What the press made of the victory over Posh in gale force conditionsThe Sentinel
VICTORY over second-placed Peterborough United made it a hat-trick of wins for the Alex as they moved off the bottom of the table.
The game hinged on a 60 second spell in the first half which saw the Alex awarded a penalty and Posh reduced to 10 men.
Marcus Haber cooly slotted home the spot kick and as the Alex held on for back-to-back clean sheets meaning they were only in the relegation zone on goal difference.
Crewe showed plenty of spirit and desire to hang on, with Anthony Grant’s tenacious display typifying what the Alex were all about in dreadful conditions at Gresty Road.
CREWE Alex made it three league wins on the spin since March 2012 with a narrow success over promotion-cashing Peterborough on Tuesday.
Marcus Haber's penalty separated the sides in a close affair which saw the visitors finish up with nine men on the pitch.
The success, and a second consecutive clean sheet, has lifted the Alex off the bottom of League One.
Losing all five Tuesday matches this season can be dismissed as a statistical quirk. Losing away from home to three of the worst teams in League One before the end of October is a far bigger concern for Peterborough United.
Posh didn’t let Hurricane Gonzalo stop them reaching gusty Gresty Road last night, but they failed to whip up much of a storm once the match started and lost rather comfortably to a Crewe side that started the day bottom of the table. Darren Ferguson’s men had already lost at Gillingham and Yeovil, two teams currently within a point of bottom spot, this season, scoring just once in the three matches and that was courtesy of a complete fluke.
Posh were on the wrong end of a rather dismal refereeing display by Jeremy Simpson last night (October 21), but they played far too passively, even for a side reduced to 10 men for an hour, against a team with the worst defensive record in the division. Marcus Maddison played his heart out as usual, but received precious little support with the exception of Joe Newell who delivered more evidence of his welcome improvement.