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Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

James Jones struck late to earn Crewe their first home success of the campaign as they beat Doncaster in a frantic finish.

Doncaster midfielder Tommy Rowe had cancelled out Ryan Lowe's first-half header with an 83rd-minute penalty in an open encounter at Gresty Road, but Crewe still claimed the points thanks to Jones's winner three minutes from time.

Crewe skipper Lowe raced in to head home in the 14th minute after strike partner Chris Dagnall delivered a superb cross to the far post.

After Lowe's strike, Steve Davis's side enjoyed a double let-off when Jon Guthrie sliced James Coppinger's cross onto the bar and then Rowe failed to finish Frazer Richardson's cross into an empty net.

Andy Williams also failed to apply a touch to John Marquis's cross as Doncaster were guilty of spurning their chances.

After being under the cosh, Crewe emerged brightly following the restart and Jones blasted inches over before Dagnall's shot was pushed away by visiting keeper Marko Marosi.

Yet they needed some brilliant work from Ben Garratt who clawed away Matty Blair's looping header away from the top corner.

Marosi was equally impressive when keeping out Dagnall's diving header.

Harry Davis was then penalised for a holding offence at a corner and Rowe duly beat Garratt from the spot to draw the teams level and seemingly earn Rovers a point.

But Crewe won it when midfielder Jones turned and fired in the winner in the 87th minute.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

REACTION: Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson speaks to BBC Radio Sheffield

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 3Guthrie
  • 4DavisBooked at 82mins
  • 14Bakayogo
  • 11CooperSubstituted forRayat 79'minutes
  • 15HollandsBooked at 55mins
  • 8Jones
  • 22KiwomyaSubstituted forBinghamat 79'minutes
  • 9Dagnall
  • 7Lowe

Substitutes

  • 5Ray
  • 6Nugent
  • 10Saunders
  • 13Richards
  • 18Bingham
  • 20Kirk
  • 25Ainley

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 25RichardsonSubstituted forCalderat 70'minutes
  • 15WrightSubstituted forMiddletonat 70'minutes
  • 6Butler
  • 27Evina
  • 16Houghton
  • 17Blair
  • 10Rowe
  • 26Coppinger
  • 9MarquisBooked at 39mins
  • 11Williams

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 8Calder
  • 14Middleton
  • 19Mandeville
  • 21Pugh
  • 23Beestin
  • 29Fielding
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
3,830

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Doncaster Rovers 1. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Dagnall.

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Doncaster Rovers 1. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Doncaster Rovers. John Marquis draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. Harry Middleton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Bingham replaces Alex Kiwomya.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Ray replaces George Cooper.

Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Attempt blocked. Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Harry Middleton (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Riccardo Calder replaces Frazer Richardson.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Middleton replaces Joe Wright.

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay in match Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

(Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1Luton6411145913
2Morecambe640297212
3Plymouth640265112
4Portsmouth632173411
5Mansfield632176111
6Doncaster6312107310
7Leyton Orient631296310
8Colchester6312108210
9Carlisle624075210
10Crewe62318809
11Blackpool62227438
12Notts County62229908
13Crawley622258-38
14Grimsby6213131127
15Stevenage62131213-17
16Barnet51315416
17Cheltenham61325506
18Exeter620469-36
19Hartlepool61321015-56
20Newport512278-15
21Accrington6123811-35
22Wycombe612349-55
23Yeovil6114410-64
24Cambridge603339-63
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