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MATCH REPORT: Crewe v The Imps - Carabao Cup 1st Round

5 September 2020

Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Crewe v The Imps - Carabao Cup 1st Round

5 September 2020

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The Imps are in the hat for round two of this season’s Carabao Cup after defeating Crewe Alexandra this afternoon.

It was a debut to remember for Lewis Montsma as the Dutch defender marked his first competitive appearance in an Imps’ shirt by netting the winner for Michael Appleton’s men.

In an even and competitive encounter between the two League One sides, City took the lead early in the second half through Tom Hopper only to see the hosts level a few minutes later courtesy of Billy Sass-Davies. But The Imps’ centre back was the headline maker, powering home the decisive strike to send City through.

In a cautious opening to the game with the home side slow in possession, City were pressing high and limiting options for the side in red. That high press almost created two quick chances, Conor McGrandles was involved on both occasions, twice feeding Anthony Scully in only to see a foot just in the way, Harry Pickering and Billy Sass-Davies denying the Irishman.  

Although Crewe had spent much of the opening exhanges in their own half, Oliver Finney was left with his head in his hands after snatching a close range effort wide of the mark after he connected with Owen Dale’s low centre and the ball rolled agonisingly wide.  

The home side were growing in confidence and Charlie Kirk burst into the box on the left, but just as he shaped to shoot, TJ Eyoma slid in with perfect timing to take the ball away at the crucial moment.

Within a few minutes, like Eyoma for The Imps, Crewe were as thankful for the defensive prowess of Oliver Lancashire at the other end, Tom Hopper broke free down the left and his low ball was fired into the six-yard box and somehow the Crewe number 16 managed to get ahead of Scully who was lurking to tap home.

As the heavens opened and the rain lashed down, the game became a little stretched with the ball quickly going from one end to the other, Perry NG hitting a low drive which Alex Palmer saved low, then a cross from the right was inches away from McGrandles on the edge of the box. In a breathless minute or so, Crewe were quickly back at it and Mikael Mandron was inches away from breaking the deadlock but his close-range header went wide.

Close calls continued to be the order of the day when Finney screwed a chance wide from outside the box before the break but both sides would have gone in at the interval arguing they had the better of it.


Crewe Alexandra 0 The Imps 0

Crewe went close after the restart, Lancashire rising highest at the back post to meet a corner but his looping header bounced off the top of the crossbar. For The Imps, Montsma tried to take things into his own hands after making a confident run forward from halfway and bursting past a couple of Crewe players, but his low skidding effort flashed wide.

City did get their noses in front with just under ten minutes gone in the second half, Montsma played a clever ball into the feet of James Jones, he slid the ball wide to Scully, his low centre left HOPPER with the opportunity from close range and the striker did the rest.

Crewe got back on level terms however, as a corner from the left was met by SASS-DAVIES and his powerful header gave Palmer no chance.

Hopper flashed an opportunity from the edge of the box just wide of the mark as City showed no signs of letting their heads drop after the equaliser. McGrandles was a growing influence in the game with his energy and running, as he was involved down both the right and he won the corner which brought The Imps second goal.  Grant took the set piece and MONTSMA was there powering home at the back post, following the goal City were pressing forward with a new intensity. Jones fed Scully with a ball over the top, The Imps’ number 11 chased into the box then held up play for Bradley to hit a sidefooted effort which was deflected just over the top.

Crewe rallied with Kirk a threat, attacking with pace down the City right but he found Montsma in the way of his low cross, deflecting for a corner. The resulting flag kick found its way to Mandron but his header was matched by Palmer who dived to his right to grasp possession.  It was the last real effort that troubled the City goal despite some late pressure from the home side and Michael Appleton’s side now look confidently forward to the draw for round two.


Crewe Alexandra 1 The Imps 2

The Teams

Crewe Alexandra

13        Dave EDWARDS

2          Perry NG

3          Harry PICKERING

4          Ryan WINTLE

10        Charlie KIRK

12        Mikael MANDRON

14        Oliver FINNEY

16        Oliver LANCASHIRE

19        Owen DALE

22        Billy SASS-DAVIES

28        Luke MURPHY


27        Sam BOOTH

6          Eddie NOLAN

11        Callum AINLEY (71’ for Finney)

18        Regan GRIFFITHS

20        Josh LUNDSTRUM

23        Travis JOHNSON

24        Tyreece ONYEKA

BOOKED: Dale 47’

GOAL: Sass-Davies 55’

The Imps

1          Alex PALMER

4          Lewis MONTSMA

7          Tayo EDUN

8          James JONES

9          Tom HOPPER

10        Jorge GRANT

11        Anthony SCULLY

15        Alex BRADLEY

18        Conor McGRANDLES

22        TJ EYOMA

30        Sean ROUGHAN


29        Ethan ROSS

5          Adam JACKSON

14        Theo ARCHIBALD

17        Remy HOWARTH (90’ for Scully)

19        Callum MORTON (81’ for Edun)

25        Zack ELBOUZEDI

26        Harry ANDERSON

Booked: Montsma 90'

GOAL: Hopper 52’ , Montsma 66’

Referee: Scott Oldham

Assistants: Grant Taylor & Joe Clark

4th Official: Lisa Rashid

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