Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 1.
Substitute Chris Porter hit a dramatic 88th-minute equaliser as Colchester forced a 1-1 draw at Crawley.
Adi Yussuf gave the hosts a first-half lead on his first home league start for the club, but Porter ensured a share of the points by smashing the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.
Striker Yussuf, who scored one and made the other two in Crawley's 3-2 win at Morecambe last Saturday, gave the hosts the lead in the 17th minute.
Former Chelsea youngster Kaby Djalo began the move with an excellent cross-field pass and Dutchman Enzio Boldewijn played the ball into Yussuf who beat keeper Sam Walker with a deft finish.
Crawley defender Lewis Young picked up a booking for bringing down Tariq Fosu on the edge of the area and Craig Slater put the resulting free-kick over.
Slater had a long-range shot easily saved by keeper Glenn Morris shortly before the interval as Colchester struggled to impose themselves.
United midfielder Sammie Szmodics got into a good position inside the area on the hour, but put an angled shot across the face of the goal.
Szmodics threatened again when his goal-bound header was turned onto the post by keeper Morris.
Colchester applied late pressure and were rewarded when Porter lashed home his fourth of the season.
Report supplied by the Press Assocation.
- 2YoungBooked at 35mins
- 24DjalóBooked at 84mins
- 7BoldewijnSubstituted forBawlingat 78'minutes
- 18CliffordSubstituted forDaveyat 54'minutes
- 21YussufSubstituted forBantonat 63'minutes
- 2BrindleySubstituted forVincent-Youngat 63'minutes
- 31Fosu-HenryBooked at 26minsSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 70'minutes
- 17JohnstoneSubstituted forPorterat 71'minutes
- Andy Haines
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 1.
Foul by Alex Davey (Crawley Town).
Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 1. Chris Porter (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Prosser.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Joe McNerney.
Attempt blocked. Craig Slater (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kaby (Crawley Town).
Kaby (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kaby (Crawley Town).
Dion Sembie-Ferris (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Craig Slater.
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Dion Sembie-Ferris.
Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Enzio Boldewijn.
Attempt missed. James Collins (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.
Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lewis Young.
Attempt blocked. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).
Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.