What the press made of the Cod Army draw
CREWE won't be spending Christmas on the bottom of League One, but despite moving above Colchester, they were far from their best as they drew 1-1 with Fleetwood at Gresty Road.
Ryan Lowe handed them a perfect start, as he put them 1-0 up inside the opening five minutes. However, they held on for just five mintues as David Ball levelled things up with a powerful finish.
Crewe had chances in the first-half, but the visitors were much the better side after the break and could claim they were the ones deserving of all three points.
The reason they didn't was some fine goalkeeping from Ben Garratt, while Semi Ajayi had Crewe's best chance in the 70th minute, but could only head Brad Inman's centre wide.
Crewe Alex moved off the bottom of League despite only managing an unconvincing draw with Fleetwood at Gresty Road on Saturday.
Ryan Lowe’s early strike was swiftly cancelled out by David Ball, and that was the way it stayed in the League One basement battle.
But Crewe let their performance levels drop in comparison to recent weeks, and will be disappointed to have missed an opportunity to beat another side threatened by the drop.
However, they have edged up to 23rd and have taken seven points from the last 12, which will be a small boost to Steve Davis and his men.
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Fleetwood bounced back from an early shock but couldn't snatch a rare away victory against struggling Crewe.
Town certainly rode their luck before the break, battling back from an early setback.
Fleetwood, so well drilled at the back in recent weeks, were at sixes and sevens when The Railwaymen launched an early attack, a cross from the right not well handled, Ryan Lowe drilling across Chris Maxwell and finding the far corner.
Steven Pressley's side lacked their usual composure but did find their way level thanks to an excellent finish by David Ball.
Jimmy Ryan won the ball in the middle of the park, picking out Bobby Grant who eventually fed Ball on the right of the box.
The striker looked certain to cross but instead rifled past Ben Garratt for his second in as many games.