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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Shaun Miller (88')

Shaun Miller strike earns Crewe maximum points

Shaun Miller came off the bench to grab the only goal of the game for Crewe and leave struggling Morecambe looking over their shoulders.
In a poor-quality game, chances were at a premium, with the Shrimpers' Callum Lang missing the visitors' best opening when he failed to convert from close range in the second half.
But Miller made no mistake as he fired a volley into the top corner in the 89th minute to take Crewe to the 50-point mark for the season.
Early on, Jordan Bowery was thwarted by veteran goalkeeper Barry Roche, who saved with his legs after the in-form striker raced clear on the left of the box.
Morecambe suffered a blow when the lively Garry Thompson crumpled on the turf with a serious-looking leg injury and departed on a stretcher. But they went close when skipper Michael Rose's low free-kick forced a fingertip save from Ben Garratt.
Crewe finished the half the stronger and Luke Conlan was well-placed to block a Bowery effort and Roche was out bravely to save at the feet of Paul Green.
But Lang should have put the visitors ahead after the break when he arrived onto substitute Gregg Wylde's cross, only to prod wide.
It was a costly miss as Miller pounced after Eddie Nolan headed on from a corner.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Leyton Orient 20 +21 48
2 Stevenage 20 +15 43
3 Northampton Town 20 +14 39
4 Barrow 20 +3 34
5 Carlisle United 20 +10 33
6 Bradford City 20 +6 33
7 Mansfield Town 20 +2 33
8 Salford City 20 +5 31
9 Swindon Town 20 +3 31
10 Walsall 20 +8 30
11 AFC Wimbledon 20 +1 29
12 Stockport County 20 +7 28
13 Doncaster Rovers 20 -4 28
14 Tranmere Rovers 20 +3 27
15 Crewe Alexandra 19 -4 25
16 Grimsby Town 19 +1 24
17 Sutton United 20 -8 23
18 Newport County 20 -3 22
19 Crawley Town 20 -8 21
20 Harrogate Town 20 -6 19
21 Rochdale 20 -15 15
22 Colchester United 20 -10 14
23 Gillingham 20 -18 14
24 Hartlepool United 20 -23 12