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Accrington Stanley 3-2 Crewe Alexandra

Mark Hughes scored twice as Accrington hit back from two goals down to extend their 13-game unbeaten run courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Crewe.

Crewe looked set to hand Stanley their first defeat in two months after first-half goals from Callum Cooke and Chris Dagnall.

But the hosts came roaring back and a double from defender Hughes either side of Shay McCartan's strike handed them a win that keeps alive an outside chance of reaching the League Two play-offs.

Middlesbrough loanee Cooke opened the scoring on the quarter of an hour with a brilliant 25-yard effort, his fourth goal for Crewe since he signed at the end of January.

Crewe continued to create the better chances and George Cooper's ball in on 41 minutes found Dagnall, who dinked home his 13th goal of the campaign.

Stanley got one back on 57 minutes when Hughes scrambled the ball home from close range from a Sean McConville corner.

Four minutes later, Stanley won a free-kick on the edge of the area and McCartan fired it home - the front man has scored five of his 10 goals this season from free-kicks.

Hughes made the comeback complete on 79 minutes when Crewe failed to clear another McConville corner and he was there at the far post to fire home - his first goals of the season.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 12Rodak
  • 32Rodgers
  • 5Beckles
  • 3Hughes
  • 2Pearson
  • 7Clark
  • 16HusinSubstituted forDonacienat 45'minutes
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 10McCartanBooked at 86mins
  • 29KeeBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 9Gornell
  • 14Boco
  • 18Hewitt
  • 19Shaw
  • 20Chapman
  • 24Edwards
  • 30Donacien

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 6Nugent
  • 5RayBooked at 12mins
  • 14Bakayogo
  • 8JonesSubstituted forSaundersat 88'minutes
  • 24Cooke
  • 11Cooper
  • 18Bingham
  • 16BowerySubstituted forWintleat 80'minutes
  • 9DagnallBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 10Saunders
  • 20Kirk
  • 21Wintle
  • 22Kiwomya
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Dawber
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
1,720

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 3, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 3, Crewe Alexandra 2.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jordan Clark.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Saunders replaces James Jones.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Sean McConville.

Foul by Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley).

Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle replaces Jordan Bowery.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 3, Crewe Alexandra 2. Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

Billy Bingham (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Billy Bingham.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

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

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 2, Crewe Alexandra 2. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

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