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MATCH PREVIEW: CREWE ALEXANDRA

1 October 2018

Swindon have their second game in four days as they travel to Gresty Road to face a Crewe side who have lost their last three matches.

Phil Brown’s side were held at home against Oldham on Saturday, but kept their fourth clean sheet in five games to ensure another point and keep up their recent defensive form.

Town are unbeaten in four away games with impressive displays against Morecambe and Yeovil following draws on the road against Crawley and Forest Green.

Elijah Adebayo is still hunting down Michael Doughty as the club’s top scorer this season with the Fulham loanee on four goals, one behind Doughty. Steven Alzate still trails Oldham’s Dan Gardner in the League Two assist charts.

The Oppo

Crewe have struggled to pick up three points so far this season – but when they have it’s been emphatic.

The Railwaymen have only won twice in the league this season, both coming in the first game of each month so far this season – a record that Town will be looking to break.

Both of those wins have been at home – on the opening day of the campaign, they hit Morecambe for six before comprehensively beating Macclesfield 3-0 at Gresty Road, in their opening match of September.

Last time out, they lost 2-1 to strugglers Notts County with Rob Milsom and Elliott Hewitt grabbing the goals for Harry Kewell’s side – Jordan Bowery notched the goal for the Alex.

They sit 18th in League Two on eight points – half of Town’s return so far.

Head-to-head

Town have a good record against the Railwaymen – home and away. You’d have to go back to 2012 to find an Alex win, with Byron Moore bagging a brace in similar fashion to the one a fortnight ago at the Energy Check County Ground. Raffaele De Vita scored for the Town that day.

Swindon stuck six past Crewe last season with a lightning-fast opening 20 minutes seeing three goals for the Robins – scored by Kaiyne Woolery, Amine Lingazi, and Luke Norris.

Back in 2013, Ryan Mason scored a hat-trick at SN1 as Town romped to 5-0 win in League One.

23 Aug 2014        Swindon Town v Crewe Alexandra            W            2-0          League One

28 Feb 2015        Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town            D             0-0          League One

05 Sep 2015        Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town            W            1-3          League One

16 Jan 2016         Swindon Town v Crewe Alexandra            W            4-3          League One

23 Dec 2017        Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town            W            0-3          League Two

27 Jan 2018         Swindon Town v Crewe Alexandra            W            4-3          League Two

 The Gaffer

David Artell had a playing career that lasted almost 20 years as a professional – he played for a total of 12 clubs in that time which included Rotherham, Mansfield, Chester, Morecambe, Port Vale and Northampton Town.

He played a total of 72 times for Crewe, also, as a centre-back. Former manager, Jim Bentley described him as ‘committed, aggressive, and brave.’

In  2014, while still playing for Bala Town in non-league football, Artell became Academy Operations Manager at Gresty Road and three years later was appointed first-team manager, replacing Steve Davis. On 5th May 2018, Artell selected a starting XI who were all Academy graduates.

In summer 2010, the Crewe manager graduated from the University of Chester with a degree in forensic biology, and also has a degree in forensic and analytic science from Sheffield Hallam University. He also runs Open Goal  a tax consultancy for footballers in 2013.

Former manager, Jim Bentley also said about him: “If I ever went on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, David would be my phone-a-friend. He might look thick but don’t be fooled. Education-wise and in terms of football knowledge, he’s probably the cleverest bloke I ever played with.”

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REPORT: CREWE 1-0 SWINDON TOWN

2 October 2018

Swindon were beaten 1-0 by Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road as they failed to score for the second game in a row.

Charlie Kirk's effort was turned into the net by Joe Romanski midway through the first half despite Town’s dominance but as the game went on Crewe managed to dampen attack after attack with stubborn defensive work.

Ellis Iandolo almost salvaged a late point after coming on as a substitute as he roamed into the box and rolled a low effort which, two inches inside, would have been the equaliser.

Elijah Adebayo did manage to beat Crewe goalkeeper, Ben Garratt, but his effort was ruled out after the striker was adjudged to have handled the ball.

First Half

Luke McCormick was called into action early on by Kirk – after a chipped ball evaded the Town back four McCormick had to react quickly to get his body behind a stinging shot.

Town started to gain a foothold in the game after their early scare – some one-touch football in the centre circle set Steven Alzate free, he found Keshi Anderson who moved the ball onto his left foot and struck wide.

Town continued to move the ball well – Alzate, involved again, found Dunne who, once again, played to Anderson – this time his shot was tame and didn’t trouble Garratt.

On the half hour, Crewe struck. Charlie Kirk drilled a close-range shot towards goal – McCormick parried but as Joe Romanski tried to clear, he helped the ball in via the post.

Swindon continued in similar fashion despite going behind – Dunne found Marc Richards with a long, raking pass. His knock down was met by Anderson again – his touch took two Crewe defenders out of the game but Garratt was equal to his resulting shot.

Second Half

It was a scrappy opening to what had been a free-flowing game in the first half – 15 minutes of dogged football ensued.

With an hour played, Luke McCormick pulled off another excellent save to prevent a second. Town broke off of the save with the pairing of Dunne and Anderson continuing to cause Crewe problems  Alzate had the ball laid off to him but his shot didn’t quite curl back far enough and went past the post.

The introduction of Ellis Iandolo gave Swindon a new wave of energy – and his influence almost got Town the equaliser. He weaved inside onto his left foot – he struck but couldn’t quite guide it inside the post. As the ball bounced away, Elijah Adebayo couldn’t stretch out a leg fast enough to turn in.

From then, Town’s best opportunities came from Iandolo’s set-pieces but Crewe, desperate for a result, were strong enough to blunt the efforts of Town. 

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CREWE TICKET DETAILS

Follow the Town to Gresty Road for another big game in League Two.

11 September 2018

Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 – KO 7.45pm

Swindon Town are pleased to announce ticket information for our upcoming fixture against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday 2nd October.

Swindon have been allocated the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand and it is all covered seating.

 

 

Ticket Category

 

 

 

Seating

 

Adult

 

 

 

£22

 

Over 65

 

 

 

£17

 

12 – 16 years

 

 

£10.50

 

Under 11

 

 

£6.50

 

Disabled

 

 

£17

 

Carer

 

 

FREE

 Supporters have until 3pm on Monday 1st October to purchase tickets for this fixture. Tickets will also be available on the day to Swindon supporters.

All tickets not collected from STFC will be taken up to Crewe Alexandra by our official coach travel for supporters to collect on match day.

 

Priority Windows

General Sale – Thursday 13th August 9am

For wheelchair tickets please contact Swindon Town FC.

How to Book

Online @ www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown

In person @ STFC Club Shop

Telephone @ 0330 002 1993 option 2

 

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