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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)


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 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40