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Gaffer's Colchester verdict

18 January 2016

Nigel Adkins was again keen to praise the character of his players following Saturday's last-gasp victory at Colchester United.


After Tom Eastman had cancelled out Billy Sharp's opener just before the hour, David Edgar was eventually credited with the Blades winning goal that came from Martyn Woolford's 90th minute corner, via a Chris Basham flick on.


And speaking in the aftermath of the success at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, the Gaffer said it was points not plaudits that were on his mind.


He commented: "After the long week and the three games we have had this last one was always going to be the toughest, but full credit to the players.


"Billy Sharp gets another goal, his sixth in as many matches to put us in front, but then in the second-half we are under the cosh and concede a goal and have to withstand a lot of pressure.


"But these lads will always give you that grit, determination and resilience and in the end we snatch a winner from a corner.


"We have not got what we have deserved at times this season, but this one was a case of the result was all that mattered on the back of a good point at Wigan."


Adkins gave Kevin Kean's U's some praise for their performance, but was delighted his players once again netted late on to send the 889 fans who made the long trip to Essex home happy.


The Blades boss added: "Colchester deserve commending on their effort, they have something about them and they gave it a real go. They were at home and are fighting to get up the table under a new manager.


"We brought Jose (Baxter) on to try and influence the game more because Matt Done was dropping deeper and deeper, but we take the positives, another three points and move on.


"Thanks to the supporters for travelling and backing the players throughout the game again, it was a tough and tiring week for all, but thankfully we gave them something to cheer about in all three games."


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