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Carlisle United 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Striker Sam Cosgrove scored his first goal for Carlisle as they completed a winning double over Crewe with victory at Brunton Park.

Cosgrove signed a new deal until the end of the season in the build-up to the game and it was his header in the 76th minute that proved decisive.

Crewe came within inches of taking a fifth-minute lead after a slick move involving Callum Ainley and George Cooper sent Jordan Bowery sprinting clear. He went round advancing goalkeeper Jack Bonham but slid his shot against a post.

Again it was the Alex forcing the pace as Eddie Nolan whipped a low ball across the face of the Carlisle goal with no-one on hand to convert the chance.

Carlisle skipper Danny Grainger powered a 25-yard effort inches past Ben Garratt's right-hand post and it was another defender, James Brown, who had the home side's best first-half effort when he got forward to hammer a shot from the edge of the area which flew narrowly wide.

Chances were scarce after the break, although Crewe almost profited from a 62nd-minute mix-up between Grainger and Bonham, but with the goalkeeper off his line, Cooper hoisted his lobbed effort onto the roof of the net.

Cosgrove had the ball in the net for Carlisle but was ruled offside. But the stalemate was broken in the 76th minute when Cosgrove headed Carlisle in front at the far post from a cross by Tom Parkes on the left.

A point-blank save by Garratt from Richie Bennett's shot prevented Carlisle from doubling their advantage in the closing minutes.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 1Bonham
  • 5Liddle
  • 29Hill
  • 6Parkes
  • 17BrownSubstituted forJoyceat 45'minutes
  • 19LambeSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 45'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 11Devitt
  • 3Grainger
  • 9HopeSubstituted forBennettat 63'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 15Cosgrove

Substitutes

  • 4Joyce
  • 12Nabi
  • 14Bennett
  • 16Ellis
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 20Miller
  • 22Bacon

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 12Nolan
  • 6RaynesBooked at 75mins
  • 3Bakayogo
  • 14AinleySubstituted forKirkat 78'minutes
  • 16LowerySubstituted forFinneyat 83'minutes
  • 4WalkerBooked at 74mins
  • 30Green
  • 11Cooper
  • 9Dagnall
  • 10BowerySubstituted forReillyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Richards
  • 15Wintle
  • 18Pickering
  • 20Kirk
  • 21Finney
  • 22Lundstram
  • 24Reilly
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
4,467

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Richard Bennett (Carlisle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Richard Bennett (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Clint Hill (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Attempt blocked. Brad Walker (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Devitt (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Lewis Reilly replaces Jordan Bowery.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney replaces Tommy Lowery.

Foul by Sam Cosgrove (Carlisle United).

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

Booking

Richard Bennett (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richard Bennett (Carlisle United).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Charlie Kirk replaces Callum Ainley.

Gary Liddle (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Sam Cosgrove (Carlisle United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Parkes.

Gary Liddle (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

Michael Raynes (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Brad Walker (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Sam Cosgrove (Carlisle United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Brad Walker.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Tommy Lowery.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Carlisle United).

Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Richard Bennett replaces Hallam Hope.

Luke Joyce (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Danny Grainger.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Jordan Bowery.

John O'Sullivan (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt missed. Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

goal

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