Match ends, Chesterfield 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.
Crewe moved six points clear of the League Two relegation zone with a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Chesterfield.
First-half goals from Chris Porter and Charlie Kirk secured the win which leaves the injury-hit Spireites in the bottom two.
The home side enjoyed plenty of possession, particularly in the second half, and racked up shots and crosses in numbers but quality was lacking and they only rarely tested Ben Garratt.
Former Chesterfield loanee Porter opened the scoring after seven minutes. He picked up the ball down the left and progressed down the flank to deliver in a low cross which goalkeeper Jake Eastwood failed to hold, helping the ball creep over the line for an early Alex gift.
Crewe's second came from another low ball in from the left, from Kirk, and it looked likely to be hooked off the line, but Jerome Binnom-Williams' attempted block only deflected the ball into the goal for the scorer's first ever league goal.
In the closing stages, ex-Spireite Jordan Bowery had two great chances to add a third for Alex but he blasted the first wide and saw Eastwood save the second well, while Chris Dagnall saw a goalbound shot deflected over the bar.
Report supplied by Press Association.
- 28WeirSubstituted forDimaioat 36'minutes
- 10O'GradySubstituted forDe Girolamoat 83'minutes
- 19De Girolamo
- 14AinleySubstituted forPickeringat 73'minutes
- 20KirkSubstituted forCooperat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 7PorterSubstituted forBoweryat 65'minutes
- Tom Nield
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Chesterfield 0, Crewe Alexandra 2.
Attempt missed. Louis Reed (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.
Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Michael Raynes.
George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
(Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the left wing.
George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt saved. Kristian Dennis (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Sam Hird.
Attempt saved. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Substitution, Chesterfield. Diego De Girolamo replaces Chris O'Grady.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Charlie Kirk.
Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Scott Wiseman (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry Pickering replaces Callum Ainley.
Jerome Binnom-Williams (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).