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Crawley Town 0-0 Colchester United

Dean Saunders helped Crawley climb out of the bottom four after watching his new side ride their luck against Colchester.

But the interim boss, replacement for John Gregory who needs heart surgery, could not end an 11-game winless run.

Luckless fellow strugglers Colchester hit the woodwork three times and they remain two points from safety.

George Moncur hit the post and Freddie Sears the bar before the break. Sears struck the post again late on.

Crawley interim boss Dean Saunders told BBC Sussex:

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Dean Saunders: Crawley interim boss after draw with Colchester

"We put a back four together today. Lewis Young played left-back and Marvin Elliott played centre-back and both have never played in the back four before. I thought they were both outstanding.

"In these two weeks I need to get players into the building because we are obviously short which I didn't realise. I also didn't know some of their names but they've had a go and we got a good point.

"I was asked to do the job by (chief executive) Michael Dunford and I knew John was ill and it's difficult circumstances and strange circumstances. John rang me himself and asked me would I help and I said if you give me the tools to make a difference then I will and they have ensured me I can make them better."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jensen
  • 8Smith
  • 20Bawling
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forBanyaat 78'minutes
  • 12Walsh
  • 4HendersonBooked at 57mins
  • 33Elliott
  • 14Young
  • 18HarroldSubstituted forTomlinat 45'minutes
  • 17Miller
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 15Banya
  • 21Tomlin
  • 22O'Connor
  • 23Richefond
  • 24Isaacs

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20Clohessy
  • 13Gorkss
  • 18Eastman
  • 3GordonSubstituted forKpekawaat 78'minutes
  • 24Moncur
  • 41HewittSubstituted forWattat 75'minutes
  • 38Fox
  • 28Szmodics
  • 11Sears
  • 21Massey

Substitutes

  • 6Eastmond
  • 7Watt
  • 12Lewington
  • 19Healey
  • 27Bonne
  • 32Lapslie
  • 42Kpekawa
Referee:
Pat Miller
Attendance:
2,046

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Colchester United 0.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Charles Banya.

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bobson Bawling.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Charles Banya.

Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Conor Henderson.

Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Charles Banya replaces Gwion Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Cole Kpekawa replaces Ben Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sanchez Watt replaces Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Marvin Elliott.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bobson Bawling.

Gavin Tomlin (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Gordon (Colchester United).

Booking

Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Henderson (Crawley Town).

Freddie Sears (Colchester United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Hand ball by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Colchester United).

Foul by Shaun Miller (Crawley Town).

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City23146342222048
2Swindon23145444222247
3Preston23136436211545
4MK Dons22135448222644
5Bradford2310673126536
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Chesterfield238873231132
8Rochdale2394103931831
9Notts County228772724331
10Peterborough2394103029131
11Fleetwood238692322130
12Walsall237972322130
13Oldham227962933-430
14Doncaster228682327-430
15Port Vale2385102932-329
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Coventry236892431-726
18Scunthorpe217592836-826
19Gillingham2367102735-825
20Crawley2358102136-1523
21Crewe2365122041-2123
22Leyton Orient2257102934-522
23Colchester2356122740-1321
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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