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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 4,802) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Madley

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Carlisle United Carlisle

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Lauri keeps Crewe on course

Last Updated: 01/01/13 6:47pm

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Dalla Valle: Match-winning goal

Dalla Valle: Match-winning goal

Lauri Dalla Valle headed the game's solitary goal to earn Crewe a 1-0 win over Carlisle and keep Alex in touch with the play-off zone.

Carlisle defender Livesey fluffed his headed backpass and goalkeeper Mark Gillespie blocked Bradden Inman's shot only to watch helplessly as Dalla Valle headed the rebound over him and into the empty net.

The visitors, who had won their two previous matches, had the first sight of goal, but winger Matty Robson dragged his shot from the edge of the penalty area woefully wide.

Crewe striker Mathias Pogba teed up Luke Murphy for Crewe's first real opening, but the skipper fired high and wide.

Pogba then cut inside and curled a shot over the crossbar, while Byron Moore's snapshot was the first to trouble visiting goalkeeper Gillespie.

Carlisle almost snatched the lead when striker Lee Miller dummied a cross into the path of Jon-Paul McGovern, who hit his first-time effort straight at Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips.

But the Alex finally made the breakthrough two minutes before half-time when Dalla Valle reacted quickly to head home a rebound.

Carlisle almost equalised after the break, but Phillips produced a superb one-handed stop to keep out Miller's goalbound header.

Crewe defender Matt Tootle then cleared off the goalline following a goalmouth scramble and visiting substitute Rory Loy ballooned the rebound over from eight yards out with the goal gaping.

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2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
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6 Peterborough United 43 67
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8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39