Date: 18th April 2015 at 10:16pm
Written by: Vital Crewe

Crewe Alexandra conceded a late equaliser against Walsall to leave them still facing a couple of anxious weeks of the season.

Canadian striker Marcus Haber headed them into an early lead but Tom Bradshaw’s deflected 81st minute effort rescued the visitors a point.

On loan Nicky Ajose was denied by goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell early on before crossing for Haber to earn his side a vital thirteenth-minute advantage.

Midfielder Chris Atkinson had already been replaced by then after suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

But the Saddlers had chances to reply with Kieron Morris and Andy Taylor both wasting decent opportunities, until Bradshaw’s late strike spun agonisingly beyond goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.

Home midfielder Anthony Grant’s reply was then held by O’Donnell while substitute Jordan Cook saw another shot diverted wide at the other end.

The results leaves the Railwaymen a couple of points above the relegation places with just two games remaining, although their closest rivals still have games in hand.

Crewe Alexandra: Rachubka, Turton, Ray, Davis, Leigh, Jones, Grant, Atkinson (Nolan 10), Ajose, Haber (Colclough 75), Dalla Valle

subs (unused): Guthrie, Cooper, Saunders, Stewart, Ikpeazu

Goals: Haber (13)

Walsall: O’Donnell, Purkiss, O’Connor, Chambers, Taylor, Morris (Cook 65), Chambers, Sawyers (Mantom 73), Cain, Hiwula-Mayifuila, Bradshaw

subs (unused): Downing, MacGillivray, Grimes, Henry, Forde

Goals: Bradshaw (81)

Ref: S. Duncan

Att: 4,644


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