Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Coventry City 5.
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."
- 16KingSubstituted forCooperat 75'minutes
- 9HaberSubstituted forInmanat 60'minutes
- 7FleckSubstituted forBigirimanaat 61'minutes
- 14ColeSubstituted forKentat 71'minutes
- 10MaddisonSubstituted forO'Brienat 80'minutes
- Mark Haywood
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Coventry City 5.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Chris Stokes.
David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Oliver Turton.
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.
Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Foul by Semi Ajayi (Crewe Alexandra).
Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Coventry City. Jim O'Brien replaces James Maddison.
Attempt missed. James Maddison (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Adam King.
Attempt missed. David Fox (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Attempt saved. Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Kent replaces Joe Cole.
Ryan Colclough (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).
Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).