Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Stevenage 0.
Crewe completed back-to-back wins as Chris Porter scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over 10-man Stevenage in League Two.
Porter needed lengthy treatment after being floored in an aerial challenge, but the striker picked himself up soon after to convert from the penalty spot in the 21st minute for his second goal in consecutive games.
Improving Crewe could have added to their tally as they dominated the first half and Stevenage faced an uphill battle after substitute Alex Reid received a straight red when he caught Perry Ng with a high challenge in the closing stages.
Crewe started on the front foot and Stevenage goalkeeper Paul Farman needed to be off his line smartly to foil Jordan Bowery. But Farman was sent the wrong way by Porter from 12 yards after Ng was floored by Cuthbert as he dashed into the box.
Ben Nugent went close to grabbing a swift equaliser against his former club, but the centre-back's thumping header came down off the underside of the crossbar.
Porter's presence in the box counted when he headed James Jones' free-kick across the face of goal with Eddie Nolan and Bowery both inches away from turning the ball home.
After the restart Charlie Kirk drew a save from Farman with an angled drive and Jones fired a yard wide from outside the area.
Crewe keeper Ben Garratt was finally called into action to push around a low drive from Daniel Newton. But Crewe closed out their victory after Reid's 79th-minute red card.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 5RayBooked at 60mins
- 20KirkSubstituted forAinleyat 87'minutes
- 10KennedyBooked at 79mins
- 8ByromSubstituted forIonttonat 71'minutes
- 4TimlinSubstituted forRevellat 86'minutes
- 20Campbell-RyceSubstituted forReidat 56'minutesBooked at 79mins
- 28GuthrieBooked at 74mins
- Anthony Backhouse
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Stevenage 0.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.
Attempt blocked. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Terence Vancooten (Stevenage).
Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Charlie Kirk.
Substitution, Stevenage. Alex Revell replaces Michael Timlin because of an injury.
Foul by Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra).
Danny Newton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra).
Steve Seddon (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Arthur Iontton (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.
Alex Reid (Stevenage) is shown the red card.
Alex Reid (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt blocked. Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.