Caretaker manager David Wright delighted with his players

David Wright

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Colchester United caretaker boss David Wright was delighted with the way his side persevered to earn an unlikely point at Barnsley this afternoon, in a 2-2 draw.

Tom Lapslie rescued a point for the U’s, in the seventh minute of injury-time, by heading home from just six yards out.

All the injury-time had been allowed because of an injury to Elliott Parish, which had seen the U’s keeper stretchered off and striker Macauley Bonne going in goal – the U’s had already used all of their substitutes.

Earlier, George Moncur had fired the U’s into a 42nd minute lead, only for Manchester United loanee Ashley Fletcher to strike twice on 56 and 80 minutes for the Tykes.

Parish was injured in the build-up to that goal, colliding with Barnsley substitute Harry Chapman and the post, although he was fit and walking after the game, just suffering from a little soreness.

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“I thought we deserved to get a point,” enthused caretaker boss Wright.

“It’s been a frustrating last few months for the players, but they stuck to it today.

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“It’s certainly something for us to build on, going into next week (last game of the season, against Rochdale).

“They proved that they have not downed tools for the season, certainly.

“I’m delighted with the way the players performed.

“Macauley Bonne and Alex Gilbey were both ready to go in goal, when Elliott Parish got injured.

“And as Macauley has been saying in the dressing roo – he kept a clean-sheet!” added Wright.

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