SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson refused to be downbeat despite seeing his team held to a draw at Colchester last night.
The visitors appeared destined to record a resounding win when Will Hoskins pounced before the break.
But Steven Gillespie earned John Ward’s side a share of the spoils with a looping second-half finish.
The result means second-placed United are now two points clear of arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday in third in League One with 10 matches of the season remaining.
“If you’d offered us this position at the start (of the campaign) then we’d definitely have taken it,” Wilson said. “You never know, this could turn out to be a very precious point.
“We always knew this would be a tough game because it was away from home and Colchester have been getting some very good results of late.
“Yes, we were disappointed with the defending which led to the equaliser and I felt that we could have tested Colchester more, particularly in the second half.
“Was it a fair result? Maybe.
“There were two teams going at it hammer and tongs out there in very different ways and, in terms of possession, I think we definitely shaded it.”
Wilson added: “Colchester tried to knock us out of our stride a bit and that’s fair enough.
“But I thought we showed a good calmness. We’ll need that again because we don’t want to get caught up in other people’s ways of doing things.
Wilson rubbished claims that Burnley will be allowed to sign midfield
er Lee Williamson.