Match Report - Crewe Alexandra vs Wycombe Wanderers
Substitutes Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith gave Wycombe Wanderers 2 late goals as they came from behind at the Alexandra Stadium yesterday. Chris Porter`s early penalty as well as Harry McKirdy`s goal on debut to level the score late on were not enough to get any points as Crewe now sit 3 points from the relegation zone.
Crewe manager David Artell made 4 changes from last Saturday`s defeat at Carlisle with Ryan Wintle making his first appearance since September in central midfield, Charlie Kirk playing on the left whilst Porter and Lewis Reilly came in up front, the latter for his first league start. Out of the team went the departed George Cooper, the injured Chris Dagnall as well as Tom Lowery and Jordan Bowery who dropped down to the bench, where they were joined by new loan signings McKirdy and Daniel Barlaser, Dave Richards, Harry Pickering and the returning George Ray.
The opening chance of the game came in the 5th minute after Kirk was brought down inside the area by Wycombe centre-back Nathan McGinley with Porter beating keeper Scott Brown, despite the experienced no.1 going the right way. The away side`s first chance came a few minutes later as Dominic Gape hit an effort from outside the area on the half-volley over the bar. Their next chance came on 17 minutes as Paris Cowan-Hall skimming one past the post from the edge of the area.
Wycombe`s best chance of the opening period saw Luke O`Nien somehow miss the target from 6-yards from Cowan-Hall`s cross before Crewe right-back Eddie Nolan had 2 big chances, first a low shot that was saved by Brown before getting on the end of Paul Green`s cross moments later. With 10 minutes left of the first period, Adebayo Akinfenwa chested down a long-ball from Dan Scarr with the former`s effort missing the target.
The opening chance of the second half saw Scarr head a Joe Jacobson corner wide of the target before Cowan-Hall had another effort that flew wide. The front man equalised on the hour as a Jacobson free-kick was headed down by Akinfenwa for his strike-partner finishing from close-range. The visitors took the lead 10 minutes from time as McGinley`s cross was handled by Akinfenwa (which saw Artell sent to the stand after a long protest to the forth official then referee Martin Coy) with Tyson getting on the end of the goalmouth scramble.
It looked as if McKirdy had given the hosts a share of the points 3 minutes from time as Wintle`s long-range effort was saved by Brown with the Villa loanee the first to follow-up from the edge of the area before Mackail-Smith scored the winner in the third minute of stoppage time as a Brown free-kick was sliced by Michael Raynes with the forward turning the ball in past Ben Garratt.
Crewe travel to Swindon Town next Saturday in our next league game.
Crewe: Garratt; Nolan, Raynes ©, Walker, Bakayago; Ainley, Green, Wintle, Kirk (Barlaser 80); Reilly (McKirdy 67), Porter (Bowery 34)
Wycombe: Brown; Moore, McGinley, Scarr, Jacobson; Bean, Gape (Kashket 82), O`Nien, Bloomfield (c, Mackail-Smith 67), Cowan-Hall (Tyson 66)