Crewe had to settle for a third successive draw despite teenager Nick Powell's ninth goal of the season.

Promotion-chasing Shrewsbury had gone in front when Crewe keeper Steve Phillips's clearance hit the back of James Collins and looped into the net.

But Powell, just 17, equalised by glancing home Ashley Westwood's cross.

Phillips redeemed himself with fine saves from Jon Taylor and Ian Sharps but Powell wasted a chance to win it for Alex by screwing his shot wide.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We didn't start well in terms of the goal, it was a setback which was difficult to recover from."

"Our budget is probably a third of their budget, which you have to take in to consideration, (and) the lads had a real good go."

"There is a vulnerability about us which is still evident, so we have to be more solid and sound with our defending."

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"When you don't win you always have a tinge of disappointment.

"But when you go away from home, against a side not far off the play-offs and who won't be far off at the end of the season, you've got to say that's a reasonable point.

"We had one or two opportunities in the first half and made the keeper make one or two saves, and in the second we lacked that final cutting edge.

"But you had two teams wanting to pass it, wanting to play, and I thought it was a great advert for second division football."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (3)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 15 Martin Booked
  • 04 Westwood
  • 08 Murphy Booked
  • 11 Moore
  • 25 Powell
  • 09 Miller (Clayton - 84' )
  • 30 Pearson (Shelley - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 05 Artell
  • 12 Shelley
  • 20 Turton
  • 19 Clayton

Shrewsbury

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Grandison
  • 05 Sharps
  • 15 Regan
  • 21 McLaughlin Booked
  • 07 Wright
  • 14 Richards Booked
  • 19 McAllister
  • 23 Taylor (Sawyers - 80' )
  • 09 Collins
  • 10 Morgan

Substitutes

  • 25 Smith
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 08 Wroe
  • 26 Sawyers
  • 24 Gornell
Ref: Webb
Att: 5,086

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

2 8

Corners

5 5

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +0:44

The ball is crossed by Byron Moore, clearance by Ian Sharps. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line, Conor McLaughlin manages to make a clearance.

88:55

Foul by Marvin Morgan on Harry Davis, free kick awarded. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

87:55

Romaine Sawyers has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

87:34

The ball is delivered by Nick Powell, clearance made by Ian Sharps.

86:13

Nick Powell fouled by Marvin Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

85:48

The ball is crossed by Matthew Richards, Carl Martin makes a clearance.

84:38

Unfair challenge on David McAllister by Luke Murphy results in a free kick. Matthew Richards takes the direct free kick.

83:19 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Miller goes off and Max Clayton comes on.

82:46

Shaun Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Regan. Direct free kick taken by Chris Neal.

82:25

The ball is swung over by Carl Regan, Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.

79:19 Substitution

Substitution Romaine Sawyers comes on in place of Jon Taylor.

79:19

James Collins produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

79:04

Centre by Jon Taylor.

77:04

The ball is crossed by Jon Taylor, Adam Dugdale manages to make a clearance. Mark Wright takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Nick Powell. The ball is delivered by Conor McLaughlin, Adam Dugdale manages to make a clearance.

76:40

Byron Moore crosses the ball, Chris Neal makes a save.

74:07

Handball by James Collins. Carl Martin takes the free kick.

71:30

Ashley Westwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Matthew Richards. Byron Moore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David McAllister. Direct free kick taken by Chris Neal.

71:30 Booking

Booking Booking for Conor McLaughlin for unsporting behaviour.

71:21

Conor McLaughlin challenges Byron Moore unfairly and gives away a free kick.

70:24

Floated corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, Chris Neal makes a save.

69:51

Marvin Morgan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Harry Davis takes the free kick.

67:30

The ball is crossed by Byron Moore, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Neal by Luke Murphy. Chris Neal takes the free kick.

65:31 Substitution

Substitution Danny Shelley comes on in place of Greg Pearson.

65:31

Conor McLaughlin crosses the ball.

63:32

Centre by Byron Moore, Nick Powell challenges Carl Regan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Neal takes the free kick.

61:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shaun Miller. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

60:27

Corner taken by Matthew Richards, Ian Sharps takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

60:03

Byron Moore crosses the ball, Carl Regan makes a clearance.

59:36

The ball is swung over by Conor McLaughlin, clearance made by Carl Martin.

59:18

The ball is swung over by Matthew Richards, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

57:38

Jon Taylor delivers the ball, Greg Pearson manages to make a clearance.

57:09

Mark Wright takes the inswinging corner, Harry Davis manages to make a clearance.

56:33

Centre by Byron Moore, save made by Chris Neal.

55:44

Greg Pearson takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal. Short corner worked by Ashley Westwood, clearance by Ian Sharps.

53:55

Nick Powell fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

53:55 Booking

Booking Booking for Matthew Richards for unsporting behaviour.

53:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Richards on Greg Pearson.

52:55

Corner from the right by-line taken by Matthew Richards, clearance made by Byron Moore.

52:35

The ball is swung over by Luke Murphy, Jermaine Grandison manages to make a clearance.

51:35

A cross is delivered by Ashley Westwood, Matthew Richards manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Ashley Westwood played to the near post, save by Chris Neal.

50:54

Greg Pearson is caught offside. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

50:40

Marvin Morgan challenges Adam Dugdale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

49:13

A cross is delivered by Ashley Westwood, save by Chris Neal.

47:02

A cross is delivered by Luke Murphy, save made by Chris Neal.

45:16

The ball is delivered by Carl Martin, save made by Chris Neal.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:45

Byron Moore produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

44:35

Marvin Morgan sends in a cross, Harry Davis manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Conor McLaughlin on Byron Moore. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

43:48

The ball is swung over by Conor McLaughlin, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Phillips by David McAllister. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

41:00

A cross is delivered by Marvin Morgan, Adam Dugdale makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Wright from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Luke Murphy.

40:08

Shot from outside the box by David McAllister misses to the left of the target.

39:56

The ball is crossed by Carl Martin, clearance made by Conor McLaughlin.

39:03

Ian Sharps challenges Greg Pearson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

37:53

The ball is swung over by Mark Wright. James Collins is caught offside. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick. Byron Moore delivers the ball, Effort from inside the area by Nick Powell misses to the left of the target.

37:21

The ball is delivered by Jon Taylor, James Collins takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

34:20

A cross is delivered by Mark Wright.

33:42

The referee blows for offside against Greg Pearson. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

32:58

Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

32:58 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy is given a yellow card.

32:42

David McAllister fouled by Luke Murphy, the ref awards a free kick.

31:47

Carl Regan produces a cross, Mark Wright takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Grandison on Greg Pearson. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

31:33

Jon Taylor takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

30:32

The ball is crossed by Nick Powell, save made by Chris Neal.

29:38

Mark Wright takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

29:01

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Nick Powell goes wide of the left-hand post.

27:47

The ball is crossed by Byron Moore.

27:31

Ashley Westwood produces a cross, clearance made by Jermaine Grandison.

26:55

The ball is crossed by Mark Wright, James Collins takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

26:08

Effort on goal by Nick Powell from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

25:23

Matthew Richards has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.

23:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Grandison by Greg Pearson. Matthew Richards takes the free kick.

22:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Murphy on David McAllister. Matthew Richards takes the free kick.

21:23

Assist on the goal came from Ashley Westwood.

21:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Powell - Crewe 1 - 1 Shrewsbury Nick Powell grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Crewe 1-1 Shrewsbury.

20:33

Nick Powell fouled by Jon Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Westwood crosses the ball,

18:08

The ball is crossed by Byron Moore, clearance by Ian Sharps.

14:43

Matthew Richards takes the direct free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by David McAllister on Adam Dugdale. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips. Greg Pearson is penalised for a handball. Matthew Richards restarts play with the free kick.

14:43 Booking

Booking The referee books Carl Martin for unsporting behaviour.

14:36

Foul by Carl Martin on Jon Taylor, free kick awarded.

13:10

Centre by Luke Murphy, clearance made by Jermaine Grandison.

10:50

Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.

10:40

A cross is delivered by Nick Powell, Ian Sharps manages to make a clearance.

9:43

Marvin Morgan produces a cross, Matt Tootle makes a clearance.

7:22

Marvin Morgan takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

4:58 Goal scored

Goal! - James Collins - Crewe 0 - 1 Shrewsbury James Collins finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crewe 0-1 Shrewsbury.

4:09

The offside flag is raised against Marvin Morgan. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

1:49

Jon Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ashley Westwood.

1:12

Matt Tootle delivers the ball, Jermaine Grandison manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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