A terrific point - Boothroyd

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd admitted that today's gutsy 0-0 draw at Southampton “felt like a win.”

Carl Marston

COLCHESTER United manager Aidy Boothroyd admitted that today's gutsy 0-0 draw at Southampton “felt like a win.”

The U's coped with the loss of their two most experienced players, Kem Izzet (sent off for violent conduct in the 36th minute) and skipper Pat Baldwin (stretchered off with a leg injury just before half-time).

And yet they also came the closest to scoring, when Ashley Vincent's shot hit the bar before the interval, and Kevin Lisbie nearly headed home Vincent's cross in first half stoppage time.

Boothroyd said: “We defended for our lives. It was a terrific point.

“I have no complaints with the sending off. Kem (Izzet) was probably a little too exuberant, trying to impress his new manager. He's not a bad lad, but you can't do that, going in with two feet. I'll be having a little chat with him.

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“But I thoroughly enjoyed today. It feels great to be back, and I think the club can really give it a go this season.

“We rode our luck at times, but it felt like a win,” added the U's new boss.