What the press made of the long-awaited home victory
CREWE recorded their first win at home for 238 days as Ryan Colclough's volley saw them beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Gresty Road.
Just as he did on his comeback to the side back in March when the Alex won at Bramall Lane, Colclough proved to be the matchwinner, volleying home from the edge of the box after the Blades failed to deal with Ollie Turton's ball in.
The performance, and result, will be a much needed boost for Steve Davis's side who had gone 14 games without a win at home coming in to the game.
But with a much more attacking line up, and a real competitive edge to their play, the Alex more than matched the promotion chasing Blades and deserved the result for their second half showing.
Crewe Alex finally earned their first victory at home since March thanks to Ryan Colclough’s strike against Sheffield United on Saturday.
The homegrown forward’s second-half strike proved the difference between the two sides after an entertaining game.
It was the first win in 15 attempts on home soil, and Colclough’s effort was their first goal in four outings.
And while it has not lifted Crewe off the foot of League One, it has closed the gap and surely boosted confidence in the squad.
United bossed the opening 15 minutes and should have gone ahead. But a combination of safe handling from keeper Ben Garratt and blocks from Adam King and George Ray kept them at bay.
Crewe looked more of a threat than they had of late, but Marcus Haber and Callum Saunders failed to make the most of chances.
The home side had looked the more likely before the breakthrough came. Oliver Turton’s cross was only half-cleared and Colclough lashed a volley home from 12 yards.
There were a couple of nervous moments towards the end, not least Ray having to clear off the line, but the Alex saw the game out to clinch maximum return.
The Sheffield Star
Sheffield United’s faltering League One form continued as they suffered a shock defeat at Gresty Road this afternoon.
Crewe Alexandra, who had not previously won at home since March, spent much of the contest on the back foot. But, defending with discipline and keeping their shape exceptionally well, they prevented Nigel Adkins’ side from translating possession into goals before scoring one of their own with 19 minutes remaining. Ryan Colclough, arguably their best attacking player dispatched a first time shot past the despairing Mark Howard when Chris Basham’s header fell into his path.
United introduced Conor Sammon and Stefan Scougall as they attempted to change the dynamic of a game which had seen them enjoy more than enough territory to secure all three points but, Jose Baxter apart, fail to test Ben Garratt nearly enough.
Dean Hammond nodded past the post in the 85th minute and Ben Nugent intercepted well as Sammon, lurking on the edge of the six yard box, prepared to pounce but to no avail.