Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Plymouth Argyle 1.
First-half goals from Charlie Kirk and Owen Dale secured Crewe Alexandra their third success in four games as they beat Plymouth Argyle.
Substitute Luke Jephcott cut the deficit in the closing minutes but Ryan Lowe's side's poor run continues and they have now lost six consecutive games.
Plymouth goalkeeper Mike Cooper excelled when tipping around Oli Finney's early volley before some delightful skill from Tommy Lowery set up Crewe's 22nd-minute opener. The midfielder's delicate clip to the far post was met by Kirk, who prodded the ball across Cooper.
Finney was a constant threat and the Crewe midfielder blasted another effort across the face of goal.
Crewe were dominant as former Gresty Road favourite Lowe watched his players penned back in their own half for most of the first period.
They were opened up again in the 43rd minute when Dale charged down the right, turned away from Kelland Watts and cut inside before finding the far corner with a deflected effort.
Plymouth improved after the restart as Lowe rung the changes. One of those, Ryan Hardie, posted the visitors' first shot on goal with Will Jaaskelainen pushing away the striker's 20-yard drive in the 70th minute.
Yet the game would have been over before that had Ryan Wintle found a better connection with a first-time effort which he dragged wide.
Kirk may have done better with his decision-making more than once in the closing minutes, chances which may have proved costly as Jephcott cut the arrears with a shot on the turn into the bottom corner with a five minutes left to set up a tense finish but Crewe held on.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 19DaleSubstituted forPowellat 81'minutes
- 12MandronSubstituted forPorterat 88'minutes
- 2WattsSubstituted forJephcottat 45'minutes
- 17MooreSubstituted forEdwardsat 73'minutes
- 28Pereira Camará
- 18FornahBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMacLeodat 45'minutes
- 10MayorSubstituted forGrantat 73'minutes
- 7NoubleSubstituted forHardieat 64'minutes
- Scott Oldham
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Plymouth Argyle 1.
Attempt blocked. Conor Grant (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Jephcott.
Attempt missed. Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Panutche Camará.
Hand ball by Lewis MacLeod (Plymouth Argyle).
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Porter replaces Mikael Mandron.
Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Plymouth Argyle 1. Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
Foul by Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra).
Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Powell replaces Owen Dale.
Attempt saved. Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Grant with a cross.
Attempt missed. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mikael Mandron.
Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Joe Edwards replaces Byron Moore.
Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Conor Grant replaces Danny Mayor.
Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Panutche Camará.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Lewis MacLeod.
Attempt saved. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oliver Finney.
Foul by Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra).
Will Aimson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.