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ChesterfieldChesterfield3CreweCrewe Alexandra1

Chesterfield 3-1 Crewe Alexandra

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (centre) scored one and set up another for Chesterfield against Crewe
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (centre) scored one and set up another in Chesterfield's win

Two early goals gave Chesterfield the initiative as they won the battle of League One strugglers against Crewe.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's shot hit both posts before going in, then Lee Novak doubled the home lead on 12 minutes, side-footing in from six yards.

Callum Saunders went close before Zoumana Bakayogo replied for Crewe, scoring from Brad Inman's cut-back.

Connor Dimaio sealed Chesterfield's win just before the hour following a neat one-two with Ebanks-Blake.

Chesterfield's first victory in six games lifts them to 19th in the table, one point clear of the relegation zone and six above second-from-bottom Crewe, who suffered a first defeat in seven games.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Now we have to go again. We have been on a great little run. We'd have liked to have won one or two of them along the way but it has shown what we are capable of.

"We played some terrific football at times and had enough chances to have got something. I thought the better team lost.

"What we didn't do well was defend. We gave them gifts for the goals and those individual errors have proved costly. The full-back slipped for the first. then we didn't pick up at the far post properly and, for the third one, we didn't track the runner."

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 25Talbot
  • 23Anderson
  • 4Hird
  • 34John
  • 2HerdSubstituted forO'Sheaat 19'minutes
  • 17Dimaio
  • 24Banks
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 9Ebanks-BlakeSubstituted forDieseruvweat 74'minutes
  • 11Novak

Substitutes

  • 10O'Shea
  • 15Humphreys
  • 19Donohue
  • 20Chapman
  • 22Simons
  • 26Dieseruvwe
  • 32Slew

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 29Ajayi
  • 6Nugent
  • 3GuthrieBooked at 87mins
  • 10Inman
  • 20JonesBooked at 20mins
  • 15Fox
  • 41BakayogoSubstituted forAinleyat 65'minutes
  • 14SaundersSubstituted forKirkat 59'minutes
  • 9Haber

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
  • 32Howell
  • 34Kearns
  • 35Finney
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
6,264

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.

  3. Post update

    Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Booking

    Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Drew Talbot (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Declan John.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.