Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

Crewe Back To Winning Ways Against Darlo

Crewe Back To Winning Ways Against Darlo

Crewe secured a routine win against bottom of the league Darlington yesterday with the returning Calvin Zola netting twice.

Despite their midweek win at Rotherham in midweek, just their third for the season, Darlington proved little match for an out of form Alex side. With Joel Grant and Calvin Zola both returning to the line up hopes of returning to form were boosted.

The Alex pounded the Darlington goal from the off, taking advantage of some 'colourful' goalkeeping and wayward defending. Shots from Zola and Donaldson hit the crossbar, one came back off the line and others didn't fall right.

It seemed an age before the first goal came but in fact it was only clocked at 23 minutes. A goal line clearance fell to Westwood on the edge of the area, Westy chipped it back into the penalty area melee and as Donaldson's first time shot was parried it fell for Zola to tap in from just four yards.

One goal opened the flood gates. Six minutes after the first Zola, Donaldson and Grant combined to get the second. Zola's run and cross was met by Donaldson but Donaldson's scuffed shot could only find an unmarked Joel Grant who neatly finished.

And by the 33rd minute the game was all but over as Zola got his second of the game and 16th for the season. Donaldson, Grant and Westwood combined well before Westy's ball into the box was nodded past a hapless Darlington keeper.

Westwood could have added further to the goals before half time but his superb free-kick from 25 yards out was parried to safety by Liversedge in the Darlington nets.

The second half was somewhat of an anti-climax. Whilst many fans wanted to see Darlington put to the sword there was little to get excited about. Dario, happy with the three goal advantage, clearly saw no need to risk letting the Quakers back into it and so played it safe.

The Darlington boss, Steve Staunton, however made his feelings known about his sides performance - three substitutions at half time speaking volumes.

The Alex's play got a little sloppy and probably too defensive as the half wore on. Darlington never really looked like getting the ball into the back of their net, their best chance arriving through Mor Diop after an hour. Diop took advantage of the usual Alex defensive frailties to get clear on goal but his shot was fired just a foot or so wide of Phillips's left hand post.

The best Alex fans got treated to in the second half was Harry Worley's 30 yard thunderbolt that whistled just over the cross bar.

In the end it was job done, a professional win. We got our goals and then sat back, perhaps a little frustrating for us fans but you won't win Dario over who would no doubt argue that we risked the goal difference column by going all out attack in the second half.

Post match Dario gave his reaction, admitting that his side were poor for the second half but is happy with the win, speaking to crewealex.net:

'I am a happy man to see us win again and I enjoyed the last 10 minutes because I thought we were safe then.

'We scored three goals and it could have been more. Calvin hit the bar early on and I was worried that it was going to be one of those days. Darlington didn't play well in the first half. We were getting in behind them too easily and created a lot of chances.'


Meanwhile Darlington manager Steve Staunton was far from happy with his side's first half performance, saying he'd have made more than three half time changes if he could have done:

"We didn`t turn up until the second half. The first half performance was diabolical. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

"I made three changes at half-time and if I was allowed more substitutes, I would have used them.'

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dink
Date:Sunday January 24 2010
Time: 1:27PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

Striker delighted to return

Striker Ryan Lowe was delighted to return for a third spell at Crewe Alexandra.

Striker becomes first signing

Crewe Alexandra have announced former striker Ryan Lowe as their first summer signing.

Striker set to sign

Crewe Alexandra are set to confirm the return of veteran striker Ryan Lowe.

Crewe likely to lose top scorer

Crewe Alexandra will have trouble holding onto leading goalscorer Brad Inman following relegation, concedes manager Steve Davis.

Archived Vital Crewe Articles

Vital Crewe articles from

Site Journalists

Coyne
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By: Vital Crewe
Yes40%
No60%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Wigan 46 24 15 7 87 37
P Burton 46 25 10 11 85 20
3 Walsall 46 24 12 10 84 22
4 Millwall 46 24 9 13 81 24
5 Bradford 46 23 11 12 80 15
6 Barnsley 46 22 8 16 74 16
7 Scunthorpe 46 21 11 14 74 13
8 Coventry 46 19 12 15 69 18
9 Gillingham 46 19 12 15 69 15
10 Rochdale 46 19 12 15 69 7
11 Sheff Utd 46 18 12 16 66 5
12 Port Vale 46 18 11 17 65 -2
13 Peterborough 46 19 6 21 63 9
14 Bury 46 16 12 18 60 -17
15 Southend 46 16 11 19 59 -6
16 Swindon 46 16 11 19 59 -7
17 Oldham 46 12 18 16 54 -14
18 Chesterfield 46 15 8 23 53 -12
19 Fleetwood 46 12 15 19 51 -4
20 Shrewsbury 46 13 11 22 50 -21
R Doncaster 46 11 13 22 46 -16
R Blackpool 46 12 10 24 46 -23
R Colchester 46 9 13 24 40 -42
R Crewe 46 7 13 26 34 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.xylo1