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📝 Crewe Alexandra 1 City 2

Grecians back to winning ways

23 February 2019

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Exeter City returned to winning ways with an excellent 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra away from home in Sky Bet League Two.

The Grecians went ahead through Jake Taylor's deflected effort early on before Chris Porter headed home just after half-time.

But Matt Jay netted his first league goal of the season when he popped up with an excellent curled effort to give the Grecians all three points.

Manager Matt Taylor made two changes to the side that began the narrow defeat against Bury last time out as Jay and Kane Wilson came into the starting line-up in Cheshire.

Crewe started the opening minutes brightly with a number of crosses put into the City box with the Grecians forced to defend.

But City went ahead on seven minutes when a corner eventually broke to Taylor who shot towards goal before his effort took a wicked deflection and found the bottom corner.

Despite the home side seeing more of the ball in the opening stages, it was City who had the next chance at goal. Pierce Sweeney found space on the right before crossing fantastically for Randell Williams who stretched to volley and forced a good save from Ben Garratt.

Good pressing from City created another chance a minute later when Jay managed to find Ryan Bowman and his curled left footed effort edged just wide.

Charlie Kirk had a good chance to level things on 37 minutes when a long Crewe ball evaded the City defence, and bounced kindly for the forward, but his effort was blocked fantastically by Dara O’Shea to keep the Grecians ahead.

Callum Ainley then managed to dart down the right as he got the better of Kane Wilson, and despite a good cross, Christy Pym kept it out. In the next phase of play another cross came in, and after Jordan Bowery’s flick, Paul Green couldn’t keep his header on target as City took a lead into the break.

The home side then drew level after starting the second half brighter when Kirk crossed well from the left for Porter to head home and make the score 1-1.

After riding out a period of Crewe pressure, Williams then went inches from putting City back ahead when a deep cross from Jay found the winger at the far post, but he could only side foot his volley against the post.

Bowman then had a good chance on the hour mark when Lee Holmes did well to cross from the left into a dangerous area, and the striker connected well first time before Garratt saved and held well.

City did put themselves back ahead on 66 minutes when the ball found its way to Jay, and the forward did well to work some space, before side footing a wonderful effort into the far corner from just inside the Crewe box to make it 2-1 to the Grecians.

City continued to manage the game well after going back in front as they often limited their opponents to half chances throughout the second period with long balls often overhit from the home side.

The Grecians clung on to an important three points as they now set their sights on a trip to Lincoln City next week.

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Ng, Pickering, Ray, Porter, Bowery (Dale, 68), Ainley, Nolan, Wintle, Green, Kirk (Miller, 87)

Subs not used: Richards, Lowery, Finney, Taylor-Sinclair, Sterry

Booked:

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, O’Shea, Holmes (D. Wilson, 82), Williams (Woodman, 55), Bowman, Jay, K. Wilson, Moxey, Taylor, Collins

Subs not used: Hamon, A. Martin, Forte, Brown, Dean

Booked:

Attendance: 3,841 (Inc, 368, away)

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🎟 Away tickets: Crewe Alexandra (23/02/19)

Tickets now available for our trip to Gresty Road

19 February 2019

Tickets for our match away at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, February 23, are now on sale.

To buy tickets online please click here

You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411243 or visit the club shop & reception in person between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Exeter City fans will be housed in the Whitby Morrison Stand, with prices as follows.

Adults: £22
Seniors: £17
Under-11s: £6.50
Aged 12-16: £10.50
Disabled: £17
Ambulant: Pay age-related price and carer free
Wheelchair: As per disabled

Advanced discounts/matchday purchases: There are no advance discounts and matchday purchases are available on the day from 12pm by ticket office next to the away turnstiles.

Grecian Travel: Grecian Travel is available for the fixture. It will depart at 8.15am with a £30 fare. For more information click here.

Up next at St James Park:

City take on Mansfield Town on Saturday, March 30 in a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are cheaper in advance. Click here to buy online.

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