The Silkmen play host to high flying Crewe Alexandra in this evening’s Cheshire derby as we look to bounce back from Saturday’s narrow defeat at Colchester United.
The Railwaymen have defied expectation so far this campaign to be in the hunt for automatic promotion; and could even overtake league leaders Swindon Town by winning their two games in hand.
Crewe have been in impressive form in the league recently, with convincing victories against Stevenage and Carlisle in the last month helping them keep pace with the sides at the top.
However, there have been setbacks along the way with a 3-1 defeat against Swindon Town coming a week after their F.A Cup run came to an end in the 3rd round against Barnsley.
The Silkmen, meanwhile, suffered our first defeat of the year on Saturday after a run of two draws and a victory to start 2020.
Last Time Out
Our last meeting with Crewe will live long in the memory, a 3-3 draw with Reece Cole netting a dramatic equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time.
George Ray looked to have won the game for Crewe after his goal in the fifth minute of added on time, but Reece struck to claim a draw for the Silkmen in one of our most memorable games of the 2018/19 campaign.
Ones to Watch
Chris Porter leads the scoring charts for Crewe this campaign, netting ten goals in all competitions for the Alex.
FC Midtjylland loanee Chuma Anene is just behind him on nine and the Silkmen backline will have to be on top form to annul the threat these forwards will inevitably pose.
Crewe’s most dangerous player this campaign, however, has been winger Charlie Kirk.
The winger has contributed 12 assists and six goals for the Alex this campaign and stopping him would go a long way to dealing with Crewe’s potent attack.
View from The Dugouts
Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy spoke to Silkmen TV to give his thoughts on the match. Here is what he had to say:
"I'm really looking forward to it, they are a really good team," he said.
"They play a good style of football and have a good mix of players in there playing the right way.
"They are flying high in the league and had another really good result on Saturday; so it will be a really, really tough game for us but one that we are looking forward to and a game we will embrace, especially with it being a local derby."
Meanwhile, Crewe manager David Artell had this to say ahead of the game:
“They will have a strong team and they have been going well, the points deduction masks what has been a good season for them,” he said.
“They have now got a new manager who has a wealth of experience and has played at the highest level and with Wolves U18s and 23s for the last couple of years, so he knows how to work with players and it is going to be an interesting game.”