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Boleyn Ground (ATT 26,593) 15th March 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Thorpe

West Ham West Ham United vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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Hammers hit by Jones

By Rob Lancaster.   Last Updated: 15/03/05 10:15pm

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A late goal by substitute Steve Jones heaped more pressure on West Ham boss Alan Pardew as Crewe grabbed a point at Upton Park.

The Hammers appeared set to take the spoils after Teddy Sheringham's free-kick 15 minutes from time gave them a lead their dominance deserved.

However, the hosts paid the price for their missed chances as Jones grabbed a late leveller for the visitors with a thumping header.

It was hardly a deserved point for Dario Gradi's side after they had been under pressure for much of the contest.

Marlon Harewood squandered an early chance for the home team as he struck a post with the goal gaping after he had worked his way round keeper Ben Williams.

The former Nottingham Forest front-man failed to find the target again just after the half hour as he headed wide after good work by debutant Shaun Newton down the right.

As the game wore on the home fans became increasingly frustrated with the lack of invention from their team as they struggled to break down a stubborn Crewe rearguard.

Indeed things could have got even worse for Pardew and his players had keeper Steven Bywater not produced an excellent stop to deny Gary Roberts' left-foot effort at the start of the second half.

Sheringham appeared to have eased the tension when he made Crewe pay for a foul just outside the area with a perfectly placed curling free kick.

But the warning signs were there for the promotion hopefuls as Luke Varney had a goal ruled out and Crewe levelled matters when Jones popped up at the far post to nod home.

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