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Chesterfield 3-1 Crewe Alexandra

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (centre) scored one and set up another for Chesterfield against Crewe
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (centre) scored one and set up another in Chesterfield's win

Two early goals gave Chesterfield the initiative as they won the battle of League One strugglers against Crewe.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's shot hit both posts before going in, then Lee Novak doubled the home lead on 12 minutes, side-footing in from six yards.

Callum Saunders went close before Zoumana Bakayogo replied for Crewe, scoring from Brad Inman's cut-back.

Connor Dimaio sealed Chesterfield's win just before the hour following a neat one-two with Ebanks-Blake.

Chesterfield's first victory in six games lifts them to 19th in the table, one point clear of the relegation zone and six above second-from-bottom Crewe, who suffered a first defeat in seven games.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Now we have to go again. We have been on a great little run. We'd have liked to have won one or two of them along the way but it has shown what we are capable of.

"We played some terrific football at times and had enough chances to have got something. I thought the better team lost.

"What we didn't do well was defend. We gave them gifts for the goals and those individual errors have proved costly. The full-back slipped for the first. then we didn't pick up at the far post properly and, for the third one, we didn't track the runner."

Line-ups

Chesterfield

  • 1Lee
  • 25Talbot
  • 23Anderson
  • 4Hird
  • 34John
  • 2HerdSubstituted forO'Sheaat 19'minutes
  • 17Dimaio
  • 24Banks
  • 28Ariyibi
  • 9Ebanks-BlakeSubstituted forDieseruvweat 74'minutes
  • 11Novak

Substitutes

  • 10O'Shea
  • 15Humphreys
  • 19Donohue
  • 20Chapman
  • 22Simons
  • 26Dieseruvwe
  • 32Slew

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 29Ajayi
  • 6Nugent
  • 3GuthrieBooked at 87mins
  • 10Inman
  • 20JonesBooked at 20mins
  • 15Fox
  • 41BakayogoSubstituted forAinleyat 65'minutes
  • 14SaundersSubstituted forKirkat 59'minutes
  • 9Haber

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
  • 32Howell
  • 34Kearns
  • 35Finney
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
6,264

Match Stats

Home TeamChesterfieldAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Attempt missed. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Drew Talbot (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Declan John.

Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

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

Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Chesterfield. Emmanuel Dieseruvwe replaces Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Thomas Lee.

Attempt saved. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Zoumana Bakayogo.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Sam Hird (Chesterfield).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Charlie Kirk replaces Callum Saunders.

Goal!

Goal! Chesterfield 3, Crewe Alexandra 1. Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Foul by Connor Dimaio (Chesterfield).

Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

Foul by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Chesterfield).

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Chesterfield 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Chesterfield 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Drew Talbot.

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton30203741241763
2Wigan321611552302259
3Gillingham32177858391958
4Walsall31169649331657
5Millwall321651151401153
6Coventry311410755332252
7Sheff Utd32139104742548
8Bradford3113993734348
9Southend31138104138347
10Barnsley31143145044645
11Port Vale33129123537-245
12Peterborough31135135448644
13Scunthorpe31135133739-244
14Bury31127124251-943
15Swindon32126144950-142
16Rochdale31109124144-339
17Doncaster3199133541-636
18Blackpool3297163241-934
19Chesterfield32104184252-1034
20Fleetwood3089133638-233
21Shrewsbury3196163751-1433
22Oldham30514112941-1229
23Crewe32610163456-2228
24Colchester3258194078-3823
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