Colchester and Crawley shared the points in an entertaining draw.

Freddie Sears put the U's in front as he stroked home Brian Wilson's cross before Emile Sinclair equalised with a powerful header.

Jabo Ibehre hit the crossbar for the hosts and Alex Gilbey's shot was deflected into the keeper's arms as the game flowed from end-to-end.

Crawley also had chances as Andy Drury struck the post and Billy Clarke's effort was ruled out for offside.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I thought it was two teams cancelled each other out. It was a difficult game. I thought once we got a foothold in the game, we got a good goal and we played well.

"We've hit the bar, Jabo [Ibehre] has had a couple of good opportunities to put the game beyond Crawley, and what happens, they go on the counter and get a goal.

"We came out and we had a go and we tried to win the game. I'm OK with today, there's a lot of things we can improve on.

"It was frustrating probably to watch as a supporter, but on another day we would have lost that."

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Surrey:

"I thought maybe we just edged it, particularly in the first half in terms of possession.

"In the second half I thought maybe we just edged it in possible opportunities but we just fizzled out.

"I would say 1-1 isn't a million miles off from a fair result but I think an extra 5% we probably would have nicked all three points.

"Our decision making in the final third let us down a little bit today and I just thought some of our football was excellent but maybe we didn't work the goalkeeper enough."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester

  • 44 Walker
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 20 Wilson
  • 27 Garbutt
  • 39 Taylor
  • 02 Wright
  • 06 Eastmond Booked
  • 11 Sears (Ladapo - 80' )
  • 16 Monakana (Connor Hubble - 84' )
  • 22 Gilbey (Morrison - 81' Booked )
  • 17 Ibehre

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 26 Spence
  • 38 Sendles-White
  • 15 Bean
  • 31 Connor Hubble
  • 09 Morrison
  • 19 Ladapo

Crawley Town

  • 01 P Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 11 Simpson
  • 12 Walsh
  • 07 Clarke
  • 10 Drury (Torres - 77' )
  • 15 Bulman
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 M Jones (Hurst - 90' )
  • 20 Sinclair (Proctor - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Maddison
  • 02 Hurst
  • 04 Connolly
  • 06 Essam
  • 08 Torres
  • 18 Rooney
  • 14 Proctor
Ref: Stroud
Att: 3,031

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

5 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

9 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:06 Full time

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

90:00 +2:24

Shot by Jamie Proctor went wide right of the post.

90:00 +0:54 Substitution

Substitution James Hurst on for Michael Jones.

89:26

Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

89:13

Clinton Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Dannie Bulman.

88:46

Clearance made by Brian Wilson.

88:38

Corner taken by Nicky Adams.

88:24

Magnus Okuonghae takes the free kick.

87:57 Booking

Booking

87:57

Clinton Morrison receives a yellow card.

87:26

Matthew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Dannie Bulman.

86:44

Free kick taken by Sam Walker.

86:26

Josh Simpson challenges David Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick.

86:08

Josh Simpson takes the free kick.

85:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Connor Hubble.

84:40

Craig Eastmond takes a shot. Paul Jones catches the ball.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Connor Hubble coming on for Jeffrey Monakana.

82:54

Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

82:27

Foul by Jamie Proctor on Freddie Ladapo, free kick awarded.

81:37

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

81:24

Freddie Ladapo challenges Mat Sadler unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:48

Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

80:27

The referee blows for offside.

80:16

Corner taken by Luke Garbutt from the right by-line.

80:04 Substitution

Substitution Clinton Morrison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Gilbey.

79:50 Substitution

Substitution Freddie Ladapo on for Freddie Sears.

78:56

Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line.

77:51

Clearance made by Dannie Bulman.

77:44

Corner taken by Luke Garbutt from the right by-line.

76:16

Mat Sadler restarts play with the free kick.

76:07 Substitution

Substitution Sergio Torres replaces Andy Drury.

75:34 Booking

Booking

75:34

Craig Eastmond goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

75:15

Michael Jones fouled by Craig Eastmond, the ref awards a free kick.

73:44

Sam Walker takes the free kick.

73:37

Billy Clarke is caught offside.

73:10

Michael Jones takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Sam Walker catches the ball.

72:11

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

71:56

The offside flag is raised against Jabo Ibehre.

70:33

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams.

66:41

Kyle McFadzean restarts play with the free kick.

66:33

The offside flag is raised against Jabo Ibehre.

65:53

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Sam Walker parries the effort to safety.

65:32

Alex Gilbey takes a shot. Paul Jones catches the ball.

62:40 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Proctor is brought on as a substitute for Emile Sinclair.

58:51

Clearance by Brian Wilson.

58:37

Centre by Josh Simpson.

58:10

Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

58:00

Jeffrey Monakana is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

56:26

Paul Jones takes the free kick.

56:17

The referee blows for offside against Jeffrey Monakana.

55:57

Matthew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

55:45

Emile Sinclair is ruled offside.

52:06

Shot by Luke Garbutt went over the bar.

51:43

Craig Eastmond takes the free kick.

51:34

Joe Walsh challenges Jabo Ibehre unfairly and gives away a free kick.

46:27

Free kick taken by Magnus Okuonghae.

46:07

Emile Sinclair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:35

Shot by Freddie Sears missed to the right of the net.

43:52

Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

43:40

Michael Jones fouled by Jabo Ibehre, the ref awards a free kick.

42:19

Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

42:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jabo Ibehre.

39:35

Andy Drury takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

38:52

Centre by Nicky Adams.

36:20

Nicky Adams takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

34:40

Kyle McFadzean makes a clearance.

34:29

Brian Wilson crosses the ball.

33:40

Billy Clarke takes a shot.

33:34

The ball is swung over by Josh Simpson.

31:58

Mat Sadler provided the assist for the goal.

31:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Emile Sinclair - Colchester 1 - 1 Crawley Emile Sinclair scores a headed goal. Colchester 1-1 Crawley Town.

31:29

Jabo Ibehre gets a header at goal. Paul Jones safely holds on.

31:24

The ball is delivered by Freddie Sears.

30:03

Freddie Sears takes a shot and cleared the net.

29:14

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Drury.

26:44

Jabo Ibehre takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.

24:27

Free kick taken by Joe Walsh.

24:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jabo Ibehre.

23:36

Corner taken by Freddie Sears from the left by-line.

23:25

Clearance made by Josh Simpson.

23:16

Corner taken by Sam Walker from the left by-line.

22:26

Jeffrey Monakana has an effort at goal.

20:49

Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

20:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jabo Ibehre on Kyle McFadzean.

19:03

Header by Jabo Ibehre misses left.

18:54

Corner taken by Freddie Sears.

18:16

Jeffrey Monakana takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

16:49

Clearance made by Magnus Okuonghae.

16:39

Nicky Adams delivers the ball.

15:38

David Wright makes a clearance.

15:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Drury.

13:31

Josh Simpson has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

13:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Drury.

10:30

Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

10:19

Jabo Ibehre challenges Dannie Bulman unfairly and gives away a free kick.

7:54

Header at goal by Nicky Adams to the left of the net.

5:45

Assist by Brian Wilson.

5:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Freddie Sears - Colchester 1 - 0 Crawley Freddie Sears scores with a right foot finish. Colchester 1-0 Crawley Town.

5:45

Assist on the goal came from Brian Wilson.

5:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Freddie Sears - Colchester 1 - 0 Crawley Freddie Sears grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Colchester 1-0 Crawley Town.

4:22

Brian Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

4:11

Michael Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeffrey Monakana.

3:16

Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

3:05

Foul by Jabo Ibehre on Mat Sadler, free kick awarded.

1:58

Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

1:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emile Sinclair.

1:14

Corner taken by Andy Drury.

0:28

Kyle McFadzean makes a clearance.

0:00

The game begins.

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