Crewe sealed a second Wembley trip inside a year after making the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy despite defeat by Coventry in their second leg.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Coventry made a bright start with Leon Clarke heading wide from close range.

Stephen Elliott came close to connecting to Gary McSheffrey's cross but in injury time Mark Ellis's own goal saw Coventry pull one back.

And just 30 seconds later Clarke's header made it 2-0 but Crewe held on.

Steve Davis's side were promoted from League Two in the play-off final at Wembley in May and they will return there for a game against Southend, who won the southern area final.

It was Southend who Crewe beat in the play-off semi-final on the way to their promotion from League Two last season and the pair will meet on 7 April.

The Sky Blues could have reduced the arrears as early as the fifth minute when Clarke connected with Carl Baker's cross but the striker's header went inches wide.

Coventry had the better of the chances but looked to be heading out until the late drama.

As the game entered injury-time, Ellis looped a long punt over his own goalkeeper before Clarke headed in Carl Baker's cross to set nerves jangling, but Crewe held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I can't believe it, it was an amazing night full of mixed emotions.

"We were in full control of the game, they got a goal from nothing, and that gave them a life line.

"It's about getting through and that's what we've done so I'm pleased.

"We've taken it seriously from the start, we've had a good run and this is reward. We are not going to win the FA Cup or League Cup and this is a chance to get to Wembley and we've done that."

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crewe 0-2 Coventry FT
(HT 0-0)(agg 3-2)
    • Ellis (og) 90+3
    • Clarke 90+4

    Crewe

    • 01 Phillips
    • 05 Ellis
    • 06 Dugdale
    • 15 Robertson
    • 08 Murphy
    • 14 Mellor
    • 19 Osman yellow card
    • 26 Aneke
    • 31 Inman yellow card
    • 09 Pogba
    • 10 Leitch-Smith (Moore 82)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Martin,
    • 03 Davis,
    • 12 Turton,
    • 07 M Clayton,
    • 11 Moore

    Coventry

    • 01 Murphy yellow card
    • 03 Dickinson
    • 05 Cameron
    • 21 Christie
    • 24 Wood (Clarke 58)
    • 08 Baker
    • 12 Jennings
    • 38 Bailey (Fleck 74)
    • 11 McSheffrey
    • 14 Elliott (Wilson 67)
    • 15 Clarke yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 13 Dunn,
    • 02 Clarke,
    • 04 Thomas,
    • 10 Fleck,
    • 20 Wilson
    Ref: ScottAtt: 8,325
    CREWE
    COVENTRY

    Possession

    • Crewe 49%
    • Coventry 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Crewe 2
    • Coventry 6

    Attempts off target

    • Crewe 4
    • Coventry 8

    Corners

    • Crewe 7
    • Coventry 7

    Fouls

    • Crewe 6
    • Coventry 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+6:27 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+5:36 The ball is delivered by Carl Dickinson, Foul by Nathan Cameron on Mark Ellis, free kick awarded. Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+5:13 Effort from inside the area by Bradden Inman misses to the right of the goal.
    • 90:00+4:31 Carl Baker delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Gregor Robertson.
    • 90:00+4:31 Booking The referee cautions Bradden Inman for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+4:20 Unfair challenge on Cyrus Christie by Bradden Inman results in a free kick.
    • 90:00+3:29 Assist on the goal came from Carl Baker.
    • 90:00+3:29 GOAL - Leon ClarkeCrewe 0 - 2 Coventry Leon Clarke finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Crewe 0 (3)-(2) 2 Coventry.
    • 90:00+2:12 GOAL - Mark EllisCrewe 0 - 1 Coventry Own goal by Mark Ellis. Crewe 0 (3)-(1) 1 Coventry.
    • 90:00+1:48 The ball is delivered by John Fleck, Adam Dugdale manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:15 Shot from 18 yards from Carl Baker. Save by Steve Phillips.
    • 90:00+1:02 Corner taken by Carl Baker played to the near post, Adam Dugdale makes a clearance.
    • 88:36 Abdul Osman produces a cross.
    • 88:03 Luke Murphy takes the floated corner, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance.
    • 87:01 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Carl Baker, Luke Murphy makes a clearance.
    • 86:37 Centre by Gary McSheffrey, Leon Clarke takes a shot. Mark Ellis gets a block in.
    • 85:57 Corner from the right by-line taken by Carl Baker, Steve Phillips makes a save. Gregor Robertson challenges Cyrus Christie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cyrus Christie restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:40 A cross is delivered by Leon Clarke, Carl Baker takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.
    • 82:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Dickinson on Mathias Pogba. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luke Murphy from right channel, Joe Murphy makes a save.
    • 81:15 Substitution Byron Moore comes on in place of Ajay Leitch-Smith.
    • 80:25 Centre by John Fleck, Header by Leon Clarke from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 79:53 Mathias Pogba produces a cross.
    • 77:47 Foul by Carl Dickinson on Kelvin Mellor, free kick awarded. Luke Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, John Fleck makes a clearance.
    • 77:18 The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie, save made by Steve Phillips.
    • 76:54 Chuks Aneke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Jennings. Carl Dickinson takes the free kick.
    • 76:18 The ball is delivered by John Fleck, blocked by Adam Dugdale.
    • 76:02 Corner taken by Carl Baker from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 74:47 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Carl Baker from the left by-line, Cyrus Christie has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 73:41 Substitution James Bailey goes off and John Fleck comes on.
    • 73:23 Leon Clarke takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.
    • 72:20 Inswinging corner taken by Luke Murphy from the left by-line, clearance made by Carl Baker. The ball is sent over by Luke Murphy, save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 72:20 Booking The referee shows Joe Murphy a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:05 Jordan Clarke produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 69:09 Centre by Chuks Aneke, Bradden Inman takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 67:10 Ajay Leitch-Smith is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 66:08 Steve Phillips restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:08 Substitution Stephen Elliott leaves the field to be replaced by Callum Wilson.
    • 66:08 Booking Leon Clarke shown a yellow card.
    • 65:53 Leon Clarke challenges Mark Ellis unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 65:01 The referee blows for offside against Mathias Pogba. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 64:07 The ball is delivered by Kelvin Mellor, save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 60:28 Carl Baker has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 60:14 The ball is crossed by Carl Baker.
    • 59:58 Mathias Pogba crosses the ball, Jordan Clarke makes a clearance.
    • 58:36 The official flags Adam Dugdale offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 58:02 Corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 57:01 Substitution Jordan Clarke is brought on as a substitute for Richard Wood.
    • 55:40 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregor Robertson, clearance made by Gary McSheffrey.
    • 54:58 Gregor Robertson delivers the ball, Ajay Leitch-Smith takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.
    • 54:00 James Bailey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 53:01 Close range header by Mark Ellis goes over the crossbar.
    • 52:24 Kelvin Mellor fouled by Gary McSheffrey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luke Murphy from right wing.
    • 49:21 The ball is swung over by Steven Jennings, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.
    • 49:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Carl Baker from the left by-line, Steve Phillips makes a save.
    • 47:18 Corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy, Headed effort from inside the box by Chuks Aneke misses to the right of the target.
    • 47:09 The ball is swung over by Kelvin Mellor, clearance made by Nathan Cameron.
    • 46:24 Adam Dugdale fouled by Gary McSheffrey, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Phillips takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:16 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:52 Short corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line.
    • 45:00+0:26 Gary McSheffrey fouled by Kelvin Mellor, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:53 Foul by Steven Jennings on Chuks Aneke, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Dugdale.
    • 44:28 Ajay Leitch-Smith is ruled offside. Nathan Cameron takes the free kick.
    • 43:46 Ajay Leitch-Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Cameron. Richard Wood restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:09 Chuks Aneke is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Steven Jennings.
    • 40:52 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy, save by Joe Murphy.
    • 40:45 A cross is delivered by Chuks Aneke, clearance by Nathan Cameron.
    • 36:23 Carl Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Gregor Robertson. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.
    • 34:40 Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball.
    • 33:11 Bradden Inman fouled by Cyrus Christie, the ref awards a free kick. Gregor Robertson restarts play with the free kick. Shot from long distance by Luke Murphy goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 30:15 Gary McSheffrey produces a cross, Header by Leon Clarke from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 29:01 The ball is swung over by Carl Baker, clearance made by Adam Dugdale.
    • 28:54 Cyrus Christie crosses the ball, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.
    • 27:23 Gregor Robertson crosses the ball, Carl Dickinson makes a clearance.
    • 26:36 Luke Murphy delivers the ball, save by Joe Murphy.
    • 25:36 Unfair challenge on Mathias Pogba by Steven Jennings results in a free kick. Luke Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Carl Dickinson.
    • 21:32 Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:32 Booking Abdul Osman is given a yellow card.
    • 20:49 The ball is sent over by Leon Clarke, Carl Baker challenges Gregor Robertson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 19:37 A cross is delivered by Stephen Elliott, Gregor Robertson manages to make a clearance.
    • 16:24 Unfair challenge on Abdul Osman by Leon Clarke results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.
    • 15:51 The ball is crossed by Leon Clarke, Gregor Robertson manages to make a clearance.
    • 14:54 Carl Baker takes a shot. Save made by Steve Phillips.
    • 12:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ajay Leitch-Smith. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 9:21 Corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy, save by Joe Murphy.
    • 8:27 James Bailey takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 7:48 Leon Clarke fouled by Adam Dugdale, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from right wing, clearance by Mark Ellis.
    • 6:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Baker on Gregor Robertson. Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McSheffrey on Kelvin Mellor. Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:27 The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, clearance made by Luke Murphy.
    • 4:13 The offside flag is raised against Stephen Elliott. Free kick taken by Steve Phillips.
    • 3:33 Carl Baker delivers the ball, Abdul Osman makes a clearance.
    • 2:20 Carl Baker sends in a cross, Header from close range by Leon Clarke misses to the right of the goal.
    • 1:57 Abdul Osman crosses the ball, save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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