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Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Sheffield United

Sheffield United claimed their third win in a row as a single goal proved enough to earn to beat Crewe.

Stefan Scougall rifled in from close range on 69 minutes after Jamie Murphy cut in from the left to play him in.

Jose Baxter should have sealed victory after being tripped in the box but home keeper Ben Garratt saved his penalty.

Mark McNulty wasted a further Blades chance before Crewe were reduced to 10 men for the last four minutes when George Ray was sent off.

Crewe slide back to 23rd in the League One table, while Sheffield United rise to fifth.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I was unsure what happened with George Ray when he was sent off. I am not sure if it was something he said or that he put his hand on him. Either way you cannot do it, that's not our style and the frustration got the better of him.

"He is still learning and it's harsh lesson for him to learn. It was difficult enough for us with 11 men, never mind 10.

"We showed some great spirit in the last 10 minutes. But, if I'm honest, they were slightly better than us. There was a lot of graft but we just lacked that quality."

Blases manager Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a dominant performance from the first minute, and to be hanging on just for even 30 seconds at the end didn't do justice to the performance.

"It's brilliant because it shows progress.

"We came here about nine months ago and lost 3-0. That's how we're trying to develop playing away from home as well as at home."

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Garratt
  • 2Tootle
  • 5RayBooked at 87mins
  • 6Dugdale
  • 24Leigh
  • 29BrandySubstituted forNessat 64'minutes
  • 42GrantBooked at 10mins
  • 7Turton
  • 10InmanSubstituted forWatersat 78'minutes
  • 25HaberSubstituted forHaynesat 65'minutes
  • 11Cooper

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 3Guthrie
  • 8Atkinson
  • 17Waters
  • 28Ness
  • 30Tate
  • 31Haynes

Sheff Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Howard
  • 2Alcock
  • 26McCarthy
  • 6BashamBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMcEveleyat 84'minutes
  • 3Harris
  • 9Murphy
  • 4WallaceBooked at 90mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 10ScougallSubstituted forReedat 85'minutes
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forMcNultyat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 12McNulty
  • 16Davies
  • 17McGahey
  • 19McEveley
  • 21Higdon
  • 22Reed
  • 24Turner
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
5,699

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Sheffield United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Sheffield United 1.

  3. Booking

    James Wallace (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Danny Haynes (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Wallace (Sheffield United).

  6. Booking

    Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marc McNulty (Sheffield United).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

  13. Post update

    Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

  15. Dismissal

    George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the red card.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Louis Reed replaces Stefan Scougall.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Marc McNulty replaces Jose Baxter.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Jay McEveley replaces Chris Basham because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City1596032171533
2Preston1384126131328
3Notts County147522112926
4Peterborough158252417726
5Sheff Utd148242218426
6Oldham156722317625
7MK Dons1373327151224
8Rochdale1472526151123
9Swindon1365227171023
10Chesterfield145452321219
11Fleetwood155461716119
12Bradford155461920-119
13Crawley155371424-1018
14Colchester154562122-117
15Barnsley144462224-216
16Port Vale154472023-316
17Coventry154471825-716
18Leyton Orient143651518-315
19Walsall153661215-315
20Doncaster134361220-815
21Gillingham153571421-714
22Yeovil153481226-1413
23Crewe1541101231-1913
24Scunthorpe153391729-1212
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