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Collins: "Players Showed Character"

20 April 2016

James Collins says players dug in to get a result in basement clash.

James Collins says he was pleased to see the grit and determination of his players to battle back from going a goal down to Colchester United to stop the rot. Crewe picked up their first point in eight games thanks to Callum Saunders’ last minute equaliser with his head.

Saunders’ late equaliser was a blow to Colchester’s own survival hopes in League One.

The first team coach told the club’s official web-site: “It has been a long and hard season and we haven’t been winning games, so to see Callum score at the end was important for us. It has stopped that run and hopefully we can take that into the next game.

“The players had to dig in and we managed to get that point in the end. My heart was in my mouth when the lad had a free-kick at the end. I thought here we go, he is going to curl it into the top corner and that would be story of our season, but we didn’t and I thought we deserved a point.

“We wanted to win the game but after going behind from the penalty spot, we had to dig in to get a result and that showed that character.”

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