League One
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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Chuks Aneke

Crewe Alexandra climbed out of the League One relegation zone with a battling win over MK Dons.

The Dons had the better chances in the first half, Dele Alli going close on three occasions before Samir Carruthers hit the bar with a fine shot.

But Chuks Aneke put the Alex ahead with a curling 20-yard free kick.

And after Dons wasted a great chance to level when a Shaun Williams penalty was saved by Ben Garratt, AJ Leitch-Smith coolly slotted home to make it 2-0.

Leitch-Smith's goal was only his second of the season - and his first since 7 September.

Crewe are now a point above the bottom four, having climbed to 19th in the table, while the Dons remain eight points adrift of the play-off places.

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Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"AJ finished his goal smartly and everyone was delighted for him because he is one of our own and we want him to do well.

"But, if I'm honest, I considered taking him off at half-time.

"I told him at the break that he needed to get himself going and, to his credit, he did.

"He worked very hard for us in the second half, got his chance and he didn't show any lack of confidence."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: MK Dons boss Robinson

"The game hinged on us being very good for 30 minutes and then us losing discipline.

"We became too offensive, too open, too expansive.

"It was like the parting of the Red Sea at times. We've conceded 15 goals in the last seven games and I've told them it's not acceptable.

"I felt our front players weren't on their game. Too many people did their own thing from an eagerness to do too much."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 21Garratt
  • 3MellorBooked at 46mins
  • 2Tootle
  • 42GrantSubstituted forOsmanat 81'minutes
  • 4Davis
  • 5Ellis
  • 11Moore
  • 22Evans
  • 10Leitch-SmithSubstituted forPogbaat 88'minutes
  • 26Aneke
  • 14Inman

Substitutes

  • 6Dugdale
  • 8Osman
  • 9Pogba
  • 12Ray
  • 13Martin
  • 16Guthrie
  • 29Waters

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 18Baldock
  • 3Lewington
  • 7GleesonBooked at 34mins
  • 6Williams
  • 24Kay
  • 8PotterBooked at 81mins
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forChadwickat 61'minutes
  • 15LongSubstituted forPowellat 57'minutes
  • 12Reeves
  • 14AlliSubstituted forBowditchat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Bowditch
  • 10Chadwick
  • 11Smith
  • 13McLeod
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
3,613

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, MK Dons 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, MK Dons 0.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Mathias Pogba replaces Ajay Leitch-Smith.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Attempt blocked. Darren Potter (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Abdul Osman replaces Anthony Grant.

Booking

George Baldock (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by David Martin.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Baldock.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, MK Dons 0. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Grant.

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

Foul by Luke Chadwick (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Luke Chadwick (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

Foul by Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra).

Dean Bowditch (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Luke Chadwick replaces Samir Carruthers.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt blocked. Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Baldock.

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

Foul by Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons).

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

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Daniel Powell replaces Chris Long.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Penalty saved! Shaun Williams (MK Dons) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Peterborough27143104435945
6Rotherham26128645341144
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons26106104138336
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2883173643-727
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Crewe2776142753-2627
20Sheff Utd2668122635-926
21Shrewsbury2768132635-926
22Tranmere2667132948-1925
23Bristol City2541293639-324
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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