Crewe Alexandra 1 Wimbledon 0

Steve Jones' 14th goal of the season earned Crewe a 1-0 victory over spirited Wimbledon, but Stuart Murdoch's side can feel hard done by after they dominated most of the game.

They were without big striker Patrick Agyemang but the strong running of Nigel Reo-Coker and Joel McAnuff ensured they had plenty of the game in the first half.

Reo-Coker trundled a low shot past the far post and McAnuff peppered Crewe keeper Clayton Ince's goal with a range of shots from all angles.

Crewe were barely in the game when Steve Jones curled a low shot which forced veteran Dons keeper Steve Banks to dive smartly to his right to hold.

Steve Jones was guilty of straying offside on several occasions and when he finished off Dean Ashton's delivery in the 26th minute the flag was raised against him.

Crewe were barely convincing but Ben Rix went closest in the goalless first half when he clipped a 20-yard shot onto the top of Banks' crossbar.

Reo-Coker's departure at half time after picking up a knock may have been a decisive factor as they were hardly as threatening again and when Steve Jones nudged Crewe in front on the hour mark they struggled to get back into the contest.

The Northern Ireland international was set up by Ashton's spade work on the left of the box, he teed up Mike Higdon but when the ball broke substitute Neil Sorvel looped it back over to Jones who appeared a couple of yards offside as he headed down into Banks' goal.

Kenny Lunt almost sealed the win with a curling 20-yard free-kick which just missed the top corner and Rix wasted a good shooting chance in the later stages.

When McAnuff wriggled free from David Wright the Dons could have stolen an equaliser they would have deserved on the balance of play, but the youngster shot straight at Ince from a tight angle.