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MATCH REPORT: Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Swindon Town

Late goals prove Robins downfall once again as Alex come from behind to earn victory…

29 April 2023

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Swindon Town

Late goals prove Robins downfall once again as Alex come from behind to earn victory…

29 April 2023

Swindon Town were left to lick their wounds again after conceding two late goals as Crewe netted twice late on in the space of four minutes to condemn The Robins to defeat at the Mornflake Stadium.

Despite a rather scrappy first half, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s goal a minute before half-time gave Jody Morris’ charges the advantage at the break, but Crewe responded well in the second and were rewarded for their persistence, subsequently earning them a thirteenth victory of the season and pushing them up to sixteenth in the table.

Following their midweek defeat to Stevenage, Town boss Morris made two changes to his side to face Alex, with Harrison Minturn given a starting berth in place of the injured Tom Brewitt who limped off in the Boro game, while Tyrese Shade made way for Jacob Wakeling.

Luke Jephcott was preferred in place of Charlie Austin who was named among the substitutes, while academy pair Abu Kanu and Jaxon Brown were also included on the bench.

The game kicked off with chances for both sides within the first two minutes with George McEachran denied by Alex keeper Tom Booth with a shot from just outside the box, and Chris Long hitting one from distance at the other, but his effort sailed well wide of the left post and wasn’t troubling Sol Brynn.

On eight minutes the home side went close as Joel Tabiner sent a dangerous corner into the box from the right which was met by captain Rod McDonald, but he couldn’t keep his effort down and it flew over the bar.

Five minutes later there were calls for handball ringing around the Mornflake Stadium as Brynn rushed out of his area to clear a hopeful long ball over the top which Courtney Baker-Richardson appeared to get a toe on in a bid to lift it into the net, but it struck his midriff and play continued.

Then the games best chance on 14-minutes and it fell to Swindon.

Jake Cain stepped up to take a free-kick from the edge of the Crewe area only to see his curling shot clear the wall and rebound back off the underside of the bar with Booth rooted to the spot, before Jacob Wakeling did exactly the same from the rebound, and the hosts could breathe a huge sigh of relief as the danger was eventually cleared.

The game was lacking intensity with nothing really to report for the 15-minutes that followed.

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Crewe were forced into an unplanned sub on 25-minutes as Luke Offord was brought on to replace the injured Charlie Finney, before Chris Long looked to catch Brynn off guard with a long ranger and Connor O’Riordan headed straight into the Town stoppers arms from a free-kick on 32-minutes.

Town were seeing a fair bit of the ball but with no real cutting edge, although Rushian Hepburn-Murphy did his best to break the deadlock on 41-minutes with a shot on his unfavoured left foot from the edge of the box, but Tom Booth did well to dive low and push it to safety.

But the Town attacker wasn’t to be denied just three minutes later as he opened the scoring, driving forward unopposed before unleashing a powerful drive at goal which took a deflection, lifting it over the outstretched Booth and into the back of the net.

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The perfect time to score for Town as they headed into the break a goal to the good.

It was the visitors who started the second period the brighter of the two looking to level the scores early on, as Courtney Baker-Richardson was presented with a great chance on 51-minutes with Chris Long pulling the ball back across goal from the byline, but the Alex striker scuffed his effort on the turn allowing Brynn to scoop up with ease.

Moments later, Long stung the palms of the Town stopper with a venomous left footed strike from the edge of the area as Swindon struggled to get a foothold back in the tie.

With Crewe in the ascendency, Jody Morris looked to switch things up on 57-minutes as he took off goal scorer Hepburn-Murphy and replaced him with Tyrese Shade, and the sub almost contributed to a second Swindon goal within seconds of coming on.

He combined well in the Alex area with Luke Jephcott to backheel the ball back into the strikers path, but with just Booth to beat, his tame strike enabled the Crewe keeper to get down and parry his effort.

Town were growing in confidence and regaining control of the tie, and Tyrese Shade was at the heart of everything.

He could even of added his name to the scoresheet on 66-minutes as he weaved his way across the edge of the Alex area before thundering one at goal, only for Booth to get down well again to push the effort away.

Chances were at a premium in the ten minutes that followed, with both sides making changes in a bid to score that all-important goal to either extend their lead or get back in the tie.

But on 82-minutes the game changed in four mad minutes, as a short period of pressure paid off for the hosts.

Substitute Lachlan Brook created space outside the area to drill one low at goal that was simply too powerful for Sol Brynn to hold, and Conor Thomas was on hand to tap home.

And further late drama was to haunt Swindon once again as Crewe netted their second, and what proved to be the winner on 86-minutes, as Joel Tabiner acrobatically flicked Callum Ainley’s left wing cross past the outstretched arm of Brynn and into the back of the net.

Lee Bell’s side saw the game out limiting Swindon to any opportunities at the other end, claiming a valuable three points and condemning Town to a second straight defeat in the space of four days.

MATCH INFO:

Crewe Alexandra Line-up: 4-3-3

23. Tom Booth (GK) – 24. Charlie Finney (6. Luke Offord 25mins), 15. Connor O’Riordan (4. Zac Williams 70mins), 5. Rod McDonald ©, 2. Kelvin Mellor, 25. Joel Tabiner, 18. Ryan Finnigan (17. Lachlan Brook 80mins), 8. Conor Thomas, 9. Courtney Baker-Richardson (10. Callum Ainley 70mins), 11. Daniel Agyei, 7. Chris Long (20. Elliott Nevitt 80mins).

Subs not used: 1. Dave Richards (GK) – 12. Regan Griffiths.

Scorers: Thomas 82, Tabiner 86

Yellow Cards: 15. O’Riordan 41mins, 7. Long 70mins

Red Cards: None

Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 22. Marcel Lavinier, 4. Tom Clayton, 31. Harrison Minturn, 2. Remeao Hutton, 16. Jake Cain (21. Dylan Kadji 81mins), 23. Saidou Khan ©, 5. George McEachran (10. Ronan Darcy 71mins), 24. Jacob Wakeling, 19. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (28. Tyrese Shade 57mins), 15. Luke Jephcott (11. Charlie Austin 81mins).

Subs not used: 25. Conor Brann (GK) – 42. Jaxon Brown, 38. Abu Kanu.

Scorers: Hepburn-Murphy 44

Yellow Cards: 31. Minturn 65mins.

Red Cards: None

HT: 0-1

Referee: Ruebyn Ricardo

Assistant Referees: Paul Stonier & Jake Topp

Fourth Official: Robert Lewis

Attendance: 4,694 (425 Town fans)


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