Crewe 2-0 Colchester Player Ratings: Ray of light

Chris Dagnall

Crewe Alexandra dented Colchester United’s League Two play-off hopes with a 2-0 win, which came thanks to Chris Dagnall’s brace – but how did players on both teams rate?

Crewe Alexandra

Ben Garratt – while he was called into action in the second half, it was not until the game was over in injury-time that he was forced into stretching saves. 6

Oliver Turton – struggled defensively against Dickenson, especially in the second half when Briggs made overlapping runs. 4
George Ray – marked Porter out of the game and defended the near post stoutly. 9
Ben Nugent – snuffed out Colchester’s attacks quickly. Quietly effective. 8
Zoumana Bakayogo – played his part in his side’s positive start and used his physical qualities well. Less influential in the second half and was taken off. 6

Billy Bingham – not exactly a powerhouse but fulfilled the holding role well. Screened the back four, mopped up second balls and started off attacks. 8
James Jones – did the simple things well without being explosive in possession. 6
George Cooper – struggled in tight spaces in the first half, but delivered the free-kick for Dagnall’s opener and broke into space for a shot after the break. 5
Callum Cooke – looked more comfortable in tight areas than Cooper. Showed quick feet and was his side’s most inventive player in possession. 7

Chris Dagnall – strong work rate, clever movement and two poacher’s finishes. Could have had a hat-trick 9
Jordan Bowery – wasteful finishing early on and could have chased the ball with more ferocity. Didn’t get into the game until the final 10 minutes, when he was heavily involved in everything. 5

Perry Ng (on 59) – held his ground well against Fosu-Henry. Ng’s arrival helped Crewe stem Colchester’s second half tide. 7
Ryan Wintle (on 77) – involved in combination play for Dagnall’s second goal. 6

Colchester United

Sam Walker – could have commanded his area better. His best stops from Bowery and Dagnall were made when the game was over at 2-0. 3

Drey Wright – looked bright when he did get forward, but did not do so enough. 4
Cameron James – dominated in the opening and closing periods. Big ask for a 19-year-old to compete against proven goalscorers. 3
George Elokobi – has had better games but was one of the more composed performers. Showed leadership in speaking to fans at the end. 5
Matthew Briggs – defended well in the first half and made some good overlapping runs after the break. 7

Sammie Szmodics – picked up an injury after just 14 minutes. One hopes he recovers quickly. (N/A)
Tom Lapslie – a winger by trade and it showed, in his central midfield role. Lacked the defensive qualities to fulfil the anchor man role. 4
Sean Murray – despite being a sitting midfielder, his better moments came when he attacked. Led one second half breakaway and saw a decent shot deflected behind. 4
Brennan Dickenson – didn’t get far enough up the pitch in the first half, but put in some teasing deliveries after the break. 5

Rekeil Pyke – struggled with the physical side of the game in the first half. More forceful in the second but taken off midway through the second half. 4
Chris Porter – much-maligned but far from the sole reason for Colchester’s dour first half in which he had no support. If anything, he was more to blame for second half failings when he did not pose enough of a threat in the box. 5

Tariq Fosu-Henry (on 14) – plenty of pace and movement but his decision making and end product was limited, evidenced by his free-kick hit straight at Garratt. 5
Macaulay Bonne (on 69) – didn’t pose enough of a threat. 3