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PREVIEW | CREWE ALEXANDRA

A look ahead to Tuesday night as we travel to Cheshire to face high flying Crewe Alexandra

10 February 2020

The Reds are on the Road again on Tuesday evening as we take the trip to Cheshire to face second placed Crewe Alexandra.

Our last meeting with the Railway men ended in a 2-1 defeat at The People's Pension Stadium. Bez Lubala gave the Reds an early lead in the 16th minute before Ryan Wintle squared things up before the break. Paul Green put Crewe 2-1 up ten minutes after the restart as Town were unable to fight back and succumbed to their first home defeat of the 2019/2020 campaign.

Form Guide: 

The Reds come into the fixture on the back of 8 points from their previous four picking up two wins and two draws. Town’s previous game ended in a 0-0 stalemate with Salford City. 290 Reds fans made the 498 mile round trip to the Peninsula stadium to see the Reds grind out a point against the Ammies. Despite the Reds having chances themselves it was the hosts that found themselves with the better of the bunch. Glenn Morris had an inspired performance and deservedly picked up a man of the match vote. A looping ball came over the top of the defence and Elliot rose highest to head towards goal an oncoming Morris had to stop in his tracks and backpedal to tip over the bar to keep the score at 0-0. A challenge on Josh Dacres-Cogley early in the second half from Ashley Hunter should perhaps have warranted more than a yellow card but referee Leigh Doughty brandished a yellow card. With the point Town moved another place up the table rising to 12 position only 8 points from the promotion places.

Crewe are in fine form having won three on the trot and not losing in the previous six fixtures. This form seems them sitting 2nd in the table occupying one of three automatic promotion places. In their last fixture Crewe defeated Oldham Athletic in emphatic style as they came back from being 1-0 to win 2-1 and in the process scoring a 96th minute winner. Jonny Smith for the travelling Oldham in the 48th minute to give the visitors an unlikely lead, James Jones then tied things up for the hosts in the 55th. Oldham looked to hold onto a point but the Railway men had other ideas Charlie Kirk netted in the 96th minute after seven were added on to make sure Crewe kept the pressure on league leaders Swindon.  

TEAM NEWS:

Lewis Young and Bez Lubala remain doubts for the Reds with the game coming too soon for Joe McNerney.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Town have faced the Railway men 15 times in all competitions with Crewe having the majority of the spoils defeating the Reds 8 times with Crawley picking up just three wins against Tuesday's opponents and the points being shared on four occasions.

Our first meeting came in 2011 in Towns debut football league season. On both occasions that season the points were shared as both games ended in 1-1 draws. Matt Tubbs scored in our first meeting with Crewe to rescue a point in Cheshire following an early Wes Fletcher goal. It was a similar story in the reverse fixture as Gary Alexander scored an 88th minute penalty to bring a point back to Sussex. Both teams were promoted to League 1 at the end of the season.

Our last meeting with the Railway men ended in a 2-1 defeat at The People's Pension Stadium. Bez Lubala gave the Reds an early lead in the 16th minute before Ryan Wintle squared things up before the break. Paul Green put Crewe 2-1 up ten minutes after the restart as Town were unable to fight back and succumbed to their first home defeat of the 2019/2020 campaign.

IN CHARGE:

Darren Drysdale (Referee)

Lisa Rashid & Oliver Bickle (Assistants)

Andrew Hendley (Fourth Official)

TICKETS AND HOW TO BUY:

Click here for all your ticketing information for tomorrow's fixture.

HOW THEY BET:

A home win is marked as 7/10 a draw 13/5 and an away win 7/2

For more odds got to www.skybet.com please gamble responsibly. 


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