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Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Burton Albion

Lucas Akins and Perry Ng
Lucas Akins has scored twice in two games for Burton

League One strugglers Crewe held leaders Burton Albion to a draw in a game of few clear-cut chances.

Crewe seized the lead when Marcus Haber tapped in a rebound in the first significant opening of the game.

Brad Inman then fired at goal from 20 yards, stinging the palms of Jon McLaughlin as Crewe sought a second.

But Lucas Akins grabbed the equaliser for the Brewers when, from Mark Duffy's cross, he turned three Crewe defenders and slotted past Ben Garratt.

Crewe, who lost defender Jon Guthrie late on with a cheekbone injury, remain seven points from safety with 11 games left to play.

The Brewers maintain their four-point advantage over second-placed Wigan, now nine points clear of third-placed Gillingham.

Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"Drawing against the team that is top of the league should give us confidence because it shows that on our day we can compete with the very best.

"But, in the context of our situation, we need to be getting three points, especially from our home games. It is still a good point and I don't think it's two points lost.

"Overall a draw was fair. There was not a lot between the two sides. We took the lead again but we didn't hold onto it long enough. We have taken the lead in 17 games and only gone on to win six, so that tells its own story."

Burton boss Nigel Clough told BBC Radio Derby:

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Nigel Clough on Burton Albion's draw at Crewe

"Jon McLaughlin's not had much to do. We should have worked their goalkeeper a bit more.

"We had some brilliant situations today which we didn't turn into clear cut chances and ultimately we were just lacking that little bit of quality in the final third to get us the winner.

"I was pleased the way the players responded to going a goal down and the way we got back into the game and deserved out equaliser and were looking to win the game but when you're a goal down away from home then you end up with a point, it's not a bad result."

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 23NgBooked at 80mins
  • 3GuthrieSubstituted forDavisat 85'minutes
  • 6NugentBooked at 87mins
  • 41Bakayogo
  • 10Inman
  • 20JonesBooked at 70mins
  • 2TurtonBooked at 32mins
  • 11Cooper
  • 9Haber
  • 36HitchcockSubstituted forKirkat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Davis
  • 5Ray
  • 13Richards
  • 18Bingham
  • 25Ainley
  • 31Kirk
  • 32Howell

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Edwards
  • 4Mousinho
  • 3Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 14McCrory
  • 10Akins
  • 8Weir
  • 7ReillySubstituted forBeavonat 67'minutes
  • 12ButcherSubstituted forChoudhuryat 90+8'minutes
  • 21Duffy
  • 33BennettSubstituted forNaylorat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Charles
  • 9Beavon
  • 15Naylor
  • 17Myers-Harness
  • 30Flanagan
  • 31Bywater
  • 34Choudhury
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
4,380

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Burton Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Burton Albion 1.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by George Cooper.

Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Hamza Choudhury (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Hamza Choudhury replaces Callum Butcher.

Attempt missed. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

Booking

Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by James Jones.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry Davis replaces Jon Guthrie because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

Booking

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor replaces Mason Bennett.

Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mason Bennett (Burton Albion).

Booking

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton34215844281668
2Wigan351713556312564
3Gillingham351781060431759
4Walsall341611750361459
5Millwall351771155411458
6Barnsley351741457461155
7Coventry3414101056381852
8Bradford341410103936352
9Port Vale361410124139252
10Southend35149124644251
11Sheff Utd351310124947249
12Swindon34146145351248
13Rochdale35139134546-148
14Bury35139134555-1048
15Scunthorpe34138133840-247
16Peterborough35136165856245
17Chesterfield35125184654-841
18Fleetwood341010144243-140
19Shrewsbury34117164051-1140
20Doncaster34910153645-937
21Blackpool3598183346-1335
22Oldham33616113344-1134
23Crewe35612173760-2330
24Colchester3569204281-3927
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