Crewe back in cup action this weekend at the Jonny Rocks Stadium.
David Artell is expecting another tight affair against Michael Duff’s Cheltenham Town side in the FA Cup on Saturday. Duff’s Robins are once again one of the most consistent sides in League Two and they are currently second behind Newport County in the table. They drew 1-1 with fellow promotion candidates, Cambridge United in mid-week and they remain one of the favourites for automatic promotion.
Crewe drew 1-1 at the Jonny Rocks Stadium last season with Chris Porter cancelling out Gavin Reilly’s early opener. Crewe had to play the remaining 20 minutes with ten men after skipper, Perry Ng, was sent off for two bookable offences.
Ng made up for that red card by hitting the only goal of the game when the two teams met again in January. The goal ironically coming with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Ahead of our highly anticipated second round tie, Artell told us: “We played them twice last season and they were tight games. There wasn’t much in either game and we managed to draw down there and win 1-0 at home.
“There were not many chances and they are very organised and tough to break down. I think Michael’s first game in charge was against us and he has gone on to do a terrific job. They are going well again this season and will be looking to earn promotion.
“They play a certain way and their pitch suits them. It is a tight pitch and has a bit of a slope but it is always a good pitch there and it should be a good game of football.
“When you throw the magic of the FA Cup into the mix and the possibility of getting to the third round and drawing one of the bigger clubs, then it just adds to the importance of it. I am looking forward to it.”
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