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PREVIEW: CREWE

15 March 2019

All you need to know ahead of our trip North on Saturday...

SCENE SETTER

The Reds - who will wear their black away kit for the match - travel to the Alexandra Stadium for the seventh time in the league and will looking to pick up their second win at the venue. 

Crewe sit three places and four points above the Reds but have not won any of their last five matches, losing three and drawing two. They have lost their last two home mathes - 2-0 to Northampton and 2-1 Exeter City.

Town have won one in five, drawing three and losing one. Our last win on the road came at the end of January at Swindon but we have drawn two and lost one away from home since then. 

THE HISTORY

This will be the 14th league meeting between Crawley and Crewe. We have beaten them three times in the fourteen matches, with two of those coming in the last three years. Most recently, the Reds ran out 3-0 winners in December, despite being dominated by the Alex for a majority of the match at The People's Pension. Joe McNerney, Dannie Bulman and Josh Payne were all on target in that game. 

The first meeting between the sides was in 2011, when Matt Tubbs cancelled out Wes Fletcher's first half strike. Shaun Miller, who would later sign for Crawley, was sent off inside 15 minutes. Our first win over Crewe came in our fourth meeting, when Jamie Proctor's brace sealed a 2-0 home win. 

Since then, we went four matches without a win against the Railwaymen, until December 2016 when we recorded our first win on Gresty Road. James Collins scored both thr goals for the Reds to secure the win. 

TEAM NEWS

Crewe will be without captain George Ray due to suspension, as well as Jamie Sterry who was recalled from his loan by parent club Newcastle United. Defenders Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Nicky Hunt are both available again for the hosts, easing the loss of Ray and Sterry. 

Long term absentee Jimmy Smith is still unavailable, while Luke Gambin (groin) may still not be fit enough to make the squad. 

THE MATCH OFFICIALS

Tyne & Wear official Seb Stockbridge takes charge of only his fourth Crawley game on Saturday. His last Reds' appointment was the 1-0 defeat at Fleetwood Town in January 2015.

In the previous 2013-14 season he took charge of two Crawley games.

He sent off Billy Clarke in the 2-0 home defeat to MK Dons on Boxing Day 2013 and was also in charge of our 2-1 defeat at Bradford City the following April. 

This season he has given out one red and 88 yellow cards in 29 league and cup games. 

TICKET INFORMATION

It's pay on the day only for Reds fans. Ticket information can be found here. 

COVERAGE

iFollow subscribers can listen to the match via the service from 2.55pm with commentary from Gary Smith and summariser Ken Blackmore. 

There will also be coverage across our social media channels throughout the afternoon. @crawleytown on Twitter, Crawley Town FC on Facebook and crawley_town_fc on Instagram.


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