Date: 8th September 2019 at 8:00am
Written by:
Grimsby Town
0 – 2
Crewe Alexandra

Blundell Park

League 2

7/09/2019 3:00 pm

Attendance: 4679

Referee: Antony Coggins

Grimsby Town Crewe Alexandra
Lowery, Kirk
McKeown Richards
Hewitt Ng
Waterfall Lancashire
Ohman Nolan
Hendrie 88 Pickering
Cook 72 Lowery
Hessenthaler Wintle
Whitehouse 69 Green
Green Powell
 
Hanson
 
Porter 82
Ogbu Kirk
 
90

Substitutes

Russell Booth
Gibson Jones
Robson 72 Ainley
Cardwell Hunt 90
Vernam 88 Anene 82
Wright 69 Dale
Pollock Adebisi

Game Statistics

6 Goal attempts 18
3 On Target 6
7 Corners 7
13 Fouls 9
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
38 % 62

Goals in the first and final minutes of the second half from Tom Lowery and Charlie Kirk were enough to keep Crewe Alexandra in the top 3 against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park yesterday afternoon.

Manager David Artell made 7 changes from Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat to Burton Albion with the line-up reverting to last Saturday’s league one against Bradford with one exception, with Dave Richards remaining in goal as Will Jaaskelainen was still away on international duty.

The first chance came in the 7th minute of the game with Kirk shooting wide from the corner of the area before the next effort coming 12 minutes later with Kirk setting up Ryan Wintle with the midfielder firing over. The hosts would win a penalty in the 27th minute with Daniel Powell fouling Elliott Whitehouse, James Hanson’s penalty saved by Richards who went to his right.

Into the second half and the opening goal came within a couple of minutes of the restart with Lowery blasting the ball into the top corner of James McKeown’s goal for his second in as many league games. There were more chances as Powell shot straight at McKeown before having an effort cleared off the line. Kirk did add the second that Crewe’s play deserved in stoppage-time on the counter-attack, rounding McKeown before finding the top corner.

We host Cambridge United next Saturday before travelling to Leyton Orient the following Tuesday night.

What can we learn from this game?

It’s another game where we’ve played really well and deservedly taken all 3 points from the game. The only chance that Grimsby had really was the penalty which was saved well by Richards (although he was well off his line when it was taken) and 2 well-taken efforts at the other end from Lowery and Kirk.

We finally get a mid-week off for the first time since the opening week so a good chance to recover a little ahead of 3 big games in a week with the Cambridge, Leyton Orient and Salford games coming in the next fortnight.