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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 21:08 GMT 22:08 UK
Crewe 0-4 Wimbledon
Wimbledon brought a winless run to an end with an emphatic display at Crewe.

It took Terry Burton's men just two minutes to break the deadlock when Kevin Cooper's half-cleared corner fell to Wayne Brown who hammered a shot past Ademole Bankole in the Crewe goal.

Wimbledon were always dangerous on the counter-attack and a quick break saw David Nielsen work out a shooting chance, but the striker fired over from 25 yards.

Crewe were straight on the attack after the break and Steve Macauley should have buried a chance from point-blank range, but inexplicably volleyed over from Smith's free-kick.

The Dons came desperately close to a second when Michael Hughes picked out Nielsen, and the header beat Bankole only to crash back into play off the post.

Then David Connolly forced a brilliant save from Bankole with a snap shot from just eight yards out.

Nielsen arrogance

Alex hit back with Kenny Lunt playing in a terrific ball, but Rob Hulse headed over from close range.

At the other end Nielsen burst through the Crewe defence only to fire straight at Bankole.

Connolly added the Dons' second in the 65th minute, latching onto Macauley's slip and his shot took a wicked deflection off Dave Walton to beat Bankole.

Cooper made it 3-0 after 75 minutes, taking the ball wide of Bankole after a defensive mix-up before squeezing the ball inside the post from a tight angle.

Nielsen sealed the win with almost arrogant ease, racing onto a loose ball before drilling the ball past Bankole from 12 yards.

The Dane caused the Crewe defence all manner of problems from the start and he twisted and turned past Walton before firing a low shot from close range that Bankole did well to stop.

Crewe battled back as Shaun Smith raced down the left before delivering a cross into the danger area, but Colin Little and Hulse got in a muddle and Hulse's weak header was easily dealt with by Wimbledon goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.

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