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Colchester United 1-2 Crewe Alexandra

Crewe Alexandra climbed back off the bottom of the table as they came from behind to win at Colchester.

The U's were ahead at half-time thanks to on-loan Everton defender Luke Garbutt's deflected 25-yard free-kick.

Chuks Aneke then equalised for the visitors on 73 minutes with a precise finish after Brad Inman found him free in the penalty area.

And, just three minutes later, Tom Hitchcock headed in an Inman corner to earn victory for the Alex.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We made a real slow start. It took us a while to get going but we finally did after they scored.

"The free-kick took a wicked deflection and went into the opposite corner that Ben Garrett was covering. There was nothing we could do about that. It just about summed up our luck of late.

"But we got them in at half-time and had a bit of a rallying cry. I just said to them that we had endured a miserable last four months or so let's go out and try and end the year on a high for everyone.

"I wanted them to go out and put on a performance and to come back for the first time this season is a brilliant start on what we need to do."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20B WilsonBooked at 68mins
  • 27Garbutt
  • 2WrightSubstituted forGilbeyat 80'minutes
  • 18Eastman
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 6Eastmond
  • 15Bean
  • 17IbehreSubstituted forMorrisonat 67'minutes
  • 25VoseSubstituted forWattat 67'minutes
  • 16Turgott

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 3Dickson
  • 7Watt
  • 9Morrison
  • 12Sanderson
  • 22Gilbey
  • 23Olufemi

Crewe

  • 21Garratt
  • 3Mellor
  • 2Tootle
  • 26Aneke
  • 4Davis
  • 5Ellis
  • 8Osman
  • 22EvansBooked at 53minsSubstituted forGrantat 59'minutes
  • 17HitchcockSubstituted forRayat 90+4'minutes
  • 28Na Bangna
  • 14InmanSubstituted forMooreat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 11Moore
  • 12Ray
  • 13Martin
  • 16Guthrie
  • 19Oliver
  • 42Grant
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
3,430

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Bradden Inman.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Blair Turgott.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Ray replaces Tom Hitchcock.
Foul by Sanchez Watt (Colchester United).
(Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Sanchez Watt (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Alex Gilbey replaces David Wright.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 2. Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman following a corner.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.
Luke Garbutt (Colchester United) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman with a cross.
Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Booking

Brian Wilson (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).
Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Jabo Ibehre.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sanchez Watt replaces Dominic Vose.
Attempt saved. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Blair Turgott (Colchester United).
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Craig Eastmond (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Anthony Grant replaces George Evans.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brian Wilson.
Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).
Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

Booking

George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Blair Turgott (Colchester United).
Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Colchester United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by David Wright.
Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jabo Ibehre.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2315441749
2Leyton Orient2314632548
3Wolves2314632148
4Preston2312831044
5Peterborough231238839
6Rotherham231085838
7Port Vale231139036
8Swindon231049934
9Walsall23977434
10Bradford237106931
11MK Dons22949431
12Coventry231166829
13Crawley23788-529
14Colchester23698-427
15Carlisle237610-1227
16Gillingham247512-1026
17Sheff Utd236710-725
18Oldham226610-524
19Shrewsbury235810-423
20Tranmere236512-1623
21Bristol City234109-322
22Crewe235612-2621
23Stevenage235414-2019
24Notts County245316-1118
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