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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Greg Leigh and Marcus Haber scored in quick succession as Crewe Alexandra beat Scunthorpe to move seven points clear of League One's bottom four.

The Iron - now without a win in five - dominated possession in the first half, but failed to test Paul Rachubka.

Leigh's thunderous shot then broke the deadlock on 54 minutes before Haber's header just 84 seconds later.

Crewe had not scored in their previous four games, but victory moved them to 18th, level on points with Scunthorpe.

On-loan Manchester City defender Greg Leigh's goal was his first in professional football.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Greg Leigh's goal gave everyone a lift. It was one of those roof-lifting moments. It seemed to wake everyone up.

"And Marcus Haber has shown that desire at the far post. We wanted him to be stronger and braver and he's got right in on top of the defender to get his goal.

"It's a massive three points for us, after Tuesday night, which was disappointing, but we've responded in the right way. It wasn't a classic but it was one we had to win I felt because we have some tough games coming up."

Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I'm absolutely disappointed because I don't think that they've had to work hard to win. The first goal from a free kick was a one-in-a-million strike.

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Robins on Crewe v Scunthorpe

"The games come thick and fast and everyone loves that when you're winning but, when you're not, it gives you the opportunity to turn things around.

"We're not going to panic. We have to get back to grinding out results."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 44Rachubka
  • 7Turton
  • 4Davis
  • 3Guthrie
  • 24Leigh
  • 30Tate
  • 20Jones
  • 42Grant
  • 28NessSubstituted forStewartat 90+4'minutes
  • 35AjoseSubstituted forAtkinsonat 88'minutes
  • 25HaberSubstituted forDalla Valleat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Atkinson
  • 10Inman
  • 11Cooper
  • 12Dalla Valle
  • 17Waters
  • 19Baillie
  • 33Stewart

Scunthorpe

  • 26Daniels
  • 33Clarke
  • 6Canavan
  • 37Davey
  • 17Townsend
  • 15Evans
  • 22O'Neil
  • 35OsbourneBooked at 19minsSubstituted forBishopat 68'minutes
  • 9Madden
  • 10van VeenSubstituted forWoottonat 76'minutes
  • 28McSheffreySubstituted forAdelakunat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bishop
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 16Adelakun
  • 25Boyce
  • 29Wootton
  • 32Llera
  • 39Anyon
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
4,213

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Scunthorpe United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Scunthorpe United 0.

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Lauri Dalla Valle replaces Marcus Haber.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Anthony Stewart replaces Jamie Ness.

Foul by Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra).

George Evans (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. George Evans (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Chris Atkinson (Crewe Alexandra).

Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Paul Rachubka.

Attempt saved. Liam O'Neil (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Chris Atkinson (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Atkinson replaces Nicky Ajose.

Attempt missed. Alex Davey (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt missed. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Alan Tate.

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Evans (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Greg Leigh (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

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

Foul by Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United).

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt missed. Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Marcus Haber.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Kyle Wootton replaces Kevin van Veen.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Paul Rachubka.

Attempt saved. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Neal Bishop replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Gary McSheffrey.

Attempt missed. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Scunthorpe United).

goal

As It Stood

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2Preston34199655302566
3Swindon35197962382464
4MK Dons35188968373162
5Sheff Utd34158114841753
6Doncaster351311114443150
7Barnsley35155154748-150
8Peterborough35155154344-150
9Chesterfield34139124945448
10Bradford33139114238448
11Port Vale35146154548-348
12Fleetwood35139133639-348
13Rochdale331451458441447
14Gillingham351210135051-146
15Oldham341210124350-746
16Walsall351111133439-544
17Scunthorpe34119144652-642
18Crewe35126173459-2542
19Notts County34118153443-941
20Coventry34812143648-1236
21Leyton Orient3498174452-835
22Colchester3597194058-1834
23Crawley35810173660-2434
24Yeovil3589182850-2233
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