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Crawley Town 0-0 Colchester United

Dean Saunders helped Crawley climb out of the bottom four after watching his new side ride their luck against Colchester.

But the interim boss, replacement for John Gregory who needs heart surgery, could not end an 11-game winless run.

Luckless fellow strugglers Colchester hit the woodwork three times and they remain two points from safety.

George Moncur hit the post and Freddie Sears the bar before the break. Sears struck the post again late on.

Crawley interim boss Dean Saunders told BBC Sussex:

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Dean Saunders: Crawley interim boss after draw with Colchester

"We put a back four together today. Lewis Young played left-back and Marvin Elliott played centre-back and both have never played in the back four before. I thought they were both outstanding.

"In these two weeks I need to get players into the building because we are obviously short which I didn't realise. I also didn't know some of their names but they've had a go and we got a good point.

"I was asked to do the job by (chief executive) Michael Dunford and I knew John was ill and it's difficult circumstances and strange circumstances. John rang me himself and asked me would I help and I said if you give me the tools to make a difference then I will and they have ensured me I can make them better."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jensen
  • 8Smith
  • 20Bawling
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forBanyaat 78'minutes
  • 12Walsh
  • 4HendersonBooked at 57mins
  • 33Elliott
  • 14Young
  • 18HarroldSubstituted forTomlinat 45'minutes
  • 17Miller
  • 9McLeod

Substitutes

  • 15Banya
  • 21Tomlin
  • 22O'Connor
  • 23Richefond
  • 24Isaacs

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 20Clohessy
  • 13Gorkss
  • 18Eastman
  • 3GordonSubstituted forKpekawaat 78'minutes
  • 24Moncur
  • 41HewittSubstituted forSanchez Wattat 75'minutes
  • 38Fox
  • 28Szmodics
  • 11Sears
  • 21Massey

Substitutes

  • 6Eastmond
  • 7Sanchez Watt
  • 12Lewington
  • 19Healey
  • 27Bonne
  • 32Lapslie
  • 42Kpekawa
Referee:
Pat Miller
Attendance:
2,046

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Charles Banya.

  4. Post update

    Tom Eastman (Colchester United) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bobson Bawling.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Charles Banya.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Conor Henderson.

  9. Post update

    Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Charles Banya replaces Gwion Edwards.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Cole Kpekawa replaces Ben Gordon.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Sanchez Watt replaces Elliott Hewitt.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Marvin Elliott.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lewis Young.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City23146342222048
2Swindon23145444222247
3Preston23136436211545
4MK Dons22135448222644
5Bradford2310673126536
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Chesterfield238873231132
8Rochdale2394103931831
9Notts County228772724331
10Peterborough2394103029131
11Fleetwood238692322130
12Walsall237972322130
13Oldham227962933-430
14Doncaster228682327-430
15Port Vale2385102932-329
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Coventry236892431-726
18Scunthorpe217592836-826
19Gillingham2367102735-825
20Crawley2358102136-1523
21Crewe2365122041-2123
22Leyton Orient2257102934-522
23Colchester2356122740-1321
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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