Jamie Cureton's equaliser grabbed relegation-threatened Exeter a vital point at home to Colchester.

Colchester bossed the opening stages and took the lead when Michael Rose set Karl Duguid through on goal, and the midfielder calmly slotted home.

The U's almost doubled their advantage but Rose's fine effort was turned onto the post by Artur Krysiak.

The hosts rallied and got the deserved equaliser when Steve Tully found Cureton, who powered his header home.

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Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale tells BBC Radio Devon:

"I liked the way we played, I liked the gumption the players showed, the spirited performance and we played a lot of football.

"Other than a terrible, poor ten seconds, which concluded a disappointing first five minutes when they scored a very, very soft goal, I'm very happy with the way we played.

"The reality is we've had to change the side every week and we've had a couple of days to work on it. It was a classic case of people not quite reacting to what their jobs should be and it cost us a goal.

"You look at the other 94 minutes of the game and we were excellent. There were four or five players that just stood out fantastically well and set the heartbeat of the team."

Colchester United manager John Ward told BBC Essex:

"I'm a bit disappointed really. That (the Exeter goal) should have just been a blot on a two, three or four-goal win really."

"We had enough opportunities to score and put the game to bed. It should have just been a statistic that goal."

"I think we've lost that kind of killer instinct that we had in the early part of the season when we put four goals past five different clubs."

"We were unable to put it in the back of the net, I've got players in the side that can do that."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Exeter

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 05 Archibald-Henville
  • 06 Duffy (Tully - 64' )
  • 23 Fortune (Frear - 45' )
  • 27 Baldwin
  • 04 Dunne Booked
  • 08 Noble
  • 31 McNish Booked
  • 10 Nardiello
  • 30 Dalla Valle
  • 36 Gow (Cureton - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 40 Pidgeley
  • 02 Tully
  • 24 Frear
  • 35 Taylor
  • 12 Cureton

Colchester

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 Rose Booked
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 06 Heath
  • 20 Wilson
  • 10 Izzet
  • 14 Bond
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 27 Duguid
  • 15 Odejayi (Gillespie - 87' )
  • 16 Henderson Booked

Substitutes

  • 25 White
  • 07 Vincent
  • 09 Gillespie
  • 11 Sears
  • 21 Massey
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 3,889

Match Stats

Shots

5 9

On target

0 5

Corners

6 4

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:39 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:36

Outswinging corner taken by David Noble from the right by-line.

90:00 +1:47

The official flags Steven Gillespie offside. Artur Krysiak takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:23

Jamie Cureton has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

86:28 Substitution

Substitution Steven Gillespie is brought on as a substitute for Kayode Odejayi.

85:43

The offside flag is raised against Lauri Dalla Valle. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Williams.

82:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Cureton - Exeter 1 - 1 Colchester Goal scored by Jamie Cureton from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Exeter 1-1 Colchester.

81:10

Corner taken by Daniel Nardiello played to the near post.

79:45

Effort from deep inside the area by Jamie Cureton clears the bar.

78:53

Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Nardiello from the left by-line, save made by Ben Williams.

76:04

Andy Bond concedes a free kick for a foul on David Noble. The ball is sent over by David Noble, Effort from inside the area by James Dunne misses to the left of the goal.

74:29 Booking

Booking Caution for James Dunne.

72:59

Ian Henderson has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

72:17

Anthony Wordsworth challenges David Noble unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Noble.

69:44

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ian Henderson. Artur Krysiak restarts play with the free kick.

63:41 Substitution

Substitution Steve Tully is brought on as a substitute for Richard Duffy.

61:56

Corner taken left-footed by Michael Rose, Header from deep inside the area by Ian Henderson goes over the bar.

60:41 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ian Henderson a yellow card.

60:31

Ian Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Frear. Free kick taken by David Noble.

59:23 Substitution

Substitution Alan Gow leaves the field to be replaced by Jamie Cureton.

55:28

Lauri Dalla Valle is caught offside. Ben Williams restarts play with the free kick.

55:04

Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.

53:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kemal Izzet by Lauri Dalla Valle. Ian Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

52:52

The official flags Kayode Odejayi offside. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

49:23

David Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Wilson. Michael Rose takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:59 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +3:41

Michael Rose takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

45:00 +1:07 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Frear joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Fortune.

45:00 +1:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Fortune on Kemal Izzet. Michael Rose takes the direct free kick.

41:41

Lauri Dalla Valle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae. Ben Williams takes the direct free kick.

40:31

Effort on goal by Alan Gow from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

38:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Brian Wilson. David Noble takes the free kick.

34:01

Andy Bond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Direct free kick taken by David Noble.

33:24

Shot by Andy Bond from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

28:21

Callum McNish produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

27:37

Karl Duguid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Fortune. Richard Duffy takes the free kick.

26:43

David Noble fouled by Kemal Izzet, the ref awards a free kick. David Noble takes the direct free kick.

24:26 Booking

Booking Michael Rose is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

24:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Duffy by Michael Rose. Free kick taken by Jonathan Fortune.

22:56

Outswinging corner taken by Michael Rose from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Artur Krysiak.

22:33

Corner taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

22:19

Karl Duguid takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

19:37

Strike on goal comes in from Anthony Wordsworth from the free kick.

19:37 Booking

Booking Callum McNish receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

19:25

Brian Wilson fouled by Callum McNish, the ref awards a free kick.

18:44

Corner taken by Michael Rose, clearance made by James Dunne.

16:53

Unfair challenge on Anthony Wordsworth by Alan Gow results in a free kick. Michael Rose restarts play with the free kick.

16:21

Karl Duguid takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.

15:20

Daniel Nardiello is ruled offside. Michael Rose takes the free kick.

13:08

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alan Gow, Ben Williams makes a save.

8:35

Inswinging corner taken by Alan Gow from the right by-line, save by Ben Williams.

6:07

Kemal Izzet fouled by David Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

5:13

Assist on the goal came from Michael Rose.

5:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Karl Duguid - Exeter 0 - 1 Colchester Karl Duguid grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 0-1 Colchester.

2:52

Inswinging corner taken by Alan Gow from the right by-line.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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