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DW Stadium (ATT 7,547) 19th October 2004 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Pike

Wigan Wigan Athletic vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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Duke double beats Crewe

By Richard Jolly.   Last Updated: 19/10/04 10:30pm

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Nathan Ellington scored twice as Championship leaders Wigan beat Crewe 4-1.

Lee McCulloch and Jimmy Bullard also scored for Paul Jewell's side, who are now three points clear of second-place Reading.

Ellington was a threat from the start and drew an outstanding point-blank block from Crewe keeper Ben Williams. Billy Jones then resorted to dragging the striker down and, from Bullard's resulting free kick, McCulloch headed home at the far post.

On 25 minutes, Ellington accelerated away from Richard Walker to meet a David Graham pass and double Wigan's lead with his ninth goal of the season.

Just after half time, he moved into double figures with a powerful shot from the edge of the box after Crewe only half-cleared Graham's cross.

Steve Jones then gave the visitors a lifeline when he volleyed in a pass from captain Kenny Lunt.

But Bullard capped Wigan's win with a 25-yard shot that found the top corner of Williams's net.

 

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1 Norwich City 10 20
2 Nottingham Forest 10 20
3 Watford 10 20
4 Derby County 10 19
5 Ipswich Town 10 18
6 Charlton Athletic 10 18
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 18
8 Middlesbrough 10 17
9 Sheffield Wednesday 10 16
10 Reading 10 15
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
12 Leeds United 10 14
13 Brentford 10 14
14 Cardiff City 10 13
15 Bournemouth 10 12
16 Millwall 10 11
17 Rotherham United 10 11
18 Huddersfield Town 10 11
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 10
20 Birmingham City 10 10
21 Wigan Athletic 10 9
22 Fulham 10 7
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 5
24 Blackpool 10 3

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