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Crewe Alexandra (0) 0 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Carling Cup 2nd Round 2010-11

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Referee: Paul Tierney

Manager: Dario Gradi

Gresty Road 19:45

Attendance: 3,309

Manager: Roy Keane

Match Number: 3363


 David Norris (101)


Matt TootleJordan Connerton (42)
Shaun MillerByron Moore (92)
Joel GrantDanny Shelley (103)


 Luke Murphy (115)
 Grant Leadbitter (25)
 David Norris (64)
 Tommy Smith (69)
 Shane OConnor (77)



Rhys Taylor

Matt Tootle

Danny Blanchett

David Artell

Patrick Ada

Ashley Westwood

Luke Murphy

Joel Grant

Lee Bell

Clayton Donaldson

Shaun Miller



Bartek Fogler

Mat Mitchell-King

Danny Shelley

Adam Dugdale

Byron Moore

Jordan Connerton

AJ Leitch-Smith

Match Report

Crewe Alex 0 Ipswich Town 1 (after extra time)

BATTLING Crewe Alex bowed out of the Carling Cup last night.

They forced Championship side Ipswich Town to extra time but were undone by a Dave Norris volley.

The Railwaymen will be disappointed not to have made more of their chances, but home fans saluted their performance with a standing ovation at the final whistle.

Boss Dario Gradi said: “The crowd really seemed to enjoy the game even though we lost.

“It was a good game against a bigger club than us. The players did well but it was a game of not many chances.

“Both teams found it hard to break each other down in the end. I think we had the best chance of the game in the first half with Clayton Donaldson. He had a good chance in the second half as well actually. If he had put one of those in then who knows? That is the way it can go in tight games.

“Everyone worked hard, but they need to improve on their quality, especially Clayton and Shaun (Miller).

“We have seen a bit more from Joel (Grant). He is putting in the energy now.

“We have been hard to beat and we looked that again. There is improvement in them all and it is up to us all to strive to get that out of them.

“That is the sort of result you don’t want really. I think I would have preferred to have lost in the last few minutes of normal time, but we have to take the opportunities.

“We made extra-time and I said to the boys that they had made it a good night, but can we make it a great night?

“I fancied us at penalties though, I was looking forward to penalties!

“We are heading in the right direction, we’ve shown again that we are hard to beat and we have a good set of decent players so we have scope for improvement.”

Gradi named an unchanged side while Town boss Roy Keane made just four changes.

The Alex shaded the first-half with Donaldson inches from connecting with Grant’s cross midway through.

Carlos Edwards struck a post at the other end with keeper Rhys Taylor beaten.

After the restart both sides found opportunities hard to come by.

Grant could have scored with a left-foot effort but fired over, and Taylor held a good effort from Tamas Priskin.

Keane used all three subs in a bid to break the deadlock, including new signing Jason Scotland.

But his men could not find a way past the superb Patrick Ada and David Artell.

The winner came in the 101st minute. Luke Murphy’s weak header from a corner fell to Norris and he lashed it home.

Murphy came closest to levelling from 25 yards but it was the visitors who made it to the third round.

Peter Morse (Crewe Chronicle)

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