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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 4,458) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Carlisle United Carlisle

Crewe 2

C Aneke (53)
Mesca (64)

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Carlisle 1

T Lawrence (78)

Crewe earn second straight win

Last Updated: 01/01/14 6:41pm

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Chuks Aneke: Amongst the goals

Chuks Aneke: Amongst the goals

Chuks Aneke and Mesca both struck in the second half to lift Crewe out of the bottom four as they defeated Carlisle 2-1.

Arsenal loanee Aneke and livewire Mesca along with Brad Inman proved the difference between the two sides as the Railwaymen registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Aneke's mastery in the air almost put Crewe ahead in the 15th minute as he rose the highest to Matt Tootle's cross, only for his looping header to be tipped on to the crossbar by Ben Amos.

Crewe were more inventive and more determined. Inman was inches away from opening the scoring when he raced clear down the left on the stroke of half-time. He held off veteran full-back Pascal Chimbonda, but arrowed a shot the wrong side of the far post.

But David Amoo went close to putting the Cumbrians ahead with a lovely piece of skill from the right of the box. The winger's curling left-footed effort beat goalkeeper Ben Garratt, but bounced back off the inside of the post.

Crewe made the most of their good fortune to forge in front in the 52nd minute with Aneke unleashing a chipped finish from the right of a congested box and the ball dropping over Amos into the far corner.

The home side then stepped up another gear when Inman broke clear to expose Carlisle's problems on the right flank. The winger's cross deflected conveniently into the path of Mesca, who made no mistake with his close-range finish in the 63rd minute.

Carlisle responded strongly and Liam Noble went close with a 25-yard drive which just cleared the crossbar.

Lawrence reduced the arrears with a super free-kick which flew into the corner from 25 yards out with 14 minutes left before Crewe survived a late onslaught which saw Kelvin Mellor make a goal-line clearance.

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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