League One
CreweCrewe Alexandra2MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0

Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Milton Keynes Dons

Chuks Aneke

Crewe Alexandra climbed out of the League One relegation zone with a battling win over MK Dons.

The Dons had the better chances in the first half, Dele Alli going close on three occasions before Samir Carruthers hit the bar with a fine shot.

But Chuks Aneke put the Alex ahead with a curling 20-yard free kick.

And after Dons wasted a great chance to level when a Shaun Williams penalty was saved by Ben Garratt, AJ Leitch-Smith coolly slotted home to make it 2-0.

Leitch-Smith's goal was only his second of the season - and his first since 7 September.

Crewe are now a point above the bottom four, having climbed to 19th in the table, while the Dons remain eight points adrift of the play-off places.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"AJ finished his goal smartly and everyone was delighted for him because he is one of our own and we want him to do well.

"But, if I'm honest, I considered taking him off at half-time.

"I told him at the break that he needed to get himself going and, to his credit, he did.

"He worked very hard for us in the second half, got his chance and he didn't show any lack of confidence."

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The game hinged on us being very good for 30 minutes and then us losing discipline.

"We became too offensive, too open, too expansive.

"It was like the parting of the Red Sea at times. We've conceded 15 goals in the last seven games and I've told them it's not acceptable.

"I felt our front players weren't on their game. Too many people did their own thing from an eagerness to do too much."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 21Garratt
  • 3MellorBooked at 46mins
  • 2Tootle
  • 42GrantSubstituted forOsmanat 81'minutes
  • 4Davis
  • 5Ellis
  • 11Moore
  • 22Evans
  • 10Leitch-SmithSubstituted forPogbaat 88'minutes
  • 26Aneke
  • 14Inman

Substitutes

  • 6Dugdale
  • 8Osman
  • 9Pogba
  • 12Ray
  • 13Martin
  • 16Guthrie
  • 29Waters

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 18Baldock
  • 3Lewington
  • 7GleesonBooked at 34mins
  • 6Williams
  • 24Kay
  • 8PotterBooked at 81mins
  • 22CarruthersSubstituted forChadwickat 61'minutes
  • 15LongSubstituted forPowellat 57'minutes
  • 12Reeves
  • 14AlliSubstituted forBowditchat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Bowditch
  • 10Chadwick
  • 11Smith
  • 13McLeod
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 17Powell
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
3,613

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, MK Dons 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, MK Dons 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

  4. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Mathias Pogba replaces Ajay Leitch-Smith.

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

  8. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Darren Potter (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Abdul Osman replaces Anthony Grant.

  11. Booking

    George Baldock (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Powell (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Dean Lewington.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by David Martin.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Baldock.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, MK Dons 0. Ajay Leitch-Smith (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Grant.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Peterborough27143104435945
6Rotherham26128645341144
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons26106104138336
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2883173643-727
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Crewe2776142753-2627
20Sheff Utd2668122635-926
21Shrewsbury2768132635-926
22Tranmere2667132948-1925
23Bristol City2541293639-324
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
View full League One table

Top Stories