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Crawley: Preview & Ways To Follow The Game...

27 April 2018

Unable to make our final away trip of the season? The Alex have you covered…

 

Crawley Town FC vs Crewe Alexandra

Sky Bet League Two

Broadfield Stadium

Saturday 28 April, 2018

Kick-Off 3:00pm

 

Crewe head to Crawley for the penultimate game of the Sky Bet League Two Season, with both sides confirmed safely in mid-table.

The Alex are currently 17th, but can end the campaign as high as 15th with Cheltenham and Stevenage just one & two points further ahead.

After a shaky start to the campaign, the Red Devils went on a fine run over December and into the new year to pull well clear of any relegation danger. Results have since petered out, but it's still been a decent campaign for Harry Kewell's charges.

Crewe are ending the campaign on a high. Since mid-February, The Alex have won six of their 12 games, drawing a further two. That run has meant a stress-free final few games for Dave Artell, who says he may well experiment with his side in the final few fixtures.

If you're not heading to Crawley for the game, there are plenty of ways to follow the match action live and the Alex have you covered!

 

UK Subscribers to iFollow will be able to listen to live commentary from the game on IFOLLOW THE ALEX.

Overseas-based fans will be able to watch the game LIVE on IFOLLOW THE ALEX – for a £5 (or eqv) one-match-only pass.

UK can subscribe to iFollow The Alex HERE for a monthly fee of £4.49

Supporters without a subscription can follow live updates, including instantaneous goal updates, from the game via the Club’s official Twitter account, @crewealexfc.

Be part of the conversation and join in our matchday coverage by tweeting #CreweAlex. We want to hear from you! Whether you are at the game or not, tweet us your pictures of you supporting the Alex and we will retweet some of our favourites!

Live updates are also available via the club's official Facebook page, CREWE ALEXANDRA FOOTBALL CLUB and official website, WWW.CREWEALEX.NET courtesy of our brand new MATCH CENTRE.

Meanwhile, team news will be posted across all of the club’s social media platforms roughly an hour before kick-off.

Elsewhere, a match report will be available on WWW.CREWEALEX.NET, after the game.

Manager and player post-match interviews will feature on IFOLLOW THE ALEX after the game, with extended match highlights and a full match replay also available to watch back from midday the day following the game.

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Report: Crawley 1-2 Crewe

28 April 2018

Crewe: Garratt, Sterry, Ng, Ray, Bakayogo, Green, Wintle, Ainley (Kirk, 88), Pickering (Lowery, 90+5), Bowery, Miller (Porter, 73)

Unused Subs: Richards, Walker, Nolan, Reilly

Goals: Ng (5), Pickering (51)

Attendance: 2,089 (154 Crewe)

 

Crewe Alexandra’s final away game of the season ended in a 2-1 win at Crawley’s Checkatrade Stadium. Goals in each half from Perry Ng and Harry Pickering scored in between Jimmy Smith’s early equaliser for Crawley was enough to see Crewe move to 53 points with a home game against Cheltenham Town still to come.

Defender Perry Ng gave the Railwaymen the perfect start by calmly converting in the fourth minute, but Crawley were level inside the opening ten minutes thanks to a flying header from their captain Jimmy Smith.

Six minutes into the second half, Jordan Bowery found Harry Pickering and the youngster lashed home his third goal of the season to put Crewe Alexandra ahead for a second time. Although Crawley went close to drawing level for a second time when a header from Roberts hit the woodwork, Crewe saw out a deserved victory by standing firm.

David Artell made three changes from the Crewe side that defeated Morecambe in the dying minutes last week. The match winner, Shaun Miller, was recalled to the starting line-up ahead of Chris Porter. With the consistent Eddie Nolan and youngster Charlie Kirk rested for the trip to West Sussex, the full-backs Jamie Sterry and Zoumana Bakayogo returned to the starting XI. The defensive switch-around allowed Artell to have a look at Perry Ng at centre-half again alongside Captain George Ray. The versatile Harry Pickering moved into a midfield role on the left.

Callum Ainley was an early threat for the Alex, twice drifting past Aryan Tajbakash with relative ease down the right hand side. Ainley’s second venture into the penalty area saw him win a corner from the diving Glenn Morris. Crewe took full advantage after a low shot from Sterry took a deflection to fall invitingly into the path of Perry Ng and he tucked it comfortably into the roof of the net.

The Crawley players appealed for an offside flag that never came and rightly so because Ng looked onside when the ball fell at his feet. It was the defender’s fourth goal of an impressive season.

Crewe’s lead lasted for just four minutes as the home side hit back in the 9th minute. Lewis Young’s cross from the Crewe left was touched on by Thomas Verheydt and Jimmy Smith flew in at the far post to head past a helpless Ben Garratt. A lively game had already seen two goals and plenty of action at either end of the pitch.

After Sterry had contested a header close to the half-way line, Miller’s quick touch into Ainley allowed the youngster to get the ball out of his feet and whip over a cross that Bowery was a touch unlucky not to head on target. He met it well enough but it sailed just over Morris’ crossbar.

At the other end, Grant had a shot from the edge of the Crewe penalty area blocked by the well positioned Ray. The towering Verheydt curled one into the gloves of Garratt after creating a yard of space for himself, but it was never really going to test the Crewe number one.

After the early frenzy, the game was, as expected, going to settle down and have a bit of lull. Both teams continued to play some good possession football though but that final ball or cross was just lacking the quality that was shown in the opening 20 minutes.

It was defences on top as we entered the last few minutes of the first period. Zoumana Bakayogo started to make some overlapping runs from his left back position and after winning a corner, Ray just couldn’t rise tall over to get a firm connection with Ainley’s deep cross.

In the opening couple of minutes of the second half, a wicked low cross from Sterry appeared to get a slight touch from Ainley but Bowery just couldn’t quite reach it at the far post. It had been such a tempting cross from the on-loan Newcastle defender and it only needed a decisive touch from the Crewe front man.

Crewe had switched Ainley and Pickering over to make sure they paired themselves up with the same full-backs as the first half and after a swift counter attack on 51 minutes, we regained the lead. Bowery fed Pickering and his determination to head for directly towards goal, saw him fire past Morris and into the opposite corner of the Crawley net. It was a wonderful finish from Pickering who registered this third goal of the season with his right foot.

The Pickering goal injected even more confidence into the Crewe side and Ainley was denied a third goal after a superb run and shot. His powerful drive was saved by Morris and at that point had kept the home side in the contest.

In response, Crawley’s full-back Young got in behind Bakayogo after he unfortunately slipped at a crucial moment and the Crewe defender had Ng to thank for shuffling along to cut out his low cross. Josh Payne also shot rather tamely at Garratt after Crawley thought they had a legitimate case for a penalty but in truth it was a fantastically timed tackle from the recovering Green.

Kewell made a double substitution on 64 minutes with Jordan Roberts and Panutche Camara replacing Tajbakash and the tiring Verheydt.

Five minutes later, and his confidence high, Ng hit an ambitious free-kick on target from 30 yards that Morris did well to hold. Any mis-handling would have dropped to Bowery.

Moments later, Crawley almost drew level when Roberts’ looping header struck the woodwork and they couldn’t force the rebound home mainly because of the determination of Ray to give it out.

Crewe made their first change with 18 minutes left on the clock with Porter replacing Miller.

The Railwaymen continued to press, aiming to secure the killer third goal. Kewell’s Red Devils kept going too, aiming to find a second equaliser of the game.

Crewe were standing firm though and defending our box with real purpose. The lively substitute Camara saw a shot blocked by the excellent Ng and Ray got his head on most things as the home side started to load our box.

Sub Porter so nearly squeezed home from a tight angle but again it was a smart save from Morris.

With the minutes ticking away, Artell changed Kirk for Ainley. With a spirited Crawley trying desperately to find that equaliser, Crewe broke superbly in stoppage time to release Porter but he was again denied by Morris and Bowery couldn't connect with Kirk's pull-back.

Yorwerth was booked following a late clash with Ng before Lowery replaced match winner Pickering.

Crewe showed great game-mangement in the four minutes of injury time to see out the game and collect the three points.

 

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Ticket News

Tickets: Crawley Final Away Challenge

26 April 2018

Crewe Alexandra travel to Crawley looking to end the 2017/18 away campaign with victory.

It's the final away trip for the Alex of the season and Dave and the boys will be looking to end on a high after an upturn in results on the road in the final months.

Crawely went on a fine run from December to February to ensure themselves safety, but have since gone off the boil.

Tickets are available now from the Alex ticket office.

 

Crawley Town v Crewe Alexandra

Saturday 28 April, 3:00pm

Ticket Details  Seated
Terracing
Adults £20 £16
Seniors (65+) £15 £12
Under 21 Years £13 £11
Under 18 Years £10 £10
Under 16 Years £4 £4
Under 11's £1 £1

Tickets will be on sale until 3:00pm on Friday 27 April, subject to availability. 

Tickets are on sale from the Crewe Alexandra ticket office now.

Call the ticket office on 01270 252610 on Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm or on a home Saturday match-day from 9am-2pm.

Alternatively, away tickets are available to purchase online at The Alexandra Store website, click here to redirect.

 

OFFICIAL COACH TRAVEL 

Official coaches depart from Gresty Road at 08:00am and are priced at:

Seaon Ticket Holders & Members    £19

Non-Season Ticket Holders              £20

 

Click here to view our upcoming home ticket news

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