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Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Stevenage

Stevenage held on for a win at Crewe in a game which saw visiting goalkeeper Jamie Jones and Alex striker Chris Dagnall sent off.

Jones and Dagnall were dismissed after an unseemly first-half tussle, with Dagnall catching Jones as he chased a through ball, with both players ending up sprawled in combat on the edge of the box.

Dagnall was shown two yellow cards by referee Darren England, while the injured Jones was issued a straight red and carried off on a stretcher.

Matt Godden had given Stevenage an early lead, the striker latching onto a short throw-in and volleying neatly into the far corner after his first effort was blocked by George Ray.

But Crewe - who could boast back-to-back home wins and a point on their travels from their last three outings - demonstrated their improvement under new boss Dave Artell as they piled on the pressure.

Jordan Bowery drove wide and defender Ben Nugent failed to get a close-range effort on target, instead helping the ball out of the Stevenage box. Jon Guthrie then volleyed wide after Callum Cooke's blast was blocked.

The game erupted between Dagnall and Jones in the 25th minute, with veteran keeper Chris Day coming off the bench to go between the posts for Boro.

Stevenage were undeterred as they doubled their lead in the 36th minute when defender Fraser Franks headed home after Luke Wilkinson had nodded the ball back across the box.

James Jones halved the deficit when he fired home from the spot in the 71st minute after Wilkinson tripped George Cooper but Stevenage held on for an eighth league success on their travels.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5Ray
  • 6NugentBooked at 90mins
  • 3GuthrieSubstituted forBakayogoat 45'minutes
  • 24Cooke
  • 8Jones
  • 21WintleSubstituted forKiwomyaat 45'minutes
  • 16Bowery
  • 9DagnallBooked at 24mins
  • 11Cooper

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 14Bakayogo
  • 18Bingham
  • 20Kirk
  • 22Kiwomya
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley

Stevenage

  • 1JonesBooked at 25mins
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 4King
  • 20Ogilvie
  • 11Pett
  • 22LeeBooked at 59mins
  • 18TongeSubstituted forDayat 27'minutes
  • 7McAnuff
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forGormanat 83'minutes
  • 10McQuoidSubstituted forKennedyat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Kennedy
  • 16Day
  • 17Gorman
  • 23Cowans
  • 26Hinds
  • 33Ntlhe
  • 35Loft
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
3,547

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Stevenage 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Stevenage 2.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Connor Ogilvie.

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

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Stevenage).

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Booking

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Callum Cooke (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dale Gorman (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

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

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Dale Gorman replaces Matt Godden.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Charlie Lee.

Attempt blocked. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Stevenage 2. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra).

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster33198663402365
2Plymouth32195852351762
3Carlisle33151355648858
4Portsmouth32167948291955
5Luton331412749311854
6Exeter331561253371651
7Colchester33148115042850
8Mansfield33131194338550
9Stevenage33154145250249
10Cambridge32137124137446
11Wycombe33137134042-246
12Barnet331112104144-345
13Morecambe32136134147-645
14Grimsby33128133940-144
15Blackpool321013947351243
16Crawley32126144050-1042
17Yeovil33912123340-739
18Crewe33812133648-1236
19Cheltenham33811143746-935
20Accrington31810133444-1034
21Notts County3397173758-2134
22Hartlepool33711153958-1932
23Leyton Orient3385203551-1629
24Newport33511173753-1626
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