Chuks Aneke blasted a first-half double at Gresty Road as Crewe eased to their best win of the season in a League One relegation scrap with Sheffield United.

The on-loan Arsenal midfielder cut inside to curl home a left-footed shot into the far corner for the opener.

Then, after AJ Leitch-Smith's free-kick was headed into his path, Aneke struck a sweet volley right on half-time.

After Brad Inman's effort was saved by visiting keeper George Long, sub Byron Moore added a late close-range third.

Crewe's 3-0 victory was their best league win since April 2012 - a month before winning promotion to League One.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We're just at a little bit of a loss. We don't know where that came from today - the first 45 minutes especially.

"I'm incredibly disappointed with the result.

"In the second half we had a go, but if you waste 45 minutes of the game you don't really deserve anything from it."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 02 Tootle
  • 42 Grant
  • 05 Ellis
  • 04 Davis
  • 14 Inman
  • 22 Evans
  • 09 Pogba (Ikpeazu - 87' )
  • 26 Aneke Booked
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Moore - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 08 Osman
  • 11 Moore
  • 29 Waters
  • 30 Ikpeazu

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 04 Brayford
  • 06 Hill
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn (McGinn - 62' )
  • 21 Scougall
  • 18 Paynter (Porter - 68' )
  • 11 Baxter
  • 23 Murphy (Harris - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 03 Harris
  • 09 Porter
  • 12 Miller
  • 14 McGinn
  • 27 Whitehouse
  • 32 Kennedy
Ref: Chris Sarginson
Att: 5,437

Match Stats

Shots

15 6

On target

9 1

Corners

4 12

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Sheffield United 0.

90:00 +4:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Sheffield United 0.

90:00 +4:39

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +3:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 3, Sheffield United 0. Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +3:24

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +1:28

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

90:00 +1:28

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:39

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

88:48

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

88:48

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

87:48

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Harry Maguire.

87:38

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

86:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Mathias Pogba.

85:35 Booking

Booking Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

85:22

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

85:22

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:29

Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

83:58

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

82:44

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

82:19

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

81:12

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

81:12

Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

77:19

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bradden Inman.

76:09

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

75:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Ajay Leitch-Smith.

75:00

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

74:55

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

73:26

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

71:47

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

68:01

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

68:01

Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

67:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Billy Paynter.

65:13

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

64:23

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Long.

64:06

Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

62:37

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

62:09

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

62:09

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:42

Hand ball by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

61:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Stephen McGinn replaces Ryan Flynn.

61:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Jamie Murphy.

60:37

Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

59:51

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

59:51

Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).

59:05

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:03

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

58:18

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

57:48

Attempt blocked. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:31

Attempt saved. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

51:18

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.

50:22

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

50:22

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

49:03

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

45:44

Attempt missed. Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 2, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 +1:43 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 +1:12

Foul by Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00 +1:12

Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Sheffield United 0. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

44:23

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

44:23

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

40:35

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

40:32

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

38:03

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

38:03

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Sheffield United 0. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

34:33

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

33:51

Attempt blocked. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

30:10

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

28:38

Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

28:03

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

28:03

Foul by Billy Paynter (Sheffield United).

26:37

Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:37

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

24:18

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

23:48

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

22:15

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:15

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

16:17

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by George Evans.

13:27

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

12:36

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:36

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

7:13

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:13

Foul by Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra).

6:33

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:33

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

1:57

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

1:29

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Matthew Hill.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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