Date: 5th April 2014 at 10:07pm
Written by: Vital Crewe

Substitute Brad Inman grabbed a late winner as Crewe Alexandra boosted their survival chances with a 2-1 victory at Crawley Town.

On loan Uche Ikpeazu had given them an early lead cancelled out by substitute Jamie Proctor midway through the second-half.

However, Inman then got himself on the end of Byron Moore’s 80th minute cross to plunder a late winner.

Moore had earlier been recalled along with youngster Liam Nolan after George Evans was left out and Inman moved to the bench.

Ben Garratt collected a Matt Sadler free-kick during the opening exchanges – and his side went in front a couple of minutes later when Mathias Pogba’s low drive was only parried by Paul Jones and Ikpeazu tapped in.

Billy Clarke tried to respond immediately but Garratt turned his effort over before then coming out to meet the threat of the same player.

Home skipper Mike Jones next found only the side-netting under challenge from Matt Tootle, while Garratt covered a slip from Adam Dugdale early in the second-half.

Chuks Aneke in turn drove directly at Jones after Pogba knocked back Moore’s cross before also having a header claimed by the keeper from Tootle’s corner.

Sergio Torres was wide as the hosts continued to search for an equaliser while Mike Jones forced Garratt across goal following a slip by Mark Ellis.

Crawley then went really close as Mark Connolly’s deflected shot struck the foot of an upright and substitute Proctor fired straight at Garratt.

However, they were finally rewarded when Proctor despatched an excellent 25-yard finish beyond Garratt and into the top corner.

Both Nolan and Tootle shot wide in reply, until Inman exchanged passes with Moore and beat the oncoming Jones to regain a lead the visitors crucially held onto.

Crawley Town: P. Jones, M. Connolly, Sadler, Simpson, McFadzean, Walsh, M. Jones (Monakana 58), Torres, Clarke (Proctor 58), Fallon (Kaikai 87), Dicker

subs (unused): Boateng, Maddison, Edwards, P. Connolly

Goals: Proctor (69)

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Tootle, Dugdale, Ellis, Guthrie, Grant, Nolan, Pogba (Inman 73), Ikpeazu (Oliver 66), Aneke (Ray 87), Moore

subs (unused): Mellor, Osman, Waters, Phillips,

Goals: Ikpeazu (18), Inman (80)

Ref: T. Kettle

Att: 3,024


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