What the press made of the U’s goalless draw
CREWE were haunted by familiar failings to leave their League One destiny unresolved heading into the final two games.
The Alex huffed and puffed against fellow strugglers Colchester United, but could not blow the door down, leaving both sides level on points just outside the relegation zone.
Uche Ikpeazu went closest, with a second-half header from Byron Moore's cross that drifted the wrong side of the right upright.
Colchester, set up to be solid, were not entirely without a threat and Freddie Sears hit the post after Liam Nolan had lost possession midway inside his own half.
Crewe, in 20th, and Colchester, in 18th, have now failed to find the net in 14 league games this season.
The Railwaymen now head to Bristol City before a home game against Preston hoping they can stay outside the bottom four.
CREWE Alex had to settle for a point after being frustrated by Colchester United at Gresty Road on Monday.
The Railwaymen had earmarked the clash with their fellow League One strugglers for a vital three points.
But they failed to produce a worthy performance and extended their winless run at home to seven games.
The result has left them still one place above the drop zone but their cushion has been halved to one point, with two games to go.
Steve Davis resisted the temptation to rotate his squad in a packed schedule and named the same team that won at Shrewsbury Town on Friday.
Colchester boss Joe Dunn also said 'same again' as his side looked to arrest a run of 10 straight league defeats at the hands of Crewe.
The fact that his team secured a point from their trip to Crewe Alexandra was a definite positive for Colchester United boss Joe Dunne.
While the U’s manager would have been happier with three, he was happy to take a single point from their 0-0 draw at Gresty Road as it kept them the right side of the line in the League One relegation fight.
While clear-cut chances were at a premium, both sides had chances to win the game, with U’s Freddie Sears going closest when hitting the post in the second half.
However, both had to be content with a stalemate as Colchester stayed one point above the drop zone with two games to play.
Dunne said: “I’m pleased because it was a really close game.
“We haven’t lost it, that’s for sure and we could have won it.
“Probably the only clear-cut chance was Freddie’s but there are a lot of positives to take from this going into the last two games.”