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Saturday, 15 December, 2001, 17:26 GMT
Crewe 1-1 West Brom

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Former England midfielder Geoff Thomas spoiled the Baggies chances of going second in Division One with his first goal since rejoining Crewe.

Jordao fired the Baggies ahead after 27 minutes with a lethal finish.

The striker raced onto Danny Dichio's flick-on to clip the ball over Alex keeper Clayton Ince from just inside the box.

And Gary Megson's men were still celebrating when 37-year-old Thomas smashed home the equaliser just five minutes later.

Veteran Thomas received the ball in the inside left channel from Dean Ashton and drove home a ferocious shot which gave Baggies keeper Russell Hoult no chance.

Crewe made the best of a frantic start, with Kenny Lunt sending Rob Hulse racing clear of the Baggies defence, but a poor first touch gave Hoult chance to claim.

West Brom hit back with Bob Taylor feeding Igor Ballis but the shot was struck inches wide.

Crewe's Dave Brammer lost the ball in his own half and Derek McInnes played in Dichio, but Efe Sodje did just enough to put the striker off and the shot flew over.

Missed chances

Next Ballis screamed a shot at goal from 30 yards which Ince grabbed at the second attempt.

Crewe came out fighting after the break, winning an early corner.

Lunt curled the set-piece expertly onto Ashton's boot, but the 18-year-old hooked the ball into Hoult's arms.

Baggies thought they had a penalty after 60 minutes when Dichio's header looked to hit Hulse's arm inside the area, but referee Peter Walton waved away the appeals.

Then Neil Clement's deep cross was met by the head of Adam Chambers, but Ince got down well to make the save.

Clement was in action again moments later, this time choosing to take on Ince himself with a shot from distance, but the big keeper managed to push the effort round the post.

Crewe battled back and should have taken the lead when Hulse fought his way to the by-line, but Phil Charnock missed the cut-back with the goal at his mercy.

Then Ashton fired a terrific shot from 18 yards but Hoult just managed to get an outstretched hand onto it to palm it onto the post.

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