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Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Walsall

Veteran defender Eddie Nolan hit a classy second-half finish as Crewe edged Walsall 1-0.

The Railwaymen finished with 10 men after defender Olly Lancashire was red-carded late on, but they held on after Nolan, who had thwarted Josh Gordon with a decisive tackle in the first half, put his side ahead with only his fifth career goal.

Walsall were the better side before the break, but new striker Caolan Lavery wasted a glorious early chance by lashing wide with the goal gaping.

The Saddlers lived dangerously after the break as Harry Pickering's deflected effort across the face of goal forced a great save out of Liam Roberts.

Crewe's pressing paid off when Nolan made an impact at the other end of the pitch after a shot from Perry Ng ricocheted into his path and he dispatched a low finish into the bottom corner in the 61st minute.

The hosts pushed for a second, with Chris Porter being thwarted by Roberts and Charlie Kirk putting the rebound home, only to be ruled offside.

Lancashire, already in the book, was dismissed in the 89th minute for a push on substitute Elijah Adebayo, but Walsall were unable to respond.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2NgBooked at 78mins
  • 5LancashireBooked at 89mins
  • 6Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 4Wintle
  • 12Green
  • 16Lowery
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 71'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 10KirkSubstituted forHuntat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 15Hunt
  • 19Dale
  • 24Reilly

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 6ScarrBooked at 90mins
  • 33Jules
  • 2NormanSubstituted forHardyat 59'minutes
  • 7Sinclair
  • 8Kinsella
  • 18KierseySubstituted forMcDonaldat 59'minutes
  • 3PringBooked at 90mins
  • 9Lavery
  • 10GordonSubstituted forAdebayoat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Sadler
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 17Hardy
  • 24Facey
  • 25McDonald
  • 26Liddle
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
4,629

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away11
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Walsall 0.

Booking

Dan Scarr (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Booking

Cameron Pring (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Pring (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Paul Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Nicky Hunt replaces Charlie Kirk.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra) for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra).

Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt saved. Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Perry Ng.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Porter tries a through ball, but Charlie Kirk is caught offside.

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

Foul by Zak Jules (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. James Hardy (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elijah Adebayo with a cross.

Attempt missed. Dan Scarr (Walsall) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by James Hardy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Charlie Kirk.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

Cameron Pring (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

James Hardy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Paul Green.

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cameron Pring (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra).

Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon32106337
2Exeter32103127
3Forest Green32103127
4Macclesfield32015236
5Plymouth32014136
6Crewe320134-16
7Bradford31204135
8Mansfield31206425
9Newport31203215
10Cambridge31202115
11Cheltenham31114224
12Crawley31115414
13Grimsby31113214
14Salford31113304
15Walsall31112204
16Leyton Orient311113-24
17Port Vale30303303
18Carlisle310246-23
19Morecambe302124-22
20Northampton301224-21
21Colchester301224-21
22Stevenage301203-31
23Scunthorpe301238-51
24Oldham300316-50
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