16/02/2019 3:00 pm
Referee: Graham Salisbury
|Oldham Athletic||Crewe Alexandra|
|de la Paz||Richards|
George Ray’s 93rd-minute leveller gave Crewe Alexandra a point on the road, continuing their unbeaten run to 7 games, against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park yesterday.
Manager David Artell named an unchanged line-up from Tuesday’s game at home to Carlisle United with Alex Nicholls leading a young team at Birmingham for Alex Morris’ Under-23s that drew 0-0 at St. Andrews.
In a game with few chances, the opening opportunity came in the 20th minute with Callum Ainley shooting over the bar from 20 yards out before the hosts took the lead 3 minutes later. Goalkeeper Daniel Iversen played a long ball with his pass finding Callum Lang who lobbed the ball over Ben Garratt, the Alex stopper coming out of his goal but only stranding himself in no-mans-land.
After an early second-half change that saw Tom Lowery replace Ainley, it was the diminutive midfielder’s energy that added something to the side. Our first chance after the break saw Charlie Kirk get involved and have a chance headed clear before Paul Green had a late effort disallowed for Chris Porter being in an offside position before the captain sent the away fans home happy. Lowery’s left-footed cross found Ray, now playing as an emergency forward, who stretched out a long leg to turn the ball goalwards and turning the ball in at the second attempt.
We have 2 home games coming up as we host Exeter City next Saturday before Northampton the following Saturday.
What have we learnt from this game?
It’s another game that we have shown resilience late in games, 6 goals have been scored in the 87th minute in the last 7 games alone I saw on Twitter earlier, and after a game with very few chances, only George would have got to the ball in the first place from Tom into the area.