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Crewe Alexandra 0-5 Coventry City

Coventry top scorer Adam Armstrong celebrated the first of his matchwinning treble with team-mate James Maddison
Adam Armstrong celebrated the first of his matchwinning treble with team-mate James Maddison

Adam Armstrong claimed a first-half hat-trick and fellow Premier League loan striker Jacob Murphy scored twice as Coventry City demolished Crewe.

Despite boss Tony Mowbray's one-game touchline ban, City were 4-0 up by the break, set on their way when Armstrong cashed in on a Ben Nugent mistake.

Murphy then fired left-footed into the corner before Armstrong's penalty when Marcus Haber fouled Romain Vincelot.

Armstrong completed his treble on 45 minutes before Murphy rounded it off.

Armstrong on the mark again
In-form Adam Armstrong, who was already League One's top scorer, now has 16 Sky Blues goals for the season.

The Newcastle United loanee should have had a fourth soon after the restart, but prodded on-loan Norwich City man Murphy's cross wide from the edge of the six-yard box.

Coventry keeper Reice Charles-Cook was off his line quickly to deny James Jones a late consolation for bottom club Crewe, who are now six points adrift of safety.

Coventry remain fourth, still four points off top spot after only their second win in seven League One games.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"We've won 5-0 away from home, so we've got no complaints. We feel as if we can play well against most teams. The work we've done this week has ultimately paid dividends for us. We functioned well.

"Adam Armstrong works extremely hard for us. We know what a talent he is. There are goals in his boots. The front four were almost unplayable.

"We did step off the gas in the second half, but no complaints. We kept a clean sheet and the keeper was back to top form when he needed to be."

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 29Ajayi
  • 6Nugent
  • 3Guthrie
  • 20Jones
  • 16KingSubstituted forCooperat 75'minutes
  • 15Fox
  • 9HaberSubstituted forInmanat 60'minutes
  • 7Lowe
  • 27Colclough

Substitutes

  • 8Atkinson
  • 10Inman
  • 11Cooper
  • 13Richards
  • 18Bingham
  • 19Baillie
  • 23Ng

Coventry

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 18Ricketts
  • 17Phillips
  • 26Haynes
  • 3Stokes
  • 7FleckSubstituted forBigirimanaat 61'minutes
  • 4Vincelot
  • 14ColeSubstituted forKentat 71'minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forO'Brienat 80'minutes
  • 25Murphy
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 8Lameiras
  • 11O'Brien
  • 19Bigirimana
  • 20Tudgay
  • 32Fortuné
  • 40Kent
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
5,946

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Coventry City 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Coventry City 5.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

  4. Post update

    David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Crewe Alexandra 0, Coventry City 5. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jim O'Brien.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra).

  9. Post update

    Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Maddison (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Adam King.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Kent replaces Joe Cole.

  17. Post update

    Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton24163532191351
2Gillingham25155549292050
3Walsall24146440221848
4Coventry25138446242247
5Wigan24118535221341
6Peterborough25124952381440
7Southend2410773130137
8Sheff Utd2410683934536
9Rochdale249783227534
10Millwall24104103634234
11Doncaster259793133-234
12Bradford239772426-234
13Port Vale249692827133
14Bury249693337-433
15Scunthorpe2595112831-332
16Swindon2484123339-628
17Barnsley2483133441-727
18Chesterfield2583143341-827
19Fleetwood2475123234-226
20Shrewsbury2575133142-1126
21Blackpool2474132133-1225
22Oldham2331282536-1121
23Colchester2556143459-2521
24Crewe2455142344-2120
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