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."

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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