League One
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Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Sheffield United

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:

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Post-match: Blades manager Clough

"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."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 21Garratt
  • 16Guthrie
  • 2Tootle
  • 42Grant
  • 5Ellis
  • 4Davis
  • 14Inman
  • 22Evans
  • 9PogbaSubstituted forIkpeazuat 87'minutes
  • 26AnekeBooked at 86mins
  • 10Leitch-SmithSubstituted forMooreat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Phillips
  • 3Mellor
  • 6Dugdale
  • 8Osman
  • 11Moore
  • 29Waters
  • 30Ikpeazu

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 4Brayford
  • 6Hill
  • 17Coady
  • 5Maguire
  • 15Collins
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forMcGinnat 62'minutes
  • 21Scougall
  • 18PaynterSubstituted forPorterat 68'minutes
  • 11Baxter
  • 23MurphySubstituted forHarrisat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 3Harris
  • 9Porter
  • 12Miller
  • 14McGinn
  • 27Whitehouse
  • 32Kennedy
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
5,437

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Sheffield United 0.
Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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.
Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).
Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Anthony Grant.
Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Harry Maguire.
Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Mathias Pogba.

Booking

Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).
Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harry Davis.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harry Davis.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.
Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Bradden Inman.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Byron Moore replaces Ajay Leitch-Smith.
Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).
Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jose Baxter (Sheffield United).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Chris Porter replaces Billy Paynter.
Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Long.
Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.
Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).
Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Hand ball by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Stephen McGinn replaces Ryan Flynn.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Robert Harris replaces Jamie Murphy.
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.
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by John Brayford (Sheffield United).
Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jamie Murphy.
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.
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.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 2, Sheffield United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Sheffield United 0.
Foul by Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra).
Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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.
Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2919642463
2Wolves2918742961
3Leyton Orient2818643360
4Preston28141041152
5Rotherham2914961351
6Walsall29121071046
7Peterborough2814311845
8Swindon2912512741
9Port Vale2712312-339
10MK Dons2810612-136
11Gillingham2910514-1035
12Coventry271287834
13Bradford287138434
14Colchester268108134
15Oldham299614-833
16Crawley257108-531
17Tranmere298714-1831
18Carlisle288614-1730
19Crewe298615-2430
20Bristol City2851211-627
21Shrewsbury296914-1127
22Notts County308319-1327
23Sheff Utd276813-1226
24Stevenage266416-2022
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