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Crewe Alexandra 0-6 Oxford United

Oxford kickstarted their play-off hopes by thrashing Crewe 6-0 to equal their record away win.

Karl Robinson's side punished poor home defending with ruthless finishing and scored three times inside 10 minutes before the interval through Josh Ruffels, James Henry and skipper Elliott Moore.

Brandon Barker and Cameron Brannagan scored in quick succession shortly after the restart and Sam Winnall headed in late on to complete the rout.

Crewe goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen diverted Omar Beckles' wayward back-pass off the line early on and then saved a low shot from Mark Sykes, who had burst clear.

Owen Dale twice went close for Crewe, heading just wide from a free-kick then driving a low shot which nicked off a post.

But it was Oxford who made their chances count, taking a 37th-minute lead when Sam Long's cross was flicked on by Sykes and Ruffels' downward header found the bottom corner.

A poor goal-kick from Jaaskelainen was Crewe's downfall three minutes later, with Oxford seizing possession and Barker pulling the ball back for Henry to side-foot home from 10 yards.

Moore grabbed the third as he latched onto Henry's fine free-kick delivery and prodded the ball past the keeper in first-half stoppage time.

Oxford were relentless and Barker drove forward and despatched a stunning drive from 25 yards into the bottom corner in the 47th minute.

Then Brannagan finished on the rebound for the fifth after Jaaskelainen had saved his penalty, awarded when Beckles stuck out a leg as Sykes dribbled past him.

Dale should have reduced the arrears but headed Charlie Kirk's cross over from close range.

Two Oxford substitutes combined for the sixth, with Dan Agyei lofting a cross for Winnall to head in at the far post.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 5DanielsSubstituted forOffordat 53'minutes
  • 16LancashireSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutes
  • 29BecklesBooked at 86mins
  • 3Pickering
  • 28Murphy
  • 4Wintle
  • 11AinleySubstituted forPorterat 45'minutes
  • 19DaleSubstituted forWalkerat 53'minutes
  • 12Mandron
  • 10KirkSubstituted forEvansat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 17Offord
  • 21Adebisi
  • 31Walker
  • 32Evans
  • 33Wood

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stevens
  • 12LongSubstituted forHansonat 62'minutes
  • 5Moore
  • 22Atkinson
  • 3Ruffels
  • 17HenrySubstituted forFordeat 80'minutes
  • 8Brannagan
  • 10Sykes
  • 27LeeSubstituted forAgyeiat 62'minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forWinnallat 61'minutes
  • 30BarkerSubstituted forShodipoat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Eastwood
  • 11Winnall
  • 14Forde
  • 19Agyei
  • 20Hanson
  • 25Shodipo
  • 28Kelly
Referee:
Paul Howard

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home0
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Oxford United 6.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Oxford United 6.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Olamide Shodipo (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

  6. Post update

    Daniel Agyei (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Sykes (Oxford United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antony Evans.

  10. Post update

    Mark Sykes (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra).

  12. Booking

    Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Sam Winnall (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Omar Beckles (Crewe Alexandra).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Oxford United 6. Sam Winnall (Oxford United) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Agyei with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mark Sykes (Oxford United).

  17. Post update

    Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mikael Mandron (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antony Evans.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Crewe Alexandra. Will Jaaskelainen tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Agyei (Oxford United).

As It Stood

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1Hull412471071323979
2Peterborough402371070383276
3Sunderland391914660312971
4Blackpool3818101052351764
5Portsmouth391971357421564
6Lincoln City381891157421563
7Charlton391711115751662
8Ipswich39179134138360
9Oxford Utd401781559481159
10Gillingham41178165654259
11Doncaster38176155552357
12Accrington39169145257-557
13Fleetwood4015111443331056
14MK Dons401510155554155
15Crewe39159154754-754
16Plymouth411410175066-1652
17Shrewsbury381214124342150
18Burton39139175063-1348
19Northampton411010213458-2440
20Wimbledon39912184162-2139
21Wigan40108224367-2438
22Bristol Rovers41108234064-2438
23Swindon40114254572-2737
24Rochdale39712204770-2333
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