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Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Bradford City

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Gresty Road
Billy Clarke
Bradford City striker Billy Clarke scored the only goal of the game but Crewe Alexandra still managed to stay up

Crewe Alexandra lost at home to Bradford City, but still stayed up on a fraught final afternoon of the League One season.

Billy Clarke's 23rd minute low left-foot volley proved to be the only goal of the game at Gresty Road.

But, after twice looking like they would drop into the bottom four when results elsewhere began to go against them, Crewe survived by two points.

City's win lifted them to seventh in the final table.

The Alex had the better of the first half, twice going close through Lauri Dalla Valle, but it was the Bantams who got the breakthrough, thanks to Clarke's sharpness in front of goal.

The Alex's recent third tier record
Crewe will play at League One level for a fourth successive season, having come up via the play-offs under Steve Davis in 2012.
Phil Parkinson's Bradford City followed the Alex up from League Two a year later, after also finishing in seventh.

A City free-kick was only half cleared to Clarke on the edge of the box and he drilled a low left-foot volley into the bottom right corner.

Sensing that they needed to up the pace in the second half, as worrying score flashes came in from elsewhere, Crewe added more fire power up front with the introduction of Nicky Ajose from the bench.

He twice went close, but it was the Bantams who went closest, when home keeper Paul Rachubka superbly finger tipped Jon Stead's powerful left-foot drive over the bar.

Crewe pitch invasion
Crewe fans invaded the Gresty Road pitch at full-time, once they knew survival was assured

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"It's not nice when you're involved in an afternoon like that. It's a horrible feeling. You're up, then you're down and then those late goals made us safe

"I just feel sorry for making for putting the fans through that. I want to move this club on to a place where we're not fighting relegation battles every season

"No doubt the bookies will make us favourites relegation again next season but that's the kind of challenge I like.

"And I just hope that proves just as infectious in the dressing room. We have to learn from the mistakes we have made this season and not put ourselves in the position again."

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 3-4-3

  • 44Rachubka
  • 5Ray
  • 4DavisBooked at 90mins
  • 3GuthrieSubstituted forNessat 61'minutes
  • 7Turton
  • 42GrantBooked at 85mins
  • 20JonesSubstituted forAjoseat 70'minutes
  • 24Leigh
  • 12Dalla Valle
  • 25HaberSubstituted forIkpeazuat 85'minutes
  • 27Colclough

Substitutes

  • 11Cooper
  • 13Garratt
  • 18Nolan
  • 28Ness
  • 33Stewart
  • 34Ikpeazu
  • 35Ajose

Bradford

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 12Williams
  • 2Darby
  • 5Davies
  • 23McArdle
  • 3Meredith
  • 18RoutisSubstituted forHallidayat 90+1'minutes
  • 4DolanSubstituted forLiddleat 76'minutes
  • 29McMahonBooked at 79mins
  • 10ClarkeBooked at 83minsSubstituted forSheehanat 83'minutes
  • 16SteadBooked at 86mins
  • 9Hanson

Substitutes

  • 6Sheehan
  • 8Liddle
  • 22Urwin
  • 25Halliday
  • 34Webb-Foster
  • 36Mottley Henry
  • 38Brennan
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
7,608

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Bradford City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Bradford City 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by George Ray.

  4. Booking

    Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

  6. Post update

    Jon Stead (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Andy Halliday replaces Christopher Routis.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Crewe Alexandra).

  9. Post update

    Rory McArdle (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Routis (Bradford City).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Ness (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

  14. Booking

    Jon Stead (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Marcus Haber.

  16. Booking

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

  18. Post update

    Jon Stead (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Alan Sheehan replaces Billy Clarke.

  20. Booking

    Billy Clarke (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City462912596385899
2MK Dons4627109101445791
3Preston462514779403989
4Swindon4623101376571979
5Sheff Utd4619141366531371
6Chesterfield4619121568551369
7Bradford461714155555065
8Rochdale46196217266663
9Peterborough46189195356-363
10Fleetwood461712174952-363
11Barnsley461711186261162
12Gillingham461614166566-162
13Doncaster461613175862-461
14Walsall461417155054-459
15Oldham461415175467-1357
16Scunthorpe461414186275-1356
17Coventry461316174960-1155
18Port Vale46159225565-1054
19Colchester461410225877-1952
20Crewe461410224375-3252
21Notts County461214204563-1850
22Crawley461311225379-2650
23Leyton Orient461213215969-1049
24Yeovil461010263675-3940
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