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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town

Get set for tomor

5 November 2021

Swindon Town are in Emirates FA Cup action on Saturday when they head to the Mornflake Stadium to take on Crewe Alexandra.

Ben Garner's team will be hoping to progress to the Second Round of the competition this weekend, although they will have to get past EFL Sky Bet League One opposition first.

Allow us to get you set for tomorrow's game...

LAST TIME WE MET...

An own goal from Travis Johnson and a Scott Twine strike gave the Reds a 2-1 victory at The County Ground on 20th February 2021.

FULL RECORD V CREWE ALEXANDRA

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TICKET NEWS

Town will once again be backed by a large following this Saturday.

For those who need to collect, you can collect your tickets from the Crewe ticket office on the day.

TEAM NEWS

Town will be without defender Romoney Crichlow (ankle), although everyone else is fit and should be good to go.

A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS

David Artell, Crewe Alexandra Manager: "We have played Swindon over the last few years and we are familiar with a lot of their players. They have a relatively new manager in Ben (Garner) and a few things are bound to change as he stamps his own authority on his team but we have come up against most of their team and know what to expect.

“They are a league below now but are going really well under Ben, so we know it is going to be a tough ask. It will be even tougher if are not prepared to match their endeavour. We will have to stand up and be counted, play our football and show why we are a league above.

“If we don’t then we could be in for a long afternoon."

Ben Garner, Swindon Town Head Coach: "We're looking forward to the game - we're excited.

"It is a break from the league but we want to do well in this competition and we certainly want to go to Crewe and win tomorrow.

"Crewe have got good players, they are a League One team and they've had a club identity over the years, a business model if you like and there are still some good players there.

"We know the threats they will pose and the quality they have within their squad. They are trying to get some momentum into their season and I'm sure they will be desperate to win.

"It should be a good game and one we're looking forward to.

"They've got a good mix to their game. They've got some really good footballers, especially in central midfield, but they've also got the ability to go a little bit more direct and Chris Porter is very good at the level as a target man, Mikael Mandron can either come on for him or play with him and there's a really good mix to their game.

"They've got really good creativity with the way they attack, they play in different shapes, different formations and we've looked at them in detail.

"We know the challenges we are going to face on that front, but we are also confident that we can cause them problems and can go there and win the game.

FOLLOW THE ACTION LIVE

Not heading to Crewe on Saturday? Don’t panic because there are numerous ways to keep up to date with all the action.

Live updates will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages, in addition to our Match Centre on the website, which can be found at the top of the home page on matchdays.

In the wake of the game, https://www.swindontownfc.co.uk/ will be the place to go with a full report, reaction and pictures available to view and read through shortly after the final whistle.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Crewe Alexandra 0-3 Swindon Town

Reds advance in the Cup!

6 November 2021

Swindon Town are through to the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup after comfortably beating Crewe Alexandra 3-0 at The Mornflake Stadium this afternoon.

Louis Reed gave his team the lead at half-time thanks to an outstanding strike from outside the box, with the first-half a tightly contested affair.

Tyreece Simpson then continued his hot streak with his third goal in two games to get the second-half off to a flying start, before Reed wrapped up the win with a sweetly-struck free-kick to send Town into Round Two.

Town Head Coach Ben Garner made two changes in total as Akin Odimayo replaced the injured Romoney Crichlow at the back, while Jack Payne came in for Ben Gladwin who dropped to the bench.

With the Emirates FA Cup allowing nine subs, the likes of Jordan Lyden, Harry Parsons and Mo Dabre were among the options off the bench.

It wasn't the most ideal of starts for Town who were forced into an early change with Rob Hunt replacing the injured Mathieu Baudry.

They then had the first real chance of the game from a Louis Reed corner as Kaine Kesler-Hayden couldn't keep his shot down despite being in acres of space.

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Harry McKirdy had a golden opportunity after being played clean through by Reed, but he was denied by the onrushing David Richards.

However, the Reds would land the first blow of the afternoon with 25 minutes played thanks to a superb piece of play by Reed.

After the play was salvaged by Jonny Williams, Ellis Iandolo fed the ball back to Reed who, from 25-yards-out, proceeded to smash home the opening goal of the game.

Crewe nearly responded in stunning fashion as Tom Lowery's corner was cleared only as far as Luke Murphy who let fly from outside the area, and his strike whistled inches over the bar.

Lowery then drove into space before trying his luck but his tame effort was easy for Jojo Wollacott to deal with, before Chris Porter couldn't steer his header on target.

Jack Payne attempted to double Town's lead but his shot from a tight angle bounced off the post and out, while Billy Sass-Davies sent his header over at the other end as Louis Reed's sublime strike proved the difference at the break.

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HALF-TIME: CREWE ALEXANDRA 0-1 SWINDON TOWN

Crewe began the second-half on top but Town delivered the sucker-punches to end all sucker-punches with 52 minutes played as McKirdy slipped in Tyreece Simpson, who composed himself before curling a neat finish into the bottom corner.

Reed saw his free-kick from outside the area deflect over the bar, before Madger Gomes blasted a shot inches wide for the hosts who were looking to muster up a response.

Town had the ball in the back of the net again through Iandolo but their celebrations were cut short by the offside flag already being up, while Simpson tried his best to make it 3-0 after being played clean through on goal, but he was denied by Richards.

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Ben Gladwin had replaced Jonny Williams before that with Swindon firmly in the driving seat, and the Reds wrapped up a comfortable win with just over 25 minutes played.

After Scott Robertson had brought down Jack Payne just outside the area, Reed stepped up and did what he does best by curling in a superb strike into the bottom corner for his second goal of the afternoon.

Town then made a trio of subs as Jayden Mitchell-Lawson, Alex Gilbert and Ryan East replaced McKirdy, Simpson and Reed respectively.

And that was that as the Reds saw the rest of the game out to secure their passage into the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

FINAL SCORE: CREWE ALEXANDRA 0-3 SWINDON TOWN

TEAMS AND STATS

CREWE ALEXANDRA - Richards; Adebisi, Thomas (Josh Lundstram 64), Offord, Lowery, Porter (Mikael Mandron 64), Murphy (C) (Scott Robertson 74), Gomes (Oli Finney 75), Daniels (J'Neil Bennett 45), Sass-Davis, Kashket. 

SUBS NOT USED - Jaaskelainen, Knight, McFadzean, Griffiths.

BOOKED - Scott Robertson. 

SWINDON TOWN - Wollacott; Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy (C), Baudry (Rob Hunt 14), Simpson (Alex Gilbert 85), Payne, McKirdy (Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 85), Williams (Ben Gladwin 71), Kesler-Hayden, Reed (Ryan East 85).

SUBS NOT USED - Ward, Lyden, Parsons, Dabre.

SCORERS - Louis Reed (25, 78), Tyreece Simpson (52).

BOOKED - Jonny Williams, Rob Hunt.

Referee - Trevor Kettle.

Attendance - 2,303.

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