What the press made of the disappointing defeat
CREWE Alexandra conceded three goals at home for the fourth game in a row as they went a seventh league game without a win.
The Alex had equalised midway through the first-half through a fortuitous Lauri Dalla Valle strike, but Aiden O’Brien’s hat-trick was enough to sink them to their second 3-1 home defeat in a row.
And while there were positives to take from the defeat to Swindon seven days ago, there is little manager Steve Davis will take from one of their poorest performances for a long time.
Two points from seven games tells the whole story. Crewe are up against it this season in League One.
An Aiden O'Brien hat-trick consigned the Alex to their fifth defeat of the season, a bitterly disappointing 3-1 reverse against a Millwall side cantered to a comfortably triumph, despite enduring a miserable start to the season themselves.
O'Brien handed the Lions the lead at the Alexandra Stadium on 21 minutes before Lauri Dalla Valle levelled on 36. But two second-half strikes from O'Brien made for a grim afternoon for the Railwaymen who, on this evidence, are facing a very long and arduous season indeed.
Aiden O'Brien scored a scorching first-ever senior hat-trick as Millwall moved out of the bottom three with an excellent 3-1 win at basement side Crewe Alexandra.
O'Brien, making his first League One start of the season, opened The Lions' account on 21 minutes with a poacher's goal and although Crewe levelled with a fortuitous header from Lauri Dalla Valle (36mins), O'Brien added two crackers on 64 and then 74 minutes to complete his treble.
It was a thoroughly deserved victory for Neil Harris' charges, who played with energy, skill and increasing confidence as the game wore on.