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Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Northampton Town

First-half goals from Daniel Powell and John-Joe O'Toole extended Northampton's unbeaten run to five games in League Two with a 2-0 success at Crewe.

Powell and O'Toole struck within four minutes of one another as Crewe's impressive recent run faded, slipping to their second consecutive home defeat.

The Railwaymen failed to make the most of an early breakaway when Callum Ainley's cross was diverted into the path of Jordan Bowery, but the frontman hoisted high and wide from six yards.

Crewe were under pressure when skipper George Ray headed over his own goalmouth but the defender dug himself out of a hole by clearing O'Toole's volley off the line.

The defensive jitters were evident, however, when Powell followed in to head home from close range in the 28th minute after Marvin Sordell's effort flew up off the turf.

Four minutes later Powell then turned provider with a smart delivery from the right which was volleyed in at the near post by O'Toole.

Northampton could have scored more after the restart, with Charlie Goode dropping a volley onto the roof of the net and O'Toole flashing a header wide.

Crewe lacked invention and while a Bowery shot flew over the top corner and late efforts from Ainley and Chris Porter were both saved well by David Cornell, it was all too late in the day.

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Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Ng
  • 5RayBooked at 83mins
  • 12Nolan
  • 32Sterry
  • 11Ainley
  • 17GreenSubstituted forFinneyat 85'minutes
  • 15Wintle
  • 10BowerySubstituted forMillerat 67'minutes
  • 7Porter
  • 20KirkSubstituted forDaleat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Miller
  • 13Richards
  • 14Nicholls
  • 16Lowery
  • 19Dale
  • 21Finney
  • 23Johnson

Northampton

  • 1Cornell
  • 4GoodeBooked at 71minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 6Taylor
  • 16Pierre
  • 3Buchanan
  • 11Powell
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forBowditchat 76'minutes
  • 18Turnbull
  • 8Foley
  • 27SordellSubstituted forWilliamsat 76'minutes
  • 7HoskinsBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Williams
  • 10Powell
  • 15Bowditch
  • 19Bridge
  • 22Elsnik
  • 30Coddington
  • 31Williams
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
4,096

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Northampton Town 2.

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Jay Williams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra).

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by David Cornell.

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Williams (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney replaces Paul Green.

Attempt blocked. Dean Bowditch (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Dean Bowditch (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Jay Williams replaces Charlie Goode because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Dean Bowditch replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Andy Williams replaces Marvin Sordell.

Attempt missed. Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Charlie Goode (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Sterry (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Goode (Northampton Town).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Shaun Miller replaces Jordan Bowery.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Charlie Kirk.

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

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by David Buchanan.

goal

As It Stood

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2Bury35199769402966
3Mansfield351713553282564
4MK Dons35188956342262
5Exeter3515101046351155
6Tranmere351510104941855
7Forest Green351412951351654
8Colchester351591154401454
9Carlisle35165145344953
10Swindon341311104242050
11Stevenage35147144045-549
12Newport34147134552-749
13Oldham351211125345847
14Grimsby35145163842-447
15Crewe35137154046-646
16Northampton351015104546-145
17Cheltenham35118164153-1241
18Crawley35116183748-1139
19Cambridge35116183153-2239
20Yeovil3599173648-1236
21Morecambe3598183756-1935
22Port Vale35810172842-1434
23Macclesfield3579193559-2430
24Notts County35611183466-3229
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