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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Leyton Orient

Charlie Kirk made the most of a goalkeeping calamity to help Crewe to a win over Leyton Orient which moved them back into the top three of League Two.

Daniel Powell added a late second, but the Railwaymen were far from impressive for most of the Gresty Road encounter.

They were presented with a second-minute gift from Sam Sargeant with the O's keeper slipping fielding a routine backpass allowing Kirk to nip and finish.

Kirk, restored to Crewe's starting XI, went close again when dinking an audacious effort just past the far post.

Orient carried a threat though and had enough chances to be back on level terms by the break.

Craig Clay went close with a flick-on which dropped the wrong side of the post, while Ruel Sotiriou turned a cross from James Brophy past the post.

Conor Wilkinson was left agonising over his finishing as he volleyed over after Will Jaaskelainen pushed out Sotiriou's blast from 20 yards out.

Orient continued their momentum after the break and thought they had levelled when Sotiriou headed in, but Wilkinson's push on a defender was spotted.

Crewe were tame in the final third, but midfielder Oli Finney went close when pulling a shot across the face of goal and Kirk had a curling effort chalked out for offside.

Then Powell charged in from the right and drove a fierce angled finish past Sargeant to kill the game.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 28Nottingham
  • 21OffordSubstituted forAinleyat 85'minutes
  • 3PickeringBooked at 81mins
  • 12GreenSubstituted forLoweryat 70'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 14FinneySubstituted forJonesat 74'minutes
  • 7Powell
  • 17Anene
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 16Lowery
  • 18Griffiths
  • 19Dale
  • 22Sass-Davies

Leyton Orient

  • 12Sargeant
  • 21MarshBooked at 59minsSubstituted forHarroldat 75'minutes
  • 5Ekpiteta
  • 15Happe
  • 16Brophy
  • 8Clay
  • 31CisséSubstituted forAngolat 71'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 20Sotiriou
  • 9Wilkinson
  • 10Maguire-Drew

Substitutes

  • 3Widdowson
  • 6Coulson
  • 14Judd
  • 18Harrold
  • 19Angol
  • 22Vigouroux
  • 26Kyprianou
Referee:
Leigh Doughty
Attendance:
3,249

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamLeyton Orient
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Leyton Orient 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Leyton Orient 0.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Leyton Orient).

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Josh Wright (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Conor Wilkinson.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Leyton Orient 0. Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Ryan Wintle.

James Brophy (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Luke Offord because of an injury.

Attempt missed. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Daniel Happe.

Booking

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Matt Harrold (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Brophy.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene tries a through ball, but Charlie Kirk is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Matt Harrold replaces George Marsh.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Oliver Finney.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

Substitution

Substitution, Leyton Orient. Lee Angol replaces Ousseynou Cissé.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Tommy Lowery replaces Paul Green.

Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oliver Finney.

Corner, Leyton Orient. Conceded by Ryan Wintle.

Attempt saved. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chuma Anene.

Attempt missed. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Wintle.

Attempt saved. Jordan Maguire-Drew (Leyton Orient) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Marsh with a cross.

Booking

George Marsh (Leyton Orient) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Marsh (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient).

Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ruel Sotiriou (Leyton Orient) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Wright (Leyton Orient).

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

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Leyton Orient).

Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Marsh (Leyton Orient).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon30175853341956
2Exeter2915953930954
3Crewe29157753351852
4Plymouth28156747301751
5Colchester301213541261549
6Northampton29147844311349
7Bradford30121173628847
8Cheltenham281112542231945
9Forest Green30128103531444
10Port Vale30111183837144
11Newport2710982724339
12Salford30109114040039
13Crawley30812104143-236
14Walsall30106142941-1236
15Grimsby2889113034-433
16Scunthorpe3089133945-633
17Oldham30712113144-1333
18Cambridge3088143142-1132
19Carlisle2988133046-1632
20Leyton Orient30710133648-1231
21Mansfield3079144148-730
22Macclesfield2971392832-428
23Morecambe3068162751-2426
24Stevenage30313142136-1522
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