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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 5.

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.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Emmanuel Sonupe (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Tyler Denton (Stevenage).

Hand ball by Jason Cowley (Stevenage).

Foul by Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra).

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

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Harry Pickering.

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

Foul by Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

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

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

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 5. Scott Cuthbert (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Nicky Hunt.

Attempt missed. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Charlie Lakin (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Elliott List (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Charlie Lakin (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Sonupe (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jason Cowley.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Sonupe (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Lakin.

Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Daniel Powell.

Attempt blocked. Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Goal!

Own Goal by Scott Cuthbert, Stevenage. Stevenage 0, Crewe Alexandra 5.

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

Foul by Tom Soares (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Paul Green replaces Tommy Lowery.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Oliver Finney.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon22134539241543
2Exeter2211743125640
3Crewe21115538241438
4Cheltenham2199333171636
5Bradford2110652819936
6Forest Green2210662618836
7Northampton2210573223935
8Colchester2197529191034
9Plymouth209563022832
10Port Vale227962627-130
11Cambridge227782723428
12Scunthorpe227783028228
13Newport207761918128
14Salford226882431-726
15Leyton Orient226793037-725
16Walsall2266101930-1124
17Mansfield225892831-323
18Crawley225892633-723
19Oldham215882230-823
20Grimsby205692026-621
21Carlisle2256112035-1521
22Macclesfield205961922-318
23Morecambe2246121940-2118
24Stevenage2121091427-1316
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