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Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Coventry City

Teenager George Cooper's stunning free-kick helped bottom club Crewe Alexandra to victory over Coventry City.

Loan man Febian Brandy gave the Alex a 26th-minute lead at Gresty Road, sliding home from the edge of the box.

Cooper, also on his full home debut, doubled Crewe's lead six minutes later.

Anthony Grant put through his own net from Danny Pugh's early second-half free-kick but, with a man advantage after City midfielder Jack Finch was sent off on 82 minutes, Crewe held on.

Sky Blues success in Cheshire
City enjoyed one of the best away wins in their history when a Lee Hughes hat-trick helped them to a 6-1 victory at Gresty Road in 2002.
They had also won on their previous two visits to Gresty Road - 2-1 last season and 2-0 in the JPT regional final in February 2013, but that was not not enough to stop Crewe reaching Wembley 3-2 on aggregate.
Crewe's best win over Coventry was a 4-1 home victory in March 2006, with goals from Billy Jones, Madjid Bougherra, Luke Rodgers and Gareth Taylor.

Crewe's victory was only their second in 12 League One games this season, leaving them still bottom, three points adrift of 23rd-placed Scunthorpe United.

Coventry are just six points clear of Crewe, having slipped to 16th after a winless five-match run of just one point out of a possible 15.

The Alex were without joint top scorer Marcus Haber, who was away on a Canadian training camp in Mexico. By contrast, Coventry's Canadian forward Simeon Jackson was free to play, having been allowed to pull out of international duty.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We fully deserved it. The lads showed amazing fight and spirit and defended when they had to. Everybody has worked very hard all week to get a result like that.

"I said to George Cooper that the practice we did on free-kicks yesterday was worth it when it paid off and he got us that crucial second goal.

"And it was just nice to have Febian Brandy out there. He injured his calf almost on his first day and we have not been able to see enough of him. In the end, he was absolutely out on his feet and we had to change it but he did really well and as a real threat."

Coventry manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I was disappointed with aspects. Not in terms of our work ethic, but there wasn't enough devilment in our performance in the first half.

"In the second half we really imposed ourselves, and it was a game we certainly should not have come away from with nothing.

"I've reminded the players that there are real standards at this football club. This is a massive club potentially, with a great travelling support. We have to be coming to these places and winning these games."

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Garratt
  • 5RayBooked at 57mins
  • 6DugdaleBooked at 35mins
  • 30Tate
  • 2Tootle
  • 42GrantBooked at 47mins
  • 10InmanBooked at 78mins
  • 7Turton
  • 24Leigh
  • 29BrandySubstituted forAtkinsonat 85'minutes
  • 11Cooper

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 3Guthrie
  • 8Atkinson
  • 9Oliver
  • 14Saunders
  • 18Nolan
  • 28Ness

Coventry

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Allsop
  • 2Willis
  • 25HinesSubstituted forMillerat 71'minutes
  • 27FinchBooked at 82mins
  • 3Pugh
  • 18Phillips
  • 6ThomasSubstituted forCoulibalyat 65'minutes
  • 7FleckBooked at 20mins
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forMaddisonat 79'minutes
  • 9McQuoid
  • 12Jackson

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 14Coulibaly
  • 15Miller
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Haynes
  • 36Maddison
  • 43Richards
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
5,058

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Coventry City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Coventry City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Miller (Coventry City).

  4. Post update

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Josh McQuoid (Coventry City).

  6. Post update

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by John Fleck.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Atkinson replaces Febian Brandy.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

  11. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Jack Finch (Coventry City).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jack Finch (Coventry City).

  13. Post update

    Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. James Maddison replaces Jim O'Brien.

  16. Post update

    Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

  17. Post update

    Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Booking

    Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).