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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 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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