What the press made of the frustrating afternoon
SO NEAR yet so far for Crewe Alexandra again as they let a 1-0 slip as they went down 3-1 at home to Swindon Town.
Adam King had fired the Alex in to a deserved second half lead, only for Swindon to hit back through strikes from Tom Smith and Wes Thomas, before Nicky Ajose added a third late on.
Crewe Alex slipped to the bottom of League One after losing a lead in their home defeat to Swindon Town on Saturday.
The Railwaymen hit the front through Adam King just after the hour, but shipped goals from Tom Smith, Wes Thomas and Nicky Ajose to make it six games without a win.
Both sides were utterly committed to passing the ball on the floor, in an unusual game which at times had the feel of a pre-season friendly or a training exercise.
IN THE maelstrom of interest surrounding the goals of Wes Thomas and Nicky Ajose during Swindon Town’s 3-1 win a Crewe, the contribution of 17-year-old Tom Smith could easily go overlooked - it should not.
Two minutes after Town had gone behind to Adam King’s strike, Smith collected Thomas’ ball and fired a firm strike across goal into the far corner to bring his side back into the game.
It was important timing because the Robins were in danger of seeing the game slip out of reach had they not hit back quickly.
Crewe were using their midfield advantage to dominate possession and Swindon were set up to attack on the break. Had Swindon been asked to maintain long periods of pressure to find a leveller, they may not have had the capability with the players they had available.