The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Alex Bysouth

AFRUS­TRATED Ron­nie Moore branded Danny Holmes an ‘id­iot’ af­ter the defender col­lected two first half cau­tions in quick suc­ces­sion to cost Tran­mere Rovers.

Ryan Col­clough’s dou­ble sealed the hosts’ first League One win of the cam­paign, de­spite John-Louis Akpa Akpro’s late ef­fort, leav­ing Rovers search­ing for their first win at Crewe since 1999.

Moore felt his side were com­fort­able un­til the send­ing off and be­lieves Holmes was lucky not to be given his march­ing or­ders ear­lier.

“The ten men were mag­nif­i­cent, but one id­iot lets the whole team down and we’re un­lucky be­cause we were just about to bring him off,” said Moore.

“That’s the sick­en­ing thing for me as he’s done it be­fore and I’ve told him to stay on his feet, you work all week and then some­body lets the team down by not do­ing his job prop­erly.

“We’ve kept them hang­ing on and kept peg­ging away and I saw a lot of Tran­mere Rovers fight, we looked like a team.

“I hon­estly be­lieve with 11 we win the game.”

It was League One not the Pre­mier League in need of goalline tech­nol­ogy when Tran­mere’s Ash Tay­lor saw his header crash down off the cross­bar af­ter six min­utes be­fore be­ing scram­bled away by a com­bi­na­tion of Crewe goal­keeper Alan Martin and defender Matt Too­tle. With 33 min­utes played Akpa Akpro was de­nied by the out­stretched leg of Martin and the keeper’s save sent the Rail­way­men on the counter at­tack.

Holmes broke up the move with a trip on An­thony Grant and was shown a sec­ond yel­low af­ter two ear­lier fouls on By­ron Moore. Moore be­gan to at­tack the space Holmes’ dis­missal had left be­hind, and on 42 min­utes his out-swing­ing de­liv­ery was only cleared as far as Col­clough, who fired left­footed into the roof of the net.

With five min­utes re­main­ing Col­clough added his sec­ond from close range af­ter Kelvin Mel­lor’s deep cross.

Akpa Akpro slid in to poke home from An­dre Jones’ de­liv­ery in the dy­ing min­utes to pro­vide a nervy fin­ish for the Alex faith­ful, but there was no way through for Rovers.

Crewe boss Steve Davis has called on his play­ers to deal with the pres­sure of late goals af­ter fear­ing a re­peat of the three-goal draw at Rother­ham ear­lier this sea­son.

“I have to trust the play­ers, but at the mo­ment some of them aren’t han­dling the pres­sure of that sit­u­a­tion very well so they’ve got to be bet­ter,” he said.

“At times I thought we should have buried the game and that al­ways gives the other team a bit of hope – we didn’t do that and they went down and got a goal right at the end.

“But it’s im­por­tant to get that first win, it gives us some­thing to build on go­ing into next week. Ley­ton Ori­ent are go­ing well with max­i­mum points af­ter an­other win – it’s go­ing to be tough.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

ON OUR WAY: Crewe’s Ryan Col­clough, cen­tre, cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s first goal

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