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Crewe v Sheffield Wednesday stopped after fans invade pitch and trouble in stands

Crewe v Sheffield Wednesday had to be stopped multiple times after fans decided to invade pitch twice and there was trouble in the stands.

Goals from Barry Bannan and Lee Gregory got the Owls back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 win at the Mornflake Stadium.

It was Darren Moore’s side’s first League One win in three games, moving them up to 7th in the table and the three points seemed never in doubt after Bannan’s produced a classy opener in the 27th minute.

The skipper collected the ball 35 yards out and cut infield before beating Dave Richards at the keeper’s near post with a low shot.

Richards initially pushed out an effort from Theo Corbeanu as the away side took advantage of a relatively slow start from Crewe who had a weaker squad due to strikers Mikael Mandron and Ben Knight withdrawing.

The Railwaymen did show some threat when young defender Zac Williams drove across the face of goal. Bannan was adjudged to have handled the ball from Scott Robertson’s cross into the box and Crewe were offered the chance to level in first-half stoppage time.

But an incredible double save from Owls keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell saw Chris Porter’s penalty kept out and then the striker’s headed follow-up was saved with the former Leeds shot-stopper’s legs.

Wednesday started strongly come the second half, with Gregory forcing Richards into a save before the frontman made it 2-0 when finding the far corner with a powerful header following Jack Hunt’s cross in the 47th minute.

Tom Lowery tested Peacock-Farrell with a low shot from the right of the box, however Wednesday could have extended their lead as Callum Paterson forced Richards to keep out a piledriver and then sent a header from a corner against the far post.

What Owls boss Darren Moore said post-match

What did you make of the performance?

“We did some good work in training after the Portsmouth game. Today was a real focused performance from the players. It was a different type of game from Tuesday night. We were in total control from start to finish.

“We spoke about them trying to get amongst us in the second half but the second goal knocked the stuffing out of them after half-time and it kept the momentum with us. It was an accomplished performance.

“If I had one small critique, it is that we didn’t get more goals. We scored two but if you get the third you know it is game set and match. The pleasing thing was another clean sheet and the resilience we showed at two nil.”

How good was Barry Bannan’s opener?

“It was a real fabulous goal.

“There were two wonderful moments in the game. Barry’s goal settled everyone down.

“It would have been unjust (had they scored) from the penalty but Bailey [Peacock-Farrell] stood up and came up with an excellent double save.

“It was a pleasing performance.”

What did you think of the penalty?

“I didn’t see it. I had my head down at one stage and there were a couple of bodies in front of me.

“I just heard the roar of the crowd and the referee blew the whistle and pointed to the spot so I didn’t see what happened with it.

“What I saw was Bailey pull off the save as he kept our one-goal lead intact going into the break.

“We spoke at half-time about upping the tempo and starting bright and the players did just that and Greggors [Lee Gregory] got the second and that settled us down.

“We knew Crewe had to come at us in the second half and we knew they would leave holes and spaces for us to exploit when the opportunities did arrive.

“They had three moments. A cross that flashed across the face of goal late in the game, one in the first half and the penalty incident. I don’t remember anything else.

“It was an accomplished performance.

“The defenders and forwards will get the accolades but I thought it was all-round accomplished team performance.

“What was pleasing for me was we kept our units and distances intact.”

How satisfied are you to have kept another clean sheet?

“It is very satisfying and it shows the resilience of the boys. Even though we got the goals, we wanted to maintain and keep the clean sheet and we got it today.

“At both ends of the pitch, it was one of the most perfect away-days.”

As mentioned, Crewe v Sheffield Wednesday had to be stopped after fans from the away end decided to invade the pitch, and there was trouble in the stands.

Theo Corbeanu was spotted mixing and jumping around with some of the Owls fans that had made their way onto the pitch to celebrate.

Many a reporter doing a write up on the game condemned those who encroached the pitch, however fans have hit back saying if it’s something they can finally celebrate after years of misery, then they should be allowed to do as they are pleased.

Sheffield Wednesday writer @SheffieldStar Alex Miller reaveld that the game was halted momentarily in the first half, tweeting a photo of the scenes.

@C_Farmerr: The fact that is in the 50th minute makes this so much better. Unreal

@christheowl: Proof that as Wednesday fans we are very easily pleased.

@SwfcTracy: That’s not scene’s it’s embarrassing

@jaaaakob_: You’d think they’d just gone 20 unbeaten and were sat top of league

@afoster4321: Absolutely tragic 😂

@mettam71: Embarrassing really

@Chopper267: Have we just won the league or scored against Crewe?

@dannyswfc: GET INNNN!Going on the pitch at Crewe away is proper tinpot though. #swfc

@villaindeadshot: Get off the pitch you utter twats #swfc

@benjacobhague: This is so cringe

@stevenowls: There’s people on the pitch. They think it’s all over. #swfc

@joervbbo: theo knows this is his home

@WLegend1978: Haha what we doing it’s Crewe 😂

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