Crewe’s win­less run comes to an end

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jonathan Drury

CREWE recorded their first win of the sea­son to move off the bot­tom of League One as Shrews­bury Town con­tin­ued their woe­ful home form.

Adam King’s strike af­ter just two min­utes ended up be­ing enough as Alexan­dra took all three points to the de­light of boss Steve Davis.

He said: “It is a weight off our shoul­ders be­cause it has been a tough time for us lately.

“We didn’t play that well to­day but we had to bat­tle, and that is how football goes, we have played well and lost, but to­day we didn’t play that well and won.

“I have told the lads to not think that is it and we have cracked it, we need to keep work­ing ahead of the next one now.”

Af­ter two min­utes the visi­tors were ahead, as King cap­i­talised on some sus­pect de­fend­ing from Jer­maine Gran­di­son to slot home past Jayson Leutwiler.

Crewe didn’t look like the league’s base­ment boys as Brad In­man lashed wide be­fore Lar­nell Cole’s snap­shot was saved and Jor­dan Clark saw his ef­fort shave off the visi­tors’ cross­bar.

Micky Mel­lon’s side were crank­ing up the pres­sure as first Ty­rone Bar­nett missed a guilt­edged chance with his head af­ter 20 min­utes be­fore fluff­ing his lines when go­ing one on one with Gar­rett.

Full backs Matt Too­tle and Mat Sadler volleyed wide but in first half stop- page time In­man broke for­ward squar­ing for Ryan Colclough who was free in the box, but he got his feet tan­gled and the chance to dou­ble the lead went astray.

Cole should have lev­elled it mo­ments into the sec­ond half as Clark played him in but the chance was scup­pered by cap­tain Harry Davis.

Lauri Dalla Valle was de­nied a chance to dou­ble the lead at the other end be­fore Gar­rett pro­duced a top save down to his right to deny a goal bound Cole ef­fort.

Crewe could have buried it with ten min­utes to go but for­mer West Brom striker Mar­cus Haber headed over from yards out to set up a nervy fin­ish.

Shrews­bury huffed and puffed late on but to no avail as Alex hung onto vic­tory.

Shrews boss Mel­lon couldn’t be­lieve his side lost the game, say­ing: “That has got to be the most frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon I have had at this club.

“To give a goal away so early and easy wasn’t in the plan, and I just can’t be­lieve that Crewe have won that game.

“If any­one says any dif­fer­ently they are watch­ing a dif­fer­ent game, but we didn’t have that killer in­stinct to put the ball in the back of the net.

“I can’t fault the ef­fort of the lads, but some­times in football teams get lucky, and some­times it just hap­pens.”

STAR MAN JORDA

N CLARK Shrews

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