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Preview: Crewe

14 March 2017

Match Previews

Preview: Crewe

14 March 2017

A full look ahead to tonight's game at the Checkatrade Stadium

The Reds will be looking to build on Saturday's 2-2 draw at Barnet when they host Crewe Alexandra tonight (7.45pm).

Goals from Rhys Murphy and Enzio Boldewijn earned Dermot Drummy's men a share of the spoils against the Bees at the weekend and now the side have a chance to register their first home win since January 14.

Their opponents sit in 21st position in EFL Two ahead of the midweek contest and fell to a 2-1 one defeat to Newport County in their last outing on Saturday. But they did win 1-0 at Portsmouth last time out on the road and will provide another tough test for Crawley.

The Opposition:

The Railwaymen started the campaign strongly with just one defeat in their opening eight league matches following relegation from League One last term.

Three consecutive victories over Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City and Grimsby Town set the tone for what looked to be  strong campaign. But a slide down the table throughout autumn and winter meant  long serving Steve Davis was sacked in January and has  been replaced by former defender and captain David Artell in the manager's position.

Since taking the hot seat at the start of the calendar year results haven't changed too dramatically - their last trip on the road did end in an eye-catching 1-0 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park but Artell was left frustrated when Newport came from behind to win 2-1 at Gresty Road on Saturday.

The manager could welcome back Chris Dagnall and George Cooper for the game against the Reds - click here to read what Artell had to say ahead of the contest.

Previous Meetings:

The reverse fixture between the two sides this season ended in a 2-0 victory for Dermot Drummy's men at Gresty Road back in December. 

A goal in either half from James Collins gave the Reds a welcome win on the road in what the Head Coach described as 'one of the best away performances of the season.'

The teams had previously met when both were in League One two years ago - with a 1-1 draw at the Checkatrade Stadium, when Izale McLeod scored, and a 0-0 draw on Good Friday 2015.

Reds recorded their last home victory over Crewe in 2013 in League One, when two second half goals in as many minutes from Jamie Proctor gave Richie Barker's men the win. This will be the tenth League meeting between the teams and at home Reds have won one, lost one and drawn two.

The Officials:

Darren Deadman will take charge of the game on Tuesday  - click here for details on his previous appointments and his assistants.


Click here for a guide to ticket prices and how to buy for the fixture.

Follow it live:

Reds Player HD subscribers can enjoy full commentary of the game from John Barnett, Harry Maynard and Tony Vessey from 7.40pm.

Fans can follow minute by minute updates on our official Twitter account - with half time and full time updates on our Facebook page.

Instagram and Snapchat users can go behind the scenes throughout the evening.

After the game a full match report and all the reaction will be available on our official website, YouTube channel and Reds Player HD.

Tweets by @crawleytown

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