JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: N Miller | Attendance: 43842

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Crewe Alexandra

  • Luke Murphy 6'
  • Max Clayton 49'

2 - 0

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Crewe triumph in JPT

Crewe celebrate their victory at Wembley

Early goals in each half from Luke Murphy and Max Clayton were enough for Crewe to win the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and claim Wembley glory for the second successive season.

Steve Davis' men triumphed by the same scoreline in last term's League Two play off-final against Cheltenham and they overcame a Southend side who battled gamely for revenge having been Alex's semi-final victims 11 months ago.

A superb strike from Railwaymen captain Murphy opened the scoring after six minutes and the League One side threatened to run riot in a rampant opening quarter of an hour.

But Southend imposed their physicality to work a way into the contest and Tamika Mkandawire passed up a glorious headed opportunity to level matters before half-time.

Crewe gained breathing space courtesy of some slack Blues defending and Clayton's close-range finish in the 49th minute.

Bilel Mohsni claimed he was fouled by Murphy in the build up to the that goal and the enigmatic midfielder almost reduced the arrears shortly afterwards, but the Shrimpers were to to bridesmaids in this competition once more as in the 2004 and 2005 finals.

Both teams were boosted before kick-off by the return of their captains from injury.

Southend skipper Chris Barker came in at left-back following an Achilles complaint, while opposite number Murphy shook off a groin problem to resume in Crewe's midfield as one of five changes made by Davis.

Alex were quickly out of the blocks - a deft pass by Byron Moore finding England Under-19 striker Clayton in the area where Shrimpers goalkeeper Paul Smith was out well to save with his legs, but the opening goal would soon arrive in some style.

Moore's corner from the right was stroked low towards the edge of the area from the right and Harry Davis dummied the pass for Murphy to steer into the top corner despite Anthony Straker's presence on the goal-line.

Moments later the whole ground stood and applauded in a pre-planned tribute to the family of absent Crewe defender Adam Dugdale, whose newborn son sadly passed away at the end of the week.

Smith fumbled as Southend dealt uneasily with further set-piece pressure in the 13th minute before Phil Brown's men finally came into the game with three corners in quick succession, Mohsni heading off target from the latter.

Shrimpers fans celebrated what they thought was the award of a penalty before the half hour when Britt Assombalonga tangled with Railwaymen defender Mark Ellis. Referee Nigel Miller correctly signalled for a goal-kick.

The Blues were by now asking regular questions of Crewe and should have been level nine minute before the break, but Mkandawire sent a free header over from Barker's corner.

That momentum was spurned early in the second half as Southend gifted Crewe their second.

Ryan Creswell played the ball into midfield when Mohsni was slow to react and bundled aside by Murphy before Chuks Aneke and Moore combined to leave Clayton with a tap-in.

Mohsni immediately looked to make amends but his header from point-blank range was superbly diverted away from the goalmouth by Davis.

Brown brought on Ben Reeves and Barry Corr for Barker and Mohsni before the hour and Corr headed wide when his fellow substitute played in Gavin Tomlin to cross, while Clayton arched a shot beyond the top corner as Crewe refused to rest on their laurels.

In the 73rd minute, Corr saw his header from Reeves' corner hacked off the line by Matt Tootle after Kelvin Mellor deflected his initial strike behind.

Southend's efforts took their toll and Smith produced a magnificent reaction save to keep out a wickedly deflected drive from Ryan Colclough before fellow sub Ajay Leitch-Smith rattled the crossbar in stoppage time.

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Scoring Summary

  • Crewe Alexandra
  • Southend United
 

Match Stats

  • Crewe Alexandra
  • Southend United
18(12) Shots (on goal) 11(7)
2 Fouls 10
8 Corner kicks 12
2 Offsides 6
56% Time of Possession 44%
2 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
6 Saves 5

Teams

  • Crewe Alexandra
  • Southend United
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Abdul Osman (38')
Max Clayton (70')