Substitute Ajay Leitch-Smith scored the only goal as Crewe ended the four-game unbeaten run of Scunthorpe, who remain in the relegation zone.

Leitch-Smith hammered home the rebound after Luke Murphy's penalty, awarded for Tom Newey's push on Byron Moore, came back off the post.

Andy Barcham had hit the woodwork for the visitors early on in a first half in which both sides had chances.

The Iron had the better openings after the break but could not take them.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"The defeat is the hardest part because we didn't deserve that, there's no question about it.

"Every man that we put on the pitch I thought put in a great shift and worked really hard. I thought we were the best team.

"The disappointing thing is that we didn't finish them off - we had enough opportunities, we just didn't get that final touch and final finish that we needed to win the game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Davis (Ellis - 61' )
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 08 Murphy Booked
  • 14 Mellor
  • 19 Osman
  • 31 Inman
  • 07 M Clayton (Colclough - 71' Booked )
  • 09 Pogba (Leitch-Smith - 71' )
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 05 Ellis
  • 12 Turton
  • 15 Robertson
  • 27 Colclough
  • 26 Aneke
  • 10 Leitch-Smith

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 06 Reid
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy
  • 19 Collins Booked
  • 09 Sodje (Grella - 78' )
  • 11 Barcham (Godden - 82' )
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 04 Walker
  • 10 Grella
  • 17 Godden
  • 28 Adelakun
Ref: Malone
Att: 4,302

Match Stats

Shots

11 13

On target

8 2

Corners

6 6

Fouls

4 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:15

Shot by Kelvin Mellor from 12 yards. Sam Slocombe makes a save.

90:00 +0:27

Matt Godden is ruled offside. Steve Phillips takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +0:11

Luke Murphy takes a shot. Save made by Sam Slocombe.

89:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Ryan on Ajay Leitch-Smith. Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

86:14

Karl Hawley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Abdul Osman. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

85:26

Unfair challenge on Ryan Colclough by Paul Reid results in a free kick. Mark Ellis takes the free kick.

83:34

The ball is crossed by Mark Duffy, save by Steve Phillips.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Matt Godden replaces Andy Barcham.

81:40

The offside flag is raised against Ryan Colclough. Sam Slocombe takes the indirect free kick.

80:14 Booking

Booking Booking for Ryan Colclough.

79:21

Luke Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Michael Collins makes a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Colclough on Paul Reid. Direct free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

79:21 Booking

Booking Michael Collins is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

79:13

Michael Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Dugdale.

78:54

The ball is swung over by Callum Kennedy, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Akpo Sodje leaves the field to be replaced by Mike Grella.

76:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Collins on Matt Tootle. Luke Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

74:39

Luke Murphy provided the assist for the goal.

74:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Ajay Leitch-Smith - Crewe 1 - 0 Scunthorpe A goal is scored by Ajay Leitch-Smith from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crewe 1-0 Scunthorpe.

73:14 Penalty

Penalty taken by Luke Murphy and missed.

73:14

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Paul Reid results in a Penalty.

71:32

Shot from just outside the box by Karl Hawley goes over the target.

70:41 Substitution

Substitution Ajay Leitch-Smith is brought on as a substitute for Mathias Pogba.

70:26 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton goes off and Ryan Colclough comes on.

69:05

Andy Barcham has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

68:16

Mark Duffy decides to take a short corner, The ball is crossed by Jimmy Ryan, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

66:45

Shot by Kelvin Mellor. Sam Slocombe makes a save.

65:24

Shot from just outside the box by Jimmy Ryan goes over the bar.

65:09

Karl Hawley produces a cross, blocked by Matt Tootle.

62:48

A cross is delivered by Niall Canavan, Shot on goal by Akpo Sodje from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

60:40 Substitution

Substitution Mark Ellis is brought on as a substitute for Harry Davis.

60:40

Effort from outside the penalty box by Andy Barcham goes wide left of the target.

58:19

The ball is swung over by Mark Duffy, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Akpo Sodje misses to the right of the target.

57:32

The official flags Karl Hawley offside. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

56:33

Unfair challenge on Bradden Inman by Michael Collins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Tootle.

55:33

The ball is delivered by Max Clayton, Mathias Pogba takes a shot. The official flags Mathias Pogba offside. Sam Slocombe takes the indirect free kick.

51:50

The ball is sent over by Byron Moore, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

50:35

A cross is delivered by Byron Moore, clearance made by Niall Canavan. Luke Murphy takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Reid manages to make a clearance.

48:09

Centre by Mark Duffy, Shot from deep inside the area by Karl Hawley goes over the bar.

46:58

Kelvin Mellor produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Reid.

45:42

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Ryan, Adam Dugdale makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:32 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:55

Shot from 20 yards from Akpo Sodje. Save by Steve Phillips.

45:00 +1:47

The ball is delivered by Akpo Sodje, blocked by Kelvin Mellor. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Duffy, Header from deep inside the area by Akpo Sodje goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

45:00 +0:21

Byron Moore takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

44:12

Akpo Sodje is caught offside. Free kick taken by Harry Davis.

41:47

Foul by Jimmy Ryan on Abdul Osman, free kick awarded. Harry Davis takes the free kick.

39:22

Mark Duffy has a drilled shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

37:46

Akpo Sodje takes a shot.

37:04

A cross is delivered by Callum Kennedy, clearance made by Adam Dugdale. Mark Duffy delivers a pass corner to short, Max Clayton makes a clearance.

33:03

Abdul Osman sends in a cross, save by Sam Slocombe.

31:52

Mark Duffy produces a cross, save made by Steve Phillips.

29:24

Mark Duffy crosses the ball, save by Steve Phillips. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line.

28:34

The referee blows for offside against Abdul Osman. Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

28:07

Corner taken left-footed by Luke Murphy, Michael Collins manages to make a clearance.

27:20

Shot from 25 yards by Matt Tootle. Save by Sam Slocombe.

26:46

The official flags Akpo Sodje offside. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

25:59

Bradden Inman concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Kennedy. Callum Kennedy takes the direct free kick.

25:35

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Callum Kennedy manages to make a clearance.

24:11

Jimmy Ryan crosses the ball, clearance made by Harry Davis. Inswinging corner taken by Mark Duffy from the left by-line, Adam Dugdale manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Akpo Sodje on Steve Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

22:34

The ball is crossed by Callum Kennedy, Kelvin Mellor gets a block in.

20:16

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Ryan, blocked by Matt Tootle. Mark Duffy takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Mathias Pogba.

20:03

A cross is delivered by Akpo Sodje, Harry Davis manages to make a clearance.

19:10

Luke Murphy takes a short corner. Bradden Inman takes a shot. Save by Sam Slocombe.

17:30

Free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

17:30 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy is given a yellow card.

17:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Newey by Luke Murphy.

16:39

Abdul Osman challenges Mark Duffy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Collins takes the free kick.

15:41

Corner taken by Luke Murphy, Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Abdul Osman.

12:31

Effort from deep inside the area by Bradden Inman misses to the right of the goal.

12:10

Mark Duffy produces a cross, Kelvin Mellor makes a clearance.

11:08

Effort from inside the area by Akpo Sodje misses to the right of the goal.

9:44

Centre by Byron Moore, Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

6:50

Andy Barcham delivers the ball.

4:35

The ball is sent over by Callum Kennedy.

3:38

Andy Barcham has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

2:33

The ball is delivered by Kelvin Mellor, Paul Reid gets a block in. Corner taken by Luke Murphy, Header on goal by Adam Dugdale from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

0:17

Byron Moore crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Reid.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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