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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 4,502) 16th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Barnsley Barnsley

Crewe 1

B Waters (22)

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Barnsley 2

L Lita (57)
M Cranie (75)

Cranie seals Barnsley win

Last Updated: 16/08/14 7:06pm

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Martin Cranie: Headed home the winner

Martin Cranie: Headed home the winner

Barnsley skipper Martin Cranie's header secured his side a 2-1 victory and avenged their midweek cup exit at the hands of Crewe.

Crewe winger Billy Waters scored for the second time in a week against the Reds to put the home side ahead against the run of play in the 22nd-minute.

But second-half efforts from Leroy Lita and Cranie earned Danny Wilson's team their first win of the campaign.

Waters, 19, blasted a stunning far-post volley past visiting goalkeeper Adam Davies after Manchester City loanee Greg Leigh had floated over a teasing cross.

Barnsley had been the better side up to then, but lacked a cutting edge.

Sam Winnall was convinced he had given the South Yorkshire outfit a first-minute lead, but his thumping header applied to Keith Treacey's delivery was palmed over by home goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

Winnall proved to be the thorn in Crewe's side when Barnsley levelled in the 57th-minute as he skipped clear down the right to send over a deflected cross which evaded Shearer and allowed Lita an easy tap-in.

The well-travelled forward appeared inspired after that and went close to scoring a second with an acrobatic scissor kick which arrowed only a couple of yards wide.

But Barnsley secured maximum points with 15 minutes left when Cranie won the aerial battle after Lewin Nyatanga had headed on Conor Hourihane's corner and directed his effort under the crossbar.

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1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19