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

Crewe Crewe Alexandra vs Millwall Millwall

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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 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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