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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Colchester United

Chris Dagnall scored a brace to help ease Crewe Alexandra's relegation worries with victory over play-off chasing Colchester United.

Dagnall, who has now scored three goals in two appearances since returning after a three-match ban, showed his clinical edge in a game of few chances, scoring the opener with a superb header before following that up with a simpler finish six minutes from time.

A third win in four games moves David Artell's side 13 points clear of the League Two relegation zone, while the visitors fell four points adrift seventh-placed Exeter.

After the match had survived two pitch inspections at Gresty Road, the game kicked off 15 minutes late and Crewe started strongest.

Callum Cooke's fierce drive was turned around a post by Sam Walker before Jordan Bowery volleyed over.

Dagnall opened the scoring in the 26th minute as he flung himself to connect with George Cooper's free-kick and headed past Walker.

Colchester went close to levelling when substitute Tarique Fosu volleyed inches past the far post before Crewe goalkeeper Ben Garratt did well to keep out Rekeil Pyke's close-range header with his legs.

And Dagnall made it 2-0 with six minutes left when he turned in Cooke's cut-back pass from the byeline.

Garratt preserved his clean sheet - a third in four games - with two late saves from Brennan Dickenson and substitute Macauley Bonne.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5Ray
  • 6Nugent
  • 14BakayogoSubstituted forNgat 59'minutes
  • 24Cooke
  • 8Jones
  • 18Bingham
  • 11CooperSubstituted forWintleat 77'minutes
  • 9Dagnall
  • 16Bowery

Substitutes

  • 21Wintle
  • 22Kiwomya
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 27Dale
  • 31Dawber
  • 35Finney

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 3Briggs
  • 35James
  • 15Elokobi
  • 11Dickenson
  • 7WrightSubstituted forBrindleyat 76'minutes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 23Murray
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 14'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 27PykeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBonneat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Brindley
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 19Bonne
  • 25Barnes
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 33Kinsella
  • 39Edge
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
3,407

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Colchester United 0.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Sean Murray.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by James Jones.

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Colchester United 0. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Cooke.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle replaces George Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Richard Brindley replaces Drey Wright.

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Attempt blocked. Sean Murray (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by George Ray.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Rekeil Pyke.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Attempt saved. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Sean Murray (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Attempt blocked. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

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

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

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

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Perry Ng replaces Zoumana Bakayogo.

Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

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

Attempt missed. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster38239675443178
2Plymouth382261058401872
3Portsmouth381981159342565
4Stevenage381941564521261
5Luton371514854342059
6Carlisle38151495656059
7Exeter381771460441658
8Blackpool381415959392057
9Mansfield381413114542355
10Wycombe381510134746155
11Colchester38159145350354
12Cambridge37158144842653
13Grimsby38149154547-251
14Barnet371115114751-448
15Morecambe37137174456-1246
16Accrington361112134547-245
17Yeovil381015133948-945
18Crewe381112154354-1145
19Crawley38129174460-1645
20Hartlepool381011174863-1541
21Notts County37117194165-2440
22Cheltenham38912173852-1439
23Newport37711194161-2032
24Leyton Orient3895244167-2632
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