Something rather unusual happened on Tuesday night - two rival managers were in full agreement that Sheffield United deserved to seal their third away win of the season in League One.
It is pretty rare football bosses ever share the same opinion on how a match unfolded.
But Colchester United manager Joe Dunne accepts his relegation-haunted side did not merit a point in midweek while his United counterpart Nigel Clough said it would have been a “travesty” had they not beaten the U’s courtesy of a late Chris Porter penalty.
Dunne said: “It probably would have been unjust to Sheffield United had we got a point but we would have taken it, based on how poor we were in the first half.
“We were better in the second half when we competed a bit more and stifled United but we could have been there until Christmas and probably not scored.
“We didn’t play well. I accept that. Overall, we deserved nothing from the game and it was the right decision to give a penalty. It’s just disappointing - as badly as we played, you don’t want to lose that way.
“It is unfortunate that we have played that way.
“We were just off our game.
“We need a break at the moment. We didn’t play as well as we have done and only narrowly lost to a top club.
“We will get through it. The players are working hard and they want to do well for the club.
“I feel the pain that the people feel in the stands. But the players need support. The fans have been great so we have got to pull our socks up and go again. We haven’t got time to sit and feel sorry for ourselves. We have got to go to Leyton Orient on Saturday and respond.”
Clough, meanwhile, has paid tribute to new signing Ben Davies. The Derby County loanee replaced Ryan Flynn in midfield and won the decisive spot-kick as United triumphed at Colchester for the second time this season.
“You can tell what a value he [Davies] is going to be to us,” said Clough.