BRENTFORD closed the gap on the automatic promotion places with an impressive win at Gresty Road.
Well-taken goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips and substitute Marcello Trotta sealed victory for the Bees to climb up to third, just two points behind second-place Bournemouth with a game in hand on their rivals.
The Bees flew out of the blocks and were camped inside the Crewe half, with Sam Saunders going close early on.
Their pressure paid off on 14 minutes when Wright-Phillips finished off a fine move to put the visitors ahead.
Adam Forshaw played into the feet of Clayton Donaldson, who flicked the ball into the path of Shaleum Logan down the flank. The Brentford right-back delivered a teasing cross for the onrushing Wright-Phillips to power a header past Steve Phillips.
The Bees continued to dominate, and Harlee Dean was unfortunate not to add a second when his bullet header from a Saunders' corner cannoned against the bar.
At the other end, Simon Moore had to be alert to turn Matt Tootle's long-shot around the post.
Sub keeper Alan Martin thwarted Wright-Phillips before the break as the visitors continued to push for a second.
Brentford started the second half as they ended the first, with Donaldson this time going close.
Crewe threatened on the break, with Moore doing well to deny Max Clayton.
Donaldson wasted another good chance for the away side 15 minutes from time when headed Forshaw's free-kick over the bar, while Jonathan Douglas fired over after bursting into the box.
Bees boss Uwe Rosler brought on Trotta for the tiring Wright-Phillips on 82 minutes, and the switch paid dividends within 60 seconds.
Douglas delivered the ball into the box, and the young Fulham striker swivelled before smashing into the top corner from 12 yards with a stunning volley.
BEES: Moore, Logan, Craig, Dean, Bidwell, Forshaw (Hodson 77), Douglas, Adeyemi, Saunders (Diagouraga 72), Wright-Phillips (Trotta 82), Donaldson.
Subs (not used): Gounet, O'Connor, Reeves, El Alagui.
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