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Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Forest Green jumped back into the play-off places as Joseph Mills' deflected strike earned a narrow victory over struggling Crewe Alexandra.

Mills' strike just before the break cannoned off Crewe captain George Ray to leave goalkeeper Ben Garratt helpless.

Farrend Rawson denied Crewe a point with three minutes to go, clearing off the line from Jordan Bowery.

A free-flowing move almost brought the opener two minutes before half-time, Nathan McGinley failing to make a clean connection, but Rovers got their goal just a minute later when Mills pulled the trigger from inside the box.

Crewe boss Dave Artell was booked on 53 minutes for offering the fourth official his spectacles after Rovers were awarded a goal-kick, when the Alex chief believed James Jones's shot had been deflected for a corner.

Rovers went close again midway through the second half when Reuben Reid hit the post from just inside the box, and substitute Dayle Grubb, with his first touch of the game, saw his follow-up cleared off the line by Eddie Nolan.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 13MontgomeryBooked at 55mins
  • 6RawsonBooked at 87mins
  • 16Gunning
  • 19McGinley
  • 2Shephard
  • 10BrownSubstituted forArchibaldat 72'minutes
  • 4James
  • 7Winchester
  • 23Mills
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forGrubbat 64'minutes
  • 26ReidSubstituted forCampbellat 82'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 8Grubb
  • 14Campbell
  • 18Archibald
  • 21Worthington
  • 22Morris
  • 24Thomas

Crewe

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Garratt
  • 30WhelanSubstituted forGreenat 64'minutes
  • 5Ray
  • 12Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 2Ng
  • 8JonesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Wintle
  • 11AinleySubstituted forKirkat 69'minutes
  • 9MillerSubstituted forReillyat 63'minutes
  • 10Bowery

Substitutes

  • 7Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 17Green
  • 19Dale
  • 20Kirk
  • 24Reilly
  • 29Hunt
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
2,388

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

    Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Eddie Nolan (Crewe Alexandra).

  9. Booking

    Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Booking

    Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Nathan McGinley.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Carl Winchester.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tahvon Campbell replaces Reuben Reid.

As It Stood

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2MK Dons22127332141843
3Colchester23125635231241
4Bury23116644261839
5Mansfield21911132151738
6Exeter2310763325837
7Forest Green2299431211036
8Newport2210573437-335
9Tranmere239773430434
10Carlisle23103103229333
11Oldham238873426832
12Stevenage239592830-232
13Swindon238782631-531
14Northampton2361072830-228
15Port Vale237792427-328
16Grimsby2384112630-428
17Crawley2282122936-726
18Crewe2374122128-725
19Morecambe2374122537-1225
20Yeovil215882525023
21Cheltenham2257102233-1122
22Cambridge2355131938-1920
23Notts County2347122549-2419
24Macclesfield2345141838-2017
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