Chuks Aneke's brace helped pull Crewe out of the League One relegation zone for the first time in five games as they overcame Gillingham.

Aneke struck his first from close range before Amine Linganzi headed home his first Gillingham goal to level.

After the break, Aneke headed in Matt Tootle's delivery for his 16th goal of the season to put Crewe ahead.

Mathias Pogba sealed all three points for the Railwaymen late on with a cool flick from only six yards.

The win means Crewe jump three places to 19th and are now two points clear of the relegation zone.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"There didn't seem to be enough energy. I know there were a few things that didn't go our way but I'm not convinced we deserved them to today.

"I can't really understand it because at eight minutes to three, when the boys are ready to go, they look as if they are going to start well but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 29 Hewitt
  • 03 Martin
  • 12 Gregory (Lee - 63' Booked )
  • 06 Legge
  • 26 Barrett
  • 23 Harriman (Dack - 63' )
  • 04 Linganzi Booked (Pigott - 81' )
  • 10 McDonald
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 11 Weston

Substitutes

  • 05 Davies
  • 15 Dack
  • 18 Lee
  • 27 Fagan
  • 31 Hessenthaler
  • 32 Pigott
  • 35 Baxter

Crewe Alexandra

  • 21 Garratt
  • 02 Tootle
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 42 Grant Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 05 Ellis
  • 09 Pogba
  • 22 Evans (Osman - 77' Booked )
  • 26 Aneke
  • 30 Ikpeazu Booked (Mellor - 94' )
  • 14 Inman Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Mellor
  • 08 Osman
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
  • 11 Moore
  • 12 Ray
  • 31 Park
Ref: Steve Bratt
Att: 5,767

Match Stats

Shots

16 14

On target

6 7

Corners

11 11

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gillingham 1, Crewe Alexandra 3.

90:00 +6:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Crewe Alexandra 3.

90:00 +5:44

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

90:00 +4:49

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

90:00 +3:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Kelvin Mellor replaces Uche Ikpeazu.

90:00 +3:11

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

90:00 +3:11

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

90:00 +3:03

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

90:00 +2:55

Attempt saved. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +1:56

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

90:00 +0:50 Booking

Booking Charlie Lee (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:46

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

90:00 +0:46

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

90:00 +0:08

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

89:27 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

88:55

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bradley Dack.

88:17

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Leon Legge.

87:35 Booking

Booking Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

87:22

Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:22

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

86:11

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

86:11

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

85:36

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

84:54

Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:54

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

84:28 Booking

Booking Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

84:15

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:15

Foul by Abdul Osman (Crewe Alexandra).

83:18

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

83:18

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

82:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Crewe Alexandra 3. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Uche Ikpeazu.

80:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Joe Pigott replaces Amine Linganzi.

79:55

Foul by Myles Weston (Gillingham).

79:55

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

76:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Abdul Osman replaces George Evans.

76:47

Attempt missed. Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

76:26

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

75:29

Attempt missed. Joe Martin (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

75:15

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

73:45

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

72:07

Foul by Joe Martin (Gillingham).

72:07

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

71:25

Attempt missed. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

70:18

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:18

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

68:16 Booking

Booking Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

68:06

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Gillingham).

68:06

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

63:56

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Joe Martin.

62:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Bradley Dack replaces Michael Harriman.

62:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Steven Gregory.

60:17

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

59:48

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

58:30

Attempt saved. Leon Legge (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

58:05

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:05

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

57:12

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

57:12

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

56:31

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

56:19

Attempt saved. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

54:30 Booking

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

54:21

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:21

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

52:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Crewe Alexandra 2. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Tootle with a cross.

51:57

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

51:18

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

47:33

Attempt blocked. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Gillingham 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gillingham 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

44:21

Attempt missed. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

43:06

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

42:42

Attempt saved. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

41:51

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:51

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

41:17

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

38:00

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:58

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

34:04

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

33:45

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

32:54

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

32:10

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

31:29

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

31:15

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

31:00

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

29:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 1, Crewe Alexandra 1. Amine Linganzi (Gillingham) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Elliott Hewitt with a cross.

28:58

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

27:39

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

27:28

Attempt blocked. Michael Harriman (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:34

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

25:34

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

19:12

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

18:48

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Uche Ikpeazu.

18:13

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

12:00

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by George Evans.

11:17

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

10:49

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Amine Linganzi.

10:39

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

9:54

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Joe Martin.

9:02 Booking

Booking Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

9:00

Leon Legge (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:55

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

7:12

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

7:12

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

5:28

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

5:28

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gillingham 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

3:54

Attempt blocked. George Evans (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

2:47

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

0:28

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

0:28

Matt Tootle (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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