League One
CrawleyCrawley Town1ColchesterColchester United0

Mike Jones' goal was enough to keep Crawley's slim League One play-off hopes alive with victory over strugglers Colchester United.

U's keeper Sam Walker saved from Billy Clarke and Jones, who then finished off Clarke's ball over the top.

The visitors twice hit the woodwork in the second half, Sanchez Watt heading against the bar before Dominic Vose hit the post.

Crawley are 15 points adrift of the play-offs but have four games in hand.

Colchester are 17th, but just two points above the relegation zone.

Crawley assistant manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Sussex:

"You're always happy when you win, and you're always happy when you put in a 'grinding' performance. It's a great result to have with a clean sheet. That's what you're after.

"We had a long break, and then to come back and win the games we won straight away was a huge achievement, so to get back to winning ways was good timing, especially with a tough game against Wolves coming up."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"They had the first half, we had the second. I thought it was a fantastic response in the second half.

"It's another defeat unfortunately - we can't start games like we did today.

"We are making opportunities, we are just not taking them at the moment. We have to keep believing in ourselves.

"The players are trying exceptionally hard. It hurts them. They don't like losing. We are on a bit of a difficult run."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 25mins
  • 3Sadler
  • 15Bulman
  • 5McFadzean
  • 12Walsh
  • 21Jones
  • 10DrurySubstituted forTorresat 74'minutes
  • 18TubbsSubstituted forProctorat 60'minutes
  • 7Clarke
  • 11Simpson

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 14Proctor
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker
  • 29Connolly

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20Wilson
  • 3Dickson
  • 2Wright
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18EastmanBooked at 67mins
  • 15Bean
  • 6EastmondSubstituted forVoseat 71'minutes
  • 17IbehreSubstituted forMorrisonat 71'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 11SearsSubstituted forMasseyat 45'minutes
  • 7Sanchez Watt

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 21Massey
  • 22Gilbey
  • 25Vose
  • 39Sesay
  • 41Bonne
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,182

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

  4. Post update

    Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

  7. Post update

    Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

  13. Post update

    Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  16. Post update

    Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Dominic Vose (Colchester United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves35238464214377
2Brentford35237559312876
3Leyton Orient37228770343674
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham361812667442366
6Peterborough361841458481058
7MK Dons37157155350352
8Walsall371213124140149
9Swindon37139155351248
10Sheff Utd34138133738-147
11Port Vale35144174655-946
12Bradford361015114844445
13Gillingham37136184960-1145
14Crawley32101393639-343
15Bristol City37915135459-542
16Coventry35149126463141
17Colchester35912143945-639
18Oldham37109184154-1339
19Tranmere36109174464-2039
20Carlisle36108183857-1938
21Stevenage36107193755-1837
22Crewe37910184269-2737
23Shrewsbury36713163447-1334
24Notts County3794244567-2231
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