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MATCH PREVIEW: CREWE ALEXANDRA (H)

19 February 2021

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Town play host to David Artell's Crewe Alexandra side at the County Ground on Saturday afternoon in Sky Bet League One.

Both sides enjoyed a rare Tuesday off to prepare for the clash in Wiltshire, with the Reds having ten days to prepare, following Saturday's postponed fixture at Bristol Rovers.

The opposition have also had a lengthy time off, having not been in action since February 6th where they lost 2-0 away to Peterborough.

The last time Town were on the pitch, they were on the end of a 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth with Ronan Curtis and Ellis Harrison scoring for Kenny Jackett's side.

When the lads faced Crewe in December, Anthony Grant and Tyler Smith put Town 2-0 ahead, before being pegged back before the half when Daniel Powell's effort squeezed between Matej Kovar and the post.

The second-half of the affair was certainly one to forget as goals from Perry Ng, Tom Lowery and Owen Dale succombed Town to a 4-2 loss.

The Opposition:

The Railwaymen have drawn five times in the last nine League matches and came out victors on two occasions winning 3-2 against Bristol Rovers and beating Shrewsbury Town 1-0 at the beginning of the month.

Artell's men sit comfortably in mid-table amassing 40 points so far this season and will look to use their passing style of play when they visit SN1.

Typically, the visitors set up in a 4-3-3 formation and will hope to exploit from wide positions. One to watch for Crewe will be 22-year-old winger Dale, who has managed seven League goals this season. He also scooped up the League One Player of the Month award for December.

Team News:

Jonathan Grounds returns to the side after a lengthy time on the sideline, picking up a calf injury against MK Dons in December. The Gaffer gave an update in the pre-match press this week, explaining the likes of Joel Grant and Tyler Smith will be available next week and will therefore not be in contention for a squad place tomorrow.

How To Watch:

Our match against Crewe is available to stream via iFollow STFC, where supporters who are non-Season Ticket Holders are able to purchase a Match Pass for a fee of £10.

 


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