What the press made of the home defeat
An awful 2016 came to an end with a dreadful home defeat to struggling Accrington Stanley at Gresty Road on Saturday.
Billy Kee’s soft first-half goal was enough to separate the sides in what was a poor afternoon of New Year’s Eve football.
Crewe Alex had a opportunities to get something from the game but were overall unrecognisable from the side which impressed on Monday, and loud calls for the manager to be sacked were heard from supporters towards the end.
The Railwaymen finish the year with just nine wins from 53 games in all competitions, five of which have come at home.
And they stand 16th in League Two, just six points off the drop zone.
The only thing worthy of note about Accrington Stanley’s New Year’s Eve trip to Crewe Alexandra was the final score.
Two sides desperately short of form and confidence took to the field at Gresty Road and thanks to Billy Kee’s first half header – and a stroke of overdue luck – Stanley ended a five hour wait for a goal and a nine match winless run in League Two.
Between them the teams had won two of their last 20 matches, meaning it was never likely to be a vintage encounter.