Hereford 0-1 Crewe

Crewe extended their unbeaten run to nine games and kept up their hopes of a League Two play-off place with victory at Hereford.

The Bulls, who now sit bottom of the Football League, saw Ryan Green rifle a shot just wide and Delroy Facey denied by keeper Steve Phillips.

Billy Bodin shot wide and then headed over for the visitors, while Ashley Westwood saw a free-kick loop wide.

Luke Murphy danced through two defenders to fire in the winner.

Crewe now sit just one point behind seventh-placed Oxford, although they have played a game more.

Hereford are now two points from safety, lying bottom with 35 points.

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Hereford United manager Richard O'Kelly told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

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Bulls need a bit of luck - O'Kelly

"Today was an excellent performance, it was the best since I've been here.

"I'm immensely proud of the players and how they performed today. It's just that little bit of luck that makes a difference.

"James McQuilkin and Richard Peniket have come in and done themselves no harm at all. We have a group of players who are all pushing each other."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Hereford

  • 28 Cornell
  • 02 Green
  • 05 Townsend
  • 12 Purkiss
  • 24 Stam Booked (Evans - 81' )
  • 11 Lunt
  • 14 McQuilkin
  • 17 Colbeck
  • 27 Clucas (Barkh'zen - 27' )
  • 25 Elder (Facey - 60' )
  • 26 Peniket

Substitutes

  • 19 Chambers
  • 22 Anthony
  • 34 Evans
  • 10 Facey
  • 21 Barkh'zen

Crewe

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Davis (Mellor - 9' )
  • 05 Artell
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 33 Brown
  • 04 Westwood
  • 08 Murphy Booked
  • 34 Bodin (Shelley - 71' )
  • 10 Leitch-Smith (Clayton - 65' )
  • 11 Moore
  • 25 Powell

Substitutes

  • 13 Martin
  • 12 Shelley
  • 07 Bell
  • 17 Mellor
  • 19 Clayton
Ref: Adcock
Att: 2,326

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

11 2

Corners

8 8

Fouls

12 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:43

Byron Moore fouled by Tom Barkhuizen, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:19

Will Evans takes a shot. Blocked by David Artell.

90:00 +3:10

The ball is delivered by Ben Purkiss, Adam Dugdale manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:10

Delroy Facey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +1:36

Short corner worked by Nick Powell.

90:00 +1:18

Nick Powell decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +1:02

Nick Powell takes a short corner.

90:00 +0:40

Corner taken short by Nick Powell.

90:00

Ashley Westwood takes a shot. Nick Powell decides to take the corner short, clearance by Ryan Green.

89:19

Corner taken by Byron Moore from the left by-line.

88:35

A cross is delivered by Max Clayton, clearance made by Ben Purkiss.

88:16

Centre by James McQuilkin, Richard Peniket takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

87:37

Clearance made by Byron Moore.

87:37 Booking

Booking Luke Murphy goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

87:29

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James McQuilkin,

87:21

James McQuilkin delivers the ball, blocked by Luke Murphy.

85:59

James McQuilkin takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

85:51

A cross is delivered by Joe Colbeck, clearance by David Artell.

85:29

Nick Powell takes a shot. Save by David Cornell.

84:52

Shot from just outside the box by Tom Barkhuizen misses to the left of the target.

84:10

Unfair challenge on Byron Moore by Tom Barkhuizen results in a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

83:49

The ball is delivered by Tom Barkhuizen, clearance by Adam Dugdale.

83:02

Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line to the near post, Richard Peniket manages to make a clearance.

82:51

Nick Powell takes a shot. Kenny Lunt gets a block in.

81:49

Nick Powell fouled by Will Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

80:58

Max Clayton takes a shot. Michael Townsend gets a block in.

80:12 Substitution

Substitution Will Evans comes on in place of Stefan Stam.

78:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Murphy - Hereford 0 - 1 Crewe Luke Murphy scores a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hereford 0-1 Crewe.

76:58

The ball is crossed by Nick Powell, Stefan Stam gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood, Ryan Green manages to make a clearance.

76:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kelvin Mellor by Tom Barkhuizen. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

72:52

Ashley Westwood sends in a cross, Stefan Stam manages to make a clearance.

71:17

James McQuilkin takes the inswinging corner, Ben Purkiss takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

70:54

Delroy Facey takes a shot. Steve Phillips gets a block in.

69:55 Substitution

Substitution Danny Shelley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Bodin.

69:55

Ryan Green gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Bodin. Free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.

69:01

Ryan Green takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

68:49

Tom Barkhuizen takes a shot. Kelvin Mellor gets a block in.

68:22

Jordan Brown crosses the ball, save made by David Cornell.

67:38

Nick Powell delivers the ball, clearance made by Kenny Lunt.

67:21

The ball is delivered by Ben Purkiss, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

66:42

The ball is delivered by Ryan Green, Jordan Brown makes a clearance.

65:49

The ball is swung over by Tom Barkhuizen, blocked by David Artell.

64:45 Substitution

Substitution (Crewe) makes a substitution, with Max Clayton coming on for Ajay Leitch-Smith.

64:31

The ball is delivered by Tom Barkhuizen, Luke Murphy makes a clearance.

62:29

Kelvin Mellor delivers the ball, save made by David Cornell.

61:49

Kelvin Mellor produces a cross.

59:04 Substitution

Substitution Delroy Facey comes on in place of Nathan Elder.

59:04

Ajay Leitch-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Cornell takes the free kick.

57:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Peniket on David Artell. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

57:21

The ball is sent over by Kenny Lunt, clearance made by David Artell.

55:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefan Stam on Nick Powell.

55:29

Byron Moore takes the direct free kick.

55:29 Booking

Booking Stefan Stam booked.

53:52

Tom Barkhuizen sends in a cross, Richard Peniket has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.

52:33

The ball is swung over by Byron Moore, blocked by Ben Purkiss.

51:42

A cross is delivered by Joe Colbeck, save by Steve Phillips.

50:36

The ball is crossed by Joe Colbeck, David Artell makes a clearance.

50:17

Joe Colbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Westwood.

49:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by James McQuilkin on Ashley Westwood. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

48:49

Jordan Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Lunt. David Cornell takes the direct free kick.

47:25

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen on Kelvin Mellor, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ashley Westwood from right channel, Stefan Stam makes a clearance.

46:23

Kenny Lunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Byron Moore. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Westwood, clearance by Stefan Stam.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:48

Richard Peniket takes a shot. Byron Moore gets a block in. Corner taken short by James McQuilkin, A cross is delivered by Kenny Lunt, Ashley Westwood makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:23

Kenny Lunt sends in a cross, David Artell makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:04

The ball is swung over by Richard Peniket.

35:57

Ryan Green concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Powell. The ball is crossed by Ashley Westwood, David Artell has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

35:32

Ryan Green produces a cross, save by Steve Phillips.

34:53

Corner taken by James McQuilkin, Jordan Brown manages to make a clearance.

32:49

Joe Colbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Mellor.

30:58

Ben Purkiss takes a shot. Steve Phillips gets a block in. Corner taken short by James McQuilkin, clearance made by Byron Moore.

30:07

Byron Moore sends in a cross, Nick Powell has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

29:00

Ajay Leitch-Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Townsend. David Cornell restarts play with the free kick.

28:31

Kenny Lunt crosses the ball, save made by Steve Phillips.

28:12

Joe Colbeck takes a shot. David Artell gets a block in.

26:51 Substitution

Substitution Samuel Clucas leaves the field to be replaced by Tom Barkhuizen.

24:34

Corner taken by James McQuilkin from the left by-line, Richard Peniket takes a shot.

24:09

Samuel Clucas takes a shot. Kelvin Mellor gets a block in.

23:40

The ball is swung over by Samuel Clucas, Byron Moore makes a clearance.

22:41

Unfair challenge on Joe Colbeck by Jordan Brown results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James McQuilkin.

22:10

The ball is sent over by Nick Powell, Ben Purkiss manages to make a clearance.

21:25

Ajay Leitch-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Cornell takes the direct free kick.

18:48

Nick Powell crosses the ball, Shot from close range by Billy Bodin misses to the right of the goal.

18:17

The referee penalises Samuel Clucas for handball. Adam Dugdale takes the free kick.

17:10

Outswinging corner taken by James McQuilkin from the right by-line, Kelvin Mellor makes a clearance.

16:12

Kelvin Mellor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Peniket. Richard Peniket takes the free kick.

14:15

Kenny Lunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Bodin. Ashley Westwood crosses the ball in from the free kick.

13:40

Ben Purkiss delivers the ball, clearance made by Kelvin Mellor.

12:41

Centre by Ashley Westwood, Close range effort by Billy Bodin goes wide of the left-hand upright.

10:54

Centre by Joe Colbeck.

10:01

Byron Moore sends in a cross, clearance by Stefan Stam.

8:17 Substitution

Substitution Kelvin Mellor is brought on as a substitute for Harry Davis.

5:09

The ball is sent over by Ashley Westwood, clearance made by Michael Townsend.

2:39

Corner taken by James McQuilkin from the left by-line.

2:14

Samuel Clucas takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Brown.

1:04

Joe Colbeck crosses the ball, blocked by Jordan Brown.

0:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Peniket by Luke Murphy. Free kick taken by Kenny Lunt.

0:20

The ball is swung over by Nick Powell, Ryan Green manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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