Saturday May 12, 2012 Semifinal Finished The Alexandra Stadium

  1. Dugdale heads Crewe to narrow win

    Dugdale heads Crewe to narrow win

    Adam Dugdale headed the winner to give Crewe a 1-0 lead over Southend in their League Two play-off semi-final first leg. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Crewe Alexandra
    • Southend United
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 1-0 win for Crewe. All to play for in the second leg at Southend on Wednesday night.
    • 90+3' Timlin fails to connect in the Crewe box before Eastwood fails to connect. Almost a late leveller for the visitors.
    • 90+1' Brilliant tackle by Prosser on Powell as he prepared to pull the trigger from five yards out.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Late challenge on Westwood in the middle of the park. This will waste a few more vital moments for the home side.
    • 87' Carl Martin is replaced by Billy Bodin for the home side.
    • 86' Crewe forced to soak it up here in the final minutes. Tootle seeking a free-kick, but the referee says no.
    • 85' Crewe will be more than happy to get out of this one with a win as Steve Phillips hammers a long ball down the pitch.
    • 84' A clear foul on Mellor by Hall, but the referee doesn't give it as Steve Phillips makes a fine save from Hall's shot.
    • 83' Steve Phillips forced to snatch a long throw-in by Leonard at the second attempt.
    • 82' Another change coming for Crewe as Leitch-Smith departs to be replaced by Max Clayton.
    • 81' Grant brings down Powell with a late tackle, but Westwood's free-kick comes to nothing.
    • 80' The return leg of this contest due to be staged on Wednesday night at Southend.
    • 79' That was a golden chance to force the leveller, but not converted. Heading for the final 10 minutes here.
    • 78' Eastwood's shot breaks to Moore, whose cross is headed well over by Mohsni.
    • 77' Leitch-Smith attempts a curling shot, but his effort is blocked before Southend try to bring it clear.
    • 76' Lee Bell takes over from Luke Murphy with 14 minutes left on the clock.
    • 75' An offside flag goes up against Clohessy deep in the home box.
    • 74' Murphy is going to be penalised for a late challenge on Grant. Free-kick for the visitors 25 yards from goal.
    • 73' Neil Harris departs for Southend to be replaced by Freddy Eastwood.
    • 72' The home fans sensing their side might be on the brink of a key victory.
    • 71' Fine stop by Steve Phillips to keep out the shot by Timlin. So close to the equaliser for Southend. Best move of the half by the visiting team.
    • 70' Sturrock is probably a bit annoyed with his side's delivery this evening. Hasn't been the best.
    • 69' Grant ends up lifting a cross out of the park. Horrid cross. Clohessy escapes a penalty claim at the other end, but he didn't handle intentionally.
    • 68' Luke Prosser is wheeled on to take over from Mark Phillips for the visiting side.
    • 67' Super diving save by Belford to claw out the shot by Leitch-Smith. Almost in for a second goal. Southend living on the edge here.
    • 66' Hall unloads a shot. Well wide of the target. Frustration for Sturrock's side.
    • 65' Grant hammers a shot at goal. Well wide of the target. Grant sporting a dashing beard out there, but Southend finding this is all a bit hairy.
    • 64' Leitch-Smith caught offside for the home side.
    • 63' Westwood thrashes another free-kick into the Southend area. This time Tootle just fails to connect with the delivery at the back post.
    • 62' Moore brought down by Grant. Crewe certainly enjoying the brighter moments in this half.
    • 61' Tootle tries his luck from distance, but smacks a shot well over the bar.
    • 60' Ferdinand departs to be replaced by Leonard for the visitors.
    • 59' Mohsni on the charge for Southend before another cross flies well out of play.
    • 58' Sturrock looks far from happy with what he is witnessing at the moment. Is making his feelings known in no uncertain terms.
    • 57' Westwood with the delivery, but a bit of pushing in the area as Powell pushes Hall and Southend are awarded a free-kick. The visitors being pressed back here.
    • 56' Belford misreads a cross in the sun and that will be a corner for the home side.
    • 55' Dugdale's header lands on top of the net from another Westwood delivery.
    • 54' Davis in at the back post, but this time Mark Phillips is across to concede a corner with a header. Testing moments for Southend here.
    • 53' Hall brings down Powell on the charge. Powell is going to be booked for that. Won the ball, but booked for the tackle from behind.
    • 52' Gilbert taken out of the game late by Carl Martin, who is booked for that one.
    • 51' How important will that goal prove to be? Crewe in the box seat, and the home fans enjoying their night out now. Great delivery by Westwood.
    • 50' GOAL! Dugdale scores for Crewe. A towering header and the home side have the lead. A 1-0 lead. Superb header.
    • 49' Offside flag goes up against Harris as Steve Phillips looks on. Relief for Crewe there.
    • 48' Hall with another hopeful ball, but he overhits the cross by miles. Awful delivery.
    • 47' Timlin hammers a free-kick long down the park. No takers on hand. Story of the day so far. Plenty of energy, lack of quality.
    • 46' Southend get the second period off and running.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle! 0-0 at the break. All to play for in the second period.
    • 44' Into two minutes of time added on.
    • 43' Paul Sturrock is wearing his lucky white jacket. Has done no harm so far this evening. Looks like 0-0 at the break.
    • 42' Gilbert looks for Hall who heads down for Ferdinand, who can't get the shot away. Crewe working so hard to close down space.
    • 41' Mohsni is penalised for a late foul on Murphy. Westwood's delivery is again fairly poor.
    • 40' Murphy smacks a shot wide of the target from distance. Had the pace, but not the direction.
    • 39' Southend enjoyed a 3-1 win over Crewe at this venue in October. Doesn't look like there is going to be a similar outcome today.
    • 38' Another chance for Southend as Ferdinand heads over from inside the box. Should have hit the target there. Excellent cross by Hall.
    • 37' The club finishing on the bottom rung of the play-off qualifying places at this level, has gone on to gain promotion only four times since the play-offs started in 1987. Crewe will be hoping that record continues here.
    • 36' Powell heads well over the bar from outside of the area at the other end.
    • 35' Great ball into the middle by Harris. Mohsni was up there, but Crewe do enough to clear the danger. Excellent play by Harris.
    • 34' Plenty of huffing and puffing, but there is a distinct lack of quality so far in front of goal.
    • 33' Clohessy and Tootle battle for a loose ball as the visiting side earn a throw-in deep in the Crewe half.
    • 32' Mark Phillips back out there. Crewe keep the ball at the back without too much fuss.
    • 31' We continue as Phillips continues to get a bit of treatment on the sidelines.
    • 30' The Southend fans seem to be in good heart here while the Crewe fans are giving the injured Phillips plenty of abuse for holding matters up.
    • 29' Looks like Mark Phillips may be heading off. Seems to have an arm injury of some sort.
    • 28' Westwood sticks the ball in the heart of the visiting box. Broke off Mellor, but Southend clear the danger.
    • 27' Delivery from both sides has not really been up to scratch so far this evening.
    • 26' Tootle with the corner. Mellor is pushing Belford and the visiting side have the free-kick in their own bow.
    • 25' Dugdale having to look a bit sharp before Mark Phillips is forced to nod the ball behind under pressure from Leitch-Smith.
    • 24' Crewe certainly seeing more of the ball. Tootle throws over a cross. Easy take for Belford in the visiting goal.
    • 23' Game raging from end to end as Timlin drives an effort at goal. Steve Phillips dives to make a comfortable enough stop.
    • 22' Powell sees a free-kick hit the top of the wall before flying to safety. Poor effort really and Southend survive that moment.
    • 21' Mark Phillips brings down Moore as Crewe earn a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
    • 20' Powell slams a shot at goal from distance. Just needed a flick on it, but Belford does enough to punch clear.
    • 19' Martin with a decent ball across the face of goal, but Belford is out quickly to take the cross.
    • 18' Steve Phillips hammers a long ball down the park from his own box. Dugdale collects at the back for Crewe.
    • 17' Hall throws over the free-kick, but Dugdale rises to nod clear the danger.
    • 16' Harris keeps the ball in play at the corner flag before he is brought down by Dugdale.
    • 15' A lot of players looking very busy as Powell sees a shot from distance blocked by a visiting shirt.
    • 14' Southend have won 19, drawn six and lost nine of their previous meetings with Crewe. All 34 matches were regular league games.
    • 13' Tootle sends the ball racing through for Leitch-Smith, but Belford comes off his line to collect.
    • 12' The home boss Davis continues to make notes at the side of the park.
    • 11' Timlin goes through Moore and he is lucky to avoid a booking there. Was a poor challenge.
    • 10' Local seems to be enjoying their evening so far. No scoring as yet as Southend continue to hit on the break.
    • 9' Smith giving Mark Phillips a few problems. Bodies flying into challenges all over the park at the moment.
    • 8' Director of football Dario Gradi looking on from the stands as boss Steve Davis scribbles a few notes down. Crewe getting the ball on the deck as much as possible.
    • 7' Quite a frantic start to this match. Moore on the run for Crewe, but cleared by Clohessy. Fine play by Crewe.
    • 6' Belford didn't look too content with that. Gilbert lobs the ball towards goal. Easy take for Phillips.
    • 5' Bit disappointing outcome from Westwood as he opts to go short before the home side relinquish possession. Belford wallops the ball clear under pressure from Smith.
    • 4' Tootle showing some real hunger and desire to get up the park. Cuts up a wing to win his side a corner.
    • 3' Gilbert tries to pick out Neil Harris, but his header is well off target. The visiting side trying to get themselves on the front foot.
    • 2' Phillips wallops the ball long down the park. Straight through to Belford in the Southend goal.
    • 1' Crewe get the match off and running. Lovely night for football.
    • 17.27 Paul Sturrock (Southend): "There has been a positive feeling around the place ever since, but we all know that Crewe have also been doing well and that we are in for two difficult games against them. Their manager, Steve Davis, has done a fantastic job since going in there and they haven’t lost since we beat them in February."
    • 17.25 Steve Davis (Crewe Alexandra): "It's been a magnificent effort all round. I wasn't a big fan of the play-offs at first, all those years ago when I was at Burnley and we got knocked out by Torquay, who had finished 21 points behind us. But, as the years have gone on, "I've had to change my mind. It keeps the middle section of the league going. It keeps it exciting for the fans. And it gives the players a challenge."
    • 17.20 Teams: Crewe: Phillips, Tootle, Davis, Dugdale, Carl Martin, Mellor, Westwood, Murphy, Moore, Leitch-Smith, Powell..subs: Alan Martin, Bell, Miller, Clayton, Bodin////Southend: Belford, Clohessy, Phillips, Barker, Gilbert, Mohsni, Grant, Timlin, Hall, Ferdinand, Harris..subs: Morris, Prosser, Leonard, Benyon, Eastwood////Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)
    • 17.15 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of the League Two semi-final first leg between Crewe Alexandra and Southend United.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' Timlin fails to connect in the Crewe box before Eastwood fails to connect. Almost a late leveller for the visitors.
    • 90+1' Brilliant tackle by Prosser on Powell as he prepared to pull the trigger from five yards out.
    • 84' A clear foul on Mellor by Hall, but the referee doesn't give it as Steve Phillips makes a fine save from Hall's shot.
    • 71' Fine stop by Steve Phillips to keep out the shot by Timlin. So close to the equaliser for Southend. Best move of the half by the visiting team.
    • 67' Super diving save by Belford to claw out the shot by Leitch-Smith. Almost in for a second goal. Southend living on the edge here.
    • 50' GOAL! Dugdale scores for Crewe. A towering header and the home side have the lead. A 1-0 lead. Superb header.
    • 38' Another chance for Southend as Ferdinand heads over from inside the box. Should have hit the target there. Excellent cross by Hall.
    • 20' Powell slams a shot at goal from distance. Just needed a flick on it, but Belford does enough to punch clear.
    • 17.20 Teams: Crewe: Phillips, Tootle, Davis, Dugdale, Carl Martin, Mellor, Westwood, Murphy, Moore, Leitch-Smith, Powell..subs: Alan Martin, Bell, Miller, Clayton, Bodin////Southend: Belford, Clohessy, Phillips, Barker, Gilbert, Mohsni, Grant, Timlin, Hall, Ferdinand, Harris..subs: Morris, Prosser, Leonard, Benyon, Eastwood////Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)

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  1. nice one crewe

    From RYAN, on Sat 12 May 19:32
  2. Come the Alex!! I still remember the play-off game­ against Brentford as if it was yesterday!

    From paul Taylor, on Sat 12 May 14:23
  3. This is the big one probably where the promoted side­ comes from. Southend must go in as favourites however­ on their day Crewe can beat anybody lets hope its their­ day!

    From Tony Butler, on Sat 12 May 12:52
  4. Moshni hat trick....come on shrimpers..cant stand­ another season in this naff league

    From stonewall, on Sat 12 May 11:42
  5. jeleous lol

    From RYAN, on Sat 12 May 9:13
  6. john ur vale u idiot

    From RYAN, on Sat 12 May 9:13
  7. Come on Southend sCrewe em big style div 1 here we come

    From john, on Sat 12 May 4:02
  8. go on crewe heads down we got this

    From RYAN, on Thu 10 May 9:59
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