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Glanford Park (ATT 3,215) 21st August 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Lewis

Scunthorpe Scunthorpe United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Scunthorpe 1

M Grella (15)

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Crewe 2

A Leitch-Smith (1)
L Murphy (73)

Murphy gets Alex off the mark

Last Updated: 21/08/12 11:35pm

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Murphy: Hit the winner for Crewe

Murphy: Hit the winner for Crewe

A second-half strike from Luke Murphy helped Crewe to a hard-earned 2-1 victory at Scunthorpe United in League One on Tuesday.

Scunthorpe were left with nothing to show after dominating most of the second half at Glanford Park.

With both teams still looking for their first points of the season, it was the visitors who made a flying start with a goal after just 60 seconds. It was a stunning 35-yard effort from striker Adam Leitch-Smith that dipped over home goalkeeper Sam Slocombe into the far corner of the net.

Scunthorpe responded well and were rewarded with a 15th-minute equaliser from summer signing Mike Grella who netted from close range after a header from centre-back David Mirfin had crashed back off the crossbar.

The home side nearly snatched the lead before half-time when striker Bobby Grant headed across the face of goal from a Josh Walker corner. On the hour it was Grant again who missed another great chance when he climbed to meet a left-wing cross from Callum Kennedy but headed over the top.

Scunthorpe were unlucky not to get their noses in front in the 67th minute when Jimmy Ryan rattled a post with a fierce shot from 10 yards with keeper Alan Martin well beaten.

Crewe, who had been on the back foot for much of the second half, then threw on loan signing Harry Bunn from Manchester City for his debut. And the 19-year-old made an immediate impact with a key part in the build-up that saw Luke Murphy pop up unmarked in the box to squeeze his shot past Slocombe for the winner after 73 minutes. Byron Moore almost made it 3-1 when he forced his way into the box and fired against the outside of the near post.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Oldham Athletic 10 14
11 Fleetwood Town 10 13
12 Crawley Town 10 13
13 Gillingham 10 12
14 Coventry City 10 12
15 Yeovil Town 10 12
16 Notts County 9 11
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 9 4