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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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2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30