League One
CreweCrewe Alexandra1ColchesterColchester United1
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Colchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

  7. Post update

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

  8. 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.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Leo Chambers replaces Macauley Bonne.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Macauley Bonne.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Richard Brindley (Colchester United).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Richard Brindley replaces George Moncur.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joe Edwards (Colchester United).

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