What the press made of the third win on the spinThe Sentinel
CREWE made it three wins on the spin as goals in either half from Nicky Ajose and Marcus Haber helped them see off play-off chasing Fleetwood Town at Gresty Road.
Ajose’s goal just before the break and Haber’s second-half efforts were enough for Steve Davis’s hardworking side to complete a great week on the field as they continue to climb up the League One table.
Crewe Alex made it three wins on the spin with a superb team performance against big-spending Fleetwood on Saturday.
Nicky Ajose’s ninth goal in 12 starts and Marcus Haber’s first goal since October were just reward for a commanding display at Gresty Road.
It was a comfortable success against a side aiming for the play-offs – Crewe’s first ever win over the Cod Army.
The victory inched the Alex up to 17th in League One and maintained their seven-point cushion from the drop zone.
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Fleetwood Town let slip a chance to join the play-off pack - going down 2-0 at Crewe Alexandra.
David Ball, making his 100th appearance for Fleetwood, and Liam McAlinden both tested Crewe stopper Ben Garratt, the hotly-tipped keeper pulling off a trio of stunning saves to keep the visitors at bay.
Town looked comfortably on top as they headed for the break, a defensive lapse gifting the hosts an opener.
It was Nicky Ajose, on loan from Leeds who did the damage, latching on to a hopeful long ball and drawing Chris Maxwell, cooly slotting past the Fleetwood keeper.
After the break Town struggled to make inroads on an awful surface, their passing play nullified by both the pitch and Crewe’s determined defending.
And just before the hour they were made to pay for their first half missed chances.
Ajose it was again, latching on to another ball pumped from the deep.
Stephen Jordan should have done better in showing his man towards the corner, Ajose allowed to cross, Fleetwood stretched and Marcus Haber with the simple job of heading home.