What the press made of the season finale defeat
Crewe Alex suffered their 26th league defeat of 2015-16 as they said goodbye to League One on Sunday.
The Alex’s misery is finally over, after they lost to goals from Bobby Grant and Devante Cole at Fleetwood.
The result meant the home side were safe for another year in the third tier, but the Alex’s fate was sealed long ago.
With their last success on the road coming back in November, they have now gone 13 away wins without an away win, the worst run since 2007. It was their 15th league blank of the season.
IT WAS a performance and result that somewhat summed up a season as Crewe Alexandra ended life in League One with defeat at Fleetwood.
A lack of intensity, conviction in both penalty areas and willingness to win the second balls, coupled with a disastrous five minute spell, saw them slip to a defeat at Highbury on the final day.
One-v-one defending was again particularly poor as the Alex failed to do Blackpool and Doncaster a favour, with the pair set to join them in League Two along with Colchester next season.
There were bright spells, not least the start of the first-half in which they worked some nice openings, but a failure to take advantage saw them finish the season with yet another blank in front of goal.
The game turned on five first-half minutes, in which Bobby Grant handed his side the lead with a stunning strike, before Devante Cole doubled that advantage five minutes later.
Cole could, and should have had more, missing chances in both halves, in a game that was pleasing on the eye, if a little lacking in goalmouth action.
Fleetwood Town retained their League One status by comfortably beating Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Highbury.
It was a walk in the park for Steven Pressley’s men after Bobby Grant opened the scoring with a fantastic left-footed strike in the 21st minute.
Town doubled their lead three minutes later as Devante Cole netted his second goal in as many games as he diverted David Ball’s cross home.
Cole had an opportunity to make it three in the second half but failed to hit the target.
Stefan Scougall was the star of the show for Town as he steamed past the Railway Men time and time again.
It could be the young Scot’s last match for Fleetwood as his loan spell is up and he is set to return to Sheffield United but if it is the end, what a way to go as he shined brighter than the sun on a glorious day on the Fylde coast.
Town’s victory ensured their survival and put the final nail in Blackpool’s coffin as they ended up being relegated to League Two.