Crewe suffer heavy defeat
Sat 2nd Jan 3.00pm
Crewe Alexandra returned to the bottom of the table after a heavy 5-0 defeat to Coventry City at Gresty Road.
The visitors scored four times before the break, Adam Armstrong seizing upon Jon Guthrie's error to open their account after only eleven minutes.
Fellow loanee Jacob Murphy added a second before Armstrong converted a penalty when Marcus Haber was penalised inside the area.
Two-goal Armstrong notched his hat-trick just prior to the interval and Murphy struck a fifth shortly before the end.
Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray was subject to a touchline ban but soon witnessed Murphy releasing Armstrong for the opening goal.
The Railwaymen responded with both Haber and Ryan Lowe threatening - although that proved only a brief respite as their opponents scored twice in three minutes.
First Murphy found the far corner and fellow marksman Armstrong next finished from the spot when Romain Vincelot was tripped.
Armstrong then stole possession from James Jones to bring up his treble, and later stabbed Murphy's cross wide as another goal beckoned.
Coventry keeper Reice Charles-Cook at least had to be alert when Jones threatened a response, but it was Murphy completing the rout with five minutes remaining.
There was still enough time for David Fox to locate an upright at the other end, where veteran Lowe, Brad Inman and Ryan Colclough had earlier seen efforts.
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Turton, Ajayi, Nugent, Guthrie, Jones, King (Cooper 75), Fox, Haber (Inman 60), Lowe, Colclough
subs (unused): Atkinson, Richards, Bingham, Baillie, Ng
Coventry City: Charles-Cook, Ricketts, Phillips, Haynes, Stokes, Fleck (Bigirimana 61), Vincelot, Cole (Kent 71), Maddison (O'Brien 80), Murphy, Armstrong
subs (unused): Burge, Lameiras, Tudgay, Fortuné
Goals: Armstrong (11, pen 30, 45), Murphy (27, 85)
Ref: M. Haywood
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