21/12/2019 3:00 pm
Referee: Charles Breakspear
|Cuthbert||Anene (2), Finney, Powell, og|
Chuma Anene added another 2 goals to his tally (which takes him to 7 for the season, and 5 in the last 3 games) as Crewe Alexandra thrashed Stevenage at Broadhall Way yesterday afternoon. His double was added to by Ollie Finney, Daniel Powell and an own goal from Scott Cuthbert before the defender would score at the right end to spoil Will Jaaskelainen’s clean-sheet.
Manager David Artell named an unchanged team from last Saturday’s home draw with Mansfield Town with former Alex defender Ben Nugent named in the hosts’ starting 11 alongside former trialist Paul Taylor.
After Boro keeper Paul Farman had denied Charlie Kirk early on, it was the Alex winger who produced the key moments of the first period, firstly setting up Anene to score from close range on 28 minutes before his cross was headed in by Finney 3 minutes later.
Into the second half and it was more of the same, a brilliant move that started in the Alex defensive third saw Perry Ng’s first-time ball putting Powell through with his effort fired underneath Farman before Anene would hit the bar with a header from a corner. He would get his second on 64 minutes following a quick throw-in to Harry Pickering with his cross heading home by Anene.
The fifth came with 21 minutes to play as Pickering’s cross was turned into his own net by Cuthbert before the big defender scored at the right end, heading home from a corner that was taken short.
Our next two games see a trip to Salford City on Boxing Day before the first of three straight home games against Scunthorpe United next Sunday.
What can we learn from this game?
Not a lot to add to this as they were a poor outfit but Westley taking over tomorrow ahead of the festive period will probably see them add a little physicality to their game that we’ll see again in March when they visit the Alexandra Stadium, whether that will be enough to keep them in the Football League on merit (rather than Macclesfield’s off-pitch problems) remains to be seen.