Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson was delighted with the response from his side following their midweek defeat at home to Huddersfield as they earned a convincing 3-0 win against Colchester.
Ched Evans, Chris Porter and Stephen Quinn scored to put the midweek defeat to Huddersfield firmly behind them and keep up the pressure at the top of League One.
"It's the only way to bounce back," said Wilson. "I don't think the 3-0 defeat (against Huddersfield) was a fair reflection on the game because we played some good stuff and created plenty of chances in the game."
He added: "We wanted the players to keep up that sort of performance and they carried on where they left off on Tuesday night.
"Fans want to see an aggressive start and we did that. We were at them from the kick-off. The most enjoyable part of it is that we're creating lots of chances. That's very pleasing."
Colchester manager John Ward admitted that his side never recovered after conceding two early goals.
"It was a shocking start," said Ward. "Our defending in that first 10 minutes or so was very poor.
"At quarter past three, we were 2-0 down to a side I expect to be right up there at the end of the season and it was an uphill battle for us. I thought we might put them under a bit of pressure if we scored but we were unable to get a goal back. They were better than us and deserved the win.
"We'll always find it difficult to compete against clubs like this over the course of a season because there's quite a gap between the two clubs. I wanted to get a bit closer to them.
"Danny Wilson and Frank Barlow are extremely good at what they do and they've got some very good players to work with. I expect Sheffield United to be firmly in contention for promotion."
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