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Colchester United 2-3 Crewe Alexandra

Ryan Lowe
Ryan Lowe's first spell at Crewe Alexandra ended in 2008

Ryan Lowe scored a stoppage-time winner as League One's bottom club Crewe came from 2-0 down to beat Colchester.

The 37-year-old striker, who returned to Crewe on loan from Bury on Monday, lobbed Jamie Jones from outside the box to complete a remarkable comeback.

Callum Harriott put the U's ahead from 25 yards and George Moncur doubled the lead with a close-range rebound.

Marcus Haber set up Ryan Colclough to go 2-1. Haber then buried a cross from Lowe, who topped it with the winner.

The turning point of the game was Lowe's arrival on the pitch as a 56th minute substitute.

Within five minutes, Crewe's top scorer Colclough had scored his sixth goal of the season from Haber's headed knockdown.

Then came Lowe's contribution as he set up Haber's 80th minute equaliser before latching onto Billy Bingham's though ball to lob home from 25 yards three minutes into injury time.

Steve Davis's Crewe, beaten 5-1 at home by Peterborough on Saturday, move level on points with 23rd-placed Blackpool, three points adrift of safety, while Colchester drop to 19th.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Ryan Lowe coming on made the difference. He squared for Marcus Haber to score the equaliser, then he scored himself. You can't do more than that.

"There was no better person to be put through to do what he did after Billy Bingham put him through. He did exactly what we expected him to do. He's a goal scorer.

"But we played quite well in the first half too. We showed terrific spirit and fight. I can't fault anything the lads did in terms of effort and workrate.

"I was pleased for Marcus Haber to get his goal and Ryan Colclough was excellent. He bobs and weaves. He's the one player we've got who can get something out of nothing."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 12Jones
  • 14Olufemi
  • 15Kent
  • 18Eastman
  • 3Briggs
  • 4Edwards
  • 20Lapslie
  • 11Massey
  • 10Moncur
  • 31Harriott
  • 9PorterSubstituted forBonneat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Elokobi
  • 7Wright
  • 19Bonne
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 27Curtis
  • 28Ambrose
  • 33Parish

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5RaySubstituted forKingsleyat 90'minutes
  • 6Nugent
  • 3Guthrie
  • 16King
  • 20Jones
  • 18Bingham
  • 24WilsonSubstituted forLoweat 56'minutes
  • 9Haber
  • 27Colclough

Substitutes

  • 7Lowe
  • 11Cooper
  • 14Saunders
  • 17Kingsley
  • 19Baillie
  • 21Wintle
  • 30Nizic
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
2,602

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 3.

Attempt missed. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 3. Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal following a fast break.

Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Stephen Kingsley replaces George Ray because of an injury.

Delay in match George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tosin Olufemi.

Foul by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Moncur (Colchester United).

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 2. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Lowe.

Attempt missed. Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Callum Harriott (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam King (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt saved. George Moncur (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Colclough.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 1. Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Haber.

Attempt missed. Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Lowe replaces Harry Wilson.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Foul by Tosin Olufemi (Colchester United).

Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. George Moncur (Colchester United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry19115336191738
2Gillingham19114437231437
3Burton1811251714335
4Walsall1896330171333
5Wigan1996429191033
6Bradford198742118331
7Peterborough1993742311130
8Southend198652522330
9Bury198653129230
10Port Vale198562521429
11Millwall188462926328
12Sheff Utd197573129226
13Scunthorpe198292423126
14Rochdale196672222024
15Chesterfield1972102531-623
16Doncaster196581824-623
17Fleetwood1963102728-121
18Shrewsbury1862102326-320
19Colchester195592944-1520
20Swindon1954102534-919
21Oldham1931062231-919
22Barnsley1952122433-917
23Blackpool1944111528-1316
24Crewe1944111833-1516
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