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“Had Crewe been like us, and a bit more clin­i­cal, it would have been a high-scor­ing game. But I still think we would have come out on top.

“I’m pleased to win, but we also know it wasn’t as pol­ished a per­for­mance as we can get.”

Scun­thorpe, who got on the front foot early, went ahead in the tenth minute when Mad­den nod­ded home at the back post fol­low­ing a great run and cross from the right flank by his strike part­ner Tom Hopper.

Af­ter Sean McAl­lis­ter had hit the bar for the hosts, Crewe be­gan to grow into the game, but an ef­fort from Brad In­man six min­utes be­fore the break, which he pulled across the face of goal with only the keeper to beat, was their first threat­en­ing move.

The visi­tors had fur­ther gilt-edged op­por­tu­ni­ties to snatch an equaliser, with Billy Bing­ham and John Guthrie each blaz­ing over in the space of two sec­ond-half min­utes.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the sec­ond, Scun­thorpe rubbed salt into the wound by break­ing up­field and Hopper again fed Mad­den, who drilled an an­gled shot into the far cor­ner of the net in the 65th minute.

“We looked a lit­tle bit wob­bly in the early stages and we didn’t re­ally show great com­po­sure,” said Alex boss Steve Davis – whose side are yet to score in League One this term.

“As the game went on we were bet­ter and in the sec­ond half we probed and passed it. Scun­thorpe had their mo­ments but I thought we were brave and I counted five or six great chances in the sec­ond half.

“If we’d have taken our chances and Scun­thorpe theirs, it could have been 5-5.

“I’ve asked the ques­tion – who’s go­ing to get us the goals?”


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