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Matchday Guide|Doncaster (A)

10 May 2024

Crewe Alexandra will aim to fight back from behind and earn a place in the League Two Play-Off Final when they visit Doncaster Rovers tonight (Friday, 8pm).

The Railwaymen, unbeaten in four on the road, start the Semi-Final second-leg 2-0 down but hope to be strengthened by players returning from injury.

The Opposition

Doncaster Rovers extended their unbeaten streak to 13 games with their 2-0 win at Mornflake Stadium on Monday.

Rovers have won their last eight games at Eco-Power Stadium, including a success at the expense of the Alex back in March.

The Gaffer

Former West Ham youth player Grant McCann played over 500 games throughout his career, including 100 for Peterborough, before starting out as a coach.

He has been Posh boss twice, took charge of Hull City between 2019-2022, and was appointed manager at Doncaster for a second time at the end of last season

Fighting Talk

Lee Bell: “We’ve got to be positive. We’ve given ourselves a big task away from home against the league’s form team, but we are putting a plan together. We will go there looking to score goals. It’s a test for us and one we are willing to take on."

Grant McCann: “We are going out to win the game, there has been no thinking other than that. The fans have been great all season and there has been a real atmosphere.”


The two sides have met 110 times. Doncaster has won 45 compared to Crewe's 38. The remaining 27 games have been drawn.

Ticket Details

Tickets are no longer on sale. There will be none available to Alex supporters at Eco-Power Stadium.

How to Get There

For directions, or more information on visiting Eco-Power Stadium, click here.

Can’t Make the Game?

The game will be screened live on Sky Sports from 7.30pm.

The match will be projected onto a big screen at the Railwaymen Bar & Lounge, Mornflake Stadium. Doors will open from 6.30pm. A full bar will be in operation.

Match Officials

Scott Oldham is the referee for tonight's clash and he will be assisted by Conor Brown and Jacob Lehane. Thomas Kirk will be the fourth official for the game.

Oldham has taken charge of 40 games this season and handed out 115 yellow cards and eight red cards. Oldham has refereed the Alex three times this season - in victories over Sunderland and Morecambe, and a draw with Derby.

Elsewhere in League Two

The second leg of the other Play-Off Semi-Final between MK Dons and Crawley will take place tomorrow (Saturday, 7.45pm).

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Match Reports

Railwaymen book trip to Wembley!

11 May 2024

Doncaster 0 Crewe 2 (2-2 on aggregate, Crewe win 4-3 on penalties)

  • Alex earn fifth Wembley appearance
  • Stryjek stars in shootout success
  • Demetriou bags 10th of season

Crewe Alexandra booked their place in the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley thanks a sensational fightback success at Doncaster Rovers.

Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, Lee Bell’s men travelled to Eco-Power Stadium with the aim of defying the odds against one of the country’s most in-form teams.

Rovers were unbeaten in 13 and had won eight on the spin at home.

But under the lights and live on Sky Sports, the Alex produced a performance brimming with heart and determination to keep their promotion dream alive.

Mickey Demetriou’s 10th goal of the season halved the deficit on six minutes, before a James Maxwell own goal made it all square on aggregate not long after.

Neither side could find a winner in normal time, or 30 minutes of extra time, so a penalty shootout was required.

Courtney Baker-Richardson, Ryan Cooney, Lewis Leigh and Charlie Kirk were successful from the spot, and keeper Max Stryjek made himself a hero by saving twice.

It was a night that will live long in the memory as Crewe exemplified the team spirit and togetherness that has shone through all season.

And the joyous scenes of celebration after the final whistle only brought players and fans closer together.

Now the Alex will gear up for the Final at Wembley on Sunday, May 19 (1pm) against either Crawley Town or MK Dons.

Lee Bell made four changes to the side that lost in the first leg earlier this week. Zac Williams suffered a suspected broken foot in that game so missed out, while Cooney, Matus Holicek and Josh Austerfield dropped to the bench.

Ed Turns was back in action after six weeks out through injury, and Conor Thomas started for the first time since the end of March. Aaron Rowe and Christopher Long returned in attack, as the Alex switched to 4-2-3-1.

Doncaster made one change, with the experienced Tommy Rowe replacing the injured Harrison Biggins.

Crewe made a dream start when Joel Tabiner stood up a corner to the far post and Demetriou climbed highest to nod down and into the net.

Long brought a save from keeper Thimothee Lo-Tutala which forced a 16th-minute corner and, from it, the Alex made it 2-0.

The ball was half-cleared but the visitors recycled the play and Long drilled the ball across goal where Thomas and Elliott Nevitt pressured Maxwell into turning it over his own goalline.

Rovers regained their composure and forced a number of corners. On 37 minutes Tom Anderson met a flag kick at the far post but keeper Stryjek was equal to the header.

Tommy Rowe met a Jamie Sterry cross from the right just before the break but Stryjek did well to save and hold.

Hakeeb Adelakun fizzed a 25-yarder narrowly over the bar just before the whistle sounded for half time.

The home side slowly grew in strength in the early stages of the second half, without truly threatening the goal.

On 63 minutes Richard Wood flicked a header narrowly wide while, at the other end, the hosts scrambled the ball away as Nevitt sniffed out a chance.

On 78 minutes, a super cross from Sterry was brilliantly defended by the head of Rio Adebisi, and the Alex defended the resultant corner well.

Crewe threw bodies on the line and survived a huge scramble in the six-yard-box following a Doncaster corner as the clock ticked down.

Normal time ended with The Railwaymen on the front foot, and a further 30 minutes were required.

Luke Molyneux’s powerful shot was flicked onto the post by Stryjek in the first half of extra time, as both sets of players tired.

Holicek was off target with a dipping volley late on in the second half of extra time, and Baker-Richardson saw a shot blocked from close in.

Both sides had given everything, and penalties were needed to decide it.

Demetriou saw his spot-kick saved but Stryjek denied Zain Westbroke to even it up.

Kirk dispatched Crewe’s last penalty and Stryjek saved from Adelukan to send the travelling fans wild.

Doncaster (4-2-3-1): Lo-Tutala; Sterry (Miller, 112), Anderson, Wood, Maxwell (Olowu, 112); Craig (Westbroke, 101), Bailey; Adelakun, Rowe (Hurst, 60), Moleyneux; Ironside.

Subs not used: Jones, Broadbent, Waters.

Booked: Lo-Tutala.

Crewe (4-3-3): Stryjek, Adebisi, Turns, Demetriou, Billington; Tabiner (Austerfield, 59), Thomas (Leigh, 86); Tracey (Baker-Richardson, 66), Rowe (Cooney, 86), Long (Holicek, 59); Nevitt (Kirk, 104).

Subs not used: Finney.

Booked: Nevitt, Rowe, Austerfield, Stryjek.

Referee: S Oldham.

Attendance: 12,889 (1,271).

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Ticket News

Play-Offs | Ticket details for second leg at Doncaster

9 May 2024

Season Ticket Holders can book their seats for the Play-Off Semi-Final second leg clash at Doncaster Rovers.

Click here to purchase your tickets.

Crewe Alexandra have been allocated 1,589 tickets for the game, which will be staged at Eco-Power Stadium on Friday, May 10 (8pm).

Tickets are now on general sale.

Ticket details:

Adult £20
Senior (65+) £16
14-24 £16
13 and Under £5*

All juniors 13 and Under must be accompanied by an adult/senior.

There is strictly no sales on the day.

Coaches depart at 4pm and are priced at:

Season Ticket Holders - £21

Non Season Ticket Holders - £22

For those who are unable to attend at Eco-Power Stadium, the Railwaymen Bar & Lounge will be open for supporters to watch the game. Further details will be announced in due course.

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