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Stevenage 1-5 Crewe Alexandra

Five-star Crewe Alexandra hammered Stevenage to soared into the League Two automatic promotion places.

Two goals in three first-half minutes from Chuma Anene and Oliver Finney gave them daylight before David Artell's men dominated in the second half.

Struggling Stevenage are now without a win in five league games following a defeat that leaves them at the foot of the table at Christmas, two points from safety.

Home goalkeeper Paul Farman produced a fine save to deny Charlie Kirk early on, but Anene arrived at the perfect time to plant Kirk's cross beyond Farman in the 29th minute.

Finney then timed his run to perfection three minutes later to head home another Kirk delivery.

Daniel Powell powered in the third just before the hour when he raced on to a through-ball to fire past Farman.

Anene was denied a second when his header struck the bar, but he made no mistake with a thumping headed effort from Harry Pickering's cross.

To add insult to injury, Scott Cuthbert put Pickering's pass into his own net for Crewe's fifth, although the defender grabbed a consolation at the other end in the closing stages.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Farman
  • 15Vancooten
  • 5CuthbertBooked at 28mins
  • 31Nugent
  • 33Denton
  • 10Kennedy
  • 7CarterSubstituted forCowleyat 64'minutes
  • 44TimlinSubstituted forLakinat 63'minutes
  • 11SonupeBooked at 90mins
  • 34List
  • 25TaylorSubstituted forSoaresat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Digby
  • 6Soares
  • 9Cowley
  • 13Bastien
  • 16Iontton
  • 32Lakin
  • 35Mackail-Smith

Crewe

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 15Hunt
  • 6Nolan
  • 3Pickering
  • 16LowerySubstituted forGreenat 69'minutes
  • 4Wintle
  • 14FinneySubstituted forAinleyat 69'minutes
  • 7PowellSubstituted forDaleat 73'minutes
  • 17Anene
  • 10Kirk

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 11Ainley
  • 12Green
  • 13Richards
  • 19Dale
  • 23Johnson
  • 30Mbulu
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
2,993

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home19
Away21
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jason Cowley (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

  5. Booking

    Emmanuel Sonupe (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Sonupe (Stevenage).

  8. Post update

    Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Denton (Stevenage).

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Jason Cowley (Stevenage).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra).

  12. Post update

    Tom Soares (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Cowley (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Callum Ainley.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra).

  17. Post update

    Tom Soares (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

  19. Post update

    Charlie Lakin (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Owen Dale.