Gillingham secured their first win since promotion to League One with a comprehensive victory over Crewe.

Cody McDonald gave the Gills the lead by latching onto a Charlie Lee through ball before calmly slotting home.

Joe Martin doubled the advantage with a curled free-kick from 20-yards.

Crewe boss Steve Davis introduced Vadaine Oliver but he was denied twice by Gills keeper Stuart Nelson, before Adam Barrett made the points safe when he crashed home from close range.

Gillingham leapfrog above Crewe who now have the worst goal difference in the division.

The Alex were not helped by an early knee injury to defender Harry Davis, who went off in the ninth minute.

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Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent

"It's a reward for all the hard work the players and staff have put in.

"To put in a performance like that with a clean sheet, similar to last year with team spirit and togetherness, the players played very, very well.

"It was nice for me personally for me to do something for them."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 04 Davis (Ray - 9' )
  • 05 Ellis
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 25 Audel
  • 08 Osman
  • 11 Moore
  • 14 Inman
  • 20 Turton
  • 07 Clayton (Molyneux - 61' )
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Oliver - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Garratt
  • 12 Ray
  • 24 Molyneux
  • 26 Aneke
  • 42 Grant
  • 19 Oliver
  • 27 Colclough

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 03 Martin
  • 05 Davies
  • 23 Harriman
  • 26 Barrett
  • 07 Whelpdale (Dack - 77' )
  • 12 Gregory
  • 18 Lee
  • 19 Hollands (Allen - 77' )
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 10 McDonald (Weston - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Howard
  • 06 Legge
  • 04 Linganzi
  • 11 Weston
  • 14 Allen
  • 15 Dack
  • 08 Akinfenwa
Ref: Langford
Att: 4,254

Match Stats

Shots

6 16

On target

3 5

Corners

6 4

Fouls

3 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:34

A cross is delivered by Jon Guthrie.

88:36

Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

88:13

Unfair challenge on Charlie Lee by Byron Moore results in a free kick.

84:23

Charlie Lee takes a shot.

81:37

Thierry Audel takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

79:22

Charlie Lee takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Bradley Dack comes on in place of Chris Whelpdale.

76:03 Substitution

Substitution Danny Hollands leaves the field to be replaced by Charlie Allen.

74:04

Shot by Charlie Lee missed to the right of the target.

69:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Barrett - Crewe 0 - 3 Gillingham Adam Barrett scores a right footed goal. Crewe 0-3 Gillingham.

68:42

Thierry Audel makes a clearance.

67:50 Substitution

Substitution Myles Weston on for Cody McDonald.

67:24

Header by Vadaine Oliver misses right.

67:20

Corner taken by Lee Molyneux from the left by-line.

66:59

Oliver Turton has an effort at goal. Stuart Nelson turns it away with a finger tip save.

66:29

Shot by Vadaine Oliver.

61:54

Danny Hollands takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

61:19

Cody McDonald manages to make a clearance.

61:09

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Molyneux.

60:57

Shot by Vadaine Oliver. Parried by Stuart Nelson back into danger.

60:13 Substitution

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

60:05 Substitution

Substitution Max Clayton goes off and Lee Molyneux comes on.

59:52

Header by Cody McDonald goes over the bar.

59:49

Corner taken by Chris Whelpdale.

59:26

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Ellis.

54:19

Cody McDonald takes the chance to get an effort at goal and strikes the post.

53:11

Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

50:58

Steve Phillips makes a clearance.

49:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Martin - Crewe 0 - 2 Gillingham Free kick scored by Joe Martin. Crewe 0-2 Gillingham.

48:44

Oliver Turton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cody McDonald.

47:59

Oliver Turton takes a shot and cleared the net.

47:44

Corner taken by Ajay Leitch-Smith from the right by-line.

46:19

Oliver Turton restarts play with the free kick.

46:15

Joe Martin challenges Byron Moore unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

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

45:00 +1:11

Jon Guthrie manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:04

Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Lee.

44:00

Charlie Lee takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

43:49

Free kick taken by Charlie Lee.

43:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Ellis on Cody McDonald.

42:34

Jon Guthrie produces a cross.

40:48

Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

40:35

The referee blows for offside against Danny Kedwell.

38:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Cody McDonald - Crewe 0 - 1 Gillingham Cody McDonald scores with a right foot finish. Crewe 0-1 Gillingham.

35:12

Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

35:01

Free kick taken by Byron Moore.

34:35

Byron Moore fouled by Steven Gregory, the ref awards a free kick.

34:06

Shot by Steven Gregory. Steve Phillips safely holds on.

32:47

Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

32:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cody McDonald on George Ray.

30:00

Clearance by Charlie Lee.

29:56

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ajay Leitch-Smith.

26:18

Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

25:56

Cody McDonald challenges Steve Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick.

22:35

Clearance by Callum Davies.

22:32

Corner taken by Ajay Leitch-Smith.

19:33

Shot by Chris Whelpdale.

18:08

Clearance by Thierry Audel.

16:52

Shot by Steven Gregory went over the bar.

16:21

George Ray takes the free kick.

16:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Kedwell.

15:42

Centre by Chris Whelpdale.

14:55

Corner from the left by-line taken by Oliver Turton.

14:34

Oliver Turton takes the free kick.

14:02

Foul by Steven Gregory on Oliver Turton, free kick awarded.

11:54

Clearance by Mark Ellis.

11:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Whelpdale.

11:25

Cody McDonald takes a shot.

9:43

Danny Hollands takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

8:30 Substitution

Substitution (Crewe) makes a substitution, with George Ray coming on for Harry Davis.

6:14

Thierry Audel manages to make a clearance.

6:10

Corner taken by Chris Whelpdale.

5:46

Harry Davis manages to make a clearance.

5:15

Centre by Danny Kedwell.

5:03

Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

4:24

The assistant referee flags for offside against Max Clayton.

3:55

Harry Davis makes a clearance.

2:43

Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.

1:46

The referee blows for offside.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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