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Weston Homes Community Stadium (ATT 3,085) 9th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Hill

Colchester Colchester United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Colchester 1

G Porter (42)

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Crewe 2

L Murphy (pen 25)
M Pogba (72)

Railwaymen victorious over U's

Last Updated: 09/03/13 6:23pm

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Luke Murphy: Scored from the spot

Luke Murphy: Scored from the spot

Colchester's survival hopes were dented as Crewe got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory.

Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips denied Andy Bond before Crewe took the lead midway through the first half.

Skipper Luke Murphy slotted in from the spot after referee Keith Hill had ruled that U's substitute Josh Thompson had handled Gregor Robertson's cross in the penalty area.

Max Clayton then fired straight at Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker, before the introduction of substitute Michael Smith got the U's back in the game.

Gavin Massey and Billy Clifford went close, before Murphy nodded Magnus Okuonghae's powerful header off the goalline.

Colchester equalised three minutes before the break through George Porter, who controlled well before slotting into the net, following good play by Smith.

Phillips saved Thompson's header in the opening stages of the second half and Smith scooped a first-time effort from Porter's ball in over the crossbar.

But Crewe grabbed their winner with 18 minutes to go through Mathias Pogba, who drove in from close range after Murphy had picked him out in the area.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15