Impressive Imps stroll to 4-1 victory after amazing turnaround

A sensational second-half performance by Lincoln City ensured a 4-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra at the Alexandra Stadium.

The Imps grabbed three goals in 20 second-half minutes, after trailing 1-0 at half-time to send Danny Cowley’s men 8th in the league, outside the play-offs on goal difference.

Crewe defender Michael Raynes opened the scoring in first-half before the returning Harry Anderson scored twice.

Raynes then scored an own goal prior to Elliott Whitehouse grabbing a late fourth for The Imps.

The home side took the lead in the 8th minute when George Coopers’ corner found the head of Raynes whose effort beat Josh Vickers.

Crewe almost doubled their advantage moments later however Chris Dagnall’s chip went over the bar.

Lincoln had a half-chance mid-way through the first-half when Neal Eardley’s quick free-kick caught The Railway Men out, but Ollie Palmer’s header failed to ask too many questions of Crewe goalkeeper Dave Richards.

Five minutes into the second half Lincoln were level when Anderson’s left-foot shot beat Richards.

Anderson then scored his second 17 minutes later after Sean Raggett’s header was saved by Richards, but Lincoln’s top scorer was able to bundle in the rebound.

Things got even better for Lincoln when Raynes diverted Sean Long’s cross into his own net making it 3-1.

It was worrying signs for Lincoln fans as Anderson hobbled off the pitch with 10 minutes after appearing to pick up and injury.

In the 94th minute The Imps made it 4-1 after Alex Woodyard threaded a pass through the Crewe defence and Whitehouse, starting after his man-of-the-match performance in midweek, was able to tuck home his second goal of the season.

Lincoln will now host 6th placed Coventry City at Sincil Bank on November 18.

Crewe Alexandra: Richards; Ng, Walker, Raynes, Pickering (Bakayogo 77); Ainley (Porter 64), Lowery, Grant (Nolan 78), Cooper; Dagnall, Bowery

Subs not used: Garratt, Kirk, Reilly, Stubbs

Lincoln City: Vickers; Long, Dickie, Raggett, Eardley; Woodyard (c), Bostwick; Anderson (Waterfall 80), Whitehouse, Ginnelly (Arnold 71); Palmer (Green 74)

Subs: Farman (GK),  Knott, Cameron, Rhead

Attendance: 4,723 (990 Lincoln City fans)

The Lincolnite Man of the Match: Harry Anderson