Crewe fail to derail Dons' play-off push
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Second half goals from Neil Shipperley and Joel McAnuff hauled The Dons to within a point of the play-off zone and hammered another nail into Crewe's Division One coffin.
The hosts dominated the encounter in the capital and were rarely troubled in their quest for a precious three points.
Visiting goalkeeper Ademole Bankole was his team's saviour in a scoreless first 45 minutes with a string of smart saves.
The Nigerian was on hand to thwart Shipperley, McAnuff and debutant Adam Nowland, while Neil Ardley, who was orchestrating events in midfield, was also denied.
Crewe scarcely ventured beyond the halfway line but finally mustered an attack of promise in the closing five minutes of the first half.
First, Rob Hulse's effort was saved by Kelvin Davis and then teenage hot-shot Dean Ashton saw his shot kept out by the Dons keeper.
Into the second half and Wimbledon continued to exert their authority on the fixture and deservedly forged ahead on 58 minutes.
Darren Holloway's cross was met powerfully by Shipperley six yards out and the former Barnsley striker made no mistake in converting the chance.
Ten minutes later and the game was wrapped up when McAnuff grabbed his first goal since December by firing home a left foot drive from the edge of the area.
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Wimbledon 2-0 Crewe Alexandra