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Crewe   0 - 1   Stevenage

Crewe v Stevenage

Crewe 0-1 Stevenage

Scott Laird snatched all three points for Stevenage with a late winner against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road.

Boro keeper Chris Day was on fine form to deny Clayton Donaldson before the break as the Alex looked for the lead.

Crewe's Byron Moore then struck the post with a curling effort from inside the penalty area on the hour mark.

But Laird was at hand to make the hosts pay when he headed home Jon Ashton's flick-on three minutes from time to end the visitors' six-match winless run.


Crewe manager Dario Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke:
"I'd have settled for a 0-0 with five minutes to go.

"It was a cruel game for us. Sometimes you get those cruel games.

"It wasn't a great performance but I don't think we deserved to lose.

"It wasn't a Northampton performance and we didn't capitulate like we did at Rotherham."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"If you talk about coming and getting on top of the home environment, dominating the possession in the first half, and frustrating the crowd, this was a classic away performance and a very important three points.

"Our focus was on dominating possession of the ball, looking to build our chances. I thought we played well without particularly cutting them open in the first half.

"There were good passages of play from both sides. The pitch cut up but you are going to expect that at this time of the year."

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Npower League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crewe 0-1 Stevenage FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Laird 87

    Crewe

    • 13 Taylor
    • 02 Tootle
    • 05 Artell
    • 06 Ada
    • 15 Mitchell-King
    • 17 Shelley
    • 04 Westwood
    • 08 Murphy (Leitch-Smith 75)
    • 12 Bell
    • 07 Donaldson
    • 14 Moore

    Substitutes

    • 01 Phillips,
    • 03 Blanchett,
    • 23 Dugdale,
    • 11 Grant,
    • 21 Sarcevic,
    • 18 Leitch-Smith,
    • 25 Powell

    Stevenage

    • 16 Day
    • 02 Wilson
    • 03 Laird
    • 05 Ashton
    • 06 Foster yellow card
    • 14 Roberts
    • 25 Henry
    • 08 Long (Winn 62)
    • 18 Bridges
    • 10 Reid (Harrison 63)
    • 12 May (Sinclair 75)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Bayes,
    • 04 Charles,
    • 15 Daley,
    • 17 Winn,
    • 20 Beardsley,
    • 23 Sinclair,
    • 26 Harrison
    Ref: RushtonAtt: 3,793
    CREWE
    STEVENAGE

    Possession

    • Crewe 53%
    • Stevenage 47%

    Attempts on target

    • Crewe 4
    • Stevenage 3

    Attempts off target

    • Crewe 6
    • Stevenage 8

    Corners

    • Crewe 7
    • Stevenage 4

    Fouls

    • Crewe 4
    • Stevenage 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:57 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+3:27 The ball is delivered by Byron Moore.
    • 90:00+0:12 Corner taken by Ajay Leitch-Smith from the left by-line, clearance made by Mark Roberts.
    • 89:53 The ball is swung over by Byron Moore, Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:25 Lee Bell takes a short corner, save made by Chris Day.
    • 86:52 Assist on the goal came from Jon Ashton.
    • 86:52 GOAL - Scott LairdCrewe 0 - 1 Stevenage Scott Laird scores a headed goal from close range. Crewe 0-1 Stevenage.
    • 85:53 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn.
    • 81:20 Robert Sinclair produces a cross, Danny Shelley makes a clearance.
    • 80:29 Matt Tootle delivers the ball, save by Chris Day.
    • 79:21 Centre by Byron Moore, David Bridges makes a clearance.
    • 78:20 Foul by Ashley Westwood on Luke Foster, free kick awarded. Jon Ashton takes the free kick.
    • 77:25 The ball is sent over by Byron Moore, clearance by Ronnie Henry.
    • 76:25 Peter Winn produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
    • 74:18 Unfair challenge on David Artell by Ben May results in a free kick. David Artell takes the free kick.
    • 74:18 Substitution Robert Sinclair comes on in place of Ben May.
    • 74:18 Substitution Ajay Leitch-Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Murphy.
    • 73:34 Luke Foster takes a shot. Save by Rhys Taylor.
    • 73:20 Matt Tootle delivers the ball, clearance by Jon Ashton.
    • 73:01 Peter Winn crosses the ball, clearance by Matt Tootle.
    • 72:10 Peter Winn has an effort at goal from 35 yards and went wide left of the goal.
    • 70:58 The offside flag is raised against Peter Winn. Rhys Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 70:24 The ball is delivered by Scott Laird, Lee Bell makes a clearance.
    • 69:30 Effort from outside the area by Danny Shelley goes wide right of the goal.
    • 67:00 Clayton Donaldson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Day.
    • 66:51 Ashley Westwood crosses the ball.
    • 65:57 A cross is delivered by Scott Laird, save made by Rhys Taylor.
    • 64:24 A cross is delivered by Lawrie Wilson, clearance by Danny Shelley.
    • 63:22 Ben May has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
    • 61:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Roberts on Byron Moore. Lee Bell takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:56 Substitution Byron Harrison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Reid.
    • 61:56 Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Peter Winn coming on for Stacy Long.
    • 60:34 Byron Moore takes a shot.
    • 58:16 Handball decision goes against Jon Ashton. Free kick taken by Lee Bell.
    • 57:21 Byron Moore has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
    • 55:09 David Bridges challenges Lee Bell unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Artell takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:23 Craig Reid has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 50:04 Luke Murphy decides to take a short corner.
    • 49:43 David Artell takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
    • 49:07 Mark Roberts challenges Clayton Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Bell takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:12 Ben May takes a shot. Save made by Rhys Taylor.
    • 47:16 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Scott Laird from the right by-line, clearance by David Artell.
    • 46:55 Byron Moore takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
    • 45:12 Ben May gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Bell. Direct free kick taken by David Artell.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:25 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+0:44 Effort from deep inside the area by Danny Shelley misses to the right of the goal.
    • 45:00+0:20 Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.
    • 44:28 David Artell fouled by Ben May, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Bell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Murphy by Luke Foster. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Danny Shelley.
    • 43:07 Booking Luke Foster goes into the referee's book.
    • 42:34 Ronnie Henry crosses the ball, clearance by Mat Mitchel-King.
    • 42:18 Jon Ashton crosses the ball, clearance by David Artell.
    • 40:46 The assistant referee signals for offside against Clayton Donaldson. Chris Day takes the free kick.
    • 39:25 Corner taken by Stacy Long, free kick awarded for a foul by Ben May on Luke Murphy. Rhys Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:36 Clayton Donaldson challenges Luke Foster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
    • 38:15 The ball is crossed by Matt Tootle, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.
    • 37:08 Luke Murphy sends in a cross, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:07 Ronnie Henry delivers the ball, Ben May produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 32:51 Danny Shelley takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.
    • 31:05 The ball is delivered by Ronnie Henry, David Artell makes a clearance.
    • 26:56 Centre by Danny Shelley, Scott Laird manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:22 Luke Murphy decides to take a short corner, clearance made by Ben May.
    • 25:44 Ben May gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Bell. Lee Bell takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:11 Centre by Ashley Westwood.
    • 24:57 Luke Murphy decides to take the corner short.
    • 24:23 Luke Murphy decides to take a short corner, clearance made by Mark Roberts.
    • 24:17 Danny Shelley sends in a cross, clearance made by Jon Ashton.
    • 21:26 Danny Shelley takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 18:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Westwood by Lawrie Wilson. David Artell takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:21 Lee Bell fouled by David Bridges, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Artell.
    • Correction - 15:09 Stacy Long decides to take the corner short.
    • 15:09 Luke Murphy takes a short corner, clearance made by Jon Ashton.
    • 13:40 A cross is delivered by Ronnie Henry, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Ben May goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 12:51 The ball is crossed by Lawrie Wilson, Mat Mitchel-King makes a clearance.
    • 5:55 Effort on goal by Craig Reid from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 5:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Reid by Patrick Ada. Stacy Long takes the free kick.
    • 4:07 Craig Reid delivers the ball, Patrick Ada manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Bell on Craig Reid. Free kick taken by David Bridges.
    • 2:13 Shot from just outside the area by David Bridges goes over the bar.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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    Npower League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 19 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chesterfield 31 24 59
    2 Shrewsbury 31 19 51
    3 Rotherham 31 15 50
    4 Wycombe 30 7 50
    5 Bury 30 17 48
    6 Port Vale 30 8 48
    7 Gillingham 32 6 47
    8 Oxford Utd 32 4 47
    9 Torquay 29 11 43
    10 Southend 30 4 43
    11 Crewe 30 11 42
    12 Cheltenham 31 -4 40
    13 Stevenage 30 6 39
    14 Northampton 30 -3 38
    15 Lincoln City 30 -14 38
    16 Aldershot 31 -7 37
    17 Accrington 28 -3 36
    18 Morecambe 31 -10 34
    19 Bradford 30 -11 34
    20 Hereford 29 -9 33
    21 Macclesfield 28 -10 32
    22 Burton Albion 25 -1 29
    23 Stockport 32 -39 28
    24 Barnet 31 -21 27


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