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Crewe Alexandra 6-1 Crawley Town

Four goals inside seven first-half minutes steered Crewe to their first win in six games as they hammered 10-man Crawley in a 6-1 victory.

Crawley's Ollie Palmer fired his side ahead from the penalty spot in the 12th minute after Crewe's stand-in captain Perry Ng's clumsy push floored Reece Grego-Cox.

But the Railwaymen turned the game in emphatic fashion with their goal blitz toward the end of the first half.

Ng made amends when he slipped in Jordan Bowery on the right and the striker thundered in off the near post to level in the 36th minute.

Charlie Kirk broke free on the left and his angled drive was diverted past Glenn Morris by defender Tom Dallison two minutes later.

The hosts moved 3-1 ahead when Kirk's shot was saved by Morris and, despite Bowery failing with the rebound, the ball fell in the path of the unmarked Chris Porter at the far post to apply a simple tap-in.

Joe McNerney then lost possession to Paul Green who was left with only Morris to beat before faking his finish and picking his spot for Crewe's fourth in the 43rd minute.

Kirk was thwarted by Morris as he went through on goal after the restart, but he was not to be denied when he turned in Ng's low cross from close range two minutes after the restart.

Crewe could have had more, but Morris turned Ollie Finney's 25-yard effort around a post and Green smashed the underside of the crossbar and clear before Crawley's misery was compounded by substitute Ibrahim Meite's straight red card in the 78th minute for elbowing Eddie Nolan.

Substitute Owen Dale fired home his first senior goal into the top corner for Crewe's sixth late on to complete the rout.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Ng
  • 29HuntBooked at 79mins
  • 12Nolan
  • 3PickeringSubstituted forTaylor-Sinclairat 63'minutes
  • 15Wintle
  • 17GreenSubstituted forJonesat 70'minutes
  • 21Finney
  • 20KirkSubstituted forDaleat 60'minutes
  • 10Bowery
  • 7Porter

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 9Miller
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 16Lowery
  • 19Dale
  • 31Taylor-Sinclair

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 14FrancombSubstituted forat 90+3'minutes
  • 5McNerney
  • 17Dallison-Lisbon
  • 2Young
  • 22MoraisSubstituted forMeiteat 74'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 21Bulman
  • 19WillockSubstituted forCamaraat 71'minutes
  • 18Sesay
  • 9Palmer
  • 7Grego-CoxSubstituted forGermanat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 12Mersin
  • 13German
  • 28Camara
  • 29Meite
  • 33N'Gala
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,220

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 6, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 6, Crawley Town 1.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Joe McNerney.

Attempt saved. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

George Francomb went off injured after Crawley Town had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match George Francomb (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

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

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 6, Crawley Town 1. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Jones.

Attempt saved. Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Nicky Hunt.

Attempt blocked. Ricardo German (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Booking

Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra).

Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Ibrahim Meite replaces Filipe Morais.

Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by George Francomb.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Panutche Camara replaces Matty Willock.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Paul Green.

Attempt missed. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

Attempt saved. Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair replaces Harry Pickering.

Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ricardo German (Crawley Town).

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

David Sesay (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Charlie Kirk.

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

Attempt saved. Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Ricardo German replaces Reece Grego-Cox.

Oliver Finney (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City372112465353075
2Bury372010771413070
3MK Dons381991062402266
4Mansfield371714654302465
5Tranmere3717101054421261
6Forest Green3815131055391658
7Exeter3716101150371358
8Colchester381691357461157
9Carlisle38176155749857
10Stevenage38158154347-453
11Northampton381216104847152
12Newport37157154656-1052
13Swindon371312124346-351
14Crewe38148164648-250
15Oldham371212135448648
16Grimsby38146184048-848
17Cheltenham38129174656-1045
18Crawley38127194055-1543
19Morecambe38119184458-1442
20Port Vale381011173343-1041
21Cambridge37118183254-2241
22Yeovil3899203654-1836
23Macclesfield3789203862-2433
24Notts County38712193871-3333
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