Crewe climbed back out of the League One relegation zone to dent Port Vale's play-off hopes with a derby win.

The Alex went ahead on 15 minutes when the home defence failed to clear a cross and Mathias Pogba forced the ball over the line from close range.

Chuks Aneke's second-half penalty, after Vale skipper Doug Loft had tripped Matt Tootle, and Brad Inman's low shot wrapped up Crewe's victory.

Tom Pope scored a consolation, heading in at the far post from a corner.

In-form Aneke

  • Crewe Alexandra top scorer Chuks Aneke has now hit 11 goals this season - nine of them in the last 14 games

Crewe's victory, making amends for their 2-1 derby defeat by Vale at Gresty Road in November, lifted the visitors two points clear of the bottom four.

After an untimely run of just one win in six matches, Micky Adams' Vale remain 10th, now nine points adrift of the play-off places.

Vale centre-half Joe Davis, facing his father Steve and brother Harry for the first time, was substituted just after the half-hour mark.

Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Joe Davis had been booked and he was lucky to stay on the pitch with the other tackle so I decided to take him off. Some people will say it is a bit harsh, but I make decisions. I am not afraid to make them. I have done that all my career.

"Crewe deserved their win, I can't deny them that. I hope they stay up. But I am disappointed with certain aspects of our performance. Defensively, we were bang average again and you can't be.

The Davis family derby

  • Crewe boss Steve Davis had a son playing for each side.
  • Harry was in the Alex defence, while Joe faced his dad and his brother for the first time, only to be substituted on 33 minutes.

"You need people with cool heads to make the right decisions, particularly defensively. We didn't do that, so subsequently we have got punished."

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It is always a good feeling to win a derby game. Hopefully that will give everybody a lift. We wanted to play attacking football and the attitude of the players was superb. We stuck to the game plan. We played in the right areas, then stood up to the long balls in to the box when they came at the end.

"We didn't punish them enough in the first half and should have been further ahead but we got a goal at the start of the second half which was really important.

"Obviously they came at us again and got a header from a corner but, other than that, I can't really complain. I just felt that we had too much for them with our pace and power. I know that the players can perform at this level every week. If we can keep creating the chances we will be fine."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Yates
  • 05 Dickinson Booked
  • 18 Lines
  • 20 Grimmer (Knott - 56' )
  • 17 Davis Booked (Tomlin - 33' )
  • 07 Loft
  • 21 Griffith
  • 11 Pope
  • 39 Hugill (Myrie-Williams - 33' )
  • 03 Jones

Substitutes

  • 08 Dodds
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 10 Tomlin
  • 12 Johnson
  • 19 Williamson
  • 26 Birchall
  • 28 Knott

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt Booked
  • 02 Tootle
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 22 Evans
  • 05 Ellis
  • 04 Davis
  • 11 Moore
  • 42 Grant
  • 09 Pogba
  • 26 Aneke Booked
  • 14 Inman Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 08 Osman
  • 18 Nolan
  • 19 Oliver
  • 29 Waters
Ref: Roger East
Att: 7,812

Match Stats

Shots

8 13

On target

3 7

Corners

5 4

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Port Vale 1, Crewe Alexandra 3.

90:00 +5:47 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Port Vale 1, Crewe Alexandra 3.

90:00 +0:40

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Adam Yates.

88:08

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:08

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

87:49 Booking

Booking Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

86:19

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Chris Neal.

84:01

Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

84:01

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

83:25

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

81:39 Booking

Booking Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

80:54

Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

80:54

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

79:21

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

79:21

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

79:03 Booking

Booking Ben Garratt (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

77:00

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

76:54

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

76:42

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Davis.

75:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 1, Crewe Alexandra 3. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Lines with a cross.

75:04

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

74:54

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

74:08

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

73:46 Booking

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

73:34

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:34

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

72:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 0, Crewe Alexandra 3. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mathias Pogba.

71:26

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

70:46

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale).

70:46

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

68:35

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

63:00

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:57

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

62:35

Attempt blocked. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

59:39

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:39

Foul by George Evans (Crewe Alexandra).

57:19

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

55:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Billy Knott replaces Jack Grimmer because of an injury.

52:01

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:01

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

49:22

Anthony Griffith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:22

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

47:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 0, Crewe Alexandra 2. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

47:21

Penalty conceded by Doug Loft (Port Vale) after a foul in the penalty area.

47:21

Penalty Crewe Alexandra. Matt Tootle draws a foul in the penalty area.

46:07

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

46:07

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

45:00

Second Half begins Port Vale 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Port Vale 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

43:35

Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:12

Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:25

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

38:19

Attempt missed. Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

36:14

Tom Pope (Port Vale) hits the bar with a left footed shot from long range on the left.

35:24

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

33:51

Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:51

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

32:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Gavin Tomlin replaces Joe Davis.

32:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Port Vale. Jennison Myrie-Williams replaces Jordan Hugill.

29:00

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

28:45

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

25:15

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

24:35

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Chris Neal.

22:29

Attempt saved. Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

21:56 Booking

Booking Joe Davis (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

21:45

Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

21:45

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

18:02

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

18:02

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

17:24

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

17:24

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

16:11

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

16:11

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Port Vale 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Byron Moore.

13:31

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

11:30

Attempt missed. Doug Loft (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:45

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

8:28

Foul by Anthony Griffith (Port Vale).

8:28

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

6:56

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

5:12

Attempt missed. Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

2:37

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Port Vale).

2:37

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

1:56

Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

1:27

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:27

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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