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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Cambridge United

Shaun Miller sealed Crewe's 2-0 win over Cambridge with a stunning solo finish.

The striker left several defenders in his wake as he twisted and turned in the box before firing home in the 86th minute after Callum Ainley had punished a howler from Jevani Brown in the first half.

Defences were on top early on at Gresty Road and it took 25 minutes for the first threat on goal when George Maris tested Crewe keeper Ben Garratt with a low drive from the edge of the box.

Cambridge enjoyed plenty of the ball but carried little threat and found themselves trailing after Brown's dreadful error, with the winger's attempted clearance falling into the lap of Ainley who prodded the ball into the corner of the net.

After the restart Ainley fancied his chances of adding to his tally with a dipping drive, but Us keeper David Forde pushed the effort around the post.

But Forde was stranded by James Jones' free-kick and Cambridge were fortunate when Charlie Kirk's far-post header rebounded off the upright.

Us coach Joe Dunne threw on David Amoo and Ade Azeez to pep up a lethargic attack and the latter drove across the face of goal. Reggie Lambe's deflected effort almost caught out Garratt, with the ball flicking off the top of the bar, but Miller stole the show when he sealed victory with a superb late finish.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 30Whelan
  • 2Ng
  • 12Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 11AinleySubstituted forFinneyat 90+4'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 15Wintle
  • 20Kirk
  • 9MillerSubstituted forNichollsat 88'minutes
  • 10BowerySubstituted forPorterat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Raynes
  • 7Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 14Nicholls
  • 21Finney
  • 29Hunt
  • 33O'Connor

Cambridge

  • 1FordeBooked at 34mins
  • 2Halliday
  • 5Taylor
  • 4TaftBooked at 71mins
  • 11Dunk
  • 18Maris
  • 6DeeganSubstituted forO'Neilat 83'minutes
  • 15OsadebeSubstituted forAmooat 63'minutes
  • 14IbehreSubstituted forAzeezat 64'minutes
  • 20Brown
  • 19Lambe

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 8O'Neil
  • 10Azeez
  • 13Mitov
  • 16Darling
  • 17Davies
  • 25John
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
2,569

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Cambridge United 0.

Foul by Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra).

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney replaces Callum Ainley.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Brad Halliday.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Alex Nicholls replaces Shaun Miller.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Cambridge United 0. Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Porter replaces Jordan Bowery.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Liam O'Neil replaces Gary Deegan.

Delay in match Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

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

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

Attempt blocked. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Jevani Brown (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Amoo (Cambridge United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Gary Deegan (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (Cambridge United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Ryan Wintle.

Attempt blocked. George Taft (Cambridge United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra).

George Taft (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

George Taft (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Amoo (Cambridge United).

Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by George Taft (Cambridge United).

Attempt saved. George Maris (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Adebayo Azeez replaces Jabo Ibehre.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. David Amoo replaces Emmanuel Osadebe.

Attempt blocked. Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).

Jevani Brown (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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8Tranmere208753025531
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18Grimsby2064101927-822
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