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Crawley Town 0-2 Colchester United

Colchester boosted their League Two play-off challenge with a deserved victory at Crawley.

Goals in each half from Mikael Mandron and Sammie Szmodics extended the U's unbeaten league run to four games.

Crawley were forced into a late change when goalkeeper Glenn Morris hurt his back in the warm-up, and his replacement Yusuf Mersin was beaten after only four minutes.

Following a strong run by Drey Wright, Cedric Evina failed to clear inside the his own area and Mandron stroked the ball home from 10 yards.

Crawley had gone into the game unbeaten at home since 17 October and the hosts threatened for the first time when Evina put a shot narrowly wide.

The Reds' top scorer Jordan Roberts was slow to react after Lewis Young found him with a deep cross before Mersin held a low shot from Ryan Jackson at the other end.

Colchester leading marksman Szmodics doubled the advantage with his seventh goal in eight games and 12th of the season on 58 minutes.

Szmodics seized on a through ball from Brandon Comley to expertly lob Mersin.

Crawley were spared a heavier defeat when Szmodics put an angled drive against the crossbar in the 66th minute.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 12Mersin
  • 22Lelan
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 6Connolly
  • 19Evina
  • 2Young
  • 17DjalóSubstituted forPayneat 63'minutes
  • 18B Clifford
  • 27SanohBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMeiteat 45'minutes
  • 23VerheydtSubstituted forRandallat 45'minutes
  • 11Roberts

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 4Payne
  • 21Bulman
  • 24Lewis
  • 25Randall
  • 26Meite

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Jackson
  • 4Lapslie
  • 6KentBooked at 45mins
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 7Wright
  • 14Comley
  • 18EastmanSubstituted forGuthrieat 84'minutes
  • 17ReidSubstituted forMurrayat 80'minutes
  • 10SzmodicsBooked at 86minsSubstituted forHanlanat 88'minutes
  • 19Mandron

Substitutes

  • 12Kpekawa
  • 16Murray
  • 21Hanlan
  • 24Slater
  • 27Odelusi
  • 28Guthrie
  • 29Gilmartin
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
2,154

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Colchester United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Colchester United 2.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Colchester United).

Cedric Evina (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cedric Evina (Crawley Town).

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town).

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brandon Comley (Colchester United).

Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brandon Hanlan replaces Sammie Szmodics.

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

Foul by Cedric Evina (Crawley Town).

Booking

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Yusuf Mersin.

Attempt saved. Drey Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Tom Eastman.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

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

Foul by Billy Clifford (Crawley Town).

Brandon Comley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sean Murray replaces Kyel Reid.

Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).

Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Josh Lelan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Payne replaces Kaby.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton24156358193951
2Notts County24138343251847
3Lincoln City24117631191240
4Wycombe24117643321140
5Colchester2411673527839
6Exeter2312383229339
7Coventry2411582618838
8Mansfield2491053327637
9Accrington2311483530537
10Newport249873228435
11Swindon23112103533235
12Carlisle249783633334
13Grimsby249782629-334
14Cambridge249692230-833
15Cheltenham2486103133-230
16Stevenage2486103237-530
17Port Vale2484122533-828
18Crawley2476112230-827
19Yeovil2476113241-927
20Crewe2482142638-1226
21Morecambe2457122033-1322
22Barnet2455142435-1120
23Chesterfield2455142646-2020
24Forest Green2355132343-2020
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