Two late goals from Max Clayton and Luke Murphy earned victory for Crewe over Accrington Stanley to aid their push for the League Two play-offs.

Stanley could have gone ahead early on at Gresty Road, but Steve Phillips did well to keep out Jamie Devitt's effort.

The Alex dominated throughout most of the game, taking the lead when teenage striker Clayton volleyed home superbly.

Murphy then wrapped up the game in stoppage time when the young midfielder bundled the ball into the net.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Stoke:

"I've just told them that the result for me is more important, the performance comes second.

"They set up to make it difficult for us, pressurising us quite high and putting us under a lot of pressure.

"I'm pleased that the young boys stuck at it. Max came on and did what I asked him to do, getting us a goal."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 05 Artell
  • 15 Martin
  • 04 Westwood Booked
  • 07 Bell (Shelley - 60' )
  • 08 Murphy
  • 09 Miller (Clayton - 65' )
  • 25 Powell Booked
  • 30 Pearson

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 12 Shelley
  • 20 Turton
  • 17 Mellor
  • 19 Clayton

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 02 Coid
  • 03 Winnard
  • 05 Nsiala
  • 12 Murphy (Smith - 83' )
  • 08 Barnett (Hughes - 63' )
  • 11 Joyce
  • 14 McIntyre Booked
  • 17 Devitt
  • 07 Lindfield (Evans - 63' )
  • 23 Amond

Substitutes

  • 01 Murdoch
  • 18 Willis
  • 19 Evans
  • 27 Hughes
  • 21 Smith
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 3,179

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

5 4

Corners

7 7

Fouls

5 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:55

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Bryan Hughes played to the near post, Matt Tootle makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:36

Danny Coid produces a cross, Bryan Hughes takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Tootle.

90:00 +1:24

Nick Powell provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +1:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Murphy - Crewe 2 - 0 Accrington Luke Murphy finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Crewe 2-0 Accrington Stanley.

90:00 +1:15

The ball is sent over by Nick Powell,

90:00 +0:53

Danny Coid produces a cross, David Artell makes a clearance.

89:34

Jamie Devitt delivers the ball, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

88:45

Ashley Westwood decides to take the corner short.

88:36

Nick Powell takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Joyce.

87:52

Nick Powell fouled by Aristote Nsiala, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Shelley.

85:01

Shot by Luke Murphy from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

84:23

Short corner taken by Ashley Westwood.

83:07

Centre by Danny Coid, Harry Davis manages to make a clearance.

82:02 Substitution

Substitution Michael Smith replaces Peter Murphy.

80:01

Ashley Westwood provided the assist for the goal.

80:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Max Clayton - Crewe 1 - 0 Accrington Max Clayton fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

79:27

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line played to the near post,

78:10

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.

78:05

The ball is delivered by Matt Tootle, Aristote Nsiala manages to make a clearance.

76:19

Ashley Westwood crosses the ball, clearance by Dean Winnard.

75:28

Danny Coid delivers the ball, Steve Phillips makes a save.

73:43

Shot from long range by Jamie Devitt goes wide of the left-hand upright.

73:32

Bryan Hughes produces a cross, clearance made by Matt Tootle.

72:45

Shot from just outside the box by Bryan Hughes goes over the crossbar.

71:44

Corner taken short by Jamie Devitt, The ball is delivered by Kevin McIntyre, clearance by David Artell.

71:32

Jamie Devitt crosses the ball, clearance made by Carl Martin.

69:02

Danny Coid crosses the ball, save by Steve Phillips.

68:02

Floated corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Bryan Hughes.

67:44

The ball is crossed by Nick Powell, clearance by Dean Winnard.

66:41

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Bryan Hughes played to the near post, Greg Pearson manages to make a clearance.

64:34 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton on for Shaun Miller.

64:23

Kevin McIntyre delivers the ball.

64:00

Centre by Micah Evans, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

63:43

Greg Pearson takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Winnard.

62:24 Substitution

Substitution (Accrington Stanley) makes a substitution, with Bryan Hughes coming on for Charlie Barnett.

62:24 Substitution

Substitution (Accrington Stanley) makes a substitution, with Micah Evans coming on for Craig Lindfield.

61:49

Shaun Miller produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

59:10 Substitution

Substitution (Crewe) makes a substitution, with Danny Shelley coming on for Lee Bell.

59:10

Peter Murphy crosses the ball.

58:30

Unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Lee Bell results in a free kick. Ian Dunbavin takes the free kick.

58:19

The ball is swung over by Luke Murphy, Aristote Nsiala manages to make a clearance.

58:01

The ball is crossed by Carl Martin, clearance by Dean Winnard.

55:32

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Lindfield.

54:07

Centre by Luke Murphy, save by Ian Dunbavin.

53:29

Danny Coid takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

50:22

Corner from right by-line taken by Ashley Westwood.

46:56

Charlie Barnett takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

45:42

Corner taken by Jamie Devitt from the left by-line played to the near post, Luke Murphy manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Jamie Devitt.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:27 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:36

The ball is sent over by Shaun Miller, Aristote Nsiala manages to make a clearance.

42:35

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nick Powell.

42:35 Booking

Booking Kevin McIntyre booked.

42:25

Kevin McIntyre concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Powell.

40:34

Unfair challenge on Lee Bell by Craig Lindfield results in a free kick. David Artell takes the free kick.

40:13

The ball is sent over by Peter Murphy, save by Steve Phillips.

38:38

Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

38:38 Booking

Booking Nick Powell receives a caution.

38:30

Kevin McIntyre fouled by Nick Powell, the ref awards a free kick.

36:55

Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Devitt, clearance by Matt Tootle.

36:49

The ball is swung over by Danny Coid, David Artell makes a clearance.

34:16

The ball is swung over by Ashley Westwood, Dean Winnard makes a clearance.

32:37

The ball is swung over by Kevin McIntyre, Matt Tootle makes a clearance.

30:51

Greg Pearson takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

28:59

Padraig Amond concedes a free kick for a foul on David Artell. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

28:34

Craig Lindfield crosses the ball, clearance by Lee Bell.

27:13

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ashley Westwood, clearance by Charlie Barnett.

26:49

The ball is swung over by Ashley Westwood, clearance made by Aristote Nsiala.

23:45

Luke Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Murphy. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jamie Devitt from right wing, clearance made by David Artell.

23:34

Jamie Devitt takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

22:31

The ball is sent over by Kevin McIntyre, Lee Bell manages to make a clearance.

20:39

Luke Murphy fouled by Peter Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

19:39 Booking

Booking Ashley Westwood receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

19:23

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

17:23

Craig Lindfield challenges Harry Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

16:35

Craig Lindfield produces a cross.

14:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Barnett by Lee Bell. Direct free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.

12:08

The ball is sent over by Nick Powell, Shot by Greg Pearson from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

11:13

A cross is delivered by Jamie Devitt, Lee Bell manages to make a clearance.

10:47

The referee penalises Carl Martin for handball. Kevin McIntyre takes the direct free kick.

9:09

Corner taken by Jamie Devitt.

7:48

Unfair challenge on Greg Pearson by Dean Winnard results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Artell.

7:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Miller. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

6:50

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

5:40

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Miller. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

5:08

Shaun Miller takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

4:27

Jamie Devitt crosses the ball, clearance by Nick Powell.

3:46

Lee Bell concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Barnett. Direct free kick taken by Luke Joyce.

1:15

Foul by Aristote Nsiala on Nick Powell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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