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Colchester United 2-3 Crawley Town

Izale McLeod's 75th-minute penalty earned a vital three points for Crawley Town against League One relegation rivals Colchester United.

Sammie Szmodics fired a superb first-half opener for the hosts, cancelled out by Ryan Dickson's tap-in.

Crawley went ahead when Gavin Tomlin swept home, but David Fox's free-kick levelled for Colchester.

McLeod scored from the spot after being felled by Sam Walker to help Crawley leapfrog Colchester in the table.

Colchester gave a debut to winger Jacob Murphy, who has joined on loan from Norwich for the remainder of the season, but defender Bongani Khumalo must wait for his first appearance after moving on a similar deal from Spurs.

Crawley Town boss Dean Saunders told BBC Surrey:

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Saunders on Colchester v Crawley

"It made me think at times why would you be a football manager because we were hanging on at the end. It's a great result, we had to come here and damage Colchester and get the points and we managed to do it. Terrific effort by everybody.

"We had some good performances out there and I am really pleased for the players because they've got a good spirit amongst them.

"We've just played three or four top teams and I said if we can put that performance in again, we'll score against the teams that aren't as good.

"I just said I don't care how we play we've just got to make sure we get the three points."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1WalkerBooked at 74mins
  • 41Hewitt
  • 5OsborneSubstituted forWynterat 51'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 15Briggs
  • 38Fox
  • 8GilbeyBooked at 18minsSubstituted forHealeyat 80'minutes
  • 28SzmodicsSubstituted forMoncurat 45'minutes
  • 25Murphy
  • 42PorterBooked at 80mins
  • 21Massey

Substitutes

  • 2Wynter
  • 12Lewington
  • 19Healey
  • 23Vincent-Young
  • 24Moncur
  • 27Bonne
  • 37Sembie-Ferris

Crawley

  • 30Price
  • 14YoungBooked at 90mins
  • 29Wood
  • 25Ward
  • 6Bradley
  • 21TomlinBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBawlingat 90+4'minutes
  • 26Wordsworth
  • 16FowlerBooked at 49mins
  • 3DicksonBooked at 27minsSubstituted forEdwardsat 83'minutes
  • 28PogbaSubstituted forElliottat 69'minutes
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 1Jensen
  • 7Edwards
  • 8Smith
  • 10Morgan
  • 17Anderson
  • 20Bawling
  • 33Elliott
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
3,592

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Crawley Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Crawley Town 3.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Gavin Tomlin.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt saved. Alex Wynter (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

Booking

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Jacob Murphy (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Elliott Hewitt (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lewis Price.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Darren Ward.

Alex Wynter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Wood (Crawley Town).

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Gwion Edwards replaces Ryan Dickson because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Rhys Healey replaces Alex Gilbey.

Booking

Chris Porter (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Sonny Bradley (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Crawley Town 3. Izale McLeod (Crawley Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Sam Walker (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Sam Walker (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Crawley Town. Izale McLeod draws a foul in the penalty area.

George Moncur (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Richard Wood (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Marvin Elliott (Crawley Town).

Alex Wynter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Izale McLeod (Crawley Town).

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Colchester United).

Ryan Dickson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Marvin Elliott replaces Mathias Pogba.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City37248570323880
2Preston35209660312969
3Swindon36207963382567
4MK Dons36189969383163
5Sheff Utd35159114942754
6Barnsley36165155049153
7Peterborough36165154544153
8Fleetwood36149133739-251
9Bradford351311114440450
10Doncaster361311124445-150
11Chesterfield35139135148348
12Port Vale36146164549-448
13Rochdale341451558451347
14Gillingham361211135051-147
15Oldham351210134453-946
16Walsall361112133540-545
17Scunthorpe351110144753-643
18Notts County35119153544-942
19Crewe36126183564-2942
20Coventry36913144051-1140
21Leyton Orient35108174752-538
22Crawley36910173962-2337
23Colchester3697204261-1934
24Yeovil3789202856-2833
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