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Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Colchester United

Kevin Keen
Colchester have won only five of their 22 games under manager Kevin Keen in all competitions

Crewe forward Callum Saunders scored a late equaliser against Colchester which put the U's on the verge of relegation from League One.

George Ray came closest to opening the scoring for Crewe before the break when his header was saved by Elliot Parish.

George Moncur's penalty put the visitors ahead in the second-half after Ray tripped Frankie Kent in the box.

But Saunders headed in James Jones' corner to leave Colchester eight points from safety with three games to play.

Crewe coach James Collins told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It has been a tough and long season. You could tell it was two teams that are down there.

"But it was important that we got something. The players had to dig in and got a late reward.

"Callum Saunders has been ill for a lot of the season, so it's been a bit up and down for him.

"But he has the ability to run in behind and threaten. To see him score a goal like that is a real positive."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2TurtonBooked at 26mins
  • 5Ray
  • 6NugentBooked at 32mins
  • 3Guthrie
  • 20Jones
  • 15Fox
  • 25AinleySubstituted forCooperat 71'minutes
  • 31Kirk
  • 9HaberSubstituted forUdohat 71'minutes
  • 41BakayogoSubstituted forSaundersat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Davis
  • 11Cooper
  • 13Richards
  • 14Saunders
  • 18Bingham
  • 23Ng
  • 39Udoh

Colchester

  • 33Parish
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 25mins
  • 15Kent
  • 18Eastman
  • 31Shorey
  • 8Gilbey
  • 2Garvan
  • 11Massey
  • 10MoncurSubstituted forBrindleyat 80'minutes
  • 19BonneSubstituted forChambersat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Porter

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 16Akinwande
  • 20Lapslie
  • 24Brindley
  • 25Barnes
  • 28Ambrose
  • 32Chambers
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
3,094

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Colchester United 1.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Owen Garvan (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Joe Edwards (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Colchester United 1. Callum Saunders (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Jones with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Leo Chambers replaces Macauley Bonne.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Macauley Bonne.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt saved. Callum Saunders (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Brindley (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Richard Brindley replaces George Moncur.

Callum Saunders (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Frankie Kent.

Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Udoh replaces Marcus Haber.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Callum Ainley.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Colchester United 1. George Moncur (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Colchester United. Frankie Kent draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Saunders replaces Zoumana Bakayogo.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frankie Kent (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan432215673403381
2Burton432391152361678
3Walsall422112961431875
4Millwall432191365471872
5Bradford432011124840871
6Gillingham4319121267491869
7Barnsley432161664511369
8Rochdale431811146354965
9Sheff Utd431811146354965
10Scunthorpe431811145547865
11Coventry4317121462461663
12Port Vale431711155251162
13Southend431611165556-159
14Peterborough43176207367657
15Bury431512165265-1357
16Swindon431410195869-1152
17Oldham431118144353-1051
18Chesterfield43148215567-1250
19Fleetwood431114184953-447
20Shrewsbury421211195168-1747
21Blackpool43129223954-1545
22Doncaster431012214561-1642
23Colchester43912225492-3839
24Crewe43613244379-3631
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