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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Rochdale

Marcus Haber
Marcus Haber's goal was his fifth of the campaign - but his first in the league at Gresty Road

Crewe extended their unbeaten run to four games by beating Rochdale to move within three points of safety.

They took the lead when George Cooper's corner was not dealt with by Dale and Marcus Haber prodded home.

Brad Inman doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time when he tackled Peter Vincenti in the centre circle and drove forward before striking home.

Ian Henderson should have reduced the deficit, but he drove across the face of goal when free in the box.

Crewe rise a place to 22nd after their first win in over two months.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"When the lads play like that it's hard to think why we've only won three home games this season. It was a great three points. We deserved it.

"I've been onto the players all week that we've not done well enough at home. I've told them we need to start winning at home and if we can do that and win the majority of them then we have a chance of doing it.

"It was nice to score from a set-play. Ben Nugent made a run to the near post. It put a couple of their players off and Marcus has pulled off at the far post. And Brad's goal was fantastic. He has terrific pace. When he is in that mood then he is very hard to stop."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Unfortunately, defensively we made bad decisions and that's hurt us. It's difficult because you tend to forgive strikers for missing opportunities more than you do defenders for giving away opportunities.

"Crewe have taken advantage of our friendly nature today - we were very charitable.

"Defensively, I was found a little bit wanting and that's a concern. Even though we've won two of the last five games, within those we've conceded 12 goals."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 6Nugent
  • 29Ajayi
  • 3Guthrie
  • 10InmanSubstituted forNgat 81'minutes
  • 20Jones
  • 15FoxBooked at 7mins
  • 11CooperSubstituted forBakayogoat 71'minutes
  • 9Haber
  • 33SeagerSubstituted forHowellat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 19Baillie
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
  • 32Howell
  • 41Bakayogo

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 49mins
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4McNulty
  • 33KennedySubstituted forBunneyat 70'minutes
  • 28Camps
  • 8LundBooked at 57mins
  • 24Allen
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forAndrewat 45'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 29SyersSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 9Andrew
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 23Collis
  • 25Rose
  • 27Cannon
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
4,130

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Rochdale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Rochdale 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).

  6. Post update

    Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Joe Howell replaces Ryan Seager.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Perry Ng.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Perry Ng replaces Bradden Inman.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces David Syers.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Syers (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).

  18. Post update

    Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Zoumana Bakayogo replaces George Cooper.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Tom Kennedy.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton29193740241660
2Walsall29168547301756
3Wigan301510550292155
4Gillingham30167755361955
5Coventry29139748321648
6Millwall29145104738947
7Southend2913884135647
8Peterborough291351154411344
9Port Vale30127113435-143
10Sheff Utd2911994541442
11Bradford2811892932-341
12Barnsley28123134542339
13Scunthorpe28115123337-438
14Rochdale28107113739-237
15Bury27107103640-437
16Doncaster2999113539-436
17Swindon30106144247-536
18Blackpool2996142835-733
19Chesterfield2993173849-1130
20Shrewsbury2985163449-1529
21Fleetwood2777133437-328
22Crewe2968153050-2026
23Oldham27412112740-1324
24Colchester2957173668-3222
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