Section: Crewe

League 1: Port Vale 0-1 Crewe

Nicky Ajose’s fifth goal of the season saw Crewe gain their third straight win over local rivals Port Vale and move out of the League One relegation zone.

Ajose could have given the visitors an early lead, but his penalty was saved by Chris Neal after he had been brought down in the box by the keeper.

Ajose’s vital strike then came as he poked home a Jamie Ness through ball.

Vale’s Tom Pope saw a late header saved and Chris Lines’ long-range effort hit the bar as Crewe held out.

The win for the Alex is their fourth in their last six league matches and lifts them two points above the drop zone.

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FA Cup: Crewe 0-0 Sheff Utd

Last season’s FA Cup semi-finalists Sheffield United were held to a goalless first round draw by League One rivals Crewe Alexandra.

Ryan Flynn went close for the Blades in the first half but his effort was cleared off the line by Adam Dugdale.

Jamie Murphy thought that he had put the visitors ahead after drilling home but he was judged to be offside.

Crewe then almost sealed their place in round two when substitute James Jones forced Mark Howard into a smart save.

The two sides were meeting at Gresty Road for the second time in a fortnight, following the Blades’ 1-0 League One win on 25 October and they will now meet again at Bramall Lane for the replay next Tuesday night (18th November, 19.45 GMT).

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