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Preview: First Ever Meeting With Salford City

20 September 2019

Crewe Alexandra are hoping to return to winning ways at home after the 3-2 reverse against Cambridge last weekend fresh off an impressive three points from the trip to Leyton Orient in midweek.

The match is the first professional meeting between the two sides after the Ammies' promotion from the National League last season.

After a dream start to life in League Two with an opening day victory over Stevenage, Salford now sit 16th in the table with 11 points from their opening nine games.

Crewe are currently sitting pretty in second place in League Two having enjoyed six wins from nine & are looking to keep the good form going heading into the Salford game.

The Alex's Under 18s did meet Salford at the Penninsula Stadium in the second round of the FA Youth Cup last season, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Connor Heath and former scholar Malachi Linton.

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Date: Saturday 21 September 2019

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Venue: Alexandra Stadium

Referee: Will Finnie

Previous Meeting at Host Club: No previous meeting between the sides!

 

Team News:

Crewe: Paul Green sits out the second match of his three game ban after being sent off against Cambridge last weekend.

Other than that, David Artell has reported a fully fit squad for the clash with the Ammies. It could be the same XI that defeated Orient in midweek.

 

Salford: Graham Alexander made eight changes to his side on Tuesday night and was rewarded with a 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town - he could go with the same side for the Crewe trip.

Richie Towell and Jack Baldwin both missed the game after picking up injuries and will be checked.

Defender Nathan Pond returned from a knock as a late substitute and comes into contention for a starting place.

 

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Match Reports

Report: Crewe 4-1 Salford City

21 September 2019

Stunning goals from the Alex see them storm back with sublime second half display.

There will probably never be a game of two halves quite like this one this afternoon! Crewe Alexandra came out in the second half to blitz a shell-shocked Salford City side who had deservedly gone in at the interval 1-0 up thanks to Adam Rooney’s tap-in.

Two goals from the influential Tom Lowery, a first of the season from Harry Pickering and a superbly directed header from Chris Porter saw Crewe run out deserved 4-1 winners on our second half performance alone. They were four goals of the highest quality from a rampant Crewe Alexandra side, who completely controlled and dominated the second period.

With Crewe playing at our tempo, Salford had no answer to our fantastic football this afternoon in that second 45 minutes. It ended 4-1 and it could have been more. It was a second half spectacle from David Artell’s side and it cements our second place in the League Two table behind Exeter.

After some impressive performances as an impact substitute and some starts in the Carabao Cup, winger Owen Dale, was handed his first league start of his career. Daniel Powell dropped to the substitutes’ bench after he started at Leyton Orient on Tuesday night.

Defender Nicky Hunt retained his place in the centre of defence ahead of Olly Lancashire.

Salford City set their stall out very early and they were well organised in setting traps for Crewe to surrender possession far too easily.

They would pounce on us early when the ball was played into midfield and we found it increasingly difficult to break them down. Salford’s captain Adam Rooney flicked an early header wide and then Eddie Nolan was a relieved man to see Nicky Hunt cover behind him after his miss hit back pass dropped invitingly for Scott Wiseman to cross into the Crewe box. Hunt was well placed to clear.

Crewe’s sloppiness continued in that first half and little things were not coming off. Our decision making was not like it has been in recent weeks and that gave Salford some real impetus.

Tom Lowery tried to get us going by getting on the ball in and around the Salford penalty area. He worked off Chris Porter on the edge of the box but couldn’t quite bring his curling shot round enough to trouble Kyle Letheren. Lowery, who was arguably our most forward thinking player, in that first 45 minutes then shot wide of the mark.

Salford were tactically drilled by Alexander and they continue to frustrate Crewe. The tempo was wasn’t quick enough and the passing not crisp enough to drag the Salford players out of position.

The visitors were always prepared to hit the longer ball as well, looking for the nuisance factor of Rooney and the height of Mani Dieseruvwe. They combined before the goal but the eventual cross was a little high for Rooney to reach and Dieseruvew wasted an unchallenged free header after centre-half Carl Piergianni had won the first header from a set-piece free-kick.

Eddie Nolan also had to race from his position to block a fierce drive from Mark Shelton as Salford continued to have their best spell of the half.

Salford continued to drop off and make it a wall of bodies to get through. When we did make some inroads mainly through the trickery of Lowery, he was fouled by Sam Hughes, who was booked.

Crewe huffed and puffed trying to make some genuine chances, and Kirk had a half chance at the far post but it wasn’t easy and he drilled his shot a yard wide.

In truth, Salford shaded that half in terms on being on the front foot and they took the lead on 39 minutes due to a mistake from Will Jaaskelainen. The young Alex goalkeeper had a routine collection to make from a low cross from Dieseruvwe - but it bounced up at a critical moment and after it slipped from his grasp, an alert poacher Rooney poked it home. It about summed up our first half display.

Whatever David Artell and his coaching staff said at half-time it certainly worked. Crewe came out a completely different side and were quick to get on the front foot. After Rooney had volleyed a half chance wide, Crewe began to impose themselves on the game.

The Railwaymen became more fluid in our passing and after a fantastic period of possession that saw a host of players involved, Ryan Wintle provided a really tempting cross and Chris Porter pulled off to direct his header past Letheren for his fourth goal of the season. It was just the response Crewe needed and it seems to inject a real dose of confidence into our play.

Moments later a lively Dale rocked the woodwork and he was then unlucky to see his header cleared from the line by Ibou Touray. The raised tempo was causing Salford all sorts of problems.

Then a deep cross from Pickering was headed just wide by Porter as we looked to take the lead for the first time.

On 57 minutes that goal we deserved finally came and what a goal!

James Jones who continued to drive Crewe forward, played the ball into Lowery and after he had accepted a touch off from target man Porter, Lowery produced a sublime flick with his heal to deceive the final defender and race through on goal.

Not only was the trick unbelievable that went over his own head, but he showed a real composure to sit the Salford goalkeeper down and then dink it over him. It was an outstanding finish and it will take some beating for our goal of the season! It was Tom’s third of the campaign and there would be more to come from the Man-of-the-Match.

Dale continued to torment Piergianni with his pace and direct approach and the outstanding football from Crewe really raised the atmosphere inside Gresty Road.

The roof nearly came off the place when on 62 minutes, the ball was moved around to eventually find Pickering on the edge of the Salford box and he didn’t hesitate to arrow an unstoppable shot into the opposite top corner. Letheren didn’t stand a chance as it flew across him. In fact, he never even moved.

It was a wonderful strike and his first goal of the season. Crewe had the cushion of two goal lead and everything we were trying to do in the first half was coming off now.

Jones forced a good save from the busier Salford goalkeeper with a low drive and Perry Ng sent a shot over the bar after more good play. Another wicked cross from Pickering only needed a touch from Dale at the far post.

Crewe were really enjoying their afternoon now and Dale left the field to a standing ovation to be replaced by Daniel Powell.

At the other end, a rare corner for the visitors hit Maynard and could have gone anywhere and their pacey substitute Devante Rodney whistled a cross over that Pickering did exceeding well to turn behind. They didn’t threaten nearly as much as the first half as Crewe continued to dominate the football.

The final goal of the game was well worked as well. Jones timed his pass to perfection to release Porter into the right hand channel and his cross was met by Kirk. His initial effort was saved but the grateful Lowery was there to tuck home the loose rebound for 4-1. It was sparkling stuff from Crewe and such a contrast from the first half when we had struggled to really trouble Salford.

Anene and Ainley were given a run out as subs and caught the eye as well. The excellent Lowery had a late chance to hit a hat-trick when he was presented with a chance from a free-kick in the 90th minute but on this occasion he fired a yard wide.

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Ticket News

Tickets: Salford City Next Up At Home

18 September 2019

Tickets are on sale for Crewe Alexandra's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Salford City at the Alexandra Stadium on Saturday 14 September.

It's a first even professional meeting between the two teams, with Salford earning promotion from the National League play-offs last season.

Crewe are sitting second in League Two as things stand with six wins from nine games & go into the clash against Graham Alexander's side full of confidence after winning at another promoted team in Leyton Orient in midweek.

Match day ticket prices have been frozen, with member rates continuing to offer Crewe Alex supporters the best value for money after that of a season ticket. Click here for information on becoming a member.

Tickets are on sale now via the online box office, including the select-a-seat function as well as print-at-home & digital tickets. There is also availability from the in-store ticket office & over the phone.   

 

Crewe Alexandra v Salford City

Saturday 21 September, 3:00pm

2019/20 League Match Ticket Prices (Member rate in brackets)
  Main Stand Gresty Road End Family Stand
Adult £22 (£18) £20 (£17) £20 (£17)
Senior (60+) £17 (£14) £15.50 (£13) £15.50 (£13)
17-19 Years £22 (£12.50) £20 (£11.50) £20 (£11.50)
Student £22 (£11.50) £20 (£10.50) £20 (£10.50)
12-16 Years £10.50 (£8) £9.50 (£7.50) £9.50 (£7.50)
Under 11 £6.50 (£5) £6(£4.50) £6 (£4.50)
Disabled £17 (£14) £15.50 (£13) £15.50 (£13)
Family Ticket N/A N/A £20.00*


*Family Ticket is for 1 adult & 1 under 11 in the Family Stand.

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The simplest way to purchase your tickets is via the 24-hour online box office. Click here to head over to www.eticketing.co.uk/crewealex/ & select-your-seat.

Alternatively, you can call the ticket office on 01270 252610 Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm or on a home Saturday match-day from 9am-2pm.

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