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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 4,260) 14th September 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Hill

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Walsall Walsall

Crewe 0

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Walsall 3

C Westcarr (66, pen 69)
J Baxendale (84)

Alex unseated by Saddlers

Last Updated: 14/09/13 6:49pm

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Craig Westcarr: At the double

Craig Westcarr: At the double

A hat-trick of second-half goals fired Walsall to their first victory in six games as they defeated Crewe 3-0 at Gresty Road.

Quick-fire goals from Craig Westcarr, the second coming from the penalty spot, and another from substitute James Baxendale gave the Saddlers their first win over the Alex in nine attempts since 2001.

It took over an hour for the match to come to life, as Walsall's five-man midfield sucked the life out of any attacking play.

Sixty six minutes were on the clock when Westcarr's deflected shot put the visitors ahead, just seconds after Crewe goalkeeper Steve Phillips had produced a stunning save to deny Andy Butler.

Walsall doubled their lead in the 69th minute. After being clumsily fouled by Gregor Robertson, Westcarr scored his second of the game from the penalty spot, sending Phillips the wrong way.

Crewe attempted to get back in the game, with substitute Anthony Grant stinging the fingers of Richard O'Donnell and Max Clayton shooting off target.

But it was Saddlers sub Baxendale who completed the scoring and secured the points, coolly slotting his shot past Phillips after being sent through one-on-one with the Alex 'keeper.

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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 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
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 10 4