Crewe fall to defeat after early goals
Tue 22nd Oct 7.45pm
Crewe Alexandra conceded three times during the opening twenty minutes on their way to a 3-0 home defeat to lowly Stevenage at Gresty Road.
Filipe Morais scored twice and Luke Freeman netted in between to hoist the visitors out of the relegation zone.
The Railwaymen were earlier forced into a late change when midfielder Ollie Turton was ruled out with a hip injury and replaced by Liam Nolan.
But a long ball forward on eleven minutes soon allowed Morais to run through and calmly beat goalkeeper Steve Phillips for the opening goal.
A couple of minutes later Francois Zoko had an initial effort blocked, only for Freeman's drilled shot to then be deflected in.
Even worse followed for the Alex as Mark Ellis' attempted clearance on twenty minutes dropped for Morais to double his tally for the evening.
Stevenage had begun the game in the bottom four but Greg Tansey went close to another and two-goal Morais also threatened at a free-kick.
Crewe were restricted to a blocked shot from Lee Molyneux, and it was the visitors once again going near when Zoko was narrowly wide following the break.
Goalkeeper Phillips next turned over from Michael Doughty before opposite number Chris Day finally gathered from Chuks Aneke.
Back at the other end, Phillips was again required to keep out James Dunne while substitute Vadaine Oliver headed a late reply wide from Luke Moore's cross.
Crewe Alexandra: Phillips, Mellor, Dugdale, Ellis, Tootle, Osman, Grant, Nolan (Oliver 66), Molyneux (Leitch-Smith 57), Aneke, Moore
subs (unused): Clayton, Ray, Guthrie, Garratt, Waters
Stevenage: Day, Tansey (Dunne 67), Hartley, Heslop (Wedgbury 85), Jones, Ashton, Morais (Parrett 76), Smith, Freeman, Zoko, Doughty
subs (unused): Arnold, Burrow, Tounkara, Andrade
Goals: Morais (11), Freeman (13, 20)
Ref: S. Martin
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