Bow­ery’s late blast stops rot for Alex

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John McDougall

DAVID Artell chal­lenged his Crewe side to build on their last-gasp win over Steve­nage af­ter stop­ping the rot at the Alexandra Sta­dium.

Jor­dan Bow­ery struck deep into stop­page time to end Crewe’s five-match los­ing streak in the league af­ter Boro’s Matt God­den missed a first-half penalty.

Though Artell re­served spe­cial praise for his match win­ner, he felt his side’s dis­play showed they don’t lack con­fi­dence de­spite their mis­er­able re­cent record.

“When you’ve lost as many as we have, you’ve got to stop the rot,” he said. “It could have been 0-0 stops the rot, but it’s even bet­ter when it’s a 1-0. We’ve got to make sure we build on this.

“The last few re­sults that we’ve had, Bow­ery has been a real stand­out and I’m de­lighted he’s got a goal to cap off an­other good per­for­mance from him.

“To­day’s per­for­mance shows that we weren’t lack­ing any con­fi­dence or real be­lief be­cause they kept plug­ging away.”

Steve­nage’s Dale Gor­man gifted pos­ses­sion to Ge­orge Cooper in­side a minute and he found Chris Dag­nall, who fired straight at Joe Fryer.

Cooper drilled wide from out­side the box af­ter 10 min­utes be­fore later blast­ing over fol­low­ing a slick Crewe coun­ter­at­tack. But Crewe were hit on the break them­selves when God­den went down un­der Zoumana Bakayogo’s chal­lenge and Trevor Ket­tle pointed to the spot in the 28th minute, but the striker drilled a poor penalty straight at Dave Richards.

Danny New­ton’s 35th minute strike was chalked off for off­side and Dag­nall fizzed a low 50th-minute cross which Fryer claimed with Bow­ery hov­er­ing.

Boro could have led with 15 min­utes to go when Kyle Woot­ton darted into the box and found Jonathan Smith but the mid­fielder ri­fled over.

And Crewe made Steve­nage pay when Conor Grant threaded through to Bow­ery in a crowded area who turned and slot­ted past Fryer for a 94th minute win­ner.

“We’re two sec­onds from get­ting that point but we haven’t been able to main­tain that con­cen­tra­tion and we’ve been pun­ished,” said Steve­nage boss Dar­ren Sarll.

“I didn’t think we were great. I can only talk for my own foot­ball team and I don’t think we were par­tic­u­larly im­pos­ing on the game as we have been.

“Our per­for­mance lev­els were nowhere near the lev­els that we’ve reached lately.”

STAR MAN MICHAEL RAYNES Crewe

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