

They are memorable moments in a professional’s career and hopefully, Lee will look back in years to come and point to his header at Rotherham as a milestone in a successful career.

For the U’s, they will know all too well that they can perform much better than they did against the Millers.

But they will also take heart from the resilience they showed in coming from behind to take something from the game for the second successive away fixture, something that bodes equally as well for the future.