Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

Early goal sinks Crewe

MK Dons
1 - 0
Crewe Alexandra

Stadium MK

Sat 29th Sep 3pm

Attendance: 11,037

Referee:

An early goal from striker Charlie MacDonald consigned Crewe Alexandra to a first defeat in six games at MK Dons.

The 31-year-old converted a low cross from Luke Chadwick to earn the hosts an eighth-minute lead but their opponents went on to miss enough chances to level. AJ Leitch-Smith went closest when hitting the base of an upright early in the second-half.

New signing Andy Bond was included by the visitors after arriving on loan from Colchester United and winger Byron Moore returned to their starting line-up. Mathias Pogba was named on the bench following more than a month out with a knee injury.

But it was the Dons making their early pressure count with MacDonald getting on the end of Chadwick's cross and steering past Alan Martin to open the scoring.

The Alex were having to defend well to keep out confident hosts clearly boosted by their early success, although Max Clayton helped Gregor Robertson's cross wide in reply. But it needed Martin to turn aside from Dean Bowditch before the break and MacDonald was also soon wide from another opportunity.

Following the restart Clayton had an effort deflected wide for the visitors after good work from Leitch-Smith, who soon collected a pass from Luke Murphy and stabbed onto a post.

Crewe defender Mark Ellis next headed Robertson's cross wide and Murphy was similarly wayward before Leitch-Smith tricked his way through and was denied by another deflection. He then should have done better after seizing upon a careless backpass - until being replaced by Pogba with less than half-an hour remaining.

However, Dons replacement Daniel Powell nearly set up MacDonald for his second of the afternoon before the visitors withdrew Clayton with a slight thigh problem in favour of Ryan Colclough.

Another Dons substitute Scott Allan twice went close after first being thwarted by Martin and then clearing the crossbar. The Scot also later kept out both Ray Lewington and Adam Chicksen while Pogba couldn't take advantage of Moore's cross at the other end.

MK Dons: Martin, Lewington, Williams, Chicksen, Kay, Gleeson, Potter, O'Shea (Powell 61), Chadwick (Allan 71), Bowditch, MacDonald (Lowe 83)

subs (unused): McLoughlin, Otsemobor, Doumbe, Smith

Goals: MacDonald (8)

Crewe Alexandra: Martin, Mellor, Davis, Ellis, Robertson, Tootle (Turton 80), Bond, Murphy, Moore, M. Clayton (Colclough 68), Leitch-Smith (Pogba 62)

subs (unused): Garratt, Guthrie, Ray, Daniels

Ref: Adcock

Att: 11,037

LATEST ON THE VITAL CREWE FORUMS ...

Join The Vital Debate


Writer:Vital Crewe
Date:Saturday September 29 2012
Time: 6:56PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Nicky Crompton
Editor email
Profile
Ross Menhennet
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By: Vital Crewe
Yes37%
No63%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 10 7 1 2 22 6
2 Luton 10 5 2 3 17 8
3 Doncaster 10 5 2 3 17 7
4 Portsmouth 10 5 2 3 17 7
5 Notts County 10 5 2 3 17 3
6 Grimsby 10 5 1 4 16 3
7 Carlisle 10 3 7 0 16 3
8 Crewe 10 4 4 2 16 0
9 Morecambe 10 5 1 4 16 -2
10 Colchester 10 4 3 3 15 2
11 Accrington 10 4 3 3 15 1
12 Crawley 10 4 3 3 15 -1
13 Blackpool 10 3 4 3 13 4
14 Mansfield 10 3 4 3 13 -1
15 Hartlepool 10 2 6 2 12 -4
16 Leyton Orient 10 3 2 5 11 -2
17 Barnet 9 2 5 2 11 -2
18 Stevenage 10 3 2 5 11 -3
19 Wycombe 10 3 2 5 11 -3
20 Yeovil 10 3 1 6 10 -5
21 Cambridge 10 2 3 5 9 -6
22 Exeter 10 3 0 7 9 -7
23 Cheltenham 10 1 5 4 8 -3
24 Newport 9 1 3 5 6 -5
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 8 2016 3:00PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.DerekS2
2.Nicky Crompton1