What the press made of the Boxing Day triumphThe Sentinel
A GOAL worthy of winning any game delivered the perfect Christmas present to the 564 Alex fans who braved the Oldham chill.
Down to 10 men for much of the second half Crewe defended for their lives in front of an inspired Ben Garratt but won it with a goal of outstanding quality from Ajose who lobbed Rachubka from well outside the box to hand the visitors three points.
TEN-MAN Crewe Alex made it back-to-back wins thanks to a magnificent late winner from Nicky Ajose on Friday.
Defender George Ray saw red for the second time this season with the score at 0-0, but loan striker Ajose gave the Railwaymen the lead from the penalty spot soon after.
Latics defender George Elokobi levelled with a header, but an incredible long-range chip over the keeper from Ajose snatched a second away win of the season for the visitors.
It was a long way from being among their most accomplished performances, but manager Steve Davis will be delighted with the result – and the resolve – of his side at Boundary Park.
AS OVERALL performances go, this was a marked improvement on what went before.
Unlike the games at Yeovil and MK Dons, Athletic imposed themselves on proceedings from start to finish, pressed hard to force mistakes and created the majority of scoring opportunities.
A goal was scored – George Elokobi's header ending a drought lasting over 350 minutes - and the contest was nearly won against 10-man Crewe.