Sky Bet League One

  • Venue: Gresty Road
  • Date: Wednesday, 1 January
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Coverage: Full match commentary on BBC Radio Stoke (DAB), live text and match report on BBC Sport website

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 02 Tootle
  • 03 Mellor
  • 08 Osman
  • 05 Ellis
  • 04 Davis Booked
  • 14 Inman
  • 42 Grant
  • 17 Hitchcock (Oliver - 85' )
  • 26 Aneke (Nolan - 95' )
  • 28 Na Bangna (Moore - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 11 Moore
  • 12 Ray
  • 13 Martin
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 18 Nolan
  • 19 Oliver

Carlisle United

  • 40 Amos
  • 39 Chimbonda
  • 03 Robson
  • 08 Noble
  • 12 Thirlwell (Meppen-Walter - 34' )
  • 28 Ehmer
  • 21 Berrett
  • 06 Buaben (Morris - 66' )
  • 09 Miller (Guy - 59' )
  • 07 Amoo
  • 33 Lawrence Booked

Substitutes

  • 16 Potts
  • 17 Beck
  • 19 Symington
  • 20 Fleming
  • 29 Guy
  • 30 Meppen-Walter
  • 32 Morris
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 4,458

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

5 3

Corners

5 5

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Carlisle United 1.

90:00 +6:53 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Carlisle United 1.

90:00 +4:30

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

90:00 +4:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Liam Nolan replaces Chukwuemeka Aneke.

90:00 +3:16

Attempt missed. Liam Noble (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +1:59

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Carlisle United) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

90:00 +1:25

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

90:00 +0:12

Foul by Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra).

90:00 +0:12

David Amoo (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:17

Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

87:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Mesca.

87:00 Booking

Booking Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

84:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Tom Hitchcock.

83:25

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

83:25

Liam Noble (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:40

Attempt missed. Pascal Chimbonda (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

81:12

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

79:15

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

79:15

Foul by Matty Robson (Carlisle United).

77:46

Foul by Mesca (Crewe Alexandra).

77:46

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Carlisle United 1. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

75:52 Booking

Booking Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

75:29

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

75:29

Liam Noble (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:48

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

73:13

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Liam Noble.

71:49

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:49

Foul by Liam Noble (Carlisle United).

69:26

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

66:56

Attempt missed. Liam Noble (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

66:30

Foul by Mesca (Crewe Alexandra).

66:30

Matty Robson (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Josh Morris replaces Prince Buaben.

64:49

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

64:49

Foul by James Berrett (Carlisle United).

63:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Carlisle United 0. Mesca (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman with a cross.

59:54

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Courtney Meppen-Walter.

58:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Lewis Guy replaces Lee Miller.

55:20

Attempt missed. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

55:00

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matty Robson.

52:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Carlisle United 0. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Hitchcock with a cross.

49:10

Tom Hitchcock (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:10

Foul by Matty Robson (Carlisle United).

47:16

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

46:11

David Amoo (Carlisle United) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

45:00

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 0, Carlisle United 0.

45:00 +4:56 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Carlisle United 0.

45:00 +3:22

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

45:00 +0:10

Attempt saved. Prince Buaben (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:28

Attempt missed. Lee Miller (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

35:02

Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

33:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Carlisle United. Courtney Meppen-Walter replaces Paul Thirlwell because of an injury.

30:06

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

30:06

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United).

28:48

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

28:48

Max Ehmer (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:19

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

27:19

Liam Noble (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:52

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

21:52

Foul by Liam Noble (Carlisle United).

21:10

Attempt saved. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

16:46

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Crewe Alexandra).

16:46

Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:40

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:40

Foul by James Berrett (Carlisle United).

14:32

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

13:20

Attempt missed. David Amoo (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

12:44

Foul by Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra).

12:44

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:36

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Paul Thirlwell.

8:04

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

8:04

Lee Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:17

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

2:37

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is too high.

1:44

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Crewe Alexandra are without on-loan Manchester City midfielder George Evans, who serves a one-game suspension after his fifth booking in 11 games.

Brad Inman and Anthony Grant, the pair dropped for a bad attitude, may start a game together for the first time since mid-November, while Mathias Pogba is in line for a first start of the season.

Crewe striker Mathias Pogba, last season's 19-goal top scorer, has not yet kicked a ball this season.

Carlisle could be unchanged as they bid for a first away win since October.

But midfielder Paul Thirlwell and striker Lee Miller both hope to return.

While the Cumbrians chase back-to-back league wins for the first time since September to inch further away from trouble, Saturday's 2-1 win at Colchester lifted the Alex back off the bottom of League One - and to within two points of safety.

VIEW FROM THE TRAINING GROUND

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We have to start getting results. And it was vital that we got something from the game at Colchester after losing at Wolves on Boxing Day.

"It is great for the confidence. Now we can't wait for the Carlisle game.

"It is amazing what a result can do and this has to be a turning point for us.

"Tom Hitchcock has been terrific for us. He has scored three goals in four games and you cannot ask for more than that."