Crewe boss Steve Davis's half-time rollicking was behind his side's fightback from two goals down in a 3-2 success over Colchester.

Colchester were in the driving seat at the break thanks to goals from Freddie Sears and Ian Henderson. But after Davis fired some home truths at his under-performing players at the interval, Lauri Dalla Valle, Luke Murphy and Mathias Pogba all netted to earn Crewe their first back-to-back league wins of the season.

Davis said: "That was the best half-time talk I've ever given. I wasn't calm, but I didn't have to say much. I just asked them if they wanted to be a relegation team or a team in the top half of the table.

"Nobody said a word and in the second half they showed every one what they wanted to be and I was delighted with their response.

"I wasn't calm. I don't do hairdryer treatment, but it was as near to hairdryer as you are going to get from me and they knew it.

"I can't really explain our slow starts. We paid the price for two sloppy goals and I was happy to get in at just 2-0 after the silly mistakes we made. I was just so frustrated as I know the talent they have and how good they can be and it annoys me when they don't produce it.

"But in the second half we pushed further up the pitch, showed more desire and put them under immense pressure and I couldn't be happier with them all."

Colchester boss Joe Dunne said: "I'm hurt and shellshocked. It's the worst I've felt to be honest. We've worked so hard to get the players believing in themselves that this is hard to take.

"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."