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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Rochdale

Marcus Haber
Marcus Haber's goal was his fifth of the campaign - but his first in the league at Gresty Road

Crewe extended their unbeaten run to four games by beating Rochdale to move within three points of safety.

They took the lead when George Cooper's corner was not dealt with by Dale and Marcus Haber prodded home.

Brad Inman doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time when he tackled Peter Vincenti in the centre circle and drove forward before striking home.

Ian Henderson should have reduced the deficit, but he drove across the face of goal when free in the box.

Crewe rise a place to 22nd after their first win in over two months.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"When the lads play like that it's hard to think why we've only won three home games this season. It was a great three points. We deserved it.

"I've been onto the players all week that we've not done well enough at home. I've told them we need to start winning at home and if we can do that and win the majority of them then we have a chance of doing it.

"It was nice to score from a set-play. Ben Nugent made a run to the near post. It put a couple of their players off and Marcus has pulled off at the far post. And Brad's goal was fantastic. He has terrific pace. When he is in that mood then he is very hard to stop."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Hill on Crewe v Rochdale

"Unfortunately, defensively we made bad decisions and that's hurt us. It's difficult because you tend to forgive strikers for missing opportunities more than you do defenders for giving away opportunities.

"Crewe have taken advantage of our friendly nature today - we were very charitable.

"Defensively, I was found a little bit wanting and that's a concern. Even though we've won two of the last five games, within those we've conceded 12 goals."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 6Nugent
  • 29Ajayi
  • 3Guthrie
  • 10InmanSubstituted forNgat 81'minutes
  • 20Jones
  • 15FoxBooked at 7mins
  • 11CooperSubstituted forBakayogoat 71'minutes
  • 9Haber
  • 33SeagerSubstituted forHowellat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 19Baillie
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
  • 32Howell
  • 41Bakayogo

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 49mins
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4McNulty
  • 33KennedySubstituted forBunneyat 70'minutes
  • 28Camps
  • 8LundBooked at 57mins
  • 24Allen
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forAndrewat 45'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 29SyersSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 9Andrew
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 23Collis
  • 25Rose
  • 27Cannon
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
4,130

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Rochdale 0.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Joe Howell replaces Ryan Seager.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Perry Ng replaces Bradden Inman.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces David Syers.

Attempt missed. David Syers (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Zoumana Bakayogo replaces George Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Tom Kennedy.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra).

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt missed. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Attempt saved. David Syers (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Syers (Rochdale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton29193740241660
2Walsall29168547301756
3Wigan301510550292155
4Gillingham30167755361955
5Coventry29139748321648
6Millwall29145104738947
7Southend2913884135647
8Peterborough291351154411344
9Port Vale30127113435-143
10Sheff Utd2911994541442
11Bradford2811892932-341
12Barnsley28123134542339
13Scunthorpe28115123337-438
14Rochdale28107113739-237
15Bury27107103640-437
16Doncaster2999113539-436
17Swindon30106144247-536
18Blackpool2996142835-733
19Chesterfield2993173849-1130
20Shrewsbury2985163449-1529
21Fleetwood2777133437-328
22Crewe2968153050-2026
23Oldham27412112740-1324
24Colchester2957173668-3222
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