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Preview: Crewe Must Beat Shrews For Checkatrade Progress

13 November 2018

Crewe Alexandra face Shrewsbury Town in the final group game of this season's Checkatrade Trophy in the knowledge that only a victory inside 90 minutes will be enough to progress.

Manchester City Under 21s have played all three of their games & are definitely through on seven points, whilst Tranmere Rovers are definitely out on zero points.

That leaves Crewe & the Shrews to fight it out for the final qualifying spot from Northern Group D this evening, with the Alex currently on three points & the Shrews on five.

A draw & subsequent penalty shoot-out win would not be enough for Crewe to progress as The Alex would then end of five points, whilst Town would have six.

Simple equation for Dave Artell & his troops then - straight knockout football - win or bust.

Group D North P Pts
Man City U21 3 7
Shrewsbury Town 2 5
Crewe Alex 2 3
Tranmere Rovers 3 0

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2018

Competition: Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group D

Venue: Alexandra Stadium

Previous Meeting At Host Club: Crewe 1-2 Shrewsbury (December 2015)

 

Crewe: The Alex could shake things up after Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup loss to Carlisle became the third defeat in a row - all without scoring.

After first round defeats now in both the FA & Carabao cups, Manager Dave Artell will be desperate to secure progression to the latter stages ofthe Checkatrade Trophy in order to build some momentum into the Alex's season.

Paul Green remains absent, but the rest of the regular first team squad members are thought to be available for selection including Ryan Wintle, who was omitted from Saturday's squad altogether, but could now come back into the reckoning.

 

Shrewsbury: The Shrews come into the contest as somewhat of an unknown quantity after the parted company with Manager John Askey yesterday.

Caretaker Boss Danny Coyne has taken the reins for the Checkatrade contest.

The Shrews could ring the changes having only played Salford City in the FA Cup on Sunday - just two days before this fixture.

Factor that in with the Shrews' not so hot league form, and a replay with Salford on Wednesday week after Sunday's game ended 1-1.

 

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