Walker’s woe gets Blades out of Jail

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Aaron Bower

COLCH­ESTER man­ager Joe Dunne was left to won­der what might have been af­ter an er­ror from goal­keeper Sam Walker ended the U’s un­beaten start to the sea­son and handed Sh­effield United a point.

Af­ter Fred­die Sears’ had put the vis­i­tors in front early on, a hor­rific er­ror from Walker gifted the Blades an equaliser af­ter Harry Maguire’s long-range strike squirmed home with half­time loom­ing.

To the 21-year-old for­mer Chelsea stop­per’s credit he kept his head af­ter the break and man­ager Dunne ad­mit­ted he was con­tent to take a draw.

“I thought we were re­ally pos­i­tive and over­all it’s a fair re­sult to be hon­est,” he said.

“The onus was on them to come out in the sec­ond-half but I felt over­all we stood up to them re­ally well with a good level of re­silience. There’s plenty of pos­i­tives and plenty to build on.

“I thought it was go­ing to be a mis­take that would get them back into the game and it proved that way.

“But Sam Walker is one of the best keep­ers in this di­vi­sion and af­ter that he came back re­ally strongly, and he punched hard and kept well. Ev­ery­one makes mis­takes, we just move on.”

De­spite all the early run­ning be­ing in the home sides favour, it was the vis­i­tors took the lead against the run of play in the 25th minute.

Af­ter scram­bling away a Sh­effield United cor­ner, the U’s broke away quickly, and a smart move was fin­ished ex­pertly by Sears with a placed fin­ish in the cor­ner and from nowhere, Colch­ester led.

The home crowd were start­ing to get rest­less as the break rapidly ap­proached, but they fi­nally got the equaliser their play de­served.

Maguire’s long-range ef­fort seemed rou­tine for Walker to deal with, but the ball in­ex­pli­ca­bly squirmed into the net to draw the Blades level at the break.

Colch­ester still had the best chance of both sides when Lyle Tay­lor was re­leased through on goal, but he could only force a smart save from Walker as both sides took a point each, though Blades boss David Weir be­lieves his side de­served more.

“I thought we were the bet­ter side, es­pe­cially in that sec­ond-half,” he said.

“I’m sure they’ll state their case as to whether they de­served some­thing from the game but I felt that we were the team press­ing through­out to be hon­est. I thought we came into the game re­ally pos­i­tively af­ter the goal they scored – which was a bit of a sucker punch to be hon­est – and we at­tacked well for the most part.We had the right re­sponse.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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