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.
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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."
Colchester United 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