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Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Wigan Athletic

Crewe Alexandra shrugged off a Covid-19 outbreak among their squad and returned to action with a thumping win over Wigan Athletic.

Dave Artell's side had their game at Oxford cancelled last Saturday and reported two more positive coronavirus tests this week, as did their opponents, who were given a harsh lesson by Crewe's powerful attacking show.

Youngster Luke Offord scored his first senior goal and Harry Pickering put the Railwaymen firmly in the driving seat by the interval, with Mikael Mandron adding a third in the second half.

Crewe keeper Dave Richards needed to take evasive action to prevent an embarrassing early own goal from Charlie Kirk, tipping over the attacker's attempted clearance under pressure from Gavin Massey.

At the other end Jamie Jones produced a smart double save, pushing out Perry Ng's snapshot then smothering the follow-up from Donervon Daniels.

James performed more heroics saving at point-blank range from Daniel Powell. Yet the Latics' keeper was well beaten when Callum Ainley flung the ball over from the left and Offord glanced a header into the corner after 27 minutes.

Crewe carved out chances at will and Mandron should have done better when he headed straight at Jones.

But Pickering produced a fine finish five minutes before half-time, receiving the ball from Kirk on the overlap and driving the ball into the far corner.

Wigan debutant Will Keane blazed wide as the half closed, As did Mandron after the restart.

But the big striker was able to side-foot an easy finish after keeper Jones made another double save to deny Ainley and then Powell in the 59th minute.

Massey nearly found the bottom corner when drilling a low effort and while Wigan improved after the break, with Oliver Crankshaw having an effort disallowed for offside, they were still well beaten.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Richards
  • 2Ng
  • 5DanielsSubstituted forBecklesat 13'minutes
  • 17Offord
  • 3Pickering
  • 28Murphy
  • 4WintleBooked at 61mins
  • 11AinleySubstituted forLoweryat 80'minutes
  • 7Powell
  • 12MandronSubstituted forPorterat 80'minutes
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Lowery
  • 9Porter
  • 15Zanzala
  • 20Lundstram
  • 22Sass-Davies
  • 27Booth
  • 29Beckles

Wigan

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Jones
  • 27James
  • 6Johnson
  • 7Naismith
  • 3Pearce
  • 24PerrySubstituted forCrankshawat 53'minutes
  • 23MerrieSubstituted forGardnerat 58'minutes
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 8Evans
  • 11Massey
  • 10KeaneSubstituted forJolleyat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Gardner
  • 19Crankshaw
  • 20Obi
  • 22Joseph
  • 25Evans
  • 26Jolley
  • 28Baningime
Referee:
Martin Coy

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom Pearce (Wigan Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Daniel Powell (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lowery (Crewe Alexandra).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Charlie Jolley replaces Will Keane.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Porter replaces Mikael Mandron.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Tom Lowery replaces Callum Ainley.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom James (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

  16. Post update

    (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Back pass by Dave Richards (Crewe Alexandra).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Massey (Wigan Athletic).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Crankshaw (Wigan Athletic).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich5410112913
2Lincoln City5401105512
3Hull540174312
4Gillingham531196310
5Peterborough53027529
6Accrington53028809
7Sunderland42204138
8Plymouth52218628
9Portsmouth52217528
10Wimbledon52219818
11Doncaster42118447
12Bristol Rovers521268-27
13Crewe42025326
14Fleetwood52038716
15Swindon520389-16
16Wigan520359-46
17Charlton411235-24
18Rochdale511348-44
19Northampton511349-54
20Shrewsbury403134-13
21Oxford Utd410358-33
22Blackpool5104510-53
23Burton5104713-63
24MK Dons502348-42
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