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Colchester United 2-3 Crewe Alexandra

Crewe moved four points clear of the League One relegation zone after a fine second-half performance secured victory at fellow strugglers Colchester United.

James Jones equalised from close range to cancel out Chris Porter's first-half opener and then Nicky Ajose put Crewe ahead from Anthony Grant's pass.

Grant made it 3-1 with a low shot past keeper Sam Walker before Jack Marriott hit back late on for the hosts.

The win moves Crewe up to 19th, while Colchester slip into the drop zone.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20Clohessy
  • 2Wynter
  • 18EastmanBooked at 59mins
  • 15Briggs
  • 28Szmodics
  • 38Fox
  • 32Lapslie
  • 7WattSubstituted forMarriottat 79'minutes
  • 21Massey
  • 42Porter

Substitutes

  • 3Gordon
  • 11Marriott
  • 12Lewington
  • 23Vincent-Young
  • 25McEvoy
  • 27Bonne
  • 37Sembie-Ferris

Crewe

  • 13Garratt
  • 5Ray
  • 30Tate
  • 4DavisBooked at 2mins
  • 7Turton
  • 42Grant
  • 20Jones
  • 24Leigh
  • 28Ness
  • 35Ajose
  • 12Dalla ValleSubstituted forHaberat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Inman
  • 11Cooper
  • 18Nolan
  • 19Baillie
  • 25Haber
  • 33Stewart
  • 39Etheridge
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
3,134

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 3.

Attempt missed. David Fox (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Alan Tate (Crewe Alexandra).

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Alex Wynter.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Greg Leigh.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 3. Jack Marriott (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Briggs following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 3. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Haber.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Jack Marriott replaces Sanchez Watt.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 2. Nicky Ajose (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Grant.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Marcus Haber replaces Lauri Dalla Valle.

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lauri Dalla Valle.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matthew Briggs.

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

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

Booking

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Alex Wynter.

Attempt blocked. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Attempt missed. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Half Time

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

Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City27177350222858
2Swindon28176554272757
3MK Dons28168459253456
4Preston28148642281450
5Chesterfield2811984236642
6Oldham28101083939040
7Sheff Utd2611693230239
8Rochdale261151047351238
9Bradford2710893532338
10Peterborough28115123535038
11Fleetwood29108112829-138
12Walsall2891092929037
13Doncaster279992833-536
14Port Vale29106133642-636
15Barnsley28105133741-435
16Notts County2898113035-535
17Gillingham2998123844-635
18Scunthorpe2696113742-533
19Crewe2895142851-2332
20Coventry29710122940-1131
21Colchester2877143446-1228
22Yeovil2977152341-1828
23Crawley2969142749-2227
24Leyton Orient2768133543-826
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