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Opposition View: Crewe Alexandra (A)

21 February 2020

The Silkmen make the short trip across Cheshire to Gresty Road tomorrow afternoon, as we take on promotion-chasing Crewe Alexandra in our next Sky Bet League Two contest.

The hosts currently sit in third position on 61 points, just two points off top spot. David Artell’s side have been in remarkable form recently, only losing one of their last eight matches.

That defeat came at the hands of fellow promotion chasers, Plymouth Argyle last weekend. The Railwaymen took the lead early in the first half through Harry Pickering, only to see their lead swept away in a 14-minute double salvo from Plymouth, with Luke Jephcott and Antoni Sarcevic getting the goals.

Before that match, David Artell’s side had won four straight matches. They started that run with a 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient at the end of January, followed by three more consecutive victories away at Walsall and then at home to Oldham Athletic and Crawley Town respectively.

Crewe are the top scorers in Sky Bet League Two this season, scoring sixty goals so far. At the other end, they have struggled to keep clean sheets - with only two since the start of 2020. They have conceded forty goals this season - the same amount as Mark Kennedy’s side.

We last faced Crewe on January 21st, drawing 1-1 at Moss Rose. The Silkmen could count themselves unlucky in that match after some fantastic defensive work. However, the visitors would rescue a late draw deep into injury-time through Callum Ainley.

Opposition Manager Comments:

David Artell spoke to Crewe’s website ahead of this tomorrow's game - 

"We have to lick our wounds and go again this weekend. We felt hard done by because we should have had two pens, one where the referee has accused my player (Stephen Walker) of diving, which it never was.

“We have also created some chances and missed a sitter, so we should have won. It is not sour grapes. Plymouth won the game and credit to them.

“We have Macclesfield at our place at the weekend and we go again. The performance was there against Plymouth, just not the result and that is what we have got to improve on this Saturday.”


One To Watch:

Crewe Alexandra have four players on double figures for goals and assists this season. One dangerman that has been crucial to Crewe’s promotion push is Charlie Kirk.

The winger has recorded eight goals and fourteen assists alreadythis season.

He broke through from the Crewe academy in 2016 and has gone on to make 134 appearances for The Railwaymen.

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