Marcus so full of Beans

Marcus Bean celebrates his equaliser for Colchester during the first half at Shrewsbury

Marcus Bean celebrates his equaliser for Colchester during the first half at Shrewsbury - Credit: Archant

Marcus Bean chose the perfect time to score his first goal for injury-ravaged Colchester United, to secure a precious point in a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town, and hopefully it is the first of many for the midfielder.

The U’s win-less run may have been extended to 11 league games, but they had to cope with yet more injury woes in Shropshire, and could count themselves a little unlucky not to have grabbed all three points.

Freddie Sears and David Wright both suffered hamstring injuries, while Jabo Ibehre did not even start due to injury, but Bean curled home a 43rd minute equaliser to cancel our Cristian Lopez’s third minute opener.

“I thought for the last 60 minutes we were the better team,” insisted Bean, whose first goal for the U’s came in his 41st senior appearance.

“We went into our shells a little, when they scored early on, which I suppose is to be expected after our recent run of results.

“But Sam (Walker) pulled off several good saves to keep it at 1-0, and I thought my equaliser was a good team goal, with Clinton (Morrison) playing me in well.

“I could have caught my shot cleaner, but the aim was to curl the ball around the defender, because their keeper was unsighted.”

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Manager Joe Dunne was happy with his players’ character and resilience, in the face of so many injuries, although he believed that a win was there for the taking.

“It is a game that I felt we should have won,” explained Dunne.

“I was not happy with the way that we played in the first half. We were sloppy for the first 30 minutes. We never passed the ball properly and never won tackles, and I told my players this at half-time.

“We were better in the second half. We moved the ball quicker and we did get chances. I thought we deserved to win the game, on the back of our second half display. Our goalkeeper was a spectator in the second half.

“But we have had a traumatic night again, in terms of our squad, and I can’t fault the lads’ character.

“The difficulty is that everyone is going to see that we have drawn again, and that’s 11 games without a win now. But anyone that was here tonight would see that we pushed for this point.”

Teenage striker Elliot Lee, signed on loan from West Ham earlier in the day, was thrown straight into the starting line-up due to Ibehre’s absence.

Lee is set to make his home debut this Saturday, against high-flying Peterborough.

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