Chuks Aneke's late goal earned 10-man Crewe their first win in nine games as they beat managerless Crawley.

The winger, on loan from Arsenal, had only been on the pitch for a few moments when he headed home Matt Tootle's cross at the back post.

Earlier, Vadaine Oliver had been sent off for The Railwaymen after picking up two yellow cards, the second for what looked like a clear dive.

Crawley failed to take advantage as Mat Sadler's shot was cleared off the line.

It was a dismal start to life in interim charge of the Red Devils for chief scout Martin Hinshelwood and striker Gary Alexander, after Richie Barker was sacked on Wednesday.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley interim manager Martin Hinshelwood told BBC Sussex:

"To be fair to Crewe they competed, they worked hard, they made so many blocks and the one from Mat Sadler was unbelievable, but we are very disappointed.

"We are on a bit of a run at the moment and we have just got to believe in ourselves to get out of it. When [Crewe] went down to 10 men, we didn't pass the ball enough and we didn't keep it well enough.

"We had 90 minutes to win a game and we didn't. We have just got to do the things we believe in and I am sure it will fall for us."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 02 Tootle
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 11 Moore
  • 03 Mellor
  • 04 Davis
  • 08 Osman
  • 22 Evans
  • 19 Oliver Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 17 Hitchcock (Aneke - 78' )
  • 28 Na Bangna

Substitutes

  • 05 Ellis
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 18 Nolan
  • 21 Garratt
  • 26 Aneke
  • 29 Waters

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 12 Walsh
  • 11 Simpson (Jones - 66' )
  • 04 Connolly Booked (Hurst - 83' Booked )
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 07 Clarke
  • 15 Bulman
  • 20 Sinclair (Drury - 66' )
  • 14 Proctor
  • 16 Adams

Substitutes

  • 02 Hurst
  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Alexander
  • 10 Drury
  • 21 Jones
  • 23 Smith
  • 25 Maddison
Ref: James Adcock
Att: 4,001

Match Stats

Shots

8 13

On target

4 4

Corners

4 5

Fouls

5 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +2:40

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

89:36

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

89:36

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

88:41

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

86:28

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

83:59 Booking

Booking James Hurst (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

83:53

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:53

Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).

82:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Mark Connolly.

80:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 0. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Tootle.

77:59

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

77:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chukwuemeka Aneke replaces Tom Hitchcock.

76:28 Booking

Booking Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

76:23

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

76:23

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

74:29

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harry Davis.

74:19

Attempt blocked. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

73:15

Foul by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

73:15

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

72:35

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by George Evans.

72:22

Attempt blocked. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:59

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

68:47

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Adam Dugdale.

68:31

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

65:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Michael Jones replaces Josh Simpson.

65:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Andy Drury replaces Emile Sinclair.

63:31

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

60:47

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

60:36

Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

58:57

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

58:57

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:06

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:42

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

55:42

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

54:23 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

53:28

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

53:28

Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:21

Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

47:24

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:24

Foul by Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra).

46:07

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

46:07

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

45:34 Booking

Booking Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

45:30

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:30

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 0, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Crawley Town 0.

43:14

Attempt missed. Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

36:29

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

36:29

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

35:53

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

34:50

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Josh Simpson.

33:46

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

33:37

Attempt blocked. Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:46

Attempt saved. Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:32

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

27:29

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:29

Foul by Mesca (Crewe Alexandra).

25:26

Attempt saved. Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

23:39

Attempt missed. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

19:38

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

19:38

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:06

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harry Davis.

15:58

Attempt blocked. Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

14:38

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

13:51

Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:51

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

11:49

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

11:49

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:04

Attempt saved. Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

9:03

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:03

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

7:31

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

7:31

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

3:47

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town).

3:47

Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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