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Walsall 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

Adam Dugdale
Dugdale has scored just six goals in 132 matches for Crewe

Adam Dugdale lashed in his first goal since May to earn bottom club Crewe Alexandra their first League One away win of the season at Walsall.

Crewe substitute Billy Waters' 84th-minute corner was only half cleared.

And big centre-half Dugdale, whose goal on the final day of last season helped keep Crewe up, latched onto a loose ball to blast in left-footed from close range.

The Alex's first clean sheet in League One still keeps them bottom.

Walsall drop into the bottom four after three games without a win.

Lucky end
Dugdale's late strike meant that Crewe scored at the away end at Bescot for the fifth visit running - to send the 438 travelling Alex fans into rapture.

Crewe's back three were the key to their second straight victory, limiting Dean Smith's side to very few worthwhile chances.

Mathieu Manset shot left footed just across the face and Jordan Cook's impudent 20-yard chip was tipped over by Crewe keeper Ben Garratt, while Romaine Sawyers whistled one just wide in the first half.

But Crewe had the better early chances, Brad Inman lobbing just wide while Alan Tate saw a header fly just over from George Cooper's corner and Anthony Grant's right-foot angled shot went straight at the keeper.

And former Walsall striker Febian Brandy's well-struck right foot shot was safely caught by Richard O'Donnell, only for the Saddlers keeper to almost clumsily spill it through his own legs.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Post match: Smith on Walsall v Crewe

"I don't think we deserved to lose, but I don't think we did enough to win.

"It was like a chess match. Neither team were creating much and they've nicked it at the end from a corner which we should have cleared.

"We've missed Tom Bradshaw up front, but we've not played well in every match that he has missed.

"Paul Downing and James Baxendale were suffering from a sickness bug that has swept our training ground."

Crewe boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It was not a great spectacle. A game of few chances, but we just nicked it and deserved to win.

"It's lovely to have followed up last week's win with another victory.

"We've got a good record here. We felt good about today.

"They've had some good results here. They drew with Bristol City, so to come here and win is a real plus."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 2Purkiss
  • 44Butler
  • 15Chambers
  • 3Taylor
  • 27FordeSubstituted forBaxendaleat 82'minutes
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forB Cliffordat 66'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 14BenningSubstituted forMansetat 61'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 21Cook

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Morris
  • 24Grimes
  • 26B Clifford
  • 37Manset

Crewe

  • 13Garratt
  • 5Ray
  • 30Tate
  • 6Dugdale
  • 2Tootle
  • 7TurtonBooked at 70mins
  • 42Grant
  • 24Leigh
  • 11CooperBooked at 56minsSubstituted forWatersat 83'minutes
  • 29BrandySubstituted forHaberat 65'minutes
  • 10InmanSubstituted forAtkinsonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 3Guthrie
  • 8Atkinson
  • 9Oliver
  • 17Waters
  • 25Haber
  • 28Ness
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
4,127

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Atkinson replaces Bradden Inman.

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

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

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

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. Adam Dugdale (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Tate.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Andy Butler.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces George Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Anthony Forde.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

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

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

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

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Booking

Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Jordan Cook (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Billy Clifford replaces Reece Flanagan.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Marcus Haber replaces Febian Brandy.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by James Chambers.

Attempt saved. Greg Leigh (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mathieu Manset replaces Malvind Benning.

Foul by Reece Flanagan (Walsall).

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Adam Dugdale.

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Febian Brandy (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1394028131531
2Peterborough138232213926
3Swindon1164123121122
4Preston1164122111122
5MK Dons1162325141120
6Notts County125521710720
7Sheff Utd126241918120
8Chesterfield125432218419
9Fleetwood135441411319
10Oldham134721715219
11Bradford135351616018
12Rochdale125252013717
13Barnsley124351819-115
14Doncaster114251218-614
15Crawley134271223-1114
16Colchester133461719-213
17Coventry133461419-513
18Gillingham133461319-613
19Yeovil133461221-913
20Leyton Orient122641315-212
21Walsall132651114-312
22Port Vale133371521-612
23Scunthorpe133281526-1111
24Crewe133191130-1910
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