Date: 2nd November 2013 at 10:09pm
Written by: Vital Crewe

Goalkeeper Alan Martin kept a clean-sheet on his return as Crewe Alexandra fought out a scoreless draw with Bradford City at Gresty Road.

Manager Steve Davis earlier made a number of changes, including a debut for newcomer George Evans following his arrival from Manchester City in the week.

Max Clayton tried an early effort for the hosts while James Hanson headed at Martin in reply. Adam Dugdale also covered the threat of Nakhi Wells inside the area.

Newcomer Evans then forced goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin into action at the expense of a corner while Chuks Aneke couldn’t find enough from distance to pose a similar threat.

However, Wells served a warning when dragging a chance wide following good work by Nathan Doyle before Hanson lifted over the crossbar.

The recalled Martin was required to deny Hanson on a couple of occasions into the second-half, while Clayton struck at the keeper at the other end.

Bradford keeper McLaughlin was similarly tested from a Harry Davis free-kick before substitute Brad Inman curled wide after Kyel Reid missed from distance for the visitors. Wells also had a chipped effort comfortably taken by Martin.

Crewe then had a late opportunity when a misdirected clearance fell for Byron Moore to volley straight at the keeper as the scoreline remained unchanged.

Crewe Alexandra: Martin, Mellor, Davis, Dugdale, Guthrie, Grant, Evans, Aneke, Clayton (Inman 75), Oliver (Osman 88), Moore

subs (unused): Ellis, Ray, Molyneux, Leitch-Smith, Garratt

Bradford City: McLaughlin, Darby, Meredith, Jones, Bates, McArdle, De Vita (Thompson 71), Doyle, Wells (Folan 90), Hanson, Reid (Yeates 87)

subs (unused): Kennedy, Ripley, Taylor, McHugh

Ref: J. Simpson

Att: 5,428

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