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

Scunthrpe Scunthorpe United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Scunthrpe 1

M Grella (15)


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 18 36
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 17 30
6 Notts County 17 29
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Peterborough United 18 27
9 Oldham Athletic 18 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15