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Crewe Alexandra 5-0 Morecambe

Crewe moved back into the top three of League Two with a crushing victory over struggling Morecambe, who had skipper Sam Lavelle sent off.

Oli Finney, Tommy Lowery and Charlie Kirk struck in the first half for the Railwaymen, whose effortless march to their 10th success of the campaign was helped when defender Lavelle received a straight red card for a stupid lunge on Harry Pickering deep in the home half.

Ryan Wintle and Finney completed the scoring after the break.

Crewe threatened from the off with Lowery curling wide and Finney's deflected effort landing on the roof of the net. But the youngster was soon marking his first league goal, heading Wintle's cross powerfully past Mark Halstead in the 22nd minute.

Halstead tipped Kirk's effort around the post, but the keeper was helpless when Lowery's 20-yard drive took a big deflection and flew past him for the second after 31 minutes.

Morecambe's plight deepened with Lavelle's dismissal three minutes later and the Shrimps were soon three down when Kirk's low curling effort found the bottom corner seven minutes before the break.

Crewe picked holes through the visitors' depleted numbers at will and could have had more before the break with Lowery's rising drive thumping the post and Pickering striking the bar.

After the restart substitute Jordan Cranston posted Morecambe's first effort on target but keeper Will Jaaskelainen easily fielded the midfielder's long-range shot.

At the other end Lowery was thwarted by Halstead's close-range block. But there was no stopping Wintle inflicting more damage with the midfielder finding the top corner with a thumping strike in the 58th minute.

Kirk curled a late effort onto the far post before Finney netted his second when firing home from 15 yards in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 30Mbulu
  • 3Pickering
  • 4Wintle
  • 14Finney
  • 16LowerySubstituted forJonesat 60'minutes
  • 19DaleSubstituted forAinleyat 61'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forAneneat 61'minutes
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 7Powell
  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 12Green
  • 13Richards
  • 17Anene
  • 23Johnson

Morecambe

  • 21Halstead
  • 12Sutton
  • 16LavelleBooked at 34mins
  • 5Old
  • 27Tanner
  • 14Brewitt
  • 4KenyonSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 45'minutes
  • 15WildigSubstituted forEllisonat 75'minutes
  • 3Conlan
  • 8AlessandraSubstituted forCranstonat 45'minutes
  • 9Stockton

Substitutes

  • 1Roche
  • 6Tutte
  • 7O'Sullivan
  • 10Leitch-Smith
  • 11Ellison
  • 33Cranston
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
4,149

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home33
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home14
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 5, Morecambe 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 5, Morecambe 0.

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

Foul by Cole Stockton (Morecambe).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 5, Morecambe 0. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Ainley.

Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Ainley.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cranston (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

John O'Sullivan (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Kevin Ellison.

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

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Mark Halstead.

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

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Hand ball by Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Tom Brewitt (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Tanner.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Kevin Ellison replaces Aaron Wildig.

Attempt saved. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by John O'Sullivan.

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Steven Old.

Christian Mbulu (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cole Stockton (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Harry Pickering with a cross.

Attempt saved. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Owen Dale.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Tommy Lowery.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Harry Pickering tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 4, Morecambe 0. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Perry Ng.

Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cole Stockton (Morecambe).

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Charlie Kirk tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon19113532221036
2Forest Green18104424131134
3Crewe18103532221033
4Exeter199642420433
5Northampton199462819931
6Cheltenham1786328151330
7Bradford179352517830
8Plymouth188552721629
9Port Vale197752525028
10Colchester187652317627
11Newport177641714327
12Salford196762328-525
13Cambridge196672319424
14Macclesfield185761720-322
15Mansfield195682626021
16Scunthorpe195682526-121
17Crawley195682531-621
18Leyton Orient195592634-820
19Grimsby165472022-219
20Oldham184771926-719
21Carlisle1954101931-1219
22Walsall1954101426-1219
23Stevenage182881221-914
24Morecambe1935111635-1914
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