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Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Exeter City

Goals from Jake Taylor and Matt Jay pushed Exeter into the play-off berths as they ended Crewe's seven-game unbeaten run with a 2-1 success at Gresty Road.

Exeter were given an early boost when Taylor collected a half-cleared corner and drove in with the aid of a deflection in the seventh minute.

The Grecians looked slicker on the ball and came close to doubling their lead when Randall Williams saw his finish blocked by Crewe keeper Ben Garratt at the far post.

Ryan Bowman whistled an effort wide, while Crewe were kept in check, no more so than when Dara O'Shea conjured a last-ditch tackle after Charlie Kirk wriggled free inside the box.

Yet Exeter were almost caught napping on the stroke of half-time when Paul Green headed onto the roof of the net.

And they could do nothing to prevent Chris Porter applying a thumping header to Kirk's cross which beat Christy Pym all ends up for Crewe's equaliser soon after the restart.

Williams was close to restoring Exeter's advantage soon when he volleyed onto the far post.

Bowman, too, might have done better with a half chance he shot straight at Garratt. But homegrown youngster Jay's radar was spot on when he made room on the edge of the box to place a left-footed finish across Garratt into the far corner in the 66th minute.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Ng
  • 5Ray
  • 12Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 11Ainley
  • 17Green
  • 15Wintle
  • 10BowerySubstituted forDaleat 68'minutes
  • 7Porter
  • 20KirkSubstituted forMillerat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 13Richards
  • 16Lowery
  • 19Dale
  • 21Finney
  • 31Taylor-Sinclair
  • 32Sterry

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 4O'Shea
  • 21Moxey
  • 20Wilson
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forWoodmanat 55'minutes
  • 25Taylor
  • 27Collins
  • 10HolmesBooked at 79minsSubstituted forWilsonat 82'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 17Jay

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 5Martin
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Forte
  • 19Wilson
  • 28Brown
  • 41Dean
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
3,841

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home3
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Exeter City 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Attempt saved. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Shaun Miller replaces Charlie Kirk.

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dara O'Shea (Exeter City).

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Kane Wilson (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Donovan Wilson replaces Lee Holmes.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

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

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

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

Attempt missed. Matt Jay (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Jordan Bowery.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Exeter City 2. Matt Jay (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Woodman.

Delay in match Dean Moxey (Exeter City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Craig Woodman replaces Randell Williams.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Randell Williams.

Randell Williams (Exeter City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Exeter City 1. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 0, Exeter City 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Exeter City 1.

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by George Ray.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bury34189766402663
3Mansfield341613549262361
4MK Dons34178955342159
5Colchester341591054371754
6Forest Green341412850331754
7Exeter33159945331254
8Carlisle341651353421153
9Tranmere341410104841752
10Stevenage34146143944-548
11Grimsby34145153840-247
12Swindon331211103942-347
13Oldham341210125244846
14Crewe34137144044-446
15Newport33137134352-946
16Northampton34915104346-342
17Cheltenham34118153949-1041
18Crawley34116173747-1039
19Cambridge34106182953-2436
20Morecambe3498173553-1835
21Yeovil3489173346-1333
22Port Vale3489172842-1433
23Macclesfield3479183556-2130
24Notts County34610183466-3228
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