Crewe Alexandra slipped to a 3-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Mornflake Stadium on Saturday.
Chris Porter’s sixth of the season halved a deficit created by Sam Vokes’ first-half effort and a Lewis Wing strike after the restart. But as The Railwaymen looked for an equaliser deep into injury time Wing’s second made sure for the visitors. It was a disappointment for David Artell, who had named a side unchanged from the one that won at Cheltenham last time out.
The visitors dominated the opening exchanges without posing much of a threat.
The Alex struggled to put passes together in swirling wind and on a difficult pitch, and Wanderers kept pressing forward.
The breakthrough came on 14 minutes when Jason McCarthy was played in behind the defence and he advanced before Vokes stabbed the ball home from close range.
Wing fizzed a direct free kick just wide and Vokes wasn’t able to convert a McCarthy cross on 25 minutes as the visitors looked to double their lead.
Crewe’s first real chance arrived after the half-hour mark when Dan Agyei dug out a cross on the left and Josh Lundstram sent a volley over the bar when he connected at the far post.
Anis Mehmeti went close with a side-footed effort and keeper Dave Richards made an excellent stop from Daryl Horgan before the half was out.
Agyei twice went close after the restart. First his low shot was held by keeper David Stockdale, then he blazed over after good work from Chris Long down the left.
But on 55 minutes it was 2-0. Rekeem Harper’s square ball was intercepted by Wing who drilled home from outside the box.
The Alex’s response was swift, though. Tom Lowery twisted and turned just inside the area before finding room for a superb cross which Porter stuck away with a bullet header.
Harper almost levelled things up when he blasted at goal from close range but it was blocked for a corner as the volume lifted inside Mornflake Stadium.
A string of stoppages took the sting out of the game in the final quarter and Wycombe used their experience to run down the clock.
Oliver Finney, Bassala Sambou and Connor Salisbury were all thrown into the fray but struggled to make an impact in the scrappy closing stages.
Luke Offord made an important block to deny Brandon Hanlan in the 11 minutes of injury time.
And Wycombe sealed their three points in the dying seconds when Hanlan teed up Wing for his second of the afternoon.