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Preview: Alex Head To Buoyant Robins

14 September 2018

Match Previews

Preview: Alex Head To Buoyant Robins

14 September 2018

Crewe Alexandra head to Cheltenham Town this weekend, looking for a first taste of points away from home in Sky Bet League Two this season.

There was a victory on the road last time out though in the form of the epic 4-3 victory at Tranmere in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The Robins have yet to win on their own patch this season, but will be buoyed by the return of Club legend Michael Duff as Manager - this his first game in charge.


Date: Saturday 15 September 2018

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Venue: Jonny-Rocks Stadium (Whaddon Road)

Previous Meeting At Host Club: Cheltenham 1-0 Crewe (December 2017)

Referee: Brett Huxtable (PL6, 22YC, 3RC) - Refereed Newport 1-0 Crewe earlier this season


Crewe: The Alex have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Robins, with the squad well rested following a matchless weekend.

Paul Green, Harry Pickering & Eddie Nolan remain on the sideline, but Kevin O'Connor is fit to return after his head injury, & new loanee Corey Whelan is available for the first time.

The Alex started to build momentum before the enforced break with back-to-back wins in all competions & will now look to replicate that form at a traditionally difficult place to go for Crewe teams.


Cheltenham: The Robins have Club legend Michael Duff in the dugout for the first time after he was announced as the Clubs' new manager earlier this week after Gary Johnson was relieved of his duties.

A defender in his playing days, he represented Cheltenham over 300 times from 1996-2004 before moving on to Burnley. The appointment has created quite a buzz around the Club & they'll be eager to get the 'Duff era' off to a positive start.

Tom Field & Sam Jones are rated 50/50 for the match after picking up knocks, with Duff having a largely fully fit squad to choose from.


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