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Match Preview: Crewe Alexandra vs Macclesfield Town

22 February 2020

The Silkmen travel to Gresty Road as we prepare for the latest Cheshire Derby against Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two action this afternoon.

Crewe are locked in a four-way race for automatic promotion, whilst the Silkmen moved back above Morecambe and eight points clear of bottom club Stevenage after Tuesday’s draw against Plymouth.

 

Last Time Out

Paul Green’s first half own goal gave the Silkmen the advantage at Moss Rose last month before Callum Ainley’s strike deep into second half stoppage time ensured the points would be shared.

You can read more about that game, and find match highlights, here.

 

 

Recent Form

Crewe took the lead but ended up falling to defeat against Plymouth Argyle last Saturday, as Harry Pickering’s opener was cancelled out by Luke Jephcott, before Antoni Sarcevic secured all three points for Argyle from the penalty spot.

This followed four consecutive victories for The Railwaymen, three of which were at home.

Leyton Orient, Oldham and Crawley all fell to defeat at Gresty Road in that run, with Crewe’s home form being the cornerstone to their successful season so far.

 

Ones to Watch

Veteran striker Chris Porter leads the scoring charts for Crewe this season, scoring ten goals from just 22 league outings.

Since returning from a hamstring injury earlier this month, Porter has scored twice in the three matches.

Charlie Kirk has been Crewe’s standout player, however, with the academy graduate contributing six goals and a further thirteen assists from the left wing.

Daniel Powell has also been an important player for The Railwaymen this season, with the right winger scoring nine times in the league this campaign.

 

View from The Dugouts

Crewe manager David Artell had this to say when speaking about this afternoon’s match:

“It is a local derby and it will be tough. It was tough at their place and going there with the pitch as it is, is a tough place to go. It is never easy going to Macclesfield but we know we are a match for anyone in this division.

“We have to show that the first half at Moss Rose was the abnormal out of the four halves we are going to have. We were dominant in the second half there and we have to show more of the same over both halves this weekend.”

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of the match:

“We are really looking forward to it, it will be a really tough game. Obviously, it’s away from home which makes it tougher again, but they are fantastic opposition.

“We had a really great game here a couple of weeks ago and I think both teams acquitted themselves really well so fingers crossed we can both give the fans something to look forward to tomorrow.”

Mark's pre match thoughts in full can be found below -

You can find links to more of our pre-match offering below:

Away Day Blues

The Complete History Of Our EFL Visits To Crewe

Match Officials

Played For Both

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Match Reports

Match Report: Crewe 2 v 0 Macclesfield

22 February 2020

The Silkmen suffered a derby-day defeat against high-flying Crewe Alexandra this afternoon.

Chris Porter’s penalty and Stephen Walker’s calm finish in the first half were enough for the home side to reign victorious at the Alexandra Stadium.

After a relatively quiet opening, Crewe had the chance to score from the spot. Perry Ng jinked his way into the area before being tripped by Fraser Horsfall. Chris Porter duly despatched past Mitchell in the tenth minute , sending him the wrong way.

Crewe controlled the game after their opener and Macc gallantly looked to restore parity, against one of the league's most potent forces. Stephen Walker could’ve doubled Crewe’s lead when he wriggled through on goal, but Mitchell blocked well from a tight angle.

Shortly afterwards, Corey O’Keeffe had a glorious chance to level the game with a half volley inside the area, but he sliced his shot high and wide of the goal.

Smart link up play between Oli Finney and Charlie Kirk then resulted in the latter unleashing a powerful drive at goal,which was well saved by Mitchell

Crewe doubles their leadthe 35th minute after Kirk’s lobbed pass found Walker in acres of space on the Macc left hand side, and he smashed the ball past Mitchell to extend their advantage.

The second half started with Kelleher throwing himself in front of Ng’s shot which took it just wide of Mitchell’s right stick as the Railwaymen went on the hunt for a third.

Crewe’s pushed forward and they nearly got their third when Walker rolled his man before curling a shot that slammed against the post.

Macc had a chance to get back into the game after the hour mark when Horsfall’s looping header fell just wide of the post.

Will Jaaskelainen pulled off a stunning save late on after O’Keeffe was on the end of Whitehead’s whipped cross. Macc showed signs of life in the latter stages as they started to hit more balls into the box but ultimately, Head Coach Mark Kennedy will be disappointed his side didn’t ask more questions of the Crewe backline.

Mitchell, Kelleher, Gnahoua (Ironside 64’), Tollitt (McCourt 56’), Archibald, Kirby, Horsfall, O’Keeffe, Whitehead (Stephens 85’), Tracey, Cameron.

Subs: Blyth, Wilson, Fitzpatrick.

Attendance: 5413 (515 away fans)

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Crewe Alexandra (A)

20 February 2020

Macclesfield Town make the short journey over to Gresty Road this Saturday and we can confirm ticket prices for the game will be as per the below -

Adults - £22.00

Senior Citizens (60+) - £17.00 

Under 11s - £6.50

12-16 years - £10.50

Disabled - £17.00

Carer - Free

Supporters can purchase online at www.eticketing.co.uk/crewealex whre they will be able to choose their seat from the seating plan and then choose one of the following:

Digital Tickets download each of their match tickets to their Google Pay or Apple Wallet 
Scan their downloaded digital ticket at the turnstile. 

Print at Home, Print their barcoded tickets which can be presented at the turnstile

Collection, collect from the away ticket office on the day of the game.

Tickets  will also be available on the day from the away ticket office - which is situated right next to the away turnstiles.

This will be open from noon and cash/card payments are accepted.

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