Crewe stay third after impressive away win

Tom Lowery opened the scoring for the Railwaymen

Crewe Alexandra continued their excellent start to the season with a 2-0 victory at Grimsby Town.

Manager Dave Artell made just one change from the side that beat Bradford in the league the week before.

Goalkeeper Dave Richards replaced Will Jaaskelainen who was away on international duty with Finland.

And Richards was soon thrust into the spotlight after the home side were awarded a penalty after Daniel Powell had been penalised for a foul in the area.

But the Alex stopper guessed correctly and saved James Hanson's spot kick.

Crewe were quickly out of the traps in the second half and took the lead within a minute.

Tom Lowery forced his way into the area and fired home across the goalkeeper.

The Railwaymen then sealed victory when Charlie Kirk netted a second in the 90th minute.

Speaking to the clubs official website after the game manager Dave Artell said: “It was a professional performance from start to finish.

“Other than the penalty, I don’t think they had a shot on target on our goal, we’ve completely dominated the game.

“I don’t know what the possession stats were, but we’ve limited the highest scorers in the league to one penalty from a mistake from us – a blatant penalty.

“I thought we were terrific, it was a thoroughly professional showing but we needed a bit more belief in the final third in the first half. At half-time we said go on then show us what you’ve got and within a minute we hit the front.

“It’s just another win, just another three points. But it’s important that we perform like that, because we’re capable of it – I’m not asking them to do anything that they can’t do. I’m asking them to do what they should do.

“We think we’re in a good place at the minute and we’ve got to continue doing it. We’ve had a good August, and we’ve got to have a good September, October, November, December and so on.”

The result leaves Crewe in third place in the table.

The Alex are back in action on Saturday when they play host to Cambridge.



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