League Two leaders Swindon suffered only their second league defeat of 2012 as goals from Nick Powell and Ashley Westwood gave Crewe the victory.

Powell scored his fifth goal in six games with a shot from the edge of the area, which went in off the crossbar.

Westwood doubled Alex's lead when he finished off a well-worked team goal with an angled effort from six yards.

Swindon's Ronan Murray missed a one-on-one, Simon Ferry hit the post and Paul Benson's effort also hit the woodwork.

The Robins' lead at the top of the table has been reduced to four points, while Crewe remain ninth, three points off a play-off place.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis:

"It was a fantastic effort from the players. We started the game at a really high tempo and I think we caught them out with it.

"They couldn't really settle in to the game because we unsettled them with our pressure, and went on to create three or four good chances.

"I thought our back four performed excellently under a lot of pressure in the second half, and it was a great clean sheet for us."

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"For me it was simply ridiculous. We deserved to lose.

"Today the fault is (with) Paolo di Canio because probably I lost in the last few weeks my humility.

"Some of my players lost some humility, passion, desire. I don't want to burn what we have built. I have to discover why.

"Today they behaved as stupid and silly lads."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 05 Artell
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 12 Shelley (Brown - 75' )
  • 04 Westwood
  • 08 Murphy
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Clayton - 82' )
  • 11 Moore
  • 25 Powell (Miller - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 33 Brown
  • 09 Miller
  • 19 Clayton
  • 30 Pearson

Swindon Town

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 03 Kennedy (Murray - 66' )
  • 04 Flint Booked
  • 05 Devera
  • 08 Ferry
  • 10 Ritchie
  • 12 McCormack Booked
  • 13 Risser (Cox - 79' )
  • 19 Rooney (Holmes - 46' )
  • 09 Benson
  • 25 Tehoue

Substitutes

  • 27 Cibocchi
  • 16 Cox
  • 22 Holmes
  • 17 Connell
  • 34 Murray
Ref: Deadman
Att: 4,641

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

6 2

Corners

5 4

Fouls

4 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:51

Lee Holmes delivers the ball, save made by Steve Phillips.

90:00 +2:41

Corner from left by-line taken by Byron Moore.

90:00 +2:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Byron Moore. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:25

Lee Holmes produces a cross, Header by Paul Benson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

88:31 Substitution

Substitution Nick Powell goes off and Shaun Miller comes on.

87:46

Max Clayton takes a shot. Lee Cox gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood.

85:44

Paul Benson delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Aden Flint misses to the right of the target.

85:09

Corner taken by Lee Holmes from the left by-line, David Artell makes a clearance.

84:10

Lee Holmes delivers the ball, save by Steve Phillips.

82:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Devera on Nick Powell. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick, Close range headed effort by Harry Davis goes wide of the left-hand upright.

81:48

Foul by Aden Flint on Max Clayton, free kick awarded. Adam Dugdale takes the direct free kick.

81:08 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton is brought on as a substitute for Ajay Leitch-Smith.

80:13

Handball by Luke Murphy. Lee Holmes takes the free kick.

79:25

Simon Ferry delivers the ball, Shot from deep inside the area by Jonathan Tehoue clears the bar.

78:02 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Lee Cox coming on for Oliver Risser.

77:27

Matt Ritchie produces a cross, Nick Powell manages to make a clearance.

77:19

Centre by Lee Holmes, clearance made by Ashley Westwood.

76:42

Jonathan Tehoue takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

76:18

The ball is sent over by Matt Ritchie, Jordan Brown makes a clearance.

75:31

Lee Holmes crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Jonathan Tehoue misses to the right of the goal.

74:03 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Brown comes on in place of Danny Shelley.

72:51

Simon Ferry takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken by Matt Ritchie from the right by-line, clearance made by Ajay Leitch-Smith. Lee Holmes delivers the ball, Header from close range by Paul Benson hits the post.

71:42

Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, clearance by Harry Davis. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Lee Holmes from the left by-line, save by Steve Phillips.

71:12

Centre by Lee Holmes, Luke Murphy manages to make a clearance.

70:40

Unfair challenge on Alan McCormack by Nick Powell results in a free kick. Alan McCormack takes the direct free kick.

69:50

Ronan Murray takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

68:41

Free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

68:41 Booking

Booking The referee books Aden Flint for unsporting behaviour.

68:25

Ajay Leitch-Smith fouled by Aden Flint, the ref awards a free kick.

67:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ajay Leitch-Smith. Indirect free kick taken by Aden Flint.

65:47 Substitution

Substitution Ronan Murray replaces Callum Kennedy.

64:13

Assist by Matt Tootle.

64:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Westwood - Crewe 2 - 0 Swindon Ashley Westwood finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crewe 2-0 Swindon.

64:08

Matt Tootle sends in a cross,

63:26

The offside flag is raised against Nick Powell. Wesley Foderingham takes the indirect free kick.

61:25

Paul Benson fouled by Harry Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Holmes crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

60:05

The ball is swung over by Lee Holmes, Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.

57:45

Ashley Westwood takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Aden Flint.

55:36

Ajay Leitch-Smith delivers the ball.

52:35

Danny Shelley has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

52:13

Nick Powell takes a shot. Save by Wesley Foderingham.

51:51

Matt Ritchie delivers the ball, clearance made by Ashley Westwood.

51:34

Corner taken by Lee Holmes from the left by-line, clearance made by David Artell.

48:48

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, Aden Flint makes a clearance.

48:01

Effort on goal by Lee Holmes from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

46:52

Danny Shelley sends in a cross, Aden Flint makes a clearance.

45:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Ritchie on Matt Tootle. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Luke Rooney goes off and Lee Holmes comes on.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:59

Harry Davis sends in a cross.

43:32

A cross is delivered by Alan McCormack, clearance by Harry Davis.

43:10

The ball is delivered by Matt Ritchie, David Artell makes a clearance.

42:48

Luke Rooney sends in a cross, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

42:05

Nick Powell takes a shot. Save by Wesley Foderingham.

39:59

Matt Ritchie produces a cross, clearance by Byron Moore.

38:08

Shot on goal comes in from Luke Murphy from the free kick.

38:08 Booking

Booking The referee shows Alan McCormack a yellow card.

37:27

Alan McCormack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood.

36:09

Matt Ritchie sends in a cross, clearance by Luke Murphy.

34:46

Adam Dugdale challenges Paul Benson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Callum Kennedy.

33:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliver Risser on Luke Murphy. Free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

32:03

Matt Ritchie produces a cross.

31:05

Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, save by Steve Phillips.

28:07

Ajay Leitch-Smith provided the assist for the goal.

28:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Powell - Crewe 1 - 0 Swindon Nick Powell scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Crewe 1-0 Swindon.

27:54

Ajay Leitch-Smith delivers the ball,

25:53

The ball is crossed by Byron Moore, Headed effort from inside the area by David Artell misses to the left of the target.

24:52

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Oliver Risser results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Westwood from right wing, Alan McCormack makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ashley Westwood, Oliver Risser manages to make a clearance. Byron Moore crosses the ball, clearance by Joe Devera.

24:12

Matt Ritchie sends in a cross, save by Steve Phillips.

23:13

Centre by Alan McCormack.

22:47

Nick Powell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Kennedy. Callum Kennedy takes the free kick.

21:59

The ball is crossed by Nick Powell, Ajay Leitch-Smith has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

20:08

Matt Ritchie delivers the ball, clearance by David Artell.

17:57

Byron Moore delivers the ball.

11:52

Callum Kennedy produces a cross, save made by Steve Phillips.

3:14

Callum Kennedy crosses the ball, clearance by David Artell.

1:48

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

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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