Crewe hit back to retain status
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Crewe Alexandra saved their Championship lives with a 2-1 success.
Crewe Alexandra saved their Championship lives by coming from behind to beat Coventry City 2-1 at Gresty Road.
It looked like heartbreak for Dario Gradi's side, who have slumped alarmingly since selling star striker Dean Ashton during January's transfer window.
Former favourite Dele Adebola returned to haunt his old club by opening the scoring in the first half.
Michael Higdon gave Crewe hope with an equaliser and Steve Jones touched home a priceless winner.
Gillingham were instead sent crashing into League One after their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest so Eugen Bopp also deserves a toast from the Crewe faithful this evening.
Adebola was left to rise highest at the far post in the 25th minute to convert a Stephen Hughes free kick with a close range header and the Sky Blues striker refused to celebrate his goal.
Justin Cochrane went close for Alex but Coventry had been the better side in the first half with Hughes at the heart of most of their best moves.
Higdon, on as a substitute, levelled matters when turning sharply to fire a left-foot finish past Sky Blues keeper Luke Steele from Luke Varney's centre.
Steele was a little fortunate to escape a red card when bringing down Jones outside his area as Crewe stepped up their pursuit of a Championship lifeline.
Jones was left to tap in from virtually on the goal-line with 16 minutes left after more good work from Varney to ensure a major turnaround and bag a priceless winner for The Railwaymen.
Gary McSheffrey and Hughes had chances to torture the home fans with a late equaliser but Crewe held out for their first success since New Year's Day, when they beat Leeds United, to the delight of the majority of the crowd.