Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, AFC Wimbledon 1.
AFC Wimbledon ended a five-game losing run as they earned a point in a 1-1 draw at in-form Crewe.
Joe Pigott's early header was cancelled out by Oli Finney's thunderous strike for the Railwaymen, who were not at their best but extended their unbeaten run to 10 games.
The Dons' direct play paid dividends against a home defence hit by injuries, with Billy Jones playing his first game since arriving back at the club on loan from Rotherham.
When Crewe goalkeeper Dave Richards failed to reach Cheye Alexander's cross at the back post, Pigott won the aerial battle to nod in a simple opener after 70 seconds.
David Artell's side came roaring back and Sam Walker kept out an effort from Finney before Omar Beckles looped a header over.
Finney showed a predatory instinct to level in the 31st minute, moving in to thrash the ball high into the net after veteran defender Jones' lofted cross came back off the far post.
Crewe were living dangerously when Alexander's superb angled drive came back off the crossbar and a shot from Ryan Longman flashed past the far post.
Richards redeemed himself after the restart when turning around Pigott's set-piece header which looked like it was destined for the bottom corner.
At the other end, Walker palmed away a blistering shot from Owen Dale.
Crewe pressed for a winner and Middlesbrough loanee Stephen Walker was unmarked from a corner but failed to get power behind his finish and Glyn Hodges' side held on for a point they deserved.
Report supplied by PA Media
- 8LowerySubstituted forMurphyat 73'minutes
- 9PorterSubstituted forWalkerat 82'minutes
- 2O'NeillSubstituted forKalambayiat 45'minutesSubstituted forDobsonat 59'minutes
- 7AlexanderSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 76'minutesBooked at 78mins
- Kevin Johnson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, AFC Wimbledon 1.
Attempt missed. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Billy Jones.
Oliver Lancashire (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).
Attempt missed. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Charlie Kirk with a cross.
Attempt missed. Ryan Longman (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shane McLoughlin with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).
Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rio Adebisi with a cross.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Callum Reilly.
Attempt missed. Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Stephen Walker replaces Chris Porter.
Attempt saved. Ryan Longman (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Woodyard with a cross.
Shane McLoughlin (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Shane McLoughlin (AFC Wimbledon).
Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Will Nightingale (AFC Wimbledon).
Foul by Rio Adebisi (Crewe Alexandra).