Crewe Alex: Vital statistics
Championship – March 3, 2006
SHEFFIELD UNITED 0
CREWE ALEX 0
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CREWE'S only goal-less draw of 2006 gave the club's battle against relegation a massive shot in the arm.
The pendulum of fortune swung in the Alex's favour when Adie Akinbiyi wasn't awarded a penalty when he had his route to goal blocked off by new boy Madjid Bougherra.
But in fact, it was the Railwaymen who had the better chances.
Gareth Taylor hit the side-netting after he was put clear by Bougherra's defence-splitting pass in the 38th minute.
And that was where Luke Rodgers deposited a late far-post volley, too, after Steve Jones's cross had looped kindly via a deflection on to his right boot.
Sheffield United: Kenny, Morgan, Armstrong, Geary, Jagielka, Bromby (Montgomery, 63), Flitcroft, Quinn (Ifill, 52), Gillespie (Kabba, 72), Akinbiyi, Webber. Not used: Kozluk, Horsfield.
Crewe: Turnbull, Jones, Foster, Ostemobor, Bougherra, Lunt, Bell, Grant, Jones, Rodgers, Taylor (Higdon, 71). Not used: Tomlinson, McCready, Walker, O'Connor.
Sheffield Utd: WWWDLW
WHO WE'D LIKE TO SIGN
Michael Doyle: The Blades captain offers experience and know-how in central midfield.
WHO TO BOO
Richard Cresswell: War-horse striker-cum-left midfielder helped Stoke City win promotion to the Premier League.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
James Adcock (Notts): Oversaw Crewe's 1-0 defeat at MK Dons at the end of September.
Sheffield Utd: Long, Collins, Williams, Westlake, Maguire, Doyle, Flynn, McDonald, Porter, Miller, Blackman.
Crewe: Martin, Tootle, Robertson, Ellis, Davis, Pogba, Osman, Murphy, Aneke, Dalla Valle, Moore.
Max Clayton comes off the bench to put Crewe 1-0 up, but Nick Blackman steals a point.