Read all about it as Crewe fight back from 2-0 down
Crewe stunned Colchester with a superb second-half comeback inspired by a half-time rollicking from manager Steve Davis.
United were in the driving seat at the break thanks to goals from Freddie Sears and Ian Henderson.
But after Davis fired off some home truths to his underperforming players during the interval, Lauri Dalle Valle, Luke Murphy and Mathias Pogba all netted to earn Crewe their first back-to-back League One wins of the season.
Davis, celebrating his first anniversary as Alex boss, said: “That was the best half-time talk I’ve given. I wasn’t calm, but I didn’t have to say much.”
Crewe Alex staged a superb second half fight back to earn a thrilling victory over Colchester United at Gresty Road on Saturday.
The Railwaymen trailed 2-0 and looked dead and buried at the break after an inept first 45 minutes.
But they came roaring back after the restart and sealed all three points thanks to strikes from Lauri Dalla Valle, Luke Murphy and Mathias Pogba.
The result moved Steve Davis’s men up to 13th in League One and just six points off the play-offs.
-The Crewe Chronicle
Joe Dunne, the Colchester United boss said after his side’s 3-2 defeat: "We need to start learning how to see off games. You don't tell them at half-time to go out there and lose 3-2 - you tell them to carry on doing what they are doing, stay tight and keep pressing and when they don't it is very frustrating.
"Key moments change games and I'd like to see their first goal again as it looked offside. From being in a commanding position we are suddenly chasing the game and that seems to be a habit we've got at the moment."
Steve Davis ripped into his players at half-time and inspired a comeback to stun Colchester.
U’s cruised into a 2-0 half-time lead once Freddie Sears poked home on three minutes and Ian Henderson clipped home after 30.
Crewe boss Davis’ rant sparked a goal from debutant Lauri Dalle Valle, a Luke Murphy spot-kick after Magnus Okuonghae’s handball and Mathias Pogba’s header.