Colchester United manager Joe Dunne was upbeat about his side’s survival chances after a hard fought 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Oldham.

The draw moves the U’s three points clear of the drop zone in League 1, and extends their unbeaten away run to five games.

In a game in which both sides battled hard for the points it was Colchester who were gifted the lead when a weak shot from Andy Bond was fumbled by Oldham keeper Dean Bouzanis, allowing Drey Wright to score from close range.

However, Colchester’s lead was eventually cut short in the 68th minute, when a cross from Lee Croft was met by the head of Jose Baxter, who found the net for his 14th goal of the season.

Both sides fought hard right up until the final whistle, but neither could create any clear-cut chances and had to settle for a share of the points at Boundary Park.

Speaking after the game, Dunne told reporters: "There's still a lot to play for, but I've always been positive that we can get to safety. I'm not happy that we didn't win the game, but this is a decent, battling draw.

"It's all about picking up points from every game, whether that's three points or one, and that's what we are aiming to do. I think both sides will be ok at the end of the season because Oldham are looking a different team at the moment and they have two games in hand.

"In the first half we got our tactics right, we got in front and I thought we might go on to score again. We took the game to Oldham, but with the magnitude of the occasion we needed that second goal.

"To be fair, in the second half Oldham took the game to us and were very good. Overall, the important thing is that we didn't get beaten."

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