Chris Porter rescues a point for Colchester United

Sammie Szmodics cannot believe his bad luck in front of goal at Crawley last season. The U's will be

Sammie Szmodics cannot believe his bad luck in front of goal at Crawley last season. The U's will be back at Crawley on Boxing Day this term. Picture: PAGEPIX

Crawley Town 1 Colchester United 1

Chris Porter rescued a point for Colchester United with a superb late finish, at Crawley Town tonight.

The U’s had suffered a 1-0 defeat at Crawley, in the Checkatrade Trophy last month, and they seemed to be heading for the same result in West Sussex.

However, substitute Porter obliged with a delightful finish, lifting his shot into the roof of the net in the 88th minute to secure a deserved point for the visitors.

Adi Yussuf had nudged the Red Devils ahead in the 19th minute.


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Yussuf made the U’s pay for some hesitancy in their back-line to break the deadlock in an otherwise subdued first period.

Poor communication between right-back Richard Brindley and Sam Walker enabled Yussuf to pounce onto James Collins’ lofted pass and steer the ball beyond a stranded Walker, from close-in.

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On loan from League Two rivals Mansfield, Tanzanian 24-year-old Yussuf had scored his first goal for the Red Devils at Morecambe just three days earlier, as well as setting up the other two goals in a 3-2 win.

The U’s improved in the second half, and bombarded the Crawley goal at times, before Porter slammed home a late equaliser.

Squads

CRAWLEY: Morris, Young, Connolly, McNerney, Blackman, Smith, Djalo, Yussuf (sub Banton, 63), Clifford (sub Davey, 53), Boldewijn, Collins. Unused subs: Mersin, Arthur, Yorwerth, Bawling, Tajbakhsh.

COLCHESTER: Walker, Brindley (sub Vincent-Young, 63), Prosser, Eastman, Kinsella, Slater, Guthrie, Wright, Szmodics, Fosu (sub Sembie-Ferris, 71), Johnstone (sub Porter, 70). Unused subs: Bransgrove, Wynter, Kamara, James.

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)

Attendance: 1,851

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