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CreweCrewe Alexandra1CoventryCoventry City2

Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Coventry City

Coventry consolidated their position in the play-off places as first-half goals from Jonson Clarke-Harris and Tom Bayliss earned a win at lowly Crewe.

The Sky Blues needed to show plenty of resolve on a pitch half covered in snow before registering their third win in four to move up to sixth.

They were issued an early warning when on-loan Newcastle defender Jamie Sterry fired inches past the post.

But it was another loan man, Rotherham's Clarke-Harris who glided clear on the left of the box and his angled drive flew over the line despite the efforts of several Crewe defenders.

Sky Blues keeper Liam O'Brien's acrobatically palmed away Shaun Miller's header. But Crewe were level in the 33rd minute when Jordan Bowery was well placed to head home the rebound after O'Brien pushed out Paul Green's blast.

Parity was short-lived for the strugglers though as they allowed Bayliss too much room to size up his shot and the midfield curved in off the far post with the outside of his boot.

O'Brien was a key figure for Coventry and the keeper tipped over a rising drive from Harry Pickering after the break when Sky Blues substitute Liam Kelly could have eased his side's passage, but after breaking clear in the box he tucked his effort the wrong side of the post.

Match report provided by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Ng
  • 5RayBooked at 37mins
  • 12NolanBooked at 75mins
  • 3BakayogoSubstituted forAinleyat 21'minutes
  • 20Kirk
  • 18Pickering
  • 30Green
  • 42Sterry
  • 32MillerSubstituted forMcKirdyat 72'minutes
  • 10BowerySubstituted forDagnallat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Raynes
  • 9Dagnall
  • 13Richards
  • 14Ainley
  • 16Lowery
  • 39McKirdy
  • 40Barlaser

Coventry

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13O'Brien
  • 2Grimmer
  • 15Hyam
  • 5McDonald
  • 24Haynes
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forPonticelliat 88'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 30BaylissSubstituted forKellyat 48'minutes
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forReidat 77'minutes
  • 18Clarke-Harris
  • 10McNulty

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • 6Kelly
  • 9Biamou
  • 27Barrett
  • 32Reid
  • 38Ponticelli
  • 40Bilson
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
4,666

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Coventry City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Coventry City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Ponticelli replaces Peter Vincenti.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

  6. Post update

    Michael Doyle (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Rod McDonald.

  8. Post update

    Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Doyle (Coventry City).

  10. Post update

    Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Dagnall replaces Jordan Bowery.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Kyel Reid replaces Jordan Shipley.

  14. Booking

    Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

  16. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry McKirdy replaces Shaun Miller.

  20. Post update

    Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington37235964402474
2Luton382011779403971
3Notts County381812860392166
4Wycombe37199970521866
5Mansfield371615656381863
6Coventry371871243311261
7Lincoln City371612953401360
8Exeter36186124640660
9Swindon37193155855360
10Carlisle381511125548756
11Newport371314104747053
12Crawley37158144446-253
13Colchester371312124643351
14Cambridge381311143850-1250
15Cheltenham381112155354-145
16Stevenage371111155055-544
17Yeovil37119174757-1042
18Morecambe36912153747-1039
19Port Vale37911174153-1238
20Crewe37114224461-1737
21Forest Green37107204464-2037
22Grimsby38910193257-2537
23Chesterfield3687213765-2831
24Barnet3879223456-2230
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