Relegation rivals Crewe and Colchester drew a blank to leave both sides one point above the drop zone.

Jabo Ibehre dragged a shot wide and Crewe goalkeeper Ben Garratt saved well from Gavin Massey and Freddie Sears to keep the scores level.

Sears then missed Colchester's best chance when his first-time shot cannoned back off the post.

Crewe's Uche Ikpeazu directed a header wide from Byron Moore's cross late on as the game ended in a stalemate.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I think we've done enough to win the game, hitting the post and then having it blocked on the rebound. All in all it could be an important point.

"One win out of two I think will do it [avoid relegation], with our goal difference as well. It's going to be difficult but we're confident.

"We're fine within the camp, we know what we have to do. There's no time for nerves.

"We have to hold it and I think generally we've got the experience from last year to help us through it."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 02 Tootle
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 42 Grant
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 05 Ellis
  • 11 Moore
  • 18 Nolan
  • 09 Pogba (Leitch-Smith - 76' )
  • 30 Ikpeazu (Oliver - 76' )
  • 14 Inman (Waters - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 12 Ray
  • 19 Oliver
  • 20 Turton
  • 29 Waters

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 20 Wilson
  • 16 Wynter Booked
  • 22 Gilbey
  • 04 Okuonghae (Dickson - 86' )
  • 18 Eastman
  • 21 Massey
  • 15 Bean Booked
  • 11 Sears (Olufemi - 91' )
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 07 Watt (Wright - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 03 Dickson
  • 06 Eastmond
  • 09 Morrison
  • 23 Olufemi
  • 25 Vose
  • 30 Wright
Ref: Kevin Wright
Att: 4,603

Match Stats

Shots

8 15

On target

5 4

Corners

5 4

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Colchester United 0.

90:00 +2:00

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:00 Booking

Booking Marcus Bean (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:24

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

90:00 +0:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Tosin Olufemi replaces Freddie Sears.

89:39

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:39

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

89:20

Foul by Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra).

89:20

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:45

Billy Waters (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:45

Foul by Ryan Dickson (Colchester United).

86:30

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:30

Foul by Freddie Sears (Colchester United).

85:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Ryan Dickson replaces Magnus Okuonghae because of an injury.

83:16

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

82:54

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

82:32

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:32

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

81:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Sanchez Watt.

80:37

Attempt missed. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

80:20

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

78:56

Attempt saved. Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

78:09

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:09

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

75:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Uche Ikpeazu.

75:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ajay Leitch-Smith replaces Mathias Pogba.

74:42

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

72:02

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:02

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

71:03

Hand ball by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

69:21

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

68:28

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

68:28

Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:15

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

67:15

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:49

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

65:50

Freddie Sears (Colchester United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

62:55

Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:10 Booking

Booking Alex Wynter (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

60:00

Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:51

Foul by Alex Wynter (Colchester United).

58:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Bradden Inman.

57:33

Attempt blocked. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:24

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:24

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

53:56

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

53:56

Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:08

Attempt blocked. Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

51:23

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:23

Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).

48:31

Liam Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:31

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

47:51

Attempt saved. Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 0, Colchester United 0.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Colchester United 0.

44:26

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

43:27

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

40:43

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

39:44

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

37:02

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:02

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

35:43

Attempt saved. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

34:37

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

34:37

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:50

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

33:24

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

32:29

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

30:20

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

29:39

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

28:30

Attempt missed. Brian Wilson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

27:51

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

27:51

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

25:17

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

22:57

Attempt saved. Liam Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

19:21

Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

11:37

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

9:47

Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Colchester United).

9:47

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:49

Marcus Bean (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:49

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

6:50

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:38

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Magnus Okuonghae.

2:02

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

1:45

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Colchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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