Ward hails team display, not just Steven Gillespie goal

STEVEN Gillespie simply can’t stop scoring!

An on-fire Gillespie smashed home a glorious 56th-minute equaliser to earn impressive Colchester United a 1-1 home draw against high-flying Sheffield United last night.

It was Gillespie’s ninth goal in his last 10 appearances, cancelling out Will Hoskins’ first-half opener.

U’s manager John Ward praised Gillespie for his deadly finishing, although he insisted that this had been a real team performance.

“Steven Gillespie got the goal, but the team got us this result,” explained Ward.

“This was a really strong team performance, I’m not going with one player, or one situation.

“Steven finished it well, but it was a strong second-half performance from us that was necessary.

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“We were a little anxious with the ball in the first half, but the goal helped us in the second half.

“That restored our confidence, showing that we could give this very good team a tough evening. We did this in the end.

“We worried them, and they were in slight disarray because the goal affected them,” added Ward.

The U’s stay in ninth spot, and are seven points adrift of the play-offs. But they are on a roll at the moment, having lost just one of their last nine games.

Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson had no complaints with the result.

“That was a tough game, and I have to say it was a magnificent finish from them,” admitted Wilson.

The Blades are now two points clear of Sheffield rivals Wednesday in the League One table, but a distant nine points behind leaders Charlton.

The U’s entertain Huddersfield in another big game on Saturday.

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