Alex suffer a harsh defeat at Gresty Road
Bournemouth replaced Doncaster at the top of the npower League One table thanks to a Brett Pitman brace against Crewe.
The Cherries took advantage of Rovers' goalless draw against MK Dons by defeating Crewe 2-1 at the Alexandra Stadium.
Pitman scored a 59th-minute penalty and then sealed the win six minutes from time following Mathias Pogba's equaliser.
BRETT PITMAN beat Crewe’s defence for the fifth time in a MONTH to send Bournemouth top.
Pitman hit a hat-trick against them in January, with two from dubious penalties.
His opener last night also came from a soft spot-kick after left-back Matt Ritchie fell under a challenge by Mathias Pogba.
Crewe boss Steve Davis said: “We feel robbed but I don’t want to say too much because I’ve said enough to the ref.” Justice seemed to have been done when Pogba headed in an 80th-minute equaliser.
But, six minutes from time, Pitman volleyed in his ninth goal in 12 games.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “My first view of the penalty was that it wasn’t one, but the players said it was.
“We weren’t at our best but it was a dogged, determined performance.”
BRETT Pitman scored his fourth and fifth goals against Crewe in 17 days as new League One leaders Bournemouth scraped a win at Gresty Road.
Pitman had bagged a hat-trick involving two controversially-awarded penalties when the Cherries won the reverse fixture 3-1 just last month.
Crewe Alexandra are forced to defend in numbers as Bournemouth launch an attack.
And he was at it again last night, opening the scoring in a tight game from the spot in the 59th minute after Matt Ritchie had gone tumbling under the close watch of Kelvin Mellor and Mathias Pogba.
Pogba levelled 11 minutes from time with a bullet header from close range, but Pitman struck a winner in the 84th minute when he cracked an effort into the bottom corner.
BOURNEMOUTH completed the double over Crewe Alex in controversial fashion on Tuesday night.
Referee Richard Clark awarded the visitors a highly dubious penalty to set them on their way at Gresty Road.
And although Mathias Pogba levelled with a header, Brett Pitman got his second of the night to send the Cherries to the top of League One.
THE wry smile said it all, the one-liner spoke volumes.
As Eddie Howe prepared to conduct his post-match press conference, he knew full well Cherries had pulled off a smash and grab at Gresty Road tonight.
Having played second fiddle to the Railwaymen for much of the contest, particularly during the first half, Cherries looked destined to leave south Cheshire with a share of the spoils.
And for the majority of the locals, aggrieved with referee Richard Clark for awarding Cherries a contentious penalty, a solitary point was more than they would have deserved.
As it was, Brett Pitman showed the natives no mercy when he squeezed home the spot-kick to give Cherries a 59th-minute lead.
However, once Mathias Pogba had restored parity with a thumping close-range header 11 minutes from time, justice appear-ed to have been done.
Step forward Pitman again though.
His stunning volley, which had been worth the entrance fee alone, not only earned Cherries victory but also took them to the League One summit – from 21st to top spot in just four months.