Dunne’s heated half-time words have the desired effect

Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne - Credit: Archant

Colchester United boss Joe Dunne admitted that he gave his team a dressing down, in the dressing room, during this afternoon’s dramatic 2-2 draw at Rotherham.

Elliot Lee’s injury-time equaliser earned the U’s an unlikely point at the New York Stadium, his header bouncing off the underside of the bar and sneaking over the line.

Earlier, Marcus Bean’s sixth minute opener had been cancelled out by goals from Matt Tubbs and Kieran Agard in a game that the Millers dominated.

“Rotherham played really well today, and I am not going to fault them,” insisted Dunne.

“But we had a discussion at half-time, which was heated, and I got a response in the second half.

“We kept going and we kept going. We’re a young team and again we finished with teenagers on the pitch.

“But we showed great character.

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“We were talking about whether or not to sub Elliot (Lee), to get some fresh legs on, but we decided to keep him on because we felt he might nick us a goal.

“And thankfully that happened.

“We kept pushing. Rotherham will be desperately disappointed because we have been on the end of a lot of those.

“My players came through a real sticky patch to get a point,” added Dunne.

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