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Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Crawley Town

A brace from Chris Dagnall and a Callum Ainley wonder goal helped Crewe to a much-needed win against nine-man Crawley.

Ainley curled in a terrific effort from the edge of the area to open the scoring before Dagnall flicked in a header just before the break to double their lead.

Crewe eased to only their second win in eight matches after Crawley skipper Jimmy Smith and Jordan Roberts were dismissed and Dagnall grabbed his second in stoppage-time.

Crewe spurned some chances and were lucky to not fall behind when Thomas Verheydt flicked Josh Payne's shot onto the crossbar.

Jordan Bowery sliced a far-post volley with the goal gaping and, when Perry Ng's deflected shot was scrambled out by goalkeeper Glenn Morris, Dagnall poked the rebound the wrong side of the post.

Morris was fortunate to escape with a yellow card after he caught Ainley, who was through on goal, as he seized on the keeper's mistake.

However, Ainley put the hosts ahead when he cut in from the left to find the top corner.

Crewe doubled their lead when Dagnall beat Morris to George Cooper's free-kick to glance home just before the interval.

Crawley's hopes faded further when Smith was issued a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident in the 61st minute.

Substitute Moussa Sanoh struck the woodwork in a rare attack for the visitors but their misery continued when they went down to nine after Jordan Roberts picked up his second yellow card with five minutes left, before Dagnall added a third from close range.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Ng
  • 6RaynesBooked at 49mins
  • 12Nolan
  • 3Bakayogo
  • 14AinleySubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes
  • 16Lowery
  • 18PickeringBooked at 75minsSubstituted forGrantat 83'minutes
  • 11Cooper
  • 10Bowery
  • 9Dagnall

Substitutes

  • 4Walker
  • 7Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 20Kirk
  • 24Reilly
  • 27Stubbs
  • 28Grant

Crawley

  • 1MorrisBooked at 34mins
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 15YorwerthBooked at 23mins
  • 19EvinaBooked at 56minsSubstituted forSanohat 65'minutes
  • 8SmithBooked at 61mins
  • 4Payne
  • 25Randall
  • 7BoldewijnBooked at 88minsSubstituted forMeiteat 45'minutes
  • 11RobertsBooked at 85mins
  • 23Verheydt

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 12Mersin
  • 21Bulman
  • 22Lelan
  • 24Lewis
  • 26Meite
  • 27Sanoh
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
3,155

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Crawley Town 0.

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

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 3, Crawley Town 0. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Sanoh (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Moussa Sanoh (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Brad Walker replaces Callum Ainley.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) for a bad foul.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Thomas Verheydt (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Conor Grant replaces Harry Pickering because of an injury.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Verheydt (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left.

Booking

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Moussa Sanoh (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Moussa Sanoh replaces Cedric Evina.

Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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8Colchester2210573226635
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13Cambridge228591827-929
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15Cheltenham227692931-227
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17Crawley2266101926-724
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19Crewe2272132435-1123
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