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Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Exeter City

Norwegian striker Chuma Anene came off the bench to earn Crewe a 1-1 draw with Exeter in the top-of-the-table clash in League Two.

Anene, on loan from FC Midtjylland, fired home into the corner after 76 minutes to cancel out Dean Moxey's early opener as Crewe fought back against the impressive Grecians.

Matt Taylor's side were ahead after just two minutes when Nicky Law delivered to the back post where veteran defender Moxey was on hand to thrash the ball into the roof of the net.

Exeter looked quicker and slicker than their hosts in the first half and could have added to their lead. Ryan Bowman lashed over from 10 yards when well placed and Lee Martin was denied by Will Jaaskelainen who dived to palm away a curled right-footed effort.

Martin continued to pose a threat after the restart with Jaaskelainen again doing well to keep out a thumping strike from 25 yards.

Exeter had looked untroubled for an hour with Moxey and Tom Parkes marshalling their backline in a miserly fashion. But they were fortunate when Harry Pickering's low drive ricocheted across the face of goal.

Crewe freshened their attack by introducing Daniel Powell and Anene and it was the signal for a revival. After Powell forced a reaction save from Lewis Ward, big frontman Anene deservedly levelled when collecting Charlie Kirk's cross before turning and firing the loose ball into the corner.

The draw saw both clubs drop a place with Exeter surrendering top spot to Forest Green and Crewe dropping back to fourth.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 15HuntBooked at 70mins
  • 5Lancashire
  • 6Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 8JonesSubstituted forGreenat 70'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 16Lowery
  • 19DaleBooked at 43minsSubstituted forPowellat 63'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forAneneat 70'minutes
  • 10KirkBooked at 79mins

Substitutes

  • 7Powell
  • 11Ainley
  • 12Green
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 17Anene
  • 23Johnson

Exeter

  • 1Ward
  • 2Sweeney
  • 15Parkes
  • 21Moxey
  • 11Williams
  • 25Taylor
  • 27Collins
  • 22SparkesBooked at 62minsSubstituted forMartinat 74'minutes
  • 8Law
  • 7MartinSubstituted forAtanganaat 89'minutes
  • 12BowmanSubstituted forFisherat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Atangana
  • 5Martin
  • 17Jay
  • 18Fisher
  • 20Richardson
  • 23Maxted
  • 35Seymour
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
5,131

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Exeter City 1.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Nigel Atangana replaces Lee Martin.

Offside, Exeter City. Pierce Sweeney tries a through ball, but Lee Martin is caught offside.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Archie Collins.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

Attempt missed. Nicky Law (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Fisher.

Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Fisher (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Fisher replaces Ryan Bowman.

Foul by Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra).

Randell Williams (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Exeter City).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Exeter City 1. Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Aaron Martin replaces Jack Sparkes.

Attempt blocked. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

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 Daniel Powell.

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

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Attempt blocked. Jack Sparkes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bowman.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Daniel Powell.

Attempt blocked. Randell Williams (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra).

Dean Moxey (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Paul Green replaces James Jones.

Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Exeter City).

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Lewis Ward.

Attempt saved. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Powell replaces Owen Dale.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Forest Green12732146824
2Exeter126511711623
3Newport12651126623
4Crewe127231914523
5Cheltenham1264221111022
6Bradford126331711621
7Swindon126241915420
8Colchester125431510519
9Grimsby125341914518
10Port Vale124531718-117
11Cambridge124441613316
12Plymouth124441715216
13Crawley124441919016
14Northampton124351413115
15Walsall12435814-615
16Macclesfield123541314-114
17Salford123541520-514
18Carlisle124261319-614
19Mansfield123451316-313
20Leyton Orient123451621-513
21Oldham122551317-411
22Scunthorpe121471321-87
23Morecambe121471224-127
24Stevenage12057818-105
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