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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 Swindon Town 33 +21 63
2 Exeter City 33 +14 63
3 Crewe Alexandra 33 +20 61
4 Plymouth Argyle 32 +17 60
5 Cheltenham Town 32 +21 54
6 Port Vale 34 +6 54
7 Colchester United 34 +13 52
8 Northampton Town 33 +11 52
9 Bradford City 34 +6 51
10 Forest Green Rovers 34 +2 46
11 Salford City 34 0 44
12 Cambridge United 34 -6 44
13 Walsall 34 -11 43
14 Crawley Town 34 -1 41
15 Grimsby Town 32 -2 41
16 Newport County 31 0 40
17 Leyton Orient 34 -9 38
18 Oldham Athletic 34 -15 37
19 Scunthorpe United 33 -9 36
20 Mansfield Town 34 -7 35
21 Carlisle United 33 -17 35
22 Morecambe 34 -24 30
23 Macclesfield Town 33 -8 29
24 Stevenage 34 -22 22