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Accrington Stanley 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Colby Bishop scored the only goal as Accrington extended their unbeaten league run to six games with a 1-0 win over Crewe.

The striker pounced in the 59th minute after a Matt Butcher free-kick was pushed on to the crossbar by Will Jaaskelainen and it dropped down for Bishop to head over the line.

It was also a sixth successive league clean sheet for Stanley, who are closing on the top six with games in hand.

Clear-cut chances were at a premium for both sides before the break.

Crewe's Tom Lowery had a strike blocked by Cameron Burgess in the opening seconds while, at the other end, Joe Pritchard fired narrowly wide.

Alex striker Chris Porter's free header after 22 minutes was straight into Toby Savin's hands, while a cross from Crewe's Oliver Finney hit the top of the crossbar as it remained goalless at the break.

Bishop had two headed chances after the restart before he took the third one from close range after 59 minutes.

Stanley had opportunities to increase their lead through Butcher, Bishop and Pritchard but one goal proved enough.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Accrington

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Savin
  • 2Nottingham
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Burgess
  • 18RodgersSubstituted forCassidyat 73'minutes
  • 8RussellBooked at 35minsSubstituted forSangareat 45'minutes
  • 28Conneely
  • 6Butcher
  • 10Pritchard
  • 32Charles
  • 19Bishop

Substitutes

  • 1Baxter
  • 9Cassidy
  • 12Maguire
  • 15Sangare
  • 16Barclay
  • 24Sama
  • 26Mansell

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 16Lancashire
  • 17Offord
  • 3PickeringBooked at 58mins
  • 8LowerySubstituted forAinleyat 73'minutes
  • 4WintleSubstituted forMurphyat 84'minutes
  • 14Finney
  • 19DaleBooked at 62minsSubstituted forPowellat 78'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forZanzalaat 84'minutes
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 7Powell
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 15Zanzala
  • 18Griffiths
  • 23Johnson
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Charlie Kirk following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ryan Cassidy.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dion Charles.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Perry Ng.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohammed Sangare (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Butcher.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Cameron Burgess.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Luke Murphy replaces Ryan Wintle.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Offrande Zanzala replaces Chris Porter.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Colby Bishop (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Butcher.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Butcher (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dion Charles.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Butcher (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Cassidy.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Powell replaces Owen Dale.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Butcher (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

  18. Post update

    Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

  20. Post update

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