Crewe hit Crawley for six

Jordan Bowery on target as Crewe hit Crawley for six

Crewe Alexandra scored five goals in an eleven minute spell either side of half time as they romped to a 6-1 win over Crawley.

Manager Dave Artell had made four changes to his side going into the game.

Jordan Bowery, Charlie Kirk, Ollie Finney and Nicky Hunt coming into the side for Shaun Miller, Callum Ainley, James Jones and the suspended George Ray.

The Alex fell behind early on with Ollie Palmer opening the scoring with a penalty on 13 minutes.

Jordan Bowery equalised on 36 minutes, which then sparked a remarkable goal spree.

The Alex were in front two minutes later thanks to an own goal from Tom Dallison. Chris Porter made it three on 42 minutes and a minute later Paul Green capitalised on some poor defending to make it four.

Two minutes after the restart Charlie Kirk added a fifth before substitute Owen Dale completed the scoring with a deflected strike seven minutes from time.

Speaking after the match manager Dave Artell told the club's official website: "Maybe the four goals in seven minutes masked a sluggish and sub-standard first half but goals change games. It was the reverse of what happened down there and the things that were going wide or were being saved went in. 

"Crawley had a sticky seven minutes and we took full advantage and we didn't let them off the hook. I am not surprised that we have scored six because we have threatened to do that on a few occasions. We could have scored six at Cambridge on Tuesday, away at Crawley and away at Yeovil for example. I know people will say he can say that after we have but it is the truth.

"The pleasing thing was that we were ruthless and clinical today and we kept going looking for more. The irony is for me is that the two best players on the pitch didn't score for me today. Wintle and Finney were the best two players on the pitch. Ollie was terrific in his second full game at first team level and Wintle was in the right place all game. We are beginning to call him Direct Line because he is our insurance policy. He has a very bright future in the game that lad and he has been our best player over the last two months.

"Ollie has had to fight and we had to wait for his development. He wasn't ready at 17, 18 but we have waited for him and he has to keep going to have a career in the game. He has been consistent for the Under-23's and has scored 11 goals and he deserved his chance."

The Alex are up to 14th in the table, just eight points off the play-off places.

Crewe are back in action on Saturday when they make the trip to Mansfield.


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