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Matchday Guide | Sutton (A)

3 March 2023

Crewe Alexandra make the long trip to take on Sutton United at Gander Green Lane on Saturday (3pm).

Lee Bell’s side will aim to build on a five-game unbeaten run, and improve on a 1-1 draw with Rochdale last time out.

The Opposition

Sutton currently lie ninth in League Two on 50 points, as they push for a Play-Off spot.

The Yellows are on a six-game unbeaten run, including three wins in their last three games. Last time out, they were 2-0 victors at Newport County, thanks to goals from Cody Rowe and Alistair Smith.

The Gaffer

Matt Gray took charge of the club in May 2019 on a full-time basis, following an interim spell, and guided the club to the EFL for the first time in their history in 2021.

Gray nearly pulled off one of the great shocks in the EFL Trophy last season, leading 2-1 against Rotherham United in the final with minutes to go. But they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser and went on to lose 4-2 after extra time at Wembley.

Fighting Talk

Lee Bell: “They (Sutton) have taken to EFL football really well, they recruit well, and they have evolved as the season has gone on. We have to match them in the battle but also come out on top when the football is played.”

Matt Gray: “The next step is Crewe on Saturday, and we’ve got to make sure to continue our strong home run going, put another three points on the board. We don’t have to be in the Play-Offs on Saturday, but hopefully come May 8 we’ll be there”

Team News

Crewe will welcome fit-again Charlie Colkett back to the squad. Kelvin Mellor is still a week away from featuring in the first team, Courtney Baker-Richardson has upped his training schedule, whilst David Amoo, Christopher Long and Zac Williams remain sidelined.

Sutton United will assess the fitness of Donovan Wilson after he was taken off against Newport at half-time due to a knock.

Head-to-Head

There has only been one meeting between both sides, and that took place earlier in the season, as the Alex were victorious on a sunny Tuesday night in August courtesy of a Courtney Baker-Richardson goal to win 1-0.

Officials

Daniel Middleton has been appointed referee for Saturday’s encounter, having last taken charge of the Alex in October 2022, a 1-0 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers in the EFL Trophy.

He will be assisted by Ryan Whitaker and Declan O’Shea, with James Vallance on standby as fourth official.

Elsewhere in League Two

AFC Wimbledon v Mansfield Town; Bradford City v Colchester United; Carlisle United v Grimsby Town; Harrogate Town v Gillingham; Leyton Orient v Swindon Town; Northampton Town v Crawley Town; Rochdale v Stevenage; Salford City v Newport County; Stockport County v Doncaster Rovers; Tranmere Rovers v Hartlepool United; Walsall v Barrow.

Ticket details

For information on tickets for the trip to Sutton click HERE.

How to Get There

For information on travel, and details of facilities at Sutton, click HERE.

Fanzone

There is a Fanzone available at Sutton for Crewe fans, behind the away end. Food and drink are available, and it opens at 1.30pm.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Sutton 1 Crewe 1

4 March 2023

  • Honours even in first clash at Gander Green Lane
  • Agyei makes it 10 goals for season
  • Mellor and Baker-Richard return to fold

An injury-time equaliser denied Crewe Alexandra victory on their first ever trip to Sutton United.

Dan Agyei’s 10th of the season gave The Railwaymen the advantage going into the break.

But when Red McDonald was sent off shortly after the hour-mark, the task grew more difficult.

Crewe defended bravely with 10 men, but Coby Rowe headed a leveller for the hosts on 93 minutes.

It will be a feeling of frustration for Lee Bell and his men, who worked so hard to avoid a 15th draw of the season.

But that makes it six games unbeaten, as they prepare for the visit of Salford on Friday (7.45pm).

Bell made one change to the one side that drew with Rochdale last time out, with fit-again Kelvin Mellor replacing the suspended Connor O’Riordan in defence.

Top-scorer Courtney Baker-Richardson was deemed fit enough to take his place on the bench after being out of action since October, and Charle Colkett was also amongst the subs after a spell on the sidelines.

Sutton, who wore the traditional red colours of Sutton Guild Rovers to commemorate one of the two clubs who merged to form Sutton United exactly 125 years ago, brought the first save of the game from James Beadle, when Rowe headed on target from a free-kick.

The game was scrappy and goalmouth action was at a premium, but the first real bit of quality paved the way for the opener.

Joel Tabiner’s super skill in the box created to space for a cross, and Crewe won a corner. Tariq Uwakwe’s delivery was precise and Agyei powered a header home, on 33 minutes.

On 42 minutes some good work from Agyei set Elliott Nevitt racing towards goal, but his powerful left-footed strike was kept out by keeper Jack Rose.

Lee Angol’s direct free-kick went straight into the Crewe wall just before the break, and the well-travelled striker fired straight into the arms of Beadle before the whistle.

Three minutes after the restart, Crewe defended a corner and McDonald’s marauding run forward teed up Agyei for an accurate cross, and Sean Robertson was inches away from making it 2-0 when he met the ball at the far post.

Ryan Finnigan, who had been booked, was subbed around the hour mark with the management team no doubt fearing he could be sent off by referee Daniel Middleton.

And the official did brandish the red card on 64 minutes when McDonald caught Angol with a high boot.

Home sub Matt Dennis headed over as Sutton ramped up the pressure, and Beadle had to make a brave block from the same player after a mix-up with Mellor.

On 78 minutes Agyei found himself with a shooting chance but he didn’t generate enough power to beat the gloves of Rose.

Beautyman should have made it 1-1 but volleyed over from close range following a United corner.

And in injury time Rowe rose highest to nod the equaliser after meeting a cross from the right.

Sutton (4-3-3): Rose; Hart (Kouassi, 75), Rowe, Goodliffe, Kizzi; Randall (Milsom, 75), Eastmond, Ajiboye; Angol (Dennis, 69), Bugiel (Boldewijn, 75), Beautyman.

Subs not used: House, Dundas, Lovatt, Milsom, Kouassi.

Booked: Eastmond.

Crewe (3-5-2): Beadle; O’Riordan, McDonald, Offord; Adebisi, Robertson (Griffiths, 69), Finnigan (Thomas, 51), Tabiner (Ainley, 60), Uwakwe; Agyei, Nevitt (Baker-Richardson, 69).

Subs not used: Richards, Brook, Colkett.

Booked: Tabiner, Finnigan

Referee: Daniel Middleton

Attendance: 3,954

 

 

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