Walker’s woe gets Blades out of Jail
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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