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U21 Report | Crewe 0-0 Wigan

10 October 2022

Match Reports

U21 Report | Crewe 0-0 Wigan

10 October 2022

  • Jackson's young Reds record another point at home
  • Solid defensive display rewarded with second clean sheet of the season
  • Another opportunity to impress for many

Mike Jackson's Under-21 returned to Alexandra Park off the back of an impressive 6-3 display against Hull City late last Monday evening, with the likes of Joel Tabiner, Charlie Finney, Connor Evans and Matus Holicek all getting on the scoresheet.

With Evans joining Marine on a short-term loan last Friday their lack of fire power was proven in the result and chances for either side were few and far between.

Tabiner's set-back for Sam Bhatti to hit into the box first-time found Marquise Martins, but he directed his deft header wide of the target.

Crewe's first half pressure continued though as Regan Griffiths could only watch his effort on the second phase whistle past Owen Mooney's post.

Luke Brennan's free-kick and Abdi Sharif's strike were both easily saved by Tom Booth who returned to PDL action for the first time in over a month after his loan with Kidsgrove.

Before the restart Tabiner was replaced by Max Woodcock which looked like a precaution due to an injury the youngster was carrying in the opening 45. Despite the change, the second-half started similar to the first with neither side managing to test the two 'keepers with an real worry.

Billy Sass-Davies produced two brilliant interceptions with his head to keep the scores level as Brennan continued to look the most threatening for the visitors.

Crewe's best opportunity of the game came in the final five minutes of the match as Martins took Charlie Hughes into the channel before forcing the huge centre half to bring him down. The referee believed the challenge was outside of the area and not a clear goalscoring opportunity for Martins so a yellow card was given to the Wigan Athletic man.

The resulting free-kick was punched away by Mooney, who cleaned out Hughes' defensive partner Ethan Mitchell in the process and medical treatment was required.

The game slowly ran its cause as both sides settled with a goalless draw.

Crewe: Booth, Bhatti, Williams (Washington 58), Griffiths, Billington, Sass-Davies, C.Finney (Lunt 58), Bebbington (Agius 73), Holicek, Martins, Tabiner (Woodcock 45)

Unused Subs: Flint 

Wigan: Mooney, Lloyd, Dwyer, Hughes, Mitchell, Sharif, Adams (Chentouf 80), Adeeko, Stones, Sze (McHugh 68), Brennan 

Unused Subs: Wonnacott, Reilly, Grewal

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