Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Thursday August 22 2013
Joe Dunne expressed satisfaction at picking up a 1-1 draw away to Sheffield United last weekend after the game, suggesting that his side were resilient with quality, too.
The U's had suffered back-to-back 3-0 defeats at Bramall Lane in recent years but, after a first half performance in which the U's looked comfortable, they came away from Yorkshire with a well-earned point.
It was a case of what might have been for Dunne's men, having looked set to go in at the break a goal to the good, but a fortunate goal for the Blades on the stroke of half-time meant it was two points dropped for the U's.
For Dunne, however, he was more than happy to accept the point, as he explained to BBC Essex in his post-match interview.
'It's a decent point,' he said. 'Overall it is a fair result. We've come here, stayed in the game, competed and played really good football at times.
'The onus is on them to attack in the second half as you'd expect, but we stood up and showed resilience. We started the game with quality and finished with true grit to see it out.'
Ever since Dunne took over the hotseat at the club he has approached every game with an attacking mindset and the intent of picking up all three points.
Prior to the trip, he admitted that he wanted his side to compete but, regardless, he still insists that the objective was to secure all three points at the weekend.
'The team we picked was to try and win the game, not to sit back,' he explained. 'The players took it on and we challenged them again at half-time, as it was a big moment for us.
'Many times we've come to places, let a goal in just before half-time and gone on to let in two or three more. It was a good challenge for us not to collapse and we didn't do that.'
The point gained means that the U's continue their unbeaten start to the season having picked up maximum points in the two games previously, and they now head into back-to-back home games, starting with struggling Carlisle.
The U's boss was pleased with his side heading into those games, concluding: 'Seven points is a good start in anyone's book, and we now have two home games.'
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Date:Thursday August 22 2013
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