Colchester and Crawley shared the points in an entertaining draw.
Freddie Sears put the U's in front as he stroked home Brian Wilson's cross before Emile Sinclair equalised with a powerful header.
Jabo Ibehre hit the crossbar for the hosts and Alex Gilbey's shot was deflected into the keeper's arms as the game flowed from end-to-end.
Crawley also had chances as Andy Drury struck the post and Billy Clarke's effort was ruled out for offside.
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Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:
"I thought it was two teams cancelled each other out. It was a difficult game. I thought once we got a foothold in the game, we got a good goal and we played well.
"We've hit the bar, Jabo [Ibehre] has had a couple of good opportunities to put the game beyond Crawley, and what happens, they go on the counter and get a goal.
"We came out and we had a go and we tried to win the game. I'm OK with today, there's a lot of things we can improve on.
"It was frustrating probably to watch as a supporter, but on another day we would have lost that."
Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Surrey:
"I thought maybe we just edged it, particularly in the first half in terms of possession.
"In the second half I thought maybe we just edged it in possible opportunities but we just fizzled out.
"I would say 1-1 isn't a million miles off from a fair result but I think an extra 5% we probably would have nicked all three points.
"Our decision making in the final third let us down a little bit today and I just thought some of our football was excellent but maybe we didn't work the goalkeeper enough."