Lauri Dalla Valle's brace helped Crewe overcome out-of-form Crawley, who are without a win in six matches.

Mark Connolly and Gary Alexander failed to add the finishing touches to Nicky Adams's pinpoint deliveries as the Red Devils bossed the early stages.

But Alex gained a foothold in the game when Dalla Valle, on loan from Fulham, headed in Luke Murphy's free-kick.

And the Finnish striker rounded off the win when he tapped home from Byron Moore's accurate centre.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"The troubles they caused us in the first half or any other troubles came from mistakes of our own.

"But I thought in the first half we were excellent.

"We are creating the opportunities and we're just looking for someone to be a bit more ruthless.

"Unfortunately it's not there for us but the harder you work the luckier you get and we will continue to keep working harder."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 13 Martin
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 05 Ellis
  • 15 Robertson
  • 08 Murphy
  • 19 Osman
  • 26 Aneke
  • 09 Pogba
  • 11 Moore
  • 30 Dalla Valle

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 12 Turton
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 31 Inman
  • 07 M Clayton
  • 27 Colclough

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 04 Connolly
  • 05 McFadzean (Walsh - 39' )
  • 19 Byrne (Ajose - 67' )
  • 06 Akpan
  • 07 Clarke Booked
  • 11 Simpson
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 Jones (Clifford - 84' )
  • 09 Alexander

Substitutes

  • 25 Kuipers
  • 12 Walsh
  • 13 Hunt
  • 08 Torres
  • 10 Clifford
  • 15 Bulman
  • 14 Ajose
Ref: Bond
Att: 5,236

Match Stats

Shots

5 6

On target

2 3

Corners

5 4

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:45 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:41

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Save made by Alan Martin.

90:00 +1:24

Abdul Osman fouled by Nicky Adams, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Davis restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:00

Nicky Adams takes a shot.

90:00 +0:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lauri Dalla Valle on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

88:33

Chuks Aneke challenges Hope Akpan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hope Akpan takes the indirect free kick.

87:42

Harry Davis takes the free kick.

87:42 Booking

Booking Billy Clarke is given a yellow card.

87:25

Unfair challenge on Luke Murphy by Billy Clarke results in a free kick.

83:43

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Alexander. Free kick taken by Harry Davis.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Mike Jones goes off and Conor Clifford comes on.

81:53

Chuks Aneke takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Tootle.

78:44

Luke Murphy has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

76:37

Lauri Dalla Valle is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Connolly.

76:17

Foul by Abdul Osman on Hope Akpan, free kick awarded. Mike Jones takes the free kick.

74:20

Nick Ajose takes a shot. Alan Martin makes a save.

72:24

Foul by Gary Alexander on Mark Ellis, free kick awarded. Alan Martin restarts play with the free kick.

70:01

Lauri Dalla Valle concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

66:49 Substitution

Substitution Nick Ajose replaces Nathan Byrne.

64:41

The assist for the goal came from Byron Moore.

64:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Lauri Dalla Valle - Crewe 2 - 0 Crawley Lauri Dalla Valle finds the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Crewe 2-0 Crawley Town.

61:25

Assist on the goal came from Luke Murphy.

61:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Lauri Dalla Valle - Crewe 1 - 0 Crawley Lauri Dalla Valle scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Crewe 1-0 Crawley Town.

60:58

Luke Murphy fouled by Joe Walsh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Murphy,

59:41

Effort on goal by Chuks Aneke from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

59:01

Mark Ellis fouled by Billy Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Harry Davis restarts play with the free kick.

56:33

Luke Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Simpson. Billy Clarke takes the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Mike Jones. Direct free kick taken by Alan Martin.

52:46

Mark Ellis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Clarke. Free kick taken by Mike Jones.

52:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chuks Aneke on Hope Akpan. Free kick taken by Mark Connolly.

50:46

Corner taken by Matt Tootle from the left by-line.

45:40

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Nathan Byrne results in a free kick. Luke Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

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

45:00 +0:16

The official flags Hope Akpan offside. Alan Martin restarts play with the free kick.

44:24

Lauri Dalla Valle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Connolly. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

43:46

Mike Jones challenges Byron Moore unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Martin takes the direct free kick.

41:41

Nathan Byrne produces a cross, Mike Jones takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams.

40:00

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Save by Alan Martin.

38:27 Substitution

Substitution Kyle McFadzean leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Walsh.

38:27

Nicky Adams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. Alan Martin restarts play with the free kick.

36:36

Unfair challenge on Lauri Dalla Valle by Hope Akpan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

31:07

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams.

30:36

Nicky Adams takes a shot.

27:33

The official flags Mike Jones offside. Alan Martin restarts play with the free kick.

26:05

Gary Alexander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Martin. Alan Martin takes the direct free kick.

24:52

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Tootle.

23:09

Outswinging corner taken by Nathan Byrne from the right by-line. Outswinging corner taken by Nathan Byrne, clearance made by Alan Martin.

17:28

Corner taken by Matt Tootle, Mat Sadler makes a clearance.

14:57

Nicky Adams produces a cross, save by Alan Martin.

10:33

Unfair challenge on Mat Sadler by Mathias Pogba results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Adams.

7:28

Unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Lauri Dalla Valle results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

6:07

Hope Akpan fouled by Mark Ellis, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

5:26

Unfair challenge on Lauri Dalla Valle by Mark Connolly results in a free kick. Harry Davis takes the direct free kick.

3:57

Foul by Abdul Osman on Paul Jones, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.

2:54

Centre by Mark Connolly. Corner taken by Matt Tootle.

1:22

The ball is sent over by Gary Alexander.

0:31

Lauri Dalla Valle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

0:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Clarke. Alan Martin takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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