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Port Vale 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

Nicky Ajose
Nicky Ajose is on loan at Crewe from Leeds

Nicky Ajose's fifth goal of the season helped Crewe Alexandra to a third straight derby win over local rivals Port Vale as they climbed out of the League One relegation zone.

On-loan Ajose had his early penalty saved by Chris Neal after he had been brought down in the box by the keeper.

But he then hit the 39th-minute winner, poking home a Jamie Ness through ball.

The Alex do the double over Vale
Having already won 2-1 at Gresty Road back in September, Crewe became the first team to perform the league double in this fixture since Vale in their Division Four promotion season of 1985-86.
The away team has now won seven times in 12 local derby meetings over the last eight seasons between Crewe and Vale.
Vale had four ex-Crewe players up against their old club in their squad, Tom Pope, Adam Yates, Michael O'Connor and Colin Daniel, while Byron Moore was an unused substitute.

Fit-again Vale striker Tom Pope's late header was saved and Chris Lines hit the bar from distance as Crewe held on.

After 13 matches out with a knee injury, Pope was brought on by the final half hour against his old club in a triple substitution by Vale boss Rob Page, but the home side could not avoid suffering a Crewe derby double.

The Alex's fourth win in their last six league matches lifts them two points above the drop zone, stretching their run in derby games to just one defeat in seven.

Port Vale striker Tom Pope told BBC Radio Stoke:

"If you're looking to be in the top six at the end of the season, then, no disrespect, but you've got to be beating Crewe, certainly at home, and that's six points dropped against them this season now.

"Were not daft. Consistency is a massive thing. We've been far too inconsistent this season and it's starting to show again.

"Rob Page has given us self belief but too many times we're not listening to what he says and not doing the right things and it's costing us games."

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"The goal was no more than we deserved for our first-half performance. We could have been two or three up at half-time.

"It was a great pass from Jamie Ness. The Vale defenders thought he was lining up to shoot but he cleverly slipped Nicky in behind.

"That is the quality Nicky has. He's popped up just a few minutes after his penalty miss to score the winner. A lot of players would have reflected on that miss but he didn't. He kept getting in there and looking for chances."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 4Robertson
  • 21Veseli
  • 3Dickinson
  • 7BirchallSubstituted forDanielat 61'minutes
  • 15O'ConnorBooked at 51mins
  • 17BrownSubstituted forLinesat 61'minutes
  • 20Marshall
  • 8DoddsSubstituted forPopeat 61'minutes
  • 9Williamson

Substitutes

  • 6Duffy
  • 10Lines
  • 11Pope
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Daniel
  • 19Moore
  • 33N'Guessan

Crewe

  • 13Garratt
  • 5Ray
  • 4DavisBooked at 82mins
  • 30Tate
  • 19BaillieSubstituted forStewartat 90+4'minutes
  • 20Jones
  • 42GrantSubstituted forTurtonat 78'minutes
  • 24Leigh
  • 28Ness
  • 35Ajose
  • 34IkpeazuSubstituted forDalla Valleat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Turton
  • 8Atkinson
  • 11Cooper
  • 12Dalla Valle
  • 18Nolan
  • 25Haber
  • 33Stewart
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
8,002

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Foul by Adam Yates (Port Vale).

Lauri Dalla Valle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Anthony Stewart replaces James Baillie.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Chris Lines (Port Vale) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Lauri Dalla Valle replaces Uche Ikpeazu.

Booking

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Colin Daniel (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt missed. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Turton replaces Anthony Grant.

Attempt missed. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Robertson (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Nicky Ajose.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Greg Leigh.

Attempt missed. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Robertson (Port Vale).

Hand ball by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Chris Lines (Port Vale).

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Tom Pope replaces Louis Dodds.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Colin Daniel replaces Chris Birchall.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Lines replaces Michael Brown.

Attempt missed. Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Chris Robertson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon26166452252754
2Bristol City25166348222654
3MK Dons25156453242951
4Preston26138540261447
5Rochdale251141045331237
6Fleetwood27107102726137
7Bradford2510693229336
8Sheff Utd2410683028236
9Chesterfield259883634235
10Notts County269893031-135
11Doncaster259882629-335
12Port Vale27105123338-535
13Peterborough26104123334-134
14Oldham2581073538-334
15Walsall268992628-233
16Gillingham2787123543-831
17Coventry2779112737-1030
18Barnsley2585123438-429
19Scunthorpe2385103239-729
20Crewe2685132544-1929
21Colchester2676133142-1127
22Leyton Orient2668123439-526
23Yeovil2767142139-1825
24Crawley2659122443-1924
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