Macclesfield remain in relegation danger despite rescuing a point against League Two play-off hopefuls Crewe.

A push by Harry Davis on Ross Draper allowed Lewis Chalmers to edge the hosts ahead from the penalty spot.

Nick Powell levelled just before half-time from close range before dancing past two defenders to hit the top corner just before the hour-mark.

Former Crewe man Colin Daniel equalised 10 minutes from time when his first-time shot beat Steve Phillips.

Crewe remain just one spot outside the play-off zone, still level on points with seventh-placed Oxford United, with three games left.

Macc remain in 23rd, three points adrift of the safety zone - but with a better goal difference than 22nd-placed Barnet.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Macclesfield manager Brian Horton told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I can't fault the boys at all. I thought they stood up and were counted, every single one of them.

"It's a great goal that's got us a point. Colin's got that in his locker if he starts to believe in himself.

"We went ahead against the run of play but we should have gone 2-0 up. We had a great chance and, if that goes in, it's a completely different game.

"But Crewe are a good side and it's a good point in the end."

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We got ourselves in front after being a goal down and showed great spirit, but we were guilty of being naïve and missing chances.

"Our possession was good and I thought we were much the better side.

"We made a couple of mistakes and Macclesfield seized on them.

"But, on the whole, I was pleased with the performance."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Macclesfield

  • 01 Veiga
  • 02 Bateson
  • 03 Tremarco
  • 05 Brown
  • 07 Chalmers Booked
  • 08 Draper
  • 12 Mendy
  • 15 Marshall (Tomlinson - 62' Booked )
  • 17 Wedgbury (Daniel - 56' )
  • 20 Hamshaw Booked
  • 29 Mills

Substitutes

  • 40 O'Donnell
  • 11 Daniel
  • 26 Roberts
  • 18 Fairhurst
  • 23 Tomlinson

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Davis
  • 05 Artell
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 04 Westwood
  • 08 Murphy Booked
  • 17 Mellor
  • 34 Bodin (Miller - 89' )
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Clayton - 90' )
  • 11 Moore
  • 25 Powell

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 02 Tootle
  • 07 Bell
  • 09 Miller
  • 19 Clayton
Ref: Miller
Att: 3,434

Match Stats

Shots

7 18

On target

4 8

Corners

4 7

Fouls

13 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:08

Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +4:08 Booking

Booking Ben Tomlinson is booked.

90:00 +3:57

Ben Tomlinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Artell.

90:00 +3:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Hamshaw on Shaun Miller. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Westwood, Jose Veiga makes a save.

88:07

Steve Phillips takes the indirect free kick.

88:07 Substitution

Substitution (Crewe) makes a substitution, with Max Clayton coming on for Ajay Leitch-Smith.

88:07 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Bodin.

88:07

Corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the right by-line. Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

85:18

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, Nathaniel Brown makes a clearance.

84:41

Arnaud Mendy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Westwood from left channel, clearance by Nathaniel Brown.

82:56

Luke Murphy challenges Ben Tomlinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw from right channel, save by Jose Veiga.

81:03

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Ben Mills manages to make a clearance.

80:29

Ben Mills concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Dugdale. Byron Moore takes the free kick.

79:20

Ben Tomlinson provided the assist for the goal.

79:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Colin Daniel - Macclesfld 2 - 2 Crewe Colin Daniel finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Macclesfield 2-2 Crewe.

78:04

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Colin Daniel misses to the left of the target.

75:56

Billy Bodin takes a shot.

74:31

Corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

71:22

Ben Tomlinson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

69:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Artell on Ben Mills. Free kick crossed right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw, clearance made by David Artell.

68:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Ben Mills. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

68:09

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

68:09 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy receives a yellow card.

67:57

Unfair challenge on Colin Daniel by Luke Murphy results in a free kick.

67:22

Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Westwood, save by Jose Veiga.

67:22 Booking

Booking Lewis Chalmers is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

67:02

Nick Powell fouled by Lewis Chalmers, the ref awards a free kick.

66:33

Nick Powell has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

66:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ajay Leitch-Smith by Lewis Chalmers. Ashley Westwood takes the free kick.

63:49

Free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

63:49 Booking

Booking Caution for Matthew Hamshaw.

63:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Hamshaw on Luke Murphy.

61:46 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Marshall leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Tomlinson.

57:21

Assist on the goal came from Ajay Leitch-Smith.

57:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Powell - Macclesfld 1 - 2 Crewe Nick Powell finds the net with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-2 Crewe.

55:11 Substitution

Substitution Colin Daniel comes on in place of Sam Wedgbury.

54:15

Billy Bodin produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

52:44

Shot from outside the box by Ben Mills goes wide right of the target.

52:05

Harry Davis is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonathan Bateson.

50:31

Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Jose Veiga makes a save.

49:10

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

48:14

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Save made by Jose Veiga.

45:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Powell on Ross Draper. Free kick crossed by Matthew Hamshaw, clearance made by Luke Murphy.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:45

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

45:00 +1:13

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, clearance by Arnaud Mendy.

45:00 +0:37

Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, clearance by Ross Draper.

44:38

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Nathaniel Brown makes a clearance.

42:54

Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, Jose Veiga makes a save.

40:48

Unfair challenge on Nick Powell by Matthew Hamshaw results in a free kick. Ashley Westwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Jose Veiga makes a save.

39:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Powell - Macclesfld 1 - 1 Crewe Nick Powell gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Macclesfield 1-1 Crewe.

39:37

Byron Moore takes a shot. Clearance made by Jonathan Bateson.

36:53

Long distance shot from Luke Murphy misses to the left of the net.

36:37

Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Save by Jose Veiga.

32:57

Ben Mills takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips. Matthew Hamshaw takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by David Artell.

30:05

Unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury by Luke Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Hamshaw, Billy Bodin manages to make a clearance.

27:42

Nathaniel Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Ajay Leitch-Smith. Shot comes in from Ashley Westwood from the free kick.

26:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Jonathan Bateson. Adam Dugdale takes the direct free kick.

25:18

Ashley Westwood has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

21:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Marshall on Nick Powell. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

16:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Chalmers - Macclesfld 1 - 0 Crewe Lewis Chalmers scores a placed penalty. Macclesfield 1-0 Crewe.

15:36

Harry Davis concedes a Penalty for a foul on Ross Draper.

14:47

Shot by Sam Wedgbury from 20 yards. Save by Steve Phillips. Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw, Billy Bodin makes a clearance.

13:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Powell by Sam Wedgbury. Nick Powell takes the direct free kick.

13:34

Ross Draper takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

12:12

Effort from inside the area by Byron Moore misses to the left of the goal.

11:01

Shot from just outside the area by Ashley Westwood misses to the right of the target.

8:38

Nick Powell takes a shot. Save by Jose Veiga.

7:26

Ajay Leitch-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jose Veiga.

5:54

Shot from just outside the box by Byron Moore misses to the right of the target.

2:44

Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Save by Jose Veiga.

1:20

The referee blows for offside against Ajay Leitch-Smith. Free kick taken by Arnaud Mendy.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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