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Crewe up to third after thumping Morecambe for five

Oli Finney on target with a brace on his first league start of the season

After three league games without a win, Crewe Alex bounced back to winning ways with a 5-0 victory over Morecambe.

Manager Dave Artell made one change bringing in Oli Finney for his first league start of the season to replace Paul Green who dropped to the bench.

And it was an inspired change by the boss, as Finney opened the scoring on 21 minutes.

Tow Lowery added a second just after the half hour mark.

The visitors were then reduced to ten men when Sam Lavelle was sent off for a late challenge on Harry Pickering.

Charlie Kirk then added a third on 38 minutes.

Ryan Wintle made it four just before the hour mark before Finney netted his second of the game and Crewe's fifth in the 90th minute.

The result lifted the Alex up to third in the table.

 Boss Dave Artell said: “I enjoyed our performance today and we could have score more than the five we did. I honestly don’t think the sending off made much of a difference, I really don’t. I think we were fairly comfortable before the red card. They might use it as an excuse, but that is up to them.

“I thought we were terrific and played some terrific football but one win doesn’t mean we have cracked it again, like one or two defeats didn’t mean we had fallen away. I am pleased with the way we approached the game, the five goals we scored and the chances we created. Yes, we could have been more ruthless and scored more than we did but I will settle for five.

“We hit the woodwork, had chances off the line and Finney missed a sitter in the first half.

“I think 5-0 flattered them and it was the perfect way for us to bounce back. We had to get back on the horse and we did.

“Oli (Finney) was terrific. He has had to be patient, very patient and I’ve told him that. He has kept going, never sulked and he has kept scoring goals for the under-23s. He has to wait for his chances and he gets goals.

“He isn’t the finished article, far from it. There is work to do with him but he has come into the team and scored two goals and he was terrific. He has to remain professional, keep going and keep doing what he is doing.

“We are not doing too badly. We have made a good start and that is all it is. You don’t win anything in November. We have to stay up there and you do that by picking up results.”

Crewe are back in action on Tuesday night when they make the trip to second place Forest Green.

 

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