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Oxford United 0-2 Crewe Alexandra

Mikael Mandron opens the scoring for Crewe at Oxford
Mikael Mandron (right) got on the end of a cross for Crewe's opening goal at Oxford

Crewe Alexandra moved into the top half of League One with an impressive win at Oxford United.

Mikael Mandron put them ahead midway through the first half, poking home an Oli Finney cross at the near post.

Oxford's attempts to get back on level terms were hampered when Sam Winnall went off injured after all three substitutes had already been used.

Crewe made sure of the win in injury time as Owen Dale got on the end of a Callum Ainley ball with a low finish.

The match at the Kassam Stadium finally went ahead after two previous short-notice postponements due to a number of positive Covid-19 results among the Crewe squad.

Consecutive wins for Alexandra saw them move up to 12th, but a third defeat in their past four games means Oxford remain in the bottom four.

Crewe could have arguably won by more had Mandron done better when played clean through shortly before half-time, but he failed to add to his earlier goal as he fired well over the crossbar.

Omar Beckles had a header well-saved by Simon Eastwood from a corner before Mandron also saw the rebound blocked on the goal line by a defender.

Oxford went closest to a leveller when Winnall headed over from a Josh Ruffels cross when found unmarked.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2ClareBooked at 78mins
  • 5Moore
  • 12Long
  • 3Ruffels
  • 14FordeSubstituted forMcGuaneat 80'minutes
  • 6GorrinBooked at 90mins
  • 10SykesSubstituted forObitaat 57'minutes
  • 17Henry
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forWinnallat 57'minutesSubstituted forat 85'minutes
  • 25ShodipoBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 11Winnall
  • 13Stevens
  • 15Mousinho
  • 18McGuane
  • 19Agyei
  • 24Obita
  • 28Kelly

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 29Beckles
  • 17OffordBooked at 68mins
  • 3Pickering
  • 8LowerySubstituted forMurphyat 63'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 14FinneySubstituted forAinleyat 63'minutes
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 75'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 12Mandron
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 15Zanzala
  • 16Lancashire
  • 19Dale
  • 23Johnson
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
Will Finnie

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Ainley following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra).

  5. Post update

    Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 0, Crewe Alexandra 2. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Ainley.

  8. Booking

    Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

  12. Post update

    Marcus McGuane (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Sam Winnall went off injured after Oxford United had used all subs.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

  15. Post update

    Marcus McGuane (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Pickering with a cross following a corner.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Pickering with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough1281321111025
2Hull11803189924
3Ipswich11713179822
4Charlton10712147722
5Lincoln City11713159622
6Portsmouth126332112921
7Sunderland11632159621
8Fleetwood126151912719
9Plymouth115421915419
10Accrington96031310318
11Doncaster105231811717
12Crewe12516129316
13Wimbledon113531414014
14MK Dons123451314-113
15Blackpool114161014-413
16Gillingham114161015-513
17Rochdale113351118-712
18Bristol Rovers113351119-812
19Northampton123271021-1111
20Swindon113171624-810
21Oxford Utd103071119-89
22Shrewsbury111551017-78
23Burton121471323-107
24Wigan11218818-107
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