Crewe moved above Plymouth and off the bottom of League Two after claiming their first victory of the season.

Shaun Miller converted a cross from AJ Leitch-Smith to put the Alex in front just before half-time.

Defender Harry Davis almost doubled the advantage, but his goal-bound header was kept out by team-mate Miller.

Visiting goalkeeper Steve Phillips was rarely tested, with Carl Fletcher and Simon Walton coming closest to an equaliser with long-range efforts.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth manager Peter Reid told BBC Radio Devon:

"It's tough times, I thought there was a lot of anxiety among the players. Today I thought we were nervy, edgy and it certainly showed in our play.

"It was a really disappointing result. We didn't pass it as well as I would have liked.

"Too many times our players got isolated and that's a desire to work and get angles for your mates and we didn't do it well enough."

Crewe manager Dario Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It's a great relief, for the players and supporters as well, not just for me. We'll travel home happy but there's still a lot of work to do.

"The goal was an outstanding bit of play by the front two, who worked very hard without much success.

"I thought we defended well from the front backwards, which we've worked on. They hit a lot of long balls which is what we wanted them to do."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Plymouth

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 02 Berry
  • 03 Williams
  • 06 Nelson
  • 13 Soukouna
  • 04 Fletcher
  • 07 Daley (Lecointe - 64' )
  • 08 Walton (Hitchcock - 84' )
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 21 Atkinson
  • 11 Feeney

Substitutes

  • 23 Cole
  • 15 Young
  • 18 Copp
  • 10 Hitchcock
  • 27 Lecointe

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Davis (Sarcevic - 76' )
  • 05 Artell
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 12 Shelley
  • 15 Martin
  • 04 Westwood
  • 07 Bell
  • 08 Murphy
  • 09 Miller (Clayton - 70' )
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Hughes - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 17 Mellor
  • 14 Sarcevic
  • 24 Hughes
  • 19 Clayton
Ref: Collins
Att: 5,720

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

4 6

Corners

8 6

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:07

Unfair challenge on David Artell by Tom Hitchcock results in a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:00

Carl Fletcher is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

86:46

Unfair challenge on Lee Bell by Carl Fletcher results in a free kick. Lee Bell takes the free kick.

85:40

Durrell Berry takes a shot. Danny Shelley gets a block in. Shot by Carl Fletcher from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

85:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Antoni Sarcevic on Ladjie Soukouna. Ladjie Soukouna restarts play with the free kick.

83:36 Substitution

Substitution Tom Hitchcock comes on in place of Simon Walton.

78:43

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Conor Hourihane from the right by-line, clearance by David Artell.

77:18

Antoni Sarcevic produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

76:55

Luke Murphy takes a shot. Fantastic save by Romain Larrieu.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Antoni Sarcevic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Harry Davis.

75:35

Robbie Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bell. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

69:10 Substitution

Substitution Caspar Hughes on for Ajay Leitch-Smith.

69:10 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton is brought on as a substitute for Shaun Miller.

68:57

Simon Walton has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

68:17

Short corner taken by Simon Walton.

67:56

Carl Fletcher takes a shot. Adam Dugdale gets a block in.

57:04

Corner taken by Danny Shelley from the right by-line, David Artell takes a shot. Blocked by Robbie Williams.

64:36

Simon Walton decides to take the corner short.

63:15 Substitution

Substitution Luke Daley leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Lecointe.

60:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Ashley Westwood. Free kick taken by Carl Fletcher.

59:30

Corner taken by Danny Shelley, Robbie Williams manages to make a clearance.

58:38

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Shelley from the left by-line, Harry Davis takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Nelson.

56:37

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Shelley, Header from close range by Harry Davis clears the bar.

56:08

Danny Shelley takes the inswinging corner, David Artell takes a shot. Robbie Williams gets a block in.

55:14

Ladjie Soukouna concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Miller. Danny Shelley sends in a cross, Shaun Miller takes a shot. Romain Larrieu makes a save.

53:14

Will Atkinson takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Phillips.

48:51

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Walton from the left by-line, clearance made by David Artell. Corner taken left-footed by Conor Hourihane from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Artell.

47:58

Effort from the edge of the box by Conor Hourihane goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:08

Shaun Miller challenges Ladjie Soukouna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ladjie Soukouna.

44:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Shelley by Durrell Berry. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

41:56

The ball is crossed by Ajay Leitch-Smith,

41:53

The assist for the goal came from Ajay Leitch-Smith.

41:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Miller - Plymouth 0 - 1 Crewe Shaun Miller finds the net with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Plymouth 0-1 Crewe.

40:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shaun Miller. Free kick taken by Ladjie Soukouna.

34:46

Curtis Nelson challenges Shaun Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Danny Shelley, Close range strike by Ajay Leitch-Smith goes over the bar.

31:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Miller. Free kick taken by Ladjie Soukouna.

28:35

Lee Bell has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left. Shaun Miller takes a shot. Save by Romain Larrieu.

25:42

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Shelley from the right by-line.

24:41

Foul by Danny Shelley on Curtis Nelson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

21:12

Foul by Lee Bell on Simon Walton, free kick awarded. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

18:20

Robbie Williams has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

17:40

Unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Harry Davis results in a free kick. Simon Walton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Shaun Miller gets a block in.

16:48

The offside flag is raised against Shaun Miller. Romain Larrieu restarts play with the free kick.

14:54

Corner taken by Conor Hourihane from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Carl Martin.

14:24

Corner taken by Conor Hourihane played to the near post, Adam Dugdale makes a clearance.

14:01

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Conor Hourihane. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

11:35

Foul by Shaun Miller on Ladjie Soukouna, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ladjie Soukouna.

9:06

Unfair challenge on Adam Dugdale by Warren Feeney results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

4:25

The ball is delivered by Luke Daley, Header from deep inside the area by Warren Feeney goes over the bar.

4:08

Adam Dugdale is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

3:09

Shot from long distance by Luke Daley misses to the right of the goal.

2:28

Inswinging corner taken by Conor Hourihane from the right by-line, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

1:28

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Blocked by David Artell.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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