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Crewe up to third

Tommy Lowery who netted the winner for Crewe

Crewe Alexandra bounced back to winning ways following the midweek cup defeat with a 2-1 win over one of the promotion favourites Bradford City.

Manager Dave Artell made four changes following the 6-1 defeat to Premier League Aston Villa in the League Cup.

Goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen returned along with Harry Pickering, Paul Green and Daniel Powell.

Dave Richards, Rio Adebisi, Owen Dale and Callum Ainley dropping to the bench.

The visitors included former Alex stars Clayton Donaldson and Kelvin Mellor in their starting line-up.

Bradford took the lead after 32 minutes through James Vaughan but Charlie Kirk equalised on the stroke of half time.

Tom Lowery then hit a stunning winner for the home side on the hour mark.

Victory lifted Crewe up to third place in the table.

Speaking after the game to the clubs official website, manager Dave Artell said: “We had enough chances to have been out of sight at half time. If it had been 4-1, 5-1 I don’t think that would not have flattered us with the chances we had.

"Green had two good chances, Kirk had a one-on-one and one off the line. The biggest surprise this afternoon was that he missed that one-on-one from that position because I didn’t think he would miss from that position.

“We played some great stuff again and the only two criticisms I have is that we gave away too many fouls, especially against a team who like to load the box.

“We have to be better when leading. We should be more ruthless and get to that next stage when we are 3-1, 4-1 up. We have won all our games by the one goal, which is fine but we can be more comfortable because if they had scored with their last kick, we would have been bitterly disappointed.

“We have done all the work with the midfield players, getting into those positions so it was very pleasing to see not only because it was Tom Lowery but because we had put the work in out on the training ground.

He added: “We knew Bradford would whack it and load the box. They have two lively forwards and are a handful but we defended really well today and other than the goal which was a bit of quality from Devitt and Vaughan reacting, and the header they had at the end, I cannot remember too many chances for them.

“The players stood up to it well and defended our box really well."

Crewe are back in action on Tuesday night when they entertain Burton in the Football League Trophy.

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