Filipe Morais's brace helped lift Stevenage out of the relegation zone with victory at Crewe.

The 27-year-old opened the scoring for Graham Westley's side, running onto Francois Zoko's flick-on before neatly clipping the ball over Alex keeper Steve Phillips.

Luke Freeman doubled their advantage from a tight angle after Phillips saved his initial effort.

Morais then chipped into the top corner to make it 3-0 inside 20 minutes.

It could have been a bigger win for the visitors with Zoko hitting the post, while Michael Doughty and substitute James Dunne were denied by Phillips after the break.

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Defensively we looked much better organised, offensively we looked like we've got a threat and a goal in us.

"The entire attitude of the team is changing, the winning mentality is coming back.

"It's been a hard battle to create a mindset in the football club that Stevenage are going to come and take the game to you.

"Morais and Zoko's combination play was too much for them to handle tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 02 Tootle
  • 08 Osman
  • 05 Ellis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 11 Moore
  • 18 Nolan (Oliver - 66' )
  • 26 Aneke
  • 24 Molyneux (Leitch-Smith - 57' )
  • 42 Grant

Substitutes

  • 07 Clayton
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 12 Ray
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 19 Oliver
  • 21 Garratt
  • 29 Waters

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 17 Tansey (Dunne - 67' )
  • 29 Hartley
  • 14 Heslop Booked (Wedgbury - 85' )
  • 06 Jones
  • 05 Ashton Booked
  • 07 Morais (Parrett - 76' )
  • 20 Smith
  • 15 Freeman
  • 12 Zoko
  • 24 Doughty

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 08 Dunne
  • 10 Burrow
  • 13 Parrett
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 25 Andrade
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 3,682

Match Stats

Shots

4 10

On target

2 5

Corners

8 5

Fouls

9 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Stevenage 3.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Stevenage 3.

90:00 +2:52

Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:52

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

90:00 +1:53 Booking

Booking Jon Ashton (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:34

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:34

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

89:28

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

88:10

Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:10

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

86:39

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:39

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

85:48

Attempt missed. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

85:34

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:34

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

84:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Sam Wedgbury replaces Simon Heslop.

84:10

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Dean Parrett replaces Filipe Morais.

74:51

Attempt missed. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

74:16

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

74:16

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:03

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

73:03

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:24

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

72:24

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:43

Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

69:31

Attempt saved. James Dunne (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

67:52

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

66:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces Greg Tansey.

65:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Liam Nolan.

61:50

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

61:14

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:14

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

60:32

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

56:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ajay Leitch-Smith replaces Lee Molyneux.

56:18

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Stephen Phillips.

56:10

Attempt saved. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

54:03

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

52:32

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

50:04

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

49:13

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:13

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

48:05

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

48:05

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:19

Attempt missed. Simon Heslop (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

46:20

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

46:20

Filipe Morais (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:40

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

45:00

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 0, Stevenage 3.

45:00 +3:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Stevenage 3.

45:00 +2:41

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +2:41

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

45:00 +0:01

Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:01

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

42:38

Lee Molyneux (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:38

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

42:20

Attempt saved. Lee Molyneux (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:23

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

41:23

Peter Hartley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:53

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

40:02

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:02

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

39:30

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

38:00

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:00

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

35:20

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

35:20

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:46

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

31:19

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Jones.

30:25

Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:22

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

29:11

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:11

Foul by Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra).

26:43

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

21:54

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

19:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Stevenage 3. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

17:25

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:25

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

15:00

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:58

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

13:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Stevenage 2. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner.

11:00

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:58

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

10:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Stevenage 1. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Francois Zoko.

8:58 Booking

Booking Simon Heslop (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

8:44

Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:44

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

3:28

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

1:20

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

1:20

Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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