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Crewe Alexandra 2-3 Cambridge United

Sam Smith scored twice as Cambridge ended a run of three consecutive defeats with a home success against 10-man Crewe.

Smith's first-half opener was his first since joining the U's on loan from Reading.

The striker edged his side ahead again after the break from a controversial penalty after Crewe had led 2-1 amid a glut of four goals inside nine minutes.

The Railwaymen were caught napping early on when Luke Hannant's pass sent Smith clear and he slotted past Will Jaaskelainen.

Crewe responded and Harry Pickering's free-kick was tipped around a post by Dimitar Mitov.

But their hopes were hit when veteran midfielder Paul Green received a straight red card for an over-the-ball challenge on Samir Carruthers in the 41st minute.

The introduction of Chuma Anene pepped up Crewe's attack and the big striker, on-loan from Danish side FC Midtjylland, forced a good save out of Mitov.

Defender Eddie Nolan beat Mitov when prodding home a corner and Anene netted his first goal in England after taking a neat touch onto Charlie Kirk's squared pass and hitting a low finish in the 67th minute.

Yet Cambridge were back in front in the space of three minutes.

First Paul Lewis was left unmarked to direct a downward header into the far corner, and when Hannant's dash into the box drew a trip from Nolan, Smith netted his second when sending the keeper the wrong way with a 72nd-minute spot-kick.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 5Lancashire
  • 6Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 12GreenBooked at 41mins
  • 4Wintle
  • 16Lowery
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 53'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forAneneat 60'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 10KirkSubstituted forAinleyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 15Hunt
  • 17Anene
  • 19Dale

Cambridge

  • 1Mitov
  • 16DarlingBooked at 60mins
  • 34Ward
  • 4Taft
  • 2KnoyleBooked at 49mins
  • 22Lewis
  • 21CarruthersSubstituted forMarisat 50'minutes
  • 8O'NeilSubstituted forRolesat 83'minutes
  • 7HannantBooked at 83mins
  • 18RichardsSubstituted forLambeat 76'minutes
  • 20Smith

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 10Maris
  • 11Dunk
  • 19Lambe
  • 25Burton
  • 26Knibbs
  • 30Roles
Referee:
David Rock
Attendance:
3,568

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Cambridge United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Cambridge United 3.

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

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

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

Foul by Jack Roles (Cambridge United).

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Harry Darling.

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

Foul by Reggie Lambe (Cambridge United).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Harry Darling.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Jack Roles replaces Liam O'Neil.

Booking

Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Luke Hannant (Cambridge United).

Foul by Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra).

Kyle Knoyle (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Sam Smith (Cambridge United).

Attempt blocked. Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Charlie Kirk.

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

Foul by Luke Hannant (Cambridge United).

Attempt missed. George Maris (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Lewis.

Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Reggie Lambe replaces Marc Richards.

Foul by Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra).

Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Maris (Cambridge United).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Cambridge United 3. Sam Smith (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cambridge United. Luke Hannant draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Luke Hannant (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam O'Neil.

Foul by Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra).

Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Cambridge United 2. Paul Lewis (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam O'Neil following a set piece situation.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter8530126618
2Swindon8521178917
3Forest Green851275216
4Newport843174315
5Crewe85031110115
6Cheltenham8422147714
7Bradford842295414
8Crawley8422129314
9Grimsby83321511412
10Port Vale8332910-112
11Plymouth8323129311
12Cambridge832399011
13Macclesfield832399011
14Northampton831498110
15Carlisle83141115-410
16Mansfield823310919
17Colchester823367-19
18Leyton Orient82331014-49
19Salford81521012-28
20Oldham8134712-56
21Walsall813439-66
22Morecambe8134815-76
23Scunthorpe8116815-74
24Stevenage8035613-73
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