Crewe manager Steve Davis was full of praise for his players for a battling performance after they ran out 2-1 winners at Colchester.

Goals from skipper Luke Murphy, from the penalty spot, and Mathias Pogba in each half, either side of George Porter's equaliser for the U's, secured the Railwaymen's victory.

Crewe's win helped them reach the 50-point mark in npower League One and after two successive defeats, boss Davis admitted it was a relief to get three points.

Davis said: "I'm delighted with the result. It was a hard-working, battling performance and it's got us the three points. Over the last couple of games we've struggled to find form and we need to get the results to get us over the line.

"We wanted to get to the 50-point mark that we set at the start of the season just to get us over that line. It was a bit of a relief to get the win, in a game of few chances. There weren't too many chances, but we managed to convert our's. Colchester had been in good form lately, which meant that it was a difficult place for us to come to."

Colchester remain three points above the relegation zone following their first defeat in four matches, but U's manager Joe Dunne was not too downbeat and felt his side deserved to get more from the game.

Dunne said: "A few things went against us, but generally I'm pleased with what I thought was a very good performance.

"We had a very difficult 20 minutes in the first half and made changes, one of which was forced and one that wasn't. That brought us back into the game and I thought that we deserved something from it.

"I thought that there was only one team that was going to win the game in the second half. We forced the issue and had balls flashing across the box and missed open goals. We've also had a couple of penalty shouts ourselves and I can't ask too much more from my players.

"On another day, we could have scored five goals, but we didn't and we were beaten by a sucker punch."