Crewe Alexandra are looking forward to the trip to Carlisle United this weekend, hoping to banish the ghost of the heavy defeat at Colchester in midweek.
Having another fixture so soon after the upset in Essex is a good tonic to help players & supporters alike move on & prepare again for another important match.
Date: Saturday 25 August 2018
Competition: Sky Bet League Two
Venue: Brunton Park
Previous Meeting At Host Club: Carlisle 1-0 Crewe (January 2018)
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (PL4, 15YC, 1RC)
Crewe: Harry Pickering is thought to be Crewe's only major doubt for the trip to Carlisle after coming off with an injury in the defeat at Colchester.
Boss Dave Artell is pleased to have a game so quickly after the disappointment suffered in Essex, seeing it as a chance to put things right.
The Cumbrians won the match 1-0 last season in what was a rather low quality contest on a freezing January afternoon.
Carlisle: The hosts sit nicely in the top six of the division after four games with seven points on the board.
They began the season with a 3-1 defeat at Exeter, but have since gone unbeaten, drawing with Northampton before successive victories over Cheltenham & Port Vale.
Tuesday night's win over the Valiants at Brunton Park was a comfortable one despite the eventual 2-1 scoreline, with Vale pulling a consolation back in the dying moments.
The Cumbrians did the double over Crewe last season, without the Alex scoring a goal.
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