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CreweCrewe Alexandra1OldhamOldham Athletic0
Crewe midfielder Adam King hit his fifth goal of the season to beat Oldham
Crewe midfielder Adam King hit his fifth goal of the season to see off Oldham Athletic

Adam King's first-half strike earned Crewe Alexandra their second win in five days to lift themselves off the bottom of the League One table.

The visitors almost took an early lead when Mark Yeates' free-kick was met by Brian Wilson, who nodded wide.

Crewe took the lead when Marcus Haber knocked down Semi Ajayi's free-kick to King who volleyed home.

On-loan Ryan Lowe came close to doubling the Alex's advantage, but he fired the ball wide of the far post.

A week on from losing 5-1 at home to Peterborough, Crewe's victory was only their second in 18 games at Gresty Road since 7 March.

It lifts them to 23rd, level on points with 21st-placed Oldham, who suffered a third straight defeat.

Steve Davis's side go above Barnsley, who drop to the foot of League One, despite their late equaliser against Sheffield United.

Crewe assistant manager James Collins told BBC Radio Stoke:

"After coming off a heavy defeat last Saturday, the players have responded brilliantly. We were 2-0 down on Tuesday night and fought back to win at Colchester and the lads had to dig in at times to follow that up with another win.

"When the wind is howling and the rain's coming down like it is, it's never going to picture perfect football but we didn't have too many scares.

"Adam King is about that, getting into the opposition box. That is what he does. He can improve his football and his defending in one against situations but he can get forward and get goals. They will always want you if you are a midfield player who can get forward and score goals."

Oldham Athletic manager David Dunn told BBC Radio Manchester

"It was really disappointing. The manner of which we played, the quality that we've shown in previous weeks at times to get us back in it wasn't there. I question the desire sometimes. Crewe are fighting for their lives and they outfought us which is so disappointing. Everyone on that pitch should be fighting for their lives because that's where we are in at the moment.

"Out there we've got players that are hiding, that's for sure. Too many players are asking other players to save them and get them out of the mess. There's no hiding place out on that pitch.

"We didn't look like creating a goal. At the end we had three up top and still didn't look like creating anything. I tried my best to try and spark it into life but it's not good enough."



  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 29Ajayi
  • 6Nugent
  • 3Guthrie
  • 16KingSubstituted forWintleat 76'minutes
  • 18Bingham
  • 20Jones
  • 27ColcloughSubstituted forNgat 90'minutes
  • 7LoweSubstituted forSaundersat 72'minutes
  • 9Haber


  • 12Dalla Valle
  • 14Saunders
  • 19Baillie
  • 21Wintle
  • 23Ng
  • 24H Wilson
  • 30Nizic


  • 13Cornell
  • 2BrownBooked at 53minsSubstituted forWellensat 59'minutes
  • 20Wilson
  • 5Wilson
  • 3MillsBooked at 75mins
  • 10Philliskirk
  • 6KellyBooked at 89mins
  • 32FultonSubstituted forPoleonat 70'minutes
  • 22Yeates
  • 34Higdon
  • 30FullerSubstituted forCassidyat 45'minutes


  • 1Coleman
  • 4Dieng
  • 8Jones
  • 9Poleon
  • 14Cassidy
  • 15Winchester
  • 35Wellens
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Poleon (Oldham Athletic).

  5. Post update

    James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Perry Ng replaces Ryan Colclough.

  7. Booking

    Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Philliskirk (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Michael Higdon (Oldham Athletic).

  11. Post update

    Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ryan Wintle replaces Adam King.

  16. Booking

    Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Mills (Oldham Athletic).

  18. Post update

    Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Danny Philliskirk.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Liam Kelly (Oldham Athletic).

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