League Two
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Crewe Alexandra 5-0 Grimsby Town

Crewe were ruthless in front of goal as they won for the first time in 12 games with a League Two demolition of Grimsby.

Dave Artell picked up his first win as the Railwaymen's boss to ease the club's relegation fears.

George Cooper and Chris Dagnall both hit a brace to sweep the strugglers into a four-goal lead before the half-hour mark.

Cooper tucked the ball past James McKeown from the tightest of angles to give his side a flying start in the second minute.

Grimsby responded with Jamey Osbourne - who had an unsuccessful trial at Crewe last summer - forcing a good save out of Ben Garratt with a rasping drive.

Opportunist finishing from Dagnall in the 16th minute doubled the lead with the striker hooking a low shot under the despairing McKeown.

Defender Ben Nugent and Jordan Bowery went close and the Railwaymen looked threatening whenever they piled forward.

They had been the joint lowest scorers in League Two before the game, but they surprised even their die-hard fans when they picked off two more goals in quick succession.

First Cooper curled a superb free-kick from the edge of the D over the wall after 25 minutes. Then four minutes later Dagnall also grabbed his second when he was on hand to prod home from close range after Bowery helped on Cooper's low cross.

Grimsby improved slightly after Marcus Bignot made a triple substitution at the break, but Tom Bolarinwa blazed high and wide with an easy late chance.

Crewe still piled forward with McKeown pushing Bowery's fierce drive around the post before excelling himself when tipping over an ambitious volley from the halfway line from the impressive Cooper.

Callum Cooke then wrapped up it up three minutes from time on his home debut when he slid a low shot into the corner of the net from Callum Ainley's ball.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5Ray
  • 6NugentBooked at 90mins
  • 3GuthrieSubstituted forBakayogoat 77'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 15Hollands
  • 11CooperBooked at 62minsSubstituted forKiwomyaat 83'minutes
  • 24Cooke
  • 9DagnallSubstituted forAinleyat 84'minutes
  • 16Bowery

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 14Bakayogo
  • 21Wintle
  • 22Kiwomya
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 27Dale

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Davies
  • 5PearsonBooked at 35mins
  • 28GunningBooked at 90mins
  • 22Collins
  • 3AndrewSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutes
  • 31Clements
  • 26Comley
  • 32Osborne
  • 27YussufSubstituted forBolarinwaat 45'minutes
  • 29DysonBooked at 6minsSubstituted forAsanteat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Disley
  • 12Mills
  • 18Bolarinwa
  • 20Boyce
  • 21Vernon
  • 33Asante
  • 35Jones
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,003

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 5, Grimsby Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 5, Grimsby Town 0.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Gavin Gunning (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Grimsby Town).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 5, Grimsby Town 0. Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Ainley.

Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Davies (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Chris Dagnall.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Alex Kiwomya replaces George Cooper.

Delay in match Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Akwasi Asante (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Zoumana Bakayogo replaces Jon Guthrie.

Attempt missed. Chris Clements (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by George Ray.

Attempt missed. Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Bolarinwa.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by James McKeown.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by James McKeown.

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

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Brandon Comley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Sam Jones (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Hand ball by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Gavin Gunning (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt saved. Akwasi Asante (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Bolarinwa.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 4, Grimsby Town 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster30196559352463
2Plymouth29193748301860
3Carlisle30131345243952
4Luton301310744291549
5Exeter301531248321648
6Portsmouth29146942281448
7Mansfield30121083730746
8Wycombe2913793735246
9Colchester2912894436844
10Stevenage30133144747042
11Blackpool291011843291441
12Barnet30101193942-341
13Grimsby30117123639-340
14Cambridge29116123634239
15Morecambe28115123644-838
16Yeovil30910113237-537
17Crawley29106133444-1036
18Crewe30711123143-1232
19Hartlepool30710133752-1531
20Cheltenham30611133344-1129
21Accrington2878132637-1129
22Notts County3085173254-2229
23Leyton Orient3075183045-1526
24Newport2959153347-1424
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