Date: 2nd January 2020 at 8:00am
Written by:
Crewe Alexandra
4 – 1
Carlisle United

Alexandra Stadium

League 2

1/01/2020 3:00 pm

Attendance: 4316

Referee: John Busby

Crewe Alexandra Carlisle United
Ainley, Powell (2), Anene Iredale
Jaaskelainen Collin
Ng G. Jones
Wintle Hayden
Hunt Webster
Adebisi Iredale
Ainley 79 McKirdy
Green M. Jones
Lowery Sagaf
Powell Thomas
Anene Hope 46
Kirk 59 Loft


Richards Gray
Jones Mellish
Finney 79 Charters 74
59 Bridge 46
Sass-Davies Olomola 65
Johnson Birch
Mbulu Lightfoot

Game Statistics

14 Goal attempts 14
8 On Target 4
4 Corners 10
4 Fouls 12
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
53 % 48

Four first-half goals in 20 minutes saw Crewe Alexandra blow away Carlisle United at the Alexandra Stadium yesterday with Daniel Powell scoring another brace which added to Callum Ainley’s opener and Chuma Anene’s strike from distance.

Manager David Artell made one change from Sunday’s 3-1 home win against Scunthorpe United with Rio Adebisi replacing the injured Harry Pickering at left-back for his first start in the Football League with Billy Sass-Davies taking his place on the bench. Former Alex loanee Harry McKirdy would start for the visitors.

The Alex would open the scoring on 17 minutes with Paul Green’s cross turned in by Ainley inside the 6-yard box with his head before Powell would double the scoring 9 minutes after another great move, nutmegging goalkeeper Adam Collin in the process.

Powell would get his second and the Alex’s third on 31 after Ryan Wintle’s long-ball was not dealt with by the Cumbrians defence with the Alex winger beating Collin at the near post before the game was wrapped up with Anene would get his 8th of the season with a curling left-footed effort from 25 yards 10 minutes before the break.

Carlisle would get one back through left-back Jack Iredale from distance with the rest of the half dominated by the visitors

Our next two games see us host Barnsley in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon before a trip to Swindon a week on Saturday.

What can we learn from this game?

Looking back at the first-half first, the flowing football that we were playing was some of the best that we’ve seen in a while (maybe even going back 20 years to the days of Rodney Jack, Dean Ashton, Rob Hulse etc.) with each player in the team knowing exactly what the others were going to do 2 or 3 passes ahead of them receiving the ball.

Onto the second period and it was, for me, the team more looking towards the Barnsley game with the substitution of Kirk but it was a case of keeping Carlisle at bay as best as we could.