Luke Murphy's strike proved decisive as Crewe saw off Burton.

Danny Shelley drove home a low strike to give the hosts the lead before teeing up Ashley Westwood to rifle a fierce shot into the roof of the net.

Callum Driver pulled one back for the Brewers with a smart finish after latching onto Adam Bolder's through ball, only for Murphy to extend the advantage from close range.

Calvin Zola scored from a narrow angle in stoppage time but it was not enough.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We've had a lot of goals in the last three home games, but as long as we're getting the three points, I'm not bothered if it's 5-4 or 6-5.

"It's a big win with us being under strength. We were short and we knew that because we had a very young bench.

"There were a lot of adjustments and a lot of things that we had to change very quickly.

"It was a battling performance under the circumstances so it makes it a very good win tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 12 Shelley (Clayton - 76' )
  • 15 Martin Booked
  • 31 Tunnicliffe
  • 04 Westwood
  • 08 Murphy
  • 09 Miller
  • 11 Moore (Turton - 46' )
  • 25 Powell (Mellor - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 20 Turton
  • 17 Mellor
  • 29 Oswell
  • 19 Clayton

Burton Albion

  • 23 Atkins
  • 02 Driver
  • 04 Stanton Booked
  • 15 Austin
  • 20 Blanchett
  • 06 McGrath Booked (Palmer - 64' )
  • 19 Maghoma (Taylor - 75' )
  • 21 Gurrieri (Richards - 52' )
  • 22 Dyer
  • 26 Bolder
  • 10 Zola

Substitutes

  • 05 James
  • 08 Corbett
  • 11 Palmer
  • 13 Taylor
  • 09 Richards
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 3,157

Match Stats

Shots

10 13

On target

7 5

Corners

2 7

Fouls

4 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:42

Ryan Austin produces a cross, Steve Phillips makes a save.

90:00 +1:59

Justin Richards takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

90:00 +0:20 Booking

Booking Carl Martin receives a caution for time wasting.

89:25

Assist by Adam Bolder.

89:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Calvin Zola - Crewe 3 - 2 Burton Calvin Zola finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 3-2 Burton Albion.

88:41

Chris Palmer has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

86:40

The assist for the goal came from Shaun Miller.

86:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Murphy - Crewe 3 - 1 Burton Luke Murphy gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crewe 3-1 Burton Albion.

85:53

The ball is sent over by Max Clayton.

84:30

Corner taken by Chris Palmer, Kelvin Mellor manages to make a clearance.

83:38

Cleveland Taylor is caught offside. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

80:51 Substitution

Substitution Kelvin Mellor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nick Powell.

80:51

Shot from a long way out by Callum Driver goes wide of the left-hand post.

79:26

Justin Richards takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

78:10

Unfair challenge on Nick Powell by Callum Driver results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Westwood, save by Ross Atkins.

77:27

Chris Palmer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Miller. Free kick taken by Harry Davis.

76:49

The assistant referee flags for offside against Max Clayton. Ryan Austin takes the free kick.

76:13

The ball is swung over by Callum Driver.

74:26 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton comes on in place of Danny Shelley.

74:26 Substitution

Substitution Cleveland Taylor on for Jacques Maghoma.

74:26

Effort from the edge of the box by Calvin Zola goes wide of the right-hand upright.

71:23

Jacques Maghoma challenges Oliver Turton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

70:23

Calvin Zola takes a shot. Carl Martin gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Justin Richards from the left by-line to the near post, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

67:11

Calvin Zola sends in a cross, Carl Martin gets a block in. Corner taken by Justin Richards from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range header by Ryan Austin misses to the right of the goal.

67:05

Danny Blanchett delivers the ball.

66:23

Luke Murphy crosses the ball, clearance by Ryan Austin.

65:24

Ashley Westwood takes the direct free kick.

65:24 Booking

Booking Nathan Stanton goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

64:55

Nick Powell fouled by Nathan Stanton, the ref awards a free kick.

64:31

Centre by Jack Dyer, save made by Steve Phillips.

63:43

Corner taken by Jack Dyer from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Nick Powell.

63:43 Substitution

Substitution (Burton Albion) makes a substitution, with Chris Palmer coming on for John McGrath.

56:04

Assist on the goal came from Jacques Maghoma.

56:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Callum Driver - Crewe 2 - 1 Burton Callum Driver grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 2-1 Burton Albion.

55:30

The ball is swung over by Adam Bolder.

54:01

Assist by Danny Shelley.

54:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Westwood - Crewe 2 - 0 Burton Ashley Westwood scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Crewe 2-0 Burton Albion.

52:33

The ball is sent over by Luke Murphy, Danny Shelley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

51:36 Substitution

Substitution Justin Richards on for Andres Gurrieri.

51:11

Matt Tootle sends in a cross.

49:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John McGrath by Danny Shelley. Direct free kick taken by John McGrath.

48:14

The ball is sent over by Callum Driver.

46:42

Nick Powell takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Crewe) makes a substitution, with Oliver Turton coming on for Byron Moore.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:48

Outswinging corner taken by Jack Dyer from the right by-line, clearance made by Byron Moore.

40:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nick Powell. Free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

40:24

A cross is delivered by Callum Driver, clearance made by Harry Davis.

39:16

Effort from outside the penalty box by Nick Powell goes wide right of the goal.

36:17

Centre by Andres Gurrieri, Steve Phillips makes a save.

35:01

Foul by Harry Davis on Calvin Zola, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by John McGrath.

34:24

Byron Moore takes a shot. Ross Atkins makes a save.

33:17

Andres Gurrieri has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

30:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Dyer on Shaun Miller. Ashley Westwood crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Calvin Zola.

29:53

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

29:01

Assist by Nick Powell.

29:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Shelley - Crewe 1 - 0 Burton Danny Shelley fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 1-0 Burton Albion.

28:24

Centre by John McGrath.

26:53

John McGrath fouled by Matt Tootle, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Blanchett takes the free kick.

26:18

Nick Powell takes a shot. Andres Gurrieri makes a clearance.

24:33

Ashley Westwood takes the free kick. Shaun Miller takes a shot. Save by Ross Atkins. Corner from left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

24:33 Booking

Booking John McGrath is shown a yellow card.

24:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by John McGrath.

22:44

Centre by Andres Gurrieri, James Tunnicliffe manages to make a clearance.

21:09

A cross is delivered by Matt Tootle.

20:56

The ball is sent over by Shaun Miller.

17:57

The ball is sent over by Danny Blanchett, Steve Phillips makes a save.

16:20

Jacques Maghoma crosses the ball, clearance made by Harry Davis.

13:06

Ashley Westwood takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ryan Austin.

12:22

Andres Gurrieri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

11:17

Danny Blanchett is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

10:14

Nick Powell takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

8:38

The official flags Harry Davis offside. Direct free kick taken by Ross Atkins.

7:45

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Jack Dyer results in a free kick. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

7:16

The ball is swung over by Byron Moore, clearance by Callum Driver.

6:39

Calvin Zola is caught offside. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

5:19

The ball is delivered by Calvin Zola, James Tunnicliffe gets a block in. Corner taken by Andres Gurrieri from the right by-line played to the near post, Calvin Zola takes a shot. Blocked by Nick Powell. Jack Dyer takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Harry Davis.

2:02

Jacques Maghoma has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

1:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Bolder by Luke Murphy. Callum Driver takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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