24/04/2021 3:00 pm
Referee: Andy Haines
Late goals from Charlie Kirk and Matty Done saw Crewe Alexandra and Rochdale share the points at the Alexandra Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Manager David Artell made three changes from Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Fleetwood Town with Donervon Daniels returning to the defence, Antony Evans came into the midfield with Kirk starting in the front 3. Going out of the team were the injured defensive duo of Luke Offord and Nathan Wood as well as Owen Dale, who dropped down to the bench where he was joined by Omar Beckles, back from his 1-match suspension.
The opening chance of the game came in the 6th minute with Morley’s corner headed goalwards by Rathbone which was deflected wide before Mika Mandron had the first Alex chance 6 minutes later, heading a Tom Lowery cross wide of the goal. Kirk would be the next one to test either keeper, having an effort saved by Lynch before Ryan Wintle would replace Luke Murphy on the half-hour for the Alex.
With 20 minutes to go, Evans tested Lynch from range with the goalkeeper making a great save before the opening goal came in the final minute of normal time as a penalty was given for a foul on Kirk with the wideman taking the penalty himself, scoring it at the second attempt. Dale would get the equaliser 7 minutes into stoppage-time with substitute Shaughnessy playing the ball through and Done beating Lancashire to the ball to roll past Will Jaaskelainen.
The next games for the Alex see us travel to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday before playing the final away game of the season at Bristol Rovers next Saturday.
What can we take out of this game?
Well, it was a really poor game until the final few minutes where it really kicked into life. It was a surprise to see Kirk take the penalty (seeing as it’s usually Porter or Mandron who take them) although that might have been that he took the ball off Mandron to take it.