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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Callum Ainley (40')
  • Chris Dagnall (45', 90'+4')
  • Jimmy Smith (61')
  • Jordan Robertson (85')

Chris Dagnall double helps Crewe down nine-man Crawley

A brace from Chris Dagnall and a Callum Ainley wonder goal helped Crewe to a much-needed 3-0 win against nine-man Crawley.
Ainley curled in a terrific effort from the edge of the area to open the scoring before Chris Dagnall flicked in a header just before the break to double their lead.
Crewe eased to only their second win in eight matches after Crawley skipper Jimmy Smith and Jordan Roberts were dismissed and Dagnall grabbed his second in stoppage-time.
Crewe spurned some chances and were lucky to not fall behind when Thomas Verheydt flicked Josh Payne's shot onto the crossbar.
Jordan Bowery sliced a far-post volley with the goal gaping, and when Perry Ng's deflected shot was scrambled out by goalkeeper Glenn Morris, Dagnall poked the rebound the wrong side of the post.
Morris was fortunate to escape with a yellow card after he caught Ainley, who was through on goal, as he seized on the keeper's mistake.
However, Ainley put the hosts ahead when he cut in from the left to find the top corner in the 40th minute.
Crewe doubled their lead when Dagnall beat Morris to George Cooper's free-kick to glance home just before the interval .
Crawley's hopes faded further when Smith was issued a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident in the 61st minute.
Substitute Moussa Sanoh struck the woodwork in a rare attack for the visitors but their misery continued when they went down to nine after Jordan Roberts picked up his second yellow card with five minutes left, before Dagnall added a third from close range.

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English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Accrington Stanley 46 +30 93
2 Luton Town 46 +48 88
3 Wycombe Wanderers 46 +19 84
4 Exeter City 46 +10 80
5 Notts County 46 +23 77
6 Coventry City 46 +17 75
7 Lincoln City 46 +16 75
8 Mansfield Town 46 +15 72
9 Swindon Town 46 +2 68
10 Carlisle United 46 +8 67
11 Newport County 46 -2 64
12 Cambridge United 46 -4 64
13 Colchester United 46 +1 62
14 Crawley Town 46 -8 59
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 -13 56
16 Stevenage 46 -5 55
17 Cheltenham Town 46 -6 51
18 Grimsby Town 46 -24 51
19 Yeovil Town 46 -16 48
20 Port Vale 46 -18 47
21 Forest Green Rovers 46 -23 47
22 Morecambe 46 -15 46
23 Barnet 46 -19 46
24 Chesterfield 46 -36 38