March 9, 2013
Pogba gets Crewe back in the groove
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.
|Colchester United||Crewe Alexandra|
|44 Sam Walker||1 Steve Phillips|
|2 David Wright||15 Gregor Robertson|
|20 Brian Wilson||5 Mark Ellis|
|4 Magnus Okuonghae||2 Matt Tootle|
|25 John White||3 Harry Davis|
|18 Tom Eastman||19 Abdul Osman|
|41 Billy Clifford||8 Luke Murphy|
|14 Andrew Bond||11 Byron Moore|
|39 George Porter||10 Ajay Leitch-Smith|
|9 Clinton Morrison||9 Mathias Pogba|
|21 Gavin Massey||7 Max Clayton|
|1 Mark Cousins||Alan Martin 13|
|40 Josh Thompson||Adam Dugdale 6|
|15 Marcus Bean||Oliver Turton 12|
|33 Jack Compton||George Ray 17|
|12 Troy Hewitt||Kelvin Mellor 14|
|22 Michael Smith||Ryan Colclough 27|
|19 Freddie Ladapo||Nathan Ellington 32|
|Josh Thompson for Tom Eastman (17)||Oliver Turton for Max Clayton (86)|
|Michael Smith for David Wright (34)||Adam Dugdale for Mathias Pogba (90)|
|Troy Hewitt for Clinton Morrison (74)|
|Josh Thompson (25)||Abdul Osman (68)|
|George Porter (85)||Mathias Pogba (82)|
|· Squads: Colchester United | Crewe Alexandra|