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Crawley Town 1-0 Colchester United

Mike Jones' goal was enough to keep Crawley's slim League One play-off hopes alive with victory over strugglers Colchester United.

U's keeper Sam Walker saved from Billy Clarke and Jones, who then finished off Clarke's ball over the top.

The visitors twice hit the woodwork in the second half, Sanchez Watt heading against the bar before Dominic Vose hit the post.

Crawley are 15 points adrift of the play-offs but have four games in hand.

Colchester are 17th, but just two points above the relegation zone.

Crawley assistant manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Sussex:

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Grinding performance - Whittingham

"You're always happy when you win, and you're always happy when you put in a 'grinding' performance. It's a great result to have with a clean sheet. That's what you're after.

"We had a long break, and then to come back and win the games we won straight away was a huge achievement, so to get back to winning ways was good timing, especially with a tough game against Wolves coming up."

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

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Post-match: Colchester boss Dunne

"They had the first half, we had the second. I thought it was a fantastic response in the second half.

"It's another defeat unfortunately - we can't start games like we did today.

"We are making opportunities, we are just not taking them at the moment. We have to keep believing in ourselves.

"The players are trying exceptionally hard. It hurts them. They don't like losing. We are on a bit of a difficult run."

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 4ConnollyBooked at 25mins
  • 3Sadler
  • 15Bulman
  • 5McFadzean
  • 12Walsh
  • 21Jones
  • 10DrurySubstituted forTorresat 74'minutes
  • 18TubbsSubstituted forProctorat 60'minutes
  • 7Clarke
  • 11Simpson

Substitutes

  • 8Torres
  • 14Proctor
  • 16Kaikai
  • 17Boateng
  • 25Maddison
  • 28Dicker
  • 29Connolly

Colchester

  • 44Walker
  • 20Wilson
  • 3Dickson
  • 2Wright
  • 4Okuonghae
  • 18EastmanBooked at 67mins
  • 15Bean
  • 6EastmondSubstituted forVoseat 71'minutes
  • 17IbehreSubstituted forMorrisonat 71'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 11SearsSubstituted forMasseyat 45'minutes
  • 7Watt

Substitutes

  • 1Cousins
  • 9Morrison
  • 21Massey
  • 22Gilbey
  • 25Vose
  • 39Sesay
  • 41Bonne
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,182

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 0.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Sergio Torres.

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sergio Torres (Crawley Town).

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

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

Attempt blocked. Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Eastman.

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gavin Massey (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brian Wilson (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dominic Vose (Colchester United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt missed. Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Clinton Morrison (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Bean (Colchester United).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ryan Dickson.

Attempt blocked. David Wright (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Sergio Torres replaces Andy Drury.

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

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

Attempt blocked. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Clinton Morrison replaces Jabo Ibehre.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dominic Vose replaces Craig Eastmond.

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Eastmond (Colchester United).

Booking

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves35238464214377
2Brentford35237559312876
3Leyton Orient37228770343674
4Preston361814452361668
5Rotherham361812667442366
6Peterborough361841458481058
7MK Dons37157155350352
8Walsall371213124140149
9Swindon37139155351248
10Sheff Utd34138133738-147
11Port Vale35144174655-946
12Bradford361015114844445
13Gillingham37136184960-1145
14Crawley32101393639-343
15Bristol City37915135459-542
16Coventry35149126463141
17Colchester35912143945-639
18Oldham37109184154-1339
19Tranmere36109174464-2039
20Carlisle36108183857-1938
21Stevenage36107193755-1837
22Crewe37910184269-2737
23Shrewsbury36713163447-1334
24Notts County3794244567-2231
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