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Port Vale 3-0 Crewe Alexandra

Louis Dodds
Louis Dodds took his season's tally to eight League One goals for Port Vale

Crewe Alexandra's four-season stay in League One was ended by their local rivals as Port Vale sentenced them to relegation.

Louis Dodds scored both goals as Vale's victory confirmed their neighbours' return to League Two.

Dodds hit the opener in only the third minute before sealing victory seven minutes from time.

JJ Hooper then curled a superb third for Vale in injury time to relegate Crewe with still five games remaining.

Having flirted with relegation for the past two seasons, the Alex have struggled particularly over the second half of the season.

This was a sixth straight defeat for Steve Davis's side, who have now won just once since late November - and only six times all season.

Early goal sets Vale on their way

The Valiants got off to a flier, when Crewe failed to clear Michael O'Connor's left-wing corner and Dodds pounced to drive in a low left-foot shot off the post from 14 yards.

Crewe improved after making a double substitution at half-time, but Vale wrapped up the points with Dodds' second goal when he smashed into an empty net after Hooper's shot had been saved by Alex keeper Ben Garratt.

Hooper then received a pass from Michael Brown to curl in Vale's third with a terrific right-foot shot from 16 yards which flew inside the stranded Garratt's left-hand post.

'Sad day' for the Alex - Davis

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"it was an excellent performance, as it was a difficult test for us in many aspects. I know Crewe are rock bottom and they have gone down today but he made changes.

"Every time they play against us he changes it and goes more physical, and sort of goes away from what he normally does where they get the ball down and play.

"So, we knew we had to match that. We got off to the best start and that's what I asked them to do. Start fast come out of the traps and get an early goal. We certainly did that.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It's a sad day for the football club, but we've not gone down because of today. It's because of what has happened over the course of the season. We've not been able to win enough games.

"I've been talking to the players about what we can learn, tried to be diplomatic with them and realise what it means.

"We're disappointed that we've not taken it to the death like we have before. We all share the emotions of being relegated. It's not a nice feeling. It hurts just as much as a manager as it did as a player."

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4StreeteBooked at 73mins
  • 6Duffy
  • 3Dickinson
  • 18KellySubstituted forMooreat 53'minutes
  • 42Grant
  • 8O'ConnorSubstituted forBrownat 82'minutes
  • 11Foley
  • 10Dodds
  • 20Leitch-SmithSubstituted forHooperat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McGivern
  • 7Birchall
  • 15Hooper
  • 17Brown
  • 19Moore
  • 23Boot
  • 25Robinson

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5RayBooked at 1mins
  • 4Davis
  • 3GuthrieSubstituted forBinghamat 45'minutes
  • 41Bakayogo
  • 20JonesSubstituted forCooperat 77'minutes
  • 15Fox
  • 31Kirk
  • 39UdohSubstituted forAinleyat 45'minutes
  • 9Haber

Substitutes

  • 6Nugent
  • 11Cooper
  • 12Dalla Valle
  • 13Richards
  • 18Bingham
  • 25Ainley
  • 36Hitchcock
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
5,771

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 3, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 3, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 3, Crewe Alexandra 0. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Brown.

Attempt missed. Sam Foley (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by JJ Hooper (Port Vale).

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 2, Crewe Alexandra 0. Louis Dodds (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Michael Brown replaces Michael O'Connor.

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Fox (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt saved. Byron Moore (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Richard Duffy (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces James Jones.

Byron Moore (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Ben Purkiss (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Byron Moore (Port Vale).

Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Booking

Remie Streete (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Remie Streete (Port Vale).

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Attempt saved. Anthony Grant (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Byron Moore replaces Sam Kelly.

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Port Vale 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Daniel Udoh.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Bingham replaces Jon Guthrie.

Half Time

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan412214571363580
2Burton412371151351676
3Bradford412010114738970
4Millwall412091263451869
5Gillingham4019111065442168
6Walsall391911957411668
7Barnsley401951661501162
8Rochdale411710145953661
9Scunthorpe411611145044659
10Sheff Utd411611145853559
11Southend411611145554159
12Port Vale421611155051-159
13Coventry4115121459451457
14Peterborough41166196965454
15Bury411412155063-1354
16Swindon41149185767-1051
17Chesterfield41147205463-949
18Oldham401017134050-1047
19Fleetwood411113174851-346
20Shrewsbury401210184965-1646
21Blackpool42129213951-1245
22Doncaster41911214159-1838
23Colchester41911215287-3538
24Crewe41612234075-3530
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