Crewe hammered sorry Bristol Rovers to leave home fans calling for the sacking of boss Paul Buckle.

AJ Leitch-Smith volleyed the Alex into an early lead only for Matt Harrold to slot home a leveller.

Cian Bolger put through his own net to put the visitors back in front before a clinical strike from Nick Powell and a header by David Artell made it 4-1.

Sub Scott McGleish pulled one back with a low shot but Powell's late solo goal meant Crewe had the final say.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Every time we went forward, I felt we looked a threat and all credit to the lads because their movement was terrific.

"They (AJ Leitch-Smith and Nick Powell) always looked capable of scoring, which we haven't had this season.

"I've gambled with those two because they've not played up there before. They were terrific, so hopefully we can build on that."

Match Stats

Shots

17 14

On target

12 12

Corners

8 8

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:35 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:44

The referee blows for offside against Wes Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Gary Sawyer.

90:00 +3:47

Corner taken by Mustapha Carayol from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Artell.

90:00 +3:41

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross, blocked by Adam Dugdale.

90:00 +2:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Powell - Bristol R 2 - 5 Crewe Goal scored by Nick Powell from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 2-5 Crewe.

90:00 +0:18

Nick Powell takes a shot. Blocked by Lance Cronin. Shot by Byron Moore. Save by Lance Cronin. Ashley Westwood decides to take the corner short. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Andy Dorman. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

89:37

Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

89:37 Booking

Booking Booking for Gary Sawyer.

89:31

Gary Sawyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Tootle.

87:42

Craig Stanley challenges Wes Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Westwood from right wing, clearance by Lee Brown.

87:08 Booking

Booking The referee shows Matt Tootle a yellow card for time wasting.

85:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line, clearance made by Matt Harrold.

85:25

Centre by Byron Moore, blocked by Cian Bolger.

84:36

Corner taken right-footed by Craig Stanley, free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Harrold on Steve Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

82:58

Chris Zebroski has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

82:01 Substitution

Substitution Lee Bell leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Murphy.

81:39

Nick Powell has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

81:06

Effort from 20 yards by Dan Woodards. Blocked by David Artell.

79:36 Substitution

Substitution Wes Fletcher comes on in place of Ajay Leitch-Smith.

79:36

Handball by Chris Zebroski. Direct free kick taken by Harry Davis.

78:22

Mustapha Carayol produces a cross, Steve Phillips makes a save.

78:04

The ball is sent over by Nick Powell, clearance by Lee Brown.

77:45

Craig Stanley sends in a cross, Lee Bell makes a clearance.

76:31

Mustapha Carayol delivers the ball, clearance made by David Artell.

74:22 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ashley Westwood a yellow card.

73:39

Lee Brown delivers the ball, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

72:56

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

72:41

The referee blows for offside against Ajay Leitch-Smith. Lee Brown restarts play with the free kick.

68:52

Unfair challenge on Ajay Leitch-Smith by Lee Brown results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by Ashley Westwood, Harry Davis takes a shot. Save made by Lance Cronin.

67:52

Craig Stanley crosses the ball, Shot from just outside the penalty box by Mustapha Carayol misses to the left of the target.

65:59

Mustapha Carayol produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

63:58

Chris Zebroski crosses the ball.

63:20

Nick Powell crosses the ball, clearance by Gary Sawyer.

62:54

Craig Stanley takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Bell.

62:39

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Dugdale.

62:05

Lee Brown sends in a cross, clearance made by Lee Bell.

61:41

Lee Bell challenges Craig Stanley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Sawyer.

60:57

Ashley Westwood crosses the ball, clearance by Gary Sawyer.

59:15

The ball is sent over by Craig Stanley, clearance made by David Artell.

58:59

Short corner worked by Mustapha Carayol.

58:53

Mustapha Carayol produces a cross, Harry Davis gets a block in.

56:04

Craig Stanley delivers the ball, Steve Phillips makes a save.

54:45

Shot from just outside the area by Ajay Leitch-Smith misses to the right of the target.

52:31

The ball is delivered by Chris Zebroski, save by Steve Phillips.

52:20

The ball is crossed by Dan Woodards, Matt Tootle gets a block in.

50:51

The ball is delivered by Chris Zebroski, Craig Stanley takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

49:49 Booking

Booking Craig Stanley shown a yellow card.

49:31

The official flags Ajay Leitch-Smith offside. Direct free kick taken by Gary Sawyer.

47:28

The assist for the goal came from Craig Stanley.

47:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott McGleish - Bristol R 2 - 4 Crewe Goal scored by Scott McGleish from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 2-4 Crewe.

47:03

Craig Stanley takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Matt Tootle.

46:53

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross, clearance by David Artell.

46:35

Foul by Byron Moore on Chris Zebroski, free kick awarded. Craig Stanley takes the direct free kick.

45:50

The ball is swung over by Lee Brown, clearance by Byron Moore.

45:02 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol Rovers) makes a substitution, with Lance Cronin coming on for Scott Bevan.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Scott McGleish joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Anyinsah.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lee Brown comes on in place of Byron Anthony.

45:00 +3:16 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Bell on Matt Harrold. Dan Woodards takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:35

The ball is crossed by Gary Sawyer, save by Steve Phillips.

43:45

The assist for the goal came from Adam Dugdale.

43:45 Goal scored

Goal! - David Artell - Bristol R 1 - 4 Crewe David Artell finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Bristol Rovers 1-4 Crewe.

43:02

Ashley Westwood takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

42:56

The ball is sent over by Ajay Leitch-Smith, Dan Woodards manages to make a clearance.

42:39

The ball is sent over by Chris Zebroski, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

42:04

Shot by Andy Dorman. Save made by Steve Phillips.

41:17

A cross is delivered by Joe Anyinsah, clearance by David Artell.

40:06

Foul by Cian Bolger on Ajay Leitch-Smith, free kick awarded. Adam Dugdale takes the direct free kick.

39:50

Dan Woodards delivers the ball, clearance by Harry Davis.

39:33

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot from 18 yards. Harry Davis gets a block in.

38:50

Lee Bell fouled by Joe Anyinsah, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the indirect free kick.

37:52

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Scott Bevan makes a save.

37:10

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Chris Zebroski.

36:24

Centre by Harry Davis.

35:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Stanley played to the near post, Cian Bolger takes a shot. Ajay Leitch-Smith gets a block in.

35:27

A cross is delivered by Chris Zebroski, blocked by Byron Moore.

34:19

The referee blows for offside. Scott Bevan takes the indirect free kick.

32:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Powell - Bristol R 1 - 3 Crewe A goal is scored by Nick Powell from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-3 Crewe.

32:00

Corner taken by Craig Stanley from the left by-line.

31:33

Chris Zebroski crosses the ball, Matt Tootle gets a block in.

31:01

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood played to the near post, Andy Dorman makes a clearance.

30:27

The ball is swung over by Ajay Leitch-Smith, Nick Powell takes a shot. Byron Anthony gets a block in.

29:15

Mustapha Carayol produces a cross, Matt Tootle makes a clearance.

26:55

Assist by Ajay Leitch-Smith.

26:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Cian Bolger - Bristol R 1 - 2 Crewe Headed own goal by Cian Bolger. Bristol Rovers 1-2 Crewe.

26:08

Jamie Lowry takes a shot. Cian Bolger gets a block in. The ball is sent over by Nick Powell, Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot.

25:45

Effort from 20 yards by Chris Zebroski. Adam Dugdale gets a block in.

23:00

Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

23:00 Booking

Booking Booking for Mustapha Carayol for unsporting behaviour.

21:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mustapha Carayol on Lee Bell.

20:29

Nick Powell takes a shot. Blocked by Byron Anthony. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line, clearance by Cian Bolger. Ashley Westwood takes the outswinging corner, Adam Dugdale takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

19:00

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross, Steve Phillips makes a clearance.

18:12

Shot by Gary Sawyer from 20 yards. Blocked by Steve Phillips.

17:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Harrold by David Artell. Direct free kick taken by Gary Sawyer.

16:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cian Bolger by Nick Powell. Free kick taken by Cian Bolger.

15:31

Mustapha Carayol takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

14:43

Byron Moore challenges Andy Dorman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dan Woodards.

12:25

Ajay Leitch-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Bevan.

12:00

Nick Powell delivers the ball, Byron Anthony makes a clearance.

10:26

Centre by Andy Dorman, Adam Dugdale makes a clearance.

9:20

The ball is crossed by Matt Tootle, Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Scott Bevan gets a block in.

8:02

The assist for the goal came from Chris Zebroski.

8:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Bristol R 1 - 1 Crewe A goal is scored by Matt Harrold from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-1 Crewe.

6:34

Centre by Mustapha Carayol, Matt Tootle manages to make a clearance.

5:34

Inswinging corner taken by Craig Stanley, Cian Bolger has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

5:28

The ball is sent over by Mustapha Carayol, Jamie Lowry gets a block in.

5:03

Nick Powell challenges Cian Bolger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Stanley.

4:57

The ball is delivered by Mustapha Carayol, David Artell makes a clearance.

1:08

Assist on the goal came from Matt Tootle.

1:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Ajay Leitch-Smith - Bristol R 0 - 1 Crewe Ajay Leitch-Smith gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 0-1 Crewe.

1:08

Matt Tootle produces a cross,

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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