COLCHESTER United head coach John McGreal saluted his side’s spirited comeback after they recovered to earn a 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

Two goals in the space of four minutes from Luke Norris and Luke Prosser earned the U’s a hard-fought point at Glanford Park, after they had fallen behind to goals from Abo Eisa and Kevin van Veen.

It extended Colchester’s unbeaten league run to six matches and boss McGreal was pleased with the character his side showed.

McGreal said: “It was a terrific fightback and I applaud the players.

“They (Scunthorpe) scored in the last couple of minutes of the first half but it was a bit of a basketball match in the first half – they were having shots and we were having shots.

“Both sides were heavily in the game, although they had a couple more shots than I really wanted to see from the edge of the box.

“We’ve got into really good areas and I thought we started brilliantly well, probably the best we’ve started throughout the season to be honest.

“We weren’t able to get on the end of any crosses but the goal was a bit of a killer because we’d spoken about Abs (Eisa) and we know what he can do and someone hasn’t released out.

“You go in 1-0 and you try and address different things but the boy (Alex Gilliead) backs up Cohen (Bramall) and puts the ball in the box and you can’t give (Kevin) van Veen a free header or free tap-in, because he’s going to score.”

Both of Colchester’s goals were well-worked, as they came from behind to draw at Scunthorpe.

McGreal added: “We were 2-0 down but this is where you rely on your number two (Steve Ball).

“You get together and you have a chat and we switched things around a bit on the pitch and we then got on the ball and started created things.

“When we made the change and Nos got the goal, it was a real shot in the arm for us because for the last half an hour, a lot of the play was played in their half.

“Nos has been that goal threat of late for us and you need that, because he knows he’s got competition from the likes of Theo (Robinson) and Frank (Nouble).

“KP (Kwame Poku) came into his own on the right; he’s put in an unbelievable ball which has missed everybody out and then it’s been centre-back to centre-back.

“Easty (Tom Eastman) has pulled it back to Pross (Luke Prosser) to put it in and then we’re on the front foot.”