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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

Crewe 1

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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 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24