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Crewe Alexandra 4-1 Salford City

Crewe produced a powerful second-half display to beat Salford 4-1 and move up to second in League Two.

Adam Rooney punished goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen's error to hand the Ammies a first-half lead as Graham Alexander's side frustrated their hosts with a cautious defensive approach.

But Salford were caught out after the break by some daring attacking play with Chris Porter, Tommy Lowery and Harry Pickering scoring inside 17 minutes.

Midfielder Lowery added a fourth late on as Crewe eased to their seventh win of the campaign.

In the first half Rooney should have made the most of Danny Whitehead's cross hung over the goalmouth, but the striker only managed to glance his header across the face.

The former Aberdeen player capitalised when Jaaskelainen spilled Ibou Touray's driven cross and stabbed the loose ball home from close range five minutes before half-time.

But Crewe surged back after the break and Ryan Wintle crossed for Porter who was free to direct a header into the bottom corner.

Owen Dale thrashed a low shot onto the foot of the far post as cracks appeared in Salford's previous tight rearguard.

Lowery's skilful play conjured a second with the midfielder flicking past the last man and beating Kyle Letheren before Pickering unleashed a fierce drive into the far corner for the third.

After Porter set up Charlie Kirk for an effort which was parried by Letheren, Lowery tapped his second into an empty net eight minutes from time to leave Salford well beaten.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 6Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 8JonesBooked at 78mins
  • 4Wintle
  • 16Lowery
  • 19DaleSubstituted forPowellat 76'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forAneneat 86'minutes
  • 10KirkSubstituted forAinleyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Lancashire
  • 7Powell
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 17Anene
  • 20Lundstram

Salford

  • 12Letheren
  • 13HughesBooked at 34mins
  • 15Burgess
  • 6PiergianniSubstituted forLloyd-McGoldrickat 86'minutes
  • 8Maynard
  • 2Wiseman
  • 19Shelton
  • 18WhiteheadSubstituted forRodneyat 74'minutes
  • 3Touray
  • 20DieseruvweSubstituted forArmstrongat 67'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 7Armstrong
  • 10Lloyd-McGoldrick
  • 21Rodney
  • 23Pond
  • 25Jones
  • 31McFarlane
  • 34Doyle
Referee:
Will Finnie
Attendance:
4,714

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamSalford
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 4, Salford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 4, Salford City 1.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.

Attempt missed. Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Cameron Burgess (Salford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Charlie Kirk.

Substitution

Substitution, Salford City. Danny Lloyd replaces Carl Piergianni.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Chris Porter.

Will Jaaskelainen (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lois Maynard (Salford City).

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Lois Maynard (Salford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 4, Salford City 1. Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra).

Devante Rodney (Salford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Carl Piergianni (Salford City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ibou Touray with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Salford City. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Powell replaces Owen Dale.

Substitution

Substitution, Salford City. Devante Rodney replaces Danny Whitehead.

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

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

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

Foul by Sam Hughes (Salford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Salford City. Luke Armstrong replaces Emmanuel Dieseruvwe.

Attempt missed. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Jones following a corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Lois Maynard.

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ibou Touray.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 3, Salford City 1. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).

Sam Hughes (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ibou Touray.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Salford City 1. Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Porter.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Pickering with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Carl Piergianni.

Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ryan Wintle.

Attempt saved. Ibou Touray (Salford City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Dieseruvwe.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter10640157822
2Crewe107031712521
3Cheltenham106221991020
4Swindon106221811720
5Forest Green1053275218
6Bradford10523149517
7Newport1045196317
8Crawley104421613316
9Grimsby104331612415
10Colchester10433118315
11Cambridge104241310314
12Northampton104241210214
13Port Vale103431114-313
14Plymouth103341413112
15Macclesfield103341011-112
16Walsall1033459-412
17Salford102531216-411
18Carlisle103251218-611
19Mansfield102441215-310
20Oldham102441215-310
21Leyton Orient102351218-69
22Morecambe10136919-106
23Scunthorpe101271018-85
24Stevenage10046614-84
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