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Crawley 1-2 Crewe

Crewe Alexandra went top of the table having come from behind to deservedly clinch a third successive League Two win with a 2-1 victory at Crawley Town.

The Alex, now unbeaten since the opening game of the season, put Crawley under heavy early pressure and defender Tom Dallison made a crucial block from a goal-bound shot by Charlie Kirk.

Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris thwarted two attempts by Daniel Powell before Chris Porter saw a deflected effort go wide from Tom Lowery's free-kick.

The hosts broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 16th minute when former Birmingham midfielder Bez Lubala, fed by Ashley Nathaniel-George, strode through to net his fourth league goal in as many games from just inside the area.

Crewe drew level in the 30th minute through midfielder Ryan Wintle who fired home from 15 yards following a ball into the box by Paul Green.

The Alex went in front 10 minutes after the break through Green who headed in a cross from Kirk at the far post.

David Artell's side continued to threaten and keeper Morris dived to hold a low drive from Powell.

Crawley put the Crewe defence under some pressure late on, but keeper Will Jaaskelainen was not seriously tested.

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Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 18SesaySubstituted forDacres-Cogleyat 56'minutes
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 6Dallison-Lisbon
  • 3Doherty
  • 4Payne
  • 28Camara
  • 15Nathaniel-GeorgeSubstituted forFergusonat 45'minutes
  • 10NadesanSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 45'minutes
  • 30LubalaBooked at 52mins
  • 9Palmer

Substitutes

  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 12Ferguson
  • 21Bulman
  • 22Morais
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 26Galach
  • 35Luyambula

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 6Nolan
  • 3PickeringSubstituted forFinneyat 80'minutes
  • 12Green
  • 4Wintle
  • 16Lowery
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 72'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 19Dale
  • 20Lundstram
  • 24Reilly
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
2,006

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Attempt missed. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ollie Palmer with a cross.

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Doherty with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Paul Green.

Attempt blocked. Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Perry Ng.

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

Foul by Bez Lubala (Crawley Town).

Offside, Crawley Town. Bez Lubala tries a through ball, but Ollie Palmer is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Dacres-Cogley with a cross.

Foul by Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra).

Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney replaces Harry Pickering.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Dacres-Cogley (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Owen Dale.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jordan Tunnicliffe.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Josh Dacres-Cogley.

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Lowery.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Daniel Powell.

Attempt missed. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

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

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

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Attempt missed. Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Doherty with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe43015509
2Bradford42205148
3Cambridge42205328
4Exeter42203128
5Cheltenham42116247
6Plymouth42116337
7Swindon42116427
8Forest Green42114317
9Leyton Orient421145-17
10Macclesfield42025326
11Port Vale41305416
12Newport41303216
13Mansfield41218715
14Grimsby41215415
15Salford41215505
16Walsall41212205
17Morecambe412134-15
18Crawley41126604
19Northampton411234-14
20Carlisle410348-43
21Colchester402246-22
22Stevenage401304-41
23Oldham401316-51
24Scunthorpe4013511-61
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