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Walsall 1-2 Crewe Alexandra

Daniel Powell scored his third goal in as many games as Crewe climbed to second in League Two after coming from behind to win at Walsall.

Both sides created early chances as Crewe keeper Will Jaaskelainen held Shay Facey's near-post shot before Alex's Charlie Kirk lashed wastefully wide when free in the box.

Walsall led after 15 minutes as Caolan Lavery latched onto Josh Gordon's flick from a throw-in and sprinted between two defenders to poke a finish beneath the advancing Jaaskelainen.

Nathan Sheron scuffed a decent chance to double Walsall's lead wide from 15 yards and that proved costly as they suffered a third straight defeat.

Crewe levelled with their first effort on target after 50 minutes as Perry Ng met Harry Pickering's near-post corner with a header that Powell touched in from close range.

Chuma Anene missed a free header for Crewe but they completed the turnaround after 68 minutes as Kirk's classy cushioned header sent Oliver Finney striding into the box and he drilled into the far corner.

Alex leapfrog Exeter after the Grecians lost at table-topping Swindon.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 24FaceyBooked at 79mins
  • 6Scarr
  • 4Sadler
  • 3Pring
  • 15HoldenSubstituted forAdebayoat 78'minutes
  • 34SheronSubstituted forGuthrieat 71'minutes
  • 8KinsellaBooked at 64mins
  • 25McDonaldSubstituted forNolanat 68'minutes
  • 10Gordon
  • 9LaveryBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 7Sinclair
  • 11Adebayo
  • 13Rose
  • 16Guthrie
  • 29Nolan
  • 33Jules

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 28Nottingham
  • 21Offord
  • 3Pickering
  • 8Jones
  • 4Wintle
  • 14FinneySubstituted forAinleyat 69'minutes
  • 7Powell
  • 17Anene
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 9Porter
  • 11Ainley
  • 12Green
  • 13Richards
  • 19Dale
  • 22Sass-Davies
  • 29Walker
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
4,610

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Wintle following a set piece situation.

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Shay Facey with a cross.

Booking

Caolan Lavery (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Walsall).

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

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Ainley.

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

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Michael Nottingham (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Nolan (Walsall).

Booking

Shay Facey (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Shay Facey (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo replaces Rory Holden.

Attempt missed. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Attempt saved. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Foul by Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Danny Guthrie replaces Nathan Sheron.

Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Oliver Finney because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Jack Nolan replaces Wesley McDonald.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Crewe Alexandra 2. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Kirk with a headed pass.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Cameron Pring.

Attempt missed. Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Kirk with a cross.

Booking

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Foul by Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra).

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon31185855352059
2Crewe30167755361955
3Plymouth29166748301854
4Exeter3015964032854
5Northampton30157845311452
6Colchester311213642281449
7Cheltenham291212544242048
8Bradford31121183631547
9Forest Green31129103733445
10Port Vale31111283938145
11Salford311010114141040
12Newport2810992725239
13Crawley31912104444039
14Oldham31812113444-1036
15Walsall31106153043-1336
16Cambridge3198143343-1035
17Grimsby29810113236-434
18Leyton Orient31810133948-934
19Scunthorpe3189144048-833
20Carlisle3089133248-1633
21Mansfield31710144350-731
22Macclesfield30713102833-528
23Morecambe3168172853-2526
24Stevenage31313152139-1822
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