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Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Gillingham

John Akinde's second-half header earned Gillingham a 1-0 win at Crewe to end a miserable run of five straight defeats.

But the Gills were fortunate to be on level terms by the time the substitute scored with a thumping header which goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen could not keep out.

Crewe wasted a host of good chances, hitting the woodwork twice, while Joe Lumley, on loan from QPR, was excellent in the visiting goal.

Charlie Kirk prodded wide from eight yards after Tom Lowery sent the ball across the box.

There was another let-off for Gillingham when Daniel Powell, played in on goal by former Gills striker Mikael Mandron, thudded a shot against the outside of a post.

Kirk cut in and fired straight at Lumley and Powell wasted another chance as he lifted a header over with only the keeper to beat.

Lumley kept out Mandron's effort from inside the box and then got a hand to divert Callum Ainley's rising drive over as Crewe offered a constant threat but without a finish.

For Gillingham, Jordan Graham glanced the top of the woodwork with a corner and ex-Crewe frontman Vadaine Oliver pulled a volley past the far post.

After the restart, Harry Pickering drove in a low cross which Mandron clattered onto the near post, with the ball rebounding into Lumley's arms.

But just three minutes after coming off the bench, Akinde made Crewe pay when he rose to meet Graham's cross from the left with a powerful header.

Another excellent delivery from Graham was met by Tom O'Connor, whose header hit the roof of the net.

Lumley kept out substitute Owen Dale's snapshot as Crewe searched in vain for an equaliser.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2NgBooked at 75mins
  • 29Beckles
  • 17OffordBooked at 12mins
  • 3Pickering
  • 11AinleySubstituted forFinneyat 75'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 8LowerySubstituted forZanzalaat 88'minutes
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 69'minutes
  • 12MandronBooked at 82mins
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 9Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 15Zanzala
  • 19Dale
  • 22Sass-Davies
  • 28Murphy

Gillingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Lumley
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Tucker
  • 3Ogilvie
  • 6Medley
  • 10Graham
  • 8Dempsey
  • 14McKenzie
  • 21O'ConnorSubstituted forWillockat 90'minutes
  • 11CoyleSubstituted forAkindeat 55'minutes
  • 19OliverSubstituted forSamuelat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Willock
  • 9Samuel
  • 12Walsh
  • 15Akinde
  • 23Woods
  • 26Maghoma
  • 35Drysdale
Referee:
Kevin Johnson

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home21
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Gillingham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Gillingham 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Offrande Zanzala (Crewe Alexandra).

  4. Post update

    Joe Lumley (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Dominic Samuel (Gillingham).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mikael Mandron.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Matty Willock replaces Thomas O'Connor.

  8. Post update

    Offrande Zanzala (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Gillingham).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Offrande Zanzala replaces Tom Lowery.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Robbie McKenzie.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Owen Dale with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Tom Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by John Akinde (Gillingham).

  16. Booking

    Mikael Mandron (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra).

  18. Post update

    Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Connor Ogilvie.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikael Mandron.

As It Stood

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1Peterborough118122191225
2Ipswich11713179822
3Charlton10712147722
4Lincoln City11713159622
5Hull10703169721
6Sunderland10631147721
7Portsmouth116231910920
8Plymouth105321713418
9Doncaster105231811717
10Fleetwood115151511416
11Wimbledon113531414014
12Blackpool114161014-413
13Gillingham114161015-513
14Accrington7403910-112
15Bristol Rovers103341015-512
16Rochdale113351118-712
17Northampton113261020-1011
18Crewe1031689-110
19MK Dons112451113-210
20Swindon93061318-59
21Oxford Utd93061117-69
22Shrewsbury10145714-77
23Burton111461321-87
24Wigan11218818-107
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