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Flitcroft Expecting Tougher Test From Crewe

Gaffer Previews Saturday's Game

26 January 2018

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft is expecting a much different Crewe Alexandra team on Saturday.

The Reds host The Alex at The Energy Check County Ground tomorrow (3pm Kick-Off), just weeks after beating them 3-0 at Gresty Road.

However, Crewe have been able to add some experience to their squad with the likes of Paul Green and Shaun Miller arriving this month, and Flitcroft reckons his side will be in for a tougher test on Saturday. 

"Back in December the Window was shut and they had a few injuries, but they've been able to get the spine of the team stronger this month and they've brought some more players in," he said.

"They've got different weapons in their armoury and they seem to have gone for a bit more experience with Paul Green in midfield and they've got some loan signings.

"David (Artell) has assessed where they were at and it can be difficult to change the impact sometimes when the loan window is shut, but having that window of opportunity to bring players in, to change the squad and to drive competition is something they've been able to take advantage of.

"They will be a different looking team but I think they will still play the Crewe way and they will move the ball around the pitch - that is what playing a Crewe team does reflect."

And Flitcroft believes that the balance of the squad is now perfect heading into what is looking like a busy and crucial month.

"January has been about trying to get the balance of the squad right," he added.

"I've said to all the players that February is a critical month because it is Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday so you've got an opportunity to change it up because it is a physical and demanding league.

"It does give us an opportunity to change it up if you've got like for like to change it up, so February is going to be a massive month with having so many games.

"It does offer fantastic competition and you either give in to the challenge or you rise to the challenge - I'll be looking for players who are driven by competition and ambition."

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