14/08/2018 7:45 pm
Referee: Trevor Kettle
|Crewe Alexandra||Fleetwood Town|
Crewe Alexandra crash out of the Carabao Cup at the first round stage for the second-straight season to League 1 opposition as Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town won a penalty shoot-out 4-3 at the Alexandra Stadium last night after the 90 minutes finished 1-1.
Manager David Artell made one change from Saturday’s defeat at Newport County with midfielder Paul Green missing out and Callum Ainley coming into the starting 11 with James Jones, captain on the night, moving into the central-midfield whilst Josh Lundstram was promoted to the bench as a result.
Fleetwood could have opened the scoring on 24 minutes but Conor McAleny hit the post with his effort from a tight angle with Town skipper Paddy Madden putting the rebound over but it was the Alex who took the lead as the Fleetwood defence switched off from a corner allowing Jones to play it short to Kirk with the wide-man’s cross attacked by 2 Town defenders who clashed in the air with Wintle turning in from about 8 yards out. Half-time substitute Holt levelled the score-line 8 minutes after the break with a nice low-curling effort from just outside the box.
With the new rules brought in for this season, the game went straight to penalties which saw Jones (1st) and Perry Ng (5th) miss for the Alex with Alex Nicholls, Lewis Reilly and Harry Pickering score the 2nd, 3rd and 4th penalties respectively with Dave Richards going the right-way for all of the penalties bar the first, saving the 4th from substitute Biggins.
We have 2 more games at the Alexandra Stadium this week with a league game against MK Dons on Saturday, as well as the opening U23 Professional Development game between the Alex and Charlton which takes place this afternoon (1pm kick-off).