Crewe battled back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to beat Colchester.

Freddie Sears poked the U's into the lead and Ian Henderson chipped in a brilliant second from Magnus Okuonghae's long ball.

Lauri Dalla Valle pulled one back, into an empty net for his second in two games, and Luke Murphy levelled with a penalty after Okuonghae handballed.

And Crewe won it in the 74th minute when Mathias Pogba headed home Byron Moore's cross.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"It just seems to be when we concede the first goal, from being in winning positions, that we just don't seem to believe in ourselves.

"It's such a transition from the first few weeks I've been in charge. We've had a bad week in terms of conceding goals and how we've lost games.

"As soon as the first (Crewe) goal went in, you could feel the atmosphere, and I just thought I want the players to be stronger than that.

"Every time we put ourselves in a position to defend at the moment, they score."

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

5 6

Corners

2 1

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:26 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +5:10

Gavin Massey produces a cross.

90:00 +1:40

The ball is crossed by Brian Wilson, Gavin Massey takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

90:00 +0:40

Short corner taken by Luke Murphy.

86:12

Michael Rose fouled by Abdul Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.

84:18

Gavin Massey sends in a cross, save by Alan Martin.

82:20

Shot from just outside the area by Marcus Bean goes over the bar.

81:24

Abdul Osman is adjudged to have handled the ball. John Sullivan takes the free kick.

79:35

John Sullivan takes the free kick.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Gavin Massey on for Anthony Wordsworth.

79:35 Substitution

Substitution Freddie Sears goes off and Andy Bond comes on.

79:35

Magnus Okuonghae fouled by Chuks Aneke, the ref awards a free kick.

79:10

The ball is swung over by Ian Henderson, Anthony Wordsworth takes a shot. Save by Alan Martin.

78:56

Harry Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Morrison. Free kick taken by Anthony Wordsworth.

78:10

Lauri Dalla Valle concedes a free kick for a foul on Magnus Okuonghae. Tom Eastman takes the direct free kick.

77:34

The ball is crossed by Brian Wilson, Alan Martin makes a save.

76:07

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jabo Ibehre. Mark Ellis takes the free kick.

75:20

The referee blows for offside against Harry Davis. Free kick taken by Tom Eastman.

73:31

Assist on the goal came from Byron Moore.

73:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Mathias Pogba - Crewe 3 - 2 Colchester Mathias Pogba scores a headed goal from close range. Crewe 3-2 Colchester.

73:24

A cross is delivered by Byron Moore,

72:37

Chuks Aneke has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

70:58

Effort from inside the area by Michael Rose misses to the left of the target.

70:22 Substitution

Substitution Clinton Morrison is brought on as a substitute for Craig Eastmond.

69:57

The ball is sent over by Byron Moore, Headed effort on goal by Abdul Osman from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

69:09

Lauri Dalla Valle is caught offside. Free kick taken by John Sullivan.

68:35

Ian Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Lauri Dalla Valle. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luke Murphy, Michael Rose manages to make a clearance.

66:35

Ian Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. Free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

65:45

Long range effort by Craig Eastmond goes wide right of the net.

63:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Murphy - Crewe 2 - 2 Colchester Penalty taken right-footed by Luke Murphy and scored. Crewe 2-2 Colchester.

62:50 Booking

Booking Magnus Okuonghae is given a yellow card.

62:29

Matt Tootle delivers the ball. Handball by Magnus Okuonghae.

61:07

Freddie Sears takes a shot. Mark Ellis gets a block in. Marcus Bean takes a shot. Alan Martin makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Freddie Sears, The ball is crossed by Ian Henderson.

60:41

The official flags Lauri Dalla Valle offside. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.

55:46

Jabo Ibehre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis. Free kick taken by Mark Ellis.

54:36

The ball is crossed by Byron Moore, clearance made by Magnus Okuonghae.

53:55

Byron Moore takes a shot. John Sullivan makes a save.

53:11

The ball is crossed by Harry Davis, clearance made by Magnus Okuonghae. Byron Moore decides to take the corner short, clearance made by Tom Eastman.

52:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Wordsworth on Abdul Osman. Free kick taken by Abdul Osman.

50:51 Booking

Booking Michael Rose booked.

50:06

Assist by Mathias Pogba.

50:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Lauri Dalla Valle - Crewe 1 - 2 Colchester A goal is scored by Lauri Dalla Valle from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Crewe 1-2 Colchester.

49:48

The ball is sent over by Mathias Pogba,

48:37

The ball is delivered by Luke Murphy, save by John Sullivan.

47:03

Michael Rose sends in a cross, Anthony Wordsworth produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

45:27

Jabo Ibehre challenges Mark Ellis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alan Martin.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:03

Anthony Wordsworth has an effort direct from the free kick.

45:00 +1:03 Booking

Booking Abdul Osman goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:52

Abdul Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Bean.

44:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Murphy by Anthony Wordsworth. Direct free kick taken by Harry Davis.

41:43

The ball is sent over by Byron Moore, Lauri Dalla Valle takes a shot. Save made by John Sullivan.

40:19

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Brian Wilson results in a free kick. Luke Murphy takes the free kick.

39:32

Matt Tootle crosses the ball, John Sullivan makes a save.

37:18

Byron Moore sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Rose.

36:08

Chuks Aneke takes a shot. Save by John Sullivan.

30:36

Chuks Aneke concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Eastmond. Craig Eastmond restarts play with the free kick.

29:10

The assist for the goal came from Magnus Okuonghae.

29:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Crewe 0 - 2 Colchester Ian Henderson gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crewe 0-2 Colchester.

29:01

The ball is sent over by Magnus Okuonghae,

28:20

The ball is delivered by Jabo Ibehre, clearance by Matt Tootle.

26:16

Byron Moore sends in a cross, Michael Rose makes a clearance.

22:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Eastmond by Abdul Osman. Free kick taken by Tom Eastman.

21:06

The ball is sent over by Byron Moore, Magnus Okuonghae makes a clearance.

20:34

Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Mathias Pogba, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

19:48

The ball is delivered by Brian Wilson, save by Alan Martin.

19:02

Matt Tootle crosses the ball, save by John Sullivan.

18:24

Unfair challenge on Chuks Aneke by Craig Eastmond results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

17:01

Chuks Aneke fouled by Magnus Okuonghae, the ref awards a free kick. Strike comes in from Luke Murphy from the free kick.

9:48

Freddie Sears sends in a cross, clearance made by Harry Davis.

8:16

Michael Rose sends in a cross, Marcus Bean takes a shot. Save by Alan Martin.

7:52

The ball is swung over by Brian Wilson, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

7:17

The ball is swung over by Byron Moore, save by John Sullivan.

4:31

Centre by Lauri Dalla Valle, Shot from deep inside the area by Chuks Aneke goes over the bar.

2:37

Assist by Ian Henderson.

2:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Freddie Sears - Crewe 0 - 1 Colchester Freddie Sears fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 0-1 Colchester.

2:26

Ian Henderson crosses the ball,

1:40

Freddie Sears delivers the ball, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

0:44

The ball is sent over by Brian Wilson, clearance made by Harry Davis. Unfair challenge on Mark Ellis by Jabo Ibehre results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Martin.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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