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Alexandra Stadium (ATT 5,409) 30th November 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Webster

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Crewe change sinks Lions

By Richard Jolly.   Last Updated: 30/11/04 6:53pm

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Dean Ashton and Luke Varney both made an instant impact with the goals as Crewe beat Millwall 2-1 at Gresty Road.

Striker Ashton scored his 15th goal of the season after only 12 seconds and substitute Varney grabbed the winner within five minutes of his introduction.

Another substitute, Paul Ifill, had brought Millwall level his third goal of an injury-hit season in the 71st minute before Varney's decisive strike on 76.

The highly-rated Ashton had scored before any Millwall player touched the ball, cutting in from the right flank, easing past Darren Ward and lifting his shot into the roof of Graham Stack's net.

The on-loan keeper was almost embarrassed by a Kenny Lunt cross that bounced on to his bar but, thereafter, the match did not live up to the eventful opening.

Lunt curled a free kick into the side-netting while, in Millwall's only meaningful attack of the first half, Barry Hayles headed wide.

Such was Dennis Wise's frustration that Ifill was brought on before half-time but the winger responded with a fine individual goal, turning to hit a rising 18-yard shot that gave Clayton Ince no chance.

Varney responded with a similarly precise finish from the edge of the box and though Ifill had a chance for a second equaliser, he shot straight at Ince.

So Millwall missed the chance to go seventh while Crewe's second win in four days takes them into the top half of the table.

 

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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