Crewe make the most of double red card to draw at Blackburn

Posted Monday, December 04, 2017 by PA

Crewe staged a dramatic comeback to draw 3-3 with nine-man Blackburn in a pulsating FA Cup tie.

A Dominic Samuel brace and Danny Graham strike put the hosts three up inside 20 minutes, but Rekeem Harper's sending off and Chris Porter's resulting penalty gave the Alex a lifeline.

Elliott Bennett's second-half dismissal galvanised the visitors, who struck twice midway through the second half.

Samuel opened the scoring after 11 minutes with a fine low strike, before providing for Graham to hammer home four minutes later.

Graham turned provider for Samuel to stroke home in the 20th minute but the drama began when Harper brought down Porter, who then slotted home the 35th-minute spot-kick.

Tom Lowery struck the woodwork just after the break and in the 56th minute Bennett saw red for an off-the-ball tangle with Perry Ng.

It rallied Crewe who scored two goals in three minutes. Eddie Nolan headed home in the 63rd minute before Porter glanced in his ninth of the season three minutes later to force a replay.


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