Substitute Max Clayton scored with his first touch to earn Crewe victory over managerless Coventry.

In the second game between these sides in four days - following Wednesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern final - Leon Clarke fired the hosts ahead.

But the Alex, aggregate winners of the final, drew level when Mark Ellis volleyed in Gregor Robertson's corner.

Robertson was then needed to clear Carl Baker's drive off the line, before Clayton lobbed keeper Joe Murphy.

The 18-year-old's sixth goal of the season moves Crewe just three points behind play-off chasing Coventry in 11th place.

It was only his second league strike of the campaign, almost six months on from scoring the only goal of the game in the Alex's 1-0 win over Coventry at Gresty Road back on 1 September.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Coventry City caretaker manager Lee Carsley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"I thought we started the game well, we pressed and harried them, then we shot ourselves in the foot. From our view it's two goals we could have stopped, so it's disappointing.

"You sometimes don't mind seeing a good goal go in against you, but we gave those two away.

"I told them that there's no point in sitting in there feeling sorry for themselves. Tuesday [away at Bournemouth] is a massive game for us. I still believe they can do it, but it doesn't matter what I believe, it's down to them.

"Wednesday night took a lot out of them emotionally. When Crewe got their equaliser today I think a little bit of feeling sorry for themselves and feeling tired crept into it."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 03 Dickinson Booked
  • 05 Cameron
  • 21 Christie Booked
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 08 Baker
  • 12 Jennings (Wilson - 82' )
  • 38 Bailey
  • 11 McSheffrey (Fleck - 79' )
  • 14 Elliott (Moussa - 74' Booked )
  • 15 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 02 Clarke
  • 26 Willis
  • 04 Thomas
  • 10 Fleck
  • 32 Moussa
  • 20 Wilson

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Davis (Aneke - 73' )
  • 05 Ellis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 15 Robertson
  • 08 Murphy Booked
  • 14 Mellor
  • 19 Osman
  • 31 Inman (Turton - 89' )
  • 09 Pogba (M Clayton - 76' )
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 12 Turton
  • 17 Ray
  • 26 Aneke
  • 07 M Clayton
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 27 Colclough
Ref: Sheldrake
Att: 10,139

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

8 6

Corners

6 3

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:51 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:59

Callum Wilson fouled by Kelvin Mellor, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Baker restarts play with the free kick, Luke Murphy delivers the ball.

90:00 +4:33

John Fleck produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +4:24

A cross is delivered by James Bailey, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:41

The ball is crossed by John Fleck, blocked by Kelvin Mellor. Corner taken by John Fleck from the left by-line played to the near post.

90:00 +2:03

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker, Close range header by Callum Wilson misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +1:06

Callum Wilson takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

90:00 +0:26

Foul by Chuks Aneke on John Fleck, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

89:25

Callum Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

88:05 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Turton replaces Bradden Inman.

85:02

Cyrus Christie produces a cross, clearance made by Abdul Osman. Cyrus Christie produces a cross, clearance by Mark Ellis. Callum Wilson challenges Mark Ellis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

84:44

Chuks Aneke concedes a free kick for a foul on William Edjenguele. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

84:12

Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

84:12 Booking

Booking Caution for Franck Moussa.

83:53

Franck Moussa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Murphy.

81:29

John Fleck delivers the ball.

81:29 Substitution

Substitution Steven Jennings goes off and Callum Wilson comes on.

81:29

A cross is delivered by Byron Moore. Chuks Aneke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

79:04

John Fleck produces a cross, Steven Jennings takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

78:40

Franck Moussa produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

78:22 Substitution

Substitution John Fleck comes on in place of Gary McSheffrey.

77:02

Assist on the goal came from Byron Moore.

77:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Max Clayton - Coventry 1 - 2 Crewe Goal scored by Max Clayton from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 1-2 Crewe.

76:43

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.

75:34 Substitution

Substitution (Crewe) makes a substitution, with Max Clayton coming on for Mathias Pogba.

74:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Kelvin Mellor.

73:54 Substitution

Substitution (Coventry) makes a substitution, with Franck Moussa coming on for Stephen Elliott.

70:59 Substitution

Substitution Chuks Aneke replaces Harry Davis.

70:59

A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie, Kelvin Mellor manages to make a clearance. Short corner worked by Gary McSheffrey, Shot by Carl Baker from 12 yards. Gregor Robertson makes a clearance.

70:17

Bradden Inman has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

69:53

Byron Moore takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

68:19

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

67:50

A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie, Adam Dugdale makes a clearance.

66:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Mellor by Nathan Cameron. Harry Davis takes the direct free kick.

65:12

Stephen Elliott takes a shot. Nathan Cameron gets a block in. The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, save by Steve Phillips.

64:46

Adam Dugdale concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Clarke. Steven Jennings takes the free kick.

63:27

Gary McSheffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Mellor. Luke Murphy crosses the ball, Harry Davis has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

62:04

Foul by Carl Dickinson on Mathias Pogba, free kick awarded. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

61:47

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, blocked by Mathias Pogba.

61:36

The ball is delivered by Cyrus Christie, Harry Davis makes a clearance.

58:37

Effort on goal by Carl Baker from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

56:12

Steven Jennings has a curled shot. Save by Steve Phillips. Gary McSheffrey takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

54:52

James Bailey is ruled offside. Steve Phillips takes the indirect free kick.

53:08

Gary McSheffrey delivers a pass corner to short.

52:45

Nathan Cameron takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.

51:28

Steven Jennings gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

50:52

Stephen Elliott takes a shot.

50:17

The ball is sent over by Stephen Elliott, clearance by Kelvin Mellor.

48:30

Leon Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Ellis. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

47:13

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, clearance by Harry Davis. William Edjenguele delivers the ball, save made by Steve Phillips.

45:07

Bradden Inman takes a short corner. The ball is sent over by Gregor Robertson. Byron Moore produces a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Mathias Pogba on William Edjenguele. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:01

Steven Jennings produces a cross, clearance by Mark Ellis.

45:00 +0:41

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

44:09

Carl Baker sends in a cross, save by Steve Phillips.

42:26

Nathan Cameron produces a cross. Carl Dickinson produces a cross, clearance made by Kelvin Mellor. Carl Dickinson sends in a cross, Adam Dugdale manages to make a clearance. Effort from the edge of the box by James Bailey goes wide of the left-hand post.

40:43

Effort from the edge of the area by Abdul Osman goes wide of the right-hand post.

39:07

Luke Murphy takes the free kick.

39:07 Booking

Booking Cyrus Christie receives a caution.

38:54

Foul by Cyrus Christie on Bradden Inman, free kick awarded.

34:19

Carl Dickinson crosses the ball.

33:40

Centre by James Bailey, clearance made by Harry Davis.

30:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mathias Pogba. Direct free kick taken by William Edjenguele. The ball is sent over by Luke Murphy, Corner taken by Gregor Robertson, Adam Dugdale takes a shot. Cyrus Christie manages to make a clearance. Centre by Gregor Robertson, clearance by Nathan Cameron. Joe Murphy makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey played to the near post, clearance made by Luke Murphy.

29:23

Kelvin Mellor fouled by James Bailey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

27:54

Carl Dickinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Mellor. Luke Murphy takes the direct free kick, The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, save made by Joe Murphy.

26:42

Centre by Byron Moore, William Edjenguele manages to make a clearance.

25:38

Abdul Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Elliott. William Edjenguele takes the free kick.

24:50

Effort on goal by James Bailey from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

23:46

Carl Baker crosses the ball, Kelvin Mellor makes a clearance.

23:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mathias Pogba. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

21:42 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

21:23 Booking

Booking Carl Dickinson receives a yellow card.

20:24

Luke Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Dickinson. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

18:34

Foul by Steven Jennings on Gregor Robertson, free kick awarded. Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

18:26

The ball is swung over by Gary McSheffrey, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

15:45

Gregor Robertson provided the assist for the goal. Gary McSheffrey fouled by Kelvin Mellor, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Baker takes the direct free kick.

15:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Ellis - Coventry 1 - 1 Crewe Mark Ellis grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Coventry 1-1 Crewe.

15:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gregor Robertson from the left by-line,

14:54

Gregor Robertson takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

11:56

Cyrus Christie provided the assist for the goal.

11:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Coventry 1 - 0 Crewe Leon Clarke finds the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Coventry 1-0 Crewe.

11:02

The ball is delivered by Byron Moore.

10:18

The ball is swung over by Kelvin Mellor.

7:24

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross. Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

6:00

Byron Moore is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

4:37

Shot by Gary McSheffrey from outside the box goes high over the target.

3:07

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Steven Jennings results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Ellis.

1:56

The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, Leon Clarke has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

0:48

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball. Carl Baker takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Ellis.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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