Dunne pleased with progress
Colchester manager Joe Dunne insisted his team's display grew more impressive the longer the contest against Shrewsbury.
Dunne felt his team were unfortunate not to end their search for a victory after creating the better chances in the second half, but in the end had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
"We looked okay with the game plan but we conceded an early goal which really changed the dynamic of the game and then we lost Freddie Sears injured," said Dunne.
"For 30 minutes we were sloppy and I thought we never passed the ball properly and we never won tackles.
"I felt they were probably well worth their 1-0 lead and we just looked a bit ragged, but we changed it tactically about 10 minutes before half-time and I felt we started to get a foothold in the game.
"We had one or two good passing combinations and it was a good goal. It was a good finish from Marcus, a midfielder getting forward which is what we've worked on very hard.
"We spoke at half-time about moving the ball quicker as we would get chances and I felt second half we did fine. I thought we did very well.
"I think we probably deserved to win the game as I thought second half we pushed forward for the second goal and we missed good opportunities."