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Accrington Stanley 0-2 Crewe Alexandra

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Highlights: Accrington Stanley 0-2 Crewe Alexandra

League Two promotion chasers Crewe secured a 2-0 FA Cup first-round win over League One side Accrington - but the real story of an extraordinary game concerned the officials.

Referee Neil Hair limped off in the 22nd minute and was replaced in the middle by fourth official Alan Clayton.

Mr Clayton was injured at half-time and the interval lasted over an hour while both sides discussed how to go forward as neither of the injured officials could run the line and anyone qualified in the crowd had a bias to a particular side.

The second half ended up kicking off at 17: 10 GMT, with the agreement of both managers John Coleman and Dave Artell, with assistant referee Danny Gratton taking over as referee and just one assistant Conor Brown.

It was decided on the toss of a coin which side he would officiate on, which was the Crewe half, while Mr Clayton went back to fourth official.

In the match itself, Chris Porter headed against the post for Crewe in the 12th minute before Jerome Opoku lashed a 25-yard strike against the crossbar in injury-time in the first half for Stanley.

From this, Crewe broke and, in the second minute of first-half added time, Charlie Kirk got the ball in the area to fire past Dimi Evtimov, his strike going in off the post.

Crewe doubled their advantage when they were awarded a penalty by Mr Gratton on 67 minutes, after Opoku's foul on Tommy Lowery, and Porter fired home the spot kick.

To make things worse for Stanley they were reduced to 10 men when Mark Hughes was sent off on 77 minutes for bringing down last man Owen Dale, who was charging through.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 1Evtimov
  • 2JohnsonSubstituted forNeves Bento De Carvalhoat 69'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 3HughesBooked at 77mins
  • 34Alese
  • 36OpokuBooked at 38minsSubstituted forSykesat 74'minutes
  • 28Conneely
  • 7Clark
  • 11McConvilleSubstituted forCharlesat 45'minutes
  • 8Finley
  • 10Pritchard
  • 19Bishop

Substitutes

  • 4Edwards
  • 5Sykes
  • 6Sherif
  • 23Neves Bento De Carvalho
  • 30Bursik
  • 32Charles
  • 35Simpson

Crewe

  • 1JaaskelainenBooked at 69mins
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 30Mbulu
  • 3Pickering
  • 12Green
  • 4Wintle
  • 16LoweryBooked at 83mins
  • 19Dale
  • 9Porter
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 17Anene
  • 23Johnson
  • 25Adebisi
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
1,655

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley).

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

Attempt missed. Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) header from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

Wilson Carvalho (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Wilson Carvalho (Accrington Stanley).

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

Attempt blocked. Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Booking

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dimitar Evtimov (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt blocked. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dimitar Evtimov.

Attempt saved. Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley).

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

Wilson Carvalho (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ross Sykes.

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

Dismissal

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) is shown the red card.

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Ross Sykes replaces Jerome Opoku.

Attempt missed. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Booking

Will Jaaskelainen (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Wilson Carvalho replaces Callum Johnson.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Crewe Alexandra 2. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Jerome Opoku (Accrington Stanley) after a foul in the penalty area.

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