Colchester United survival life changing - Joe Dunne

Joe Dunne

Colchester United boss Joe Dunne has said his side will be affected by their final day survival heroics for the rest of their careers.

The U's secured League One status at Scunthorpe's expense by

"I'm so pleased for the effort the players have put in," Dunne told BBC Essex. "That's everyone who has and hasn't played.

"It was a life-changing day. Gladly we've come out of it intact."

Irishman Dunne, who took over from John Ward in September with the U's winless in their first eight league games,

But they travelled to Carlisle knowing a point would be good enough to guarantee a sixth consecutive season in League One, after dropping out of the Championship in 2008.

"It's been a steep learning curve for me. I took over when we were down the bottom and we've finished in a higher position," said the 39-year-old.

"I'm pleased for the chairman. He's done a hell of a lot for the club and deserves a lot of credit.

"And we deserve what we've achieved. We don't want to celebrate being near the bottom of the league but we'll certainly celebrate our League One status."