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Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

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.

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 17Offord
  • 16Lancashire
  • 29Beckles
  • 3Pickering
  • 8Lowery
  • 4Wintle
  • 14Finney
  • 19DaleSubstituted forPowellat 81'minutes
  • 12MandronSubstituted forPorterat 88'minutes
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 6Nolan
  • 7Powell
  • 9Porter
  • 21Adebisi
  • 22Sass-Davies
  • 23Johnson
  • 27Booth

Plymouth

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Cooper
  • 5Wootton
  • 4Aimson
  • 6Canavan
  • 2WattsSubstituted forJephcottat 45'minutes
  • 17MooreSubstituted forEdwardsat 73'minutes
  • 28Pereira Camará
  • 18FornahBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMacLeodat 45'minutes
  • 10MayorSubstituted forGrantat 73'minutes
  • 32Cooper
  • 7NoubleSubstituted forHardieat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Edwards
  • 9Hardie
  • 15Grant
  • 16MacLeod
  • 23McCormick
  • 24Opoku
  • 31Jephcott
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
2,000

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Plymouth Argyle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Plymouth Argyle 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Grant (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Jephcott.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Panutche Camará.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Lewis MacLeod (Plymouth Argyle).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Porter replaces Mikael Mandron.

  7. Goal!

    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.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra).

  9. Post update

    Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Powell replaces Owen Dale.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mikael Mandron.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Joe Edwards replaces Byron Moore.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Conor Grant replaces Danny Mayor.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Panutche Camará.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Lewis MacLeod.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra).

  20. Post update

    Will Aimson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull17111529161334
2Portsmouth1895430151532
3Peterborough18102629191032
4Lincoln City1710252015532
5Ipswich1810262319432
6Doncaster1693429181130
7Charlton169342516930
8Accrington159242317629
9Sunderland177732314928
10Fleetwood1883726161027
11Crewe188282219326
12Blackpool178271920-126
13Gillingham177281821-323
14Wimbledon175662327-421
15MK Dons184772023-319
16Rochdale175482226-419
17Oxford Utd175482024-419
18Bristol Rovers165471824-619
19Plymouth175482232-1019
20Northampton1853101631-1518
21Shrewsbury173861824-617
22Swindon1851122235-1316
23Wigan1742111530-1514
24Burton182792233-1113
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