Substitute Greg Pearson's last-minute winner gave Crewe the victory and ended Oxford United's six-match unbeaten run.

Pearson was making his Alex debut after joining on loan from Burton and he tapped in from four yards after Nick Powell had taken on the home defence.

The U's had the best chances in the first half as Andrew Whing and Simon Heslop both shot over the crossbar and Peter Leven had an effort blocked.

Powell twice missed chances before he set up Pearson for the decisive goal.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Only Cheltenham have come here and got a result so I think we've shown our credentials and what we're capable of.

"What you've got to think is that every time you come to these clubs, you've got to expect to win. That's what the top clubs do.

"We're not quite there yet because we're not one of the top clubs, but there's no reason why we can't be."

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford:

"For 35 to 40 minutes we were exceptional. We knew it wasn't going to be easy and we started really strongly. But then we lost a little bit of belief because we had a lot of possession and a few chances but didn't get the goal.

"We played too slow in the second half. This is a big place for the opposition to come to and we are a scalp, we know that, we have to overcome that. We didn't play quickly enough in the second half, we didn't get the ball wide and the movement of the front three was almost non existent.

"The balloon was popped and we lacked belief and not for the first time we've got done with a late sucker punch. No-one has tracked the runner and a good ball has undone all the hard work of the past few weeks. The biggest disappointment is we lost heart and belief."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 02 Batt
  • 05 Duberry
  • 06 Wright
  • 16 Whing Booked (McLaren - 62' )
  • 08 Heslop (Tonkin - 72' )
  • 20 Leven
  • 26 Davis
  • 09 Constable
  • 11 Pittman (Smalley - 72' )
  • 15 Potter

Substitutes

  • 03 Tonkin
  • 22 Worley
  • 04 McLaren
  • 14 Hall
  • 10 Smalley

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 05 Artell
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 12 Shelley (Pearson - 81' )
  • 28 Lowry
  • 04 Westwood Booked
  • 08 Murphy
  • 11 Moore
  • 25 Powell

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 20 Turton
  • 17 Mellor
  • 19 Clayton
  • 30 Pearson
Ref: Collins
Att: 7,052

Match Stats

Shots

10 5

On target

6 1

Corners

8 6

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:17

Inswinging corner taken by Peter Leven from the right by-line.

90:00 +2:27

David Artell challenges Peter Leven unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Leven shoots direct from the free kick, David Artell gets a block in.

89:23

Greg Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on James Constable. Jake Wright restarts play with the free kick.

88:12

The assist for the goal came from Nick Powell.

88:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Greg Pearson - Oxford 0 - 1 Crewe Greg Pearson finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 0-1 Crewe.

84:22

Luke Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis. Liam Davis takes the free kick.

80:52 Substitution

Substitution (Crewe) makes a substitution, with Greg Pearson coming on for Danny Shelley.

79:24

Header by Nick Powell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

77:14

Centre by Peter Leven.

76:53

Peter Leven takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

76:43

Liam Davis takes a shot. Harry Davis gets a block in.

73:22

Shot on goal by Nick Powell from just inside the area goes over the target.

71:09 Substitution

Substitution Jon-Paul Pittman leaves the field to be replaced by Deane Smalley.

71:09 Substitution

Substitution Simon Heslop goes off and Anthony Tonkin comes on.

68:00

Nick Powell challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Wright.

66:20

Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

66:20 Booking

Booking Ashley Westwood goes into the book.

65:57

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Davis.

64:46

Unfair challenge on Matt Tootle by Liam Davis results in a free kick. Harry Davis takes the direct free kick.

61:54 Substitution

Substitution (Oxford Utd) makes a substitution, with Paul McLaren coming on for Andrew Whing.

61:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Tootle on Jon-Paul Pittman. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

59:58

Inswinging corner taken by Peter Leven, David Artell makes a clearance.

59:25

Peter Leven takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Harry Davis.

57:10

Damian Batt delivers the ball, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

52:49

Jamie Lowry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Heslop. Peter Leven crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line, Harry Davis gets a block in.

52:34

The ball is swung over by Peter Leven, clearance made by David Artell.

52:29

The ball is crossed by Liam Davis, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

51:43

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Damian Batt manages to make a clearance.

51:15

Direct free kick taken by David Artell.

51:15 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Andrew Whing for unsporting behaviour.

50:46

Foul by Andrew Whing on Jamie Lowry, free kick awarded.

50:09

Handball by Damian Batt. Byron Moore takes the free kick.

46:52

Jamie Lowry takes the inswinging corner, save by Ryan Clarke.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:27 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:56

Michael Duberry concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Powell. Adam Dugdale restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:39

Peter Leven takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

43:16

Unfair challenge on Andrew Whing by Harry Davis results in a free kick. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

42:21

Andrew Whing challenges Luke Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Westwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Damian Batt manages to make a clearance.

41:19

Effort from inside the area by Simon Heslop misses to the left of the goal.

40:36

Peter Leven takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Harry Davis.

39:57

Jon-Paul Pittman fouled by Matt Tootle, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Wright restarts play with the free kick.

38:38

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Damian Batt.

37:35

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Byron Moore.

34:36

Unfair challenge on Luke Murphy by Michael Duberry results in a free kick. Adam Dugdale restarts play with the free kick.

32:16

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line.

31:40

Foul by Damian Batt on Byron Moore, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

26:10

The ball is crossed by Peter Leven, clearance by Harry Davis.

25:23

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

24:04

Alfie Potter takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

21:29

Corner taken by Michael Duberry from the left by-line, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

20:05

Effort on goal by Alfie Potter from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

19:21

Michael Duberry sends in a cross, Matt Tootle manages to make a clearance.

17:24

Peter Leven produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

15:10

Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Adam Dugdale misses to the left of the goal.

12:18

Shot from deep inside the area by Byron Moore clears the crossbar.

9:35

Outswinging corner taken by Peter Leven from the left by-line, James Constable produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

9:19

James Constable takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

5:46

David Artell fouled by James Constable, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Davis takes the direct free kick.

4:32

The ball is crossed by Byron Moore, clearance by Jake Wright.

3:55

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy from the left by-line, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.

1:28

The ball is swung over by James Constable, Alfie Potter takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

0:59

Handball by Jon-Paul Pittman. Adam Dugdale restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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