On-loan Lauri Dalla Valle grabbed his first goal since November to keep Crewe in touch with the play-off places.

The striker nodded the ball over Mark Gillespie after the Carlisle keeper had blocked Bradden Inman's initial shot following an error by Danny Livesey.

The visitors went close after the break when Lee Miller's header forced a superb save from Steve Phillips.

And Crewe's Matt Tootle then had to clear off the line before Carlisle sub Rory Loy blazed over from eight yards.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria:

"I'm upset and I'm angry, The last two away games, we should be sitting here with six points and we've got nothing.

"That's the fine line between being a really good side and barging your way up the league and being a side that will find life difficult.

"You have to win your games when you play like that and today was another game we should be winning.

"Danny (Livesey) goes to head it, misses it and falls over. It's an error, they're the things that have been carving us up, we've seen it too often. We're going to get known as great losers unless we're very careful."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis
  • 05 Ellis
  • 08 Murphy
  • 14 Mellor
  • 19 Osman Booked
  • 31 Inman (Robertson - 85' )
  • 09 Pogba (Colclough - 85' )
  • 11 Moore
  • 30 Dalla Valle (M Clayton - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 15 Robertson
  • 26 Aneke
  • 07 M Clayton
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 27 Colclough

Carlisle United

  • 20 Gillespie
  • 02 Simek Booked
  • 03 Robson
  • 05 Livesey Booked
  • 15 Edwards
  • 04 McGovern (Symington - 89' )
  • 08 Noble
  • 16 Potts Booked (Loy - 70' )
  • 21 Berrett
  • 24 Chantler
  • 14 Miller

Substitutes

  • 01 Collin
  • 06 Murphy
  • 23 McGinty
  • 07 Welsh
  • 19 Symington
  • 09 Loy
  • 17 Beck
Ref: Madley
Att: 4,802

Match Stats

Shots

10 12

On target

4 4

Corners

7 6

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:52

The ball is swung over by Ryan Colclough, Effort from the edge of the area by Max Clayton goes wide of the right-hand post.

90:00 +1:21

David Symington produces a cross, Matt Robson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

90:00 +1:07

Ryan Colclough is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

90:00 +0:25

Shot from outside the area by Lee Miller misses to the left of the target.

89:47

Max Clayton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Gillespie takes the indirect free kick.

89:12

The referee blows for offside against Max Clayton. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

88:33

The referee blows for offside against Max Clayton. Mark Gillespie takes the free kick.

86:47 Substitution

Substitution Jon-Paul McGovern leaves the field to be replaced by David Symington.

86:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Chris Chantler. Luke Murphy sends in a cross, Close range header by Ryan Colclough misses to the right of the target.

85:59

Matt Robson sends in a cross, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

85:39

Byron Moore challenges Chris Chantler unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

84:32 Substitution

Substitution Bradden Inman goes off and Gregor Robertson comes on.

84:32 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Colclough joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mathias Pogba.

84:10

Effort on goal by Lee Miller from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

82:13

The ball is swung over by Jon-Paul McGovern.

81:02

Matt Tootle decides to take a short corner, Liam Noble makes a clearance.

80:09

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Luke Murphy from left channel, Rory Loy manages to make a clearance.

80:09 Booking

Booking Danny Livesey goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

80:04

Danny Livesey is penalised for a handball.

79:33

Handball decision goes against Jon-Paul McGovern. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

79:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathias Pogba on Mike Edwards. Mark Gillespie restarts play with the free kick.

78:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Mellor by Lee Miller. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

77:03

Rory Loy takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

75:07 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton on for Lauri Dalla Valle.

74:08

Lauri Dalla Valle fouled by Mike Edwards, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luke Murphy, clearance made by Danny Livesey.

73:21

Chris Chantler takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

72:32

Bradden Inman takes a shot. Save made by Mark Gillespie.

71:08

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern from the right by-line, Lauri Dalla Valle manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Jon-Paul McGovern, Shot on goal by Lee Miller from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

70:24

Mark Ellis fouled by Rory Loy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Harry Davis.

70:14

Byron Moore delivers the ball, save by Mark Gillespie.

69:13 Substitution

Substitution Brad Potts leaves the field to be replaced by Rory Loy.

68:22

Danny Livesey sends in a cross, save by Steve Phillips.

67:44

The ball is sent over by Matt Robson, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

67:13

Lee Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdul Osman. Harry Davis takes the direct free kick.

64:17

Short corner taken by Matt Tootle from the left by-line, clearance made by Liam Noble.

63:33

Byron Moore delivers the ball, clearance by Mike Edwards.

62:49

Corner taken short by Matt Tootle, clearance by Mike Edwards.

61:49

Matt Tootle takes a short corner, James Berrett makes a clearance.

60:57

Mike Edwards sends in a cross.

60:17

Corner taken by Jon-Paul McGovern played to the near post, clearance by Lauri Dalla Valle.

59:26

Luke Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Mark Gillespie makes a save.

59:26 Booking

Booking The referee books Frank Simek for unsporting behaviour.

59:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Frank Simek.

56:31

The referee blows for offside. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

54:51

Mathias Pogba has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

52:37

A cross is delivered by James Berrett, Lee Miller takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips. Jon-Paul McGovern takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

51:45

Mark Ellis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller. Jon-Paul McGovern crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

50:29

The ball is sent over by Jon-Paul McGovern.

49:46

The ball is delivered by Matt Robson.

48:27

The ball is swung over by Jon-Paul McGovern, clearance by Kelvin Mellor.

48:01

Lee Miller fouled by Luke Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon-Paul McGovern.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:55

Lee Miller is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

44:33

Luke Murphy handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gillespie.

43:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Lauri Dalla Valle - Crewe 1 - 0 Carlisle Lauri Dalla Valle grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Crewe 1-0 Carlisle.

42:47

Bradden Inman takes a shot. Mark Gillespie makes a save.

42:15

Long range shot by Lee Miller goes wide right of the goal.

40:17

Corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern to the near post, Mathias Pogba manages to make a clearance.

37:06

Jon-Paul McGovern restarts play with the free kick.

37:06 Booking

Booking The referee shows Abdul Osman a yellow card.

36:52

Unfair challenge on Matt Robson by Abdul Osman results in a free kick.

36:09

The ball is delivered by Abdul Osman, Lauri Dalla Valle produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

35:38

The ball is sent over by Abdul Osman, Danny Livesey makes a clearance.

34:36

Matt Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Mellor. Harry Davis takes the free kick.

33:45

A cross is delivered by Matt Tootle, save made by Mark Gillespie.

31:29

Kelvin Mellor produces a cross, clearance made by Danny Livesey.

30:53 Booking

Booking Brad Potts receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

30:40

Brad Potts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdul Osman. Direct free kick taken by Mark Ellis.

29:01

Matt Robson produces a cross, Brad Potts takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern from the left by-line to the near post, Lee Miller produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

28:38

The ball is sent over by Luke Murphy, save made by Mark Gillespie.

27:19

Kelvin Mellor produces a cross, Mike Edwards makes a clearance. Short corner worked by Matt Tootle.

26:54

Matt Tootle decides to take the corner short, clearance by Danny Livesey.

26:35

Byron Moore takes a shot. Mark Gillespie makes a save.

25:39

Centre by Byron Moore, Chris Chantler manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Luke Murphy, save made by Mark Gillespie.

24:25

Shot by Mathias Pogba from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

23:13

Mark Ellis fouled by Brad Potts, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

21:11

Abdul Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller. Liam Noble takes the direct free kick.

20:46

The ball is delivered by Luke Murphy.

19:47

Corner taken left-footed by Jon-Paul McGovern to the near post, clearance made by Luke Murphy.

15:17

Chris Chantler fouled by Mathias Pogba, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Gillespie takes the direct free kick.

13:03

Shot from outside the box by Matt Robson goes wide right of the target.

10:56

A cross is delivered by Matt Robson, Steve Phillips makes a save.

10:13

Shot from just outside the box by Luke Murphy goes over the target.

9:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Murphy by Brad Potts. Direct free kick taken by Harry Davis.

8:30

Luke Murphy produces a cross, save made by Mark Gillespie.

8:01

Brad Potts delivers the ball, clearance by Mark Ellis.

6:47

The ball is crossed by Kelvin Mellor, clearance made by Brad Potts.

5:32

The ball is sent over by Abdul Osman, Frank Simek makes a clearance.

2:27

Matt Robson has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

1:47

Liam Noble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. Direct free kick taken by Luke Murphy.

1:04

Lee Miller is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Kelvin Mellor.

0:00

The game begins.

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