Crewe Alexandra climbed back off the bottom of the table as they came from behind to win at Colchester.

The U's were ahead at half-time thanks to on-loan Everton defender Luke Garbutt's deflected 25-yard free-kick.

Chuks Aneke then equalised for the visitors on 73 minutes with a precise finish after Brad Inman found him free in the penalty area.

And, just three minutes later, Tom Hitchcock headed in an Inman corner to earn victory for the Alex.

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Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We made a real slow start. It took us a while to get going but we finally did after they scored.

"The free-kick took a wicked deflection and went into the opposite corner that Ben Garrett was covering. There was nothing we could do about that. It just about summed up our luck of late.

"But we got them in at half-time and had a bit of a rallying cry. I just said to them that we had endured a miserable last four months or so let's go out and try and end the year on a high for everyone.

"I wanted them to go out and put on a performance and to come back for the first time this season is a brilliant start on what we need to do."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson Booked
  • 27 Garbutt
  • 02 Wright (Gilbey - 80' )
  • 18 Eastman
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 15 Bean
  • 17 Ibehre (Morrison - 67' )
  • 25 Vose (Watt - 67' )
  • 16 Turgott

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Dickson
  • 07 Watt
  • 09 Morrison
  • 12 Sanderson
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 23 Olufemi

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 03 Mellor
  • 02 Tootle
  • 26 Aneke
  • 04 Davis
  • 05 Ellis
  • 08 Osman
  • 22 Evans Booked (Grant - 59' )
  • 17 Hitchcock (Ray - 94' )
  • 28 Na Bangna
  • 14 Inman (Moore - 96' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 11 Moore
  • 12 Ray
  • 13 Martin
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 19 Oliver
  • 42 Grant
Ref: Lee Collins
Att: 3,430

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

3 5

Corners

4 10

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +6:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

90:00 +5:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Bradden Inman.

90:00 +4:55

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Blair Turgott.

90:00 +3:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Ray replaces Tom Hitchcock.

89:31

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

89:31

(Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:14

Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Alex Gilbey replaces David Wright.

79:06

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

75:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 2. Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman following a corner.

75:25

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

74:12

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

72:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman with a cross.

68:46

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

67:31 Booking

Booking Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

67:24

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

67:24

Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Jabo Ibehre.

66:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Sanchez Watt replaces Dominic Vose.

65:19

Attempt saved. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:38

Foul by Blair Turgott (Colchester United).

64:38

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:24

Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:24

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

58:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Anthony Grant replaces George Evans.

57:25

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

54:20

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

54:20

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:17

Attempt missed. Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

52:48

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

52:27 Booking

Booking George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

48:52

Foul by Blair Turgott (Colchester United).

48:52

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:31

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

43:02

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by David Wright.

40:36

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

38:37

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jabo Ibehre.

38:00

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:59

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

36:37

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

34:15

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:15

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

32:24

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

31:54

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

31:39

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:32

Attempt saved. Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

27:17

Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:17

Foul by Mesca (Crewe Alexandra).

26:12

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

25:22

Attempt missed. Marcus Bean (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

24:31

Blair Turgott (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:31

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra).

24:04

David Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:04

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

22:13

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

17:55

Hand ball by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

17:07

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:07

Foul by Mesca (Crewe Alexandra).

16:43

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

15:45

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:45

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

14:53

Attempt missed. Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

13:03

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

10:35

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

10:35

George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:39

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:39

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra).

5:44

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

4:38

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

0:28

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

0:28

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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