January 5, 2013
Win over Railwaymen gets Boro back on track
Second-half goals from Lucas Akins and Marcus Haber saw Stevenage return to winning ways with a 2-1 victory and inflict Crewe's first home league defeat since October.
Chuks Aneke fired Alex ahead but two goals in five second-half minutes from the visitors ended their three-game losing streak.
Chances were at a premium as Luke Murphy drilled over for Crewe while Boro defender Mark Roberts almost turned a Mathias Pogba cross into his own net.
At the other end, Mark Ellis fluffed a headed backpass but goalkeeper Steve Phillips raced from his line to beat Haber to the ball.
Crewe took the lead after 33 minutes when Pogba cut the ball back for Aneke to find the net with a first-time shot.
Akins curled over before Greg Tansey went close with a free-kick as the visitors looked for a leveller.
Boro keeper Steve Arnold kept his side in it with an acrobatic stop to tip over when David Gray's defensive header from Byron Moore's cross almost found its way into the net.
Shortly after the break, Akins turned home a loose ball from six yards out to level and the turnaround was complete after an hour when Haber brushed off Harry Davis and dispatched a low finish under Phillips.
Haber almost extended the lead when he met an Akins cross at the far post while Alex substitute Ryan Colclough headed wide when he had a great chance to earn his side a point at the death.
|1 Steve Phillips||1 Steven Arnold|
|5 Mark Ellis||22 Miguel Comminges|
|2 Matt Tootle||14 Mark Roberts|
|3 Harry Davis||4 Darius Charles|
|19 Abdul Osman||2 David Gray|
|8 Luke Murphy||7 Anthony Grant|
|14 Kelvin Mellor||10 Filipe Morais|
|26 Chuks Aneke||6 Greg Tansey|
|11 Byron Moore||8 James Dunne|
|30 Lauri Dalla Valle||11 Lucas Akins|
|9 Mathias Pogba||9 Marcus Haber|
|13 Alan Martin||Chris Day 16|
|15 Gregor Robertson||Lee Hills 3|
|6 Adam Dugdale||Bondz Ngala 29|
|31 Bradden Inman||Robin Shroot 32|
|27 Ryan Colclough||Luke Freeman 15|
|10 Ajay Leitch-Smith||Steve Leo Beleck 28|
|7 Max Clayton||Sam Hoskins 30|
|Max Clayton for Lauri Dalla Valle (75)||Steve Leo Beleck for Filipe Morais (61)|
|Bradden Inman for Chuks Aneke (75)||Bondz Ngala for David Gray (77)|
|Ryan Colclough for Mathias Pogba (90)||Luke Freeman for Marcus Haber (90)|
|Filipe Morais (29)|
|David Gray (32)|
|James Dunne (90)|
|· Squads: Crewe Alexandra | Stevenage|