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Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra kept up the pressure on League Two leaders Swindon as Chris Porter's double secured victory over Crawley in a dramatic finale at Gresty Road.

It looked like the front-runners might have to settle for a point after Nathan Ferguson's late spot-kick cancelled out Porter's earlier penalty.

But Porter headed in at the far post with a minute to go to earn the Railwaymen a fourth consecutive win.

Before the late drama, Crewe found Glenn Morris a notable obstacle at Gresty Road with the Red Devils' goalkeeper producing a number of fine stops.

Dangerman Charlie Kirk went close twice early on and had an effort chalked off for offside after applying the finishing touch when Morris palmed out James Jones' effort.

Jones sent a blistering drive over from distance but was not so impressive from close range when he skewed the ball wide after Morris pushed out a fierce drive from Harry Pickering.

Pickering was thwarted again by some excellent work from Morris just before the break and, after the restart, Morris kept out Stephen Walker's far-post smash after Pickering sent over a free-kick.

Crewe finally made the breakthrough when substitute Callum Ainley was tripped by Jamie Sendles-White as he raced to the byline in the 72nd minute.

Porter stood up and sent Morris the wrong way from 12 yards.

Will Jaaskelainen preserved the lead when tipping George Francomb's effort around the post but he was beaten by substitute Ferguson's 84th-minute spot-kick, awarded when Jordan Tunnicliffe was barged in the box by Porter.

Porter made up for his mistake at the other end, however, stretching to head in Jones' cross at the far post.

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Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 28Nottingham
  • 21OffordBooked at 83mins
  • 3Pickering
  • 14FinneySubstituted forAinleyat 65'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Wintle
  • 8Jones
  • 29WalkerSubstituted forDaleat 73'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 11Ainley
  • 12Green
  • 13Richards
  • 15Hunt
  • 16Lowery
  • 18Griffiths
  • 19Dale

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 20Sendles-White
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 18Sesay
  • 7Grego-CoxBooked at 68minsSubstituted forFergusonat 73'minutes
  • 14FrancombBooked at 51mins
  • 21BulmanBooked at 67mins
  • 17Allarakhia
  • 10NadesanSubstituted forGermanat 58'minutes
  • 9PalmerSubstituted forEnigbokan-Bloomfieldat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Ferguson
  • 13German
  • 16Enigbokan-Bloomfield
  • 27McGill
  • 28Camara
  • 34Powell
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
3,314

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Crawley Town 1.

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

Foul by Mason Bloomfield (Crawley Town).

Foul by Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra).

David Sesay (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Crawley Town. Ricardo German tries a through ball, but Mason Bloomfield is caught offside.

Booking

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

Tarryn Allarakhia (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Crawley Town 1. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Owen Dale.

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

Attempt blocked. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 1. Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Crawley Town. Jordan Tunnicliffe draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra).

Mason Bloomfield (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Mason Bloomfield (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Francomb.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Will Jaaskelainen.

Attempt saved. George Francomb (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mason Bloomfield.

Attempt missed. Ricardo German (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mason Bloomfield with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Nathan Ferguson replaces Reece Grego-Cox.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Stephen Walker.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Crawley Town 0. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jamie Sendles-White (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Stephen Walker (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Perry Ng.

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town).

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Michael Nottingham tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

Booking

Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Booking

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).

Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon33196857362163
2Crewe32187759382161
3Exeter32179647341360
4Plymouth31176851351657
5Colchester331313747311652
6Northampton321571045331252
7Cheltenham311312645252051
8Bradford33131284033751
9Port Vale33131284340351
10Forest Green33129124038245
11Salford331011124344-141
12Cambridge33118143643-741
13Newport301010102726140
14Crawley33913114546-140
15Walsall33117153244-1240
16Grimsby31911113639-338
17Leyton Orient33911134250-838
18Scunthorpe3399154150-936
19Oldham33812133651-1536
20Carlisle32810143350-1734
21Mansfield33711154553-832
22Morecambe3379173154-2330
23Macclesfield32714112936-729
24Stevenage33313172344-2122
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