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Preview| Swindon Town (A)

18 November 2022

Crewe Alexandra travel to The County Ground to take on Swindon Town on Saturday (3pm).

After two consecutive victories, the Railwaymen will aim to continue their 100% record under interim manager Lee Bell but face a stern test against a Swindon side who are unbeaten in the league since the start of October.

The Opposition

The Robins currently sit sixth and occupy a spot in the Play-Off places, having only been defeated three times in 18 league outings this season.

Last time out, the Wiltshire side drew 1-1 at home against Tranmere Rovers, with Jacob Wakeling netting the equaliser for Swindon. 

The Gaffer

Scott Lindsey was appointed Head Coach in June 2022 following the departure of former manager Ben Garner to Charlton Athletic.

Following a career in non-league football, Lindsey joined the Robins as their Under-18 coach in 2014 but moved to Forest Green Rovers two years later to become their assistant manager.

A two-year stint at non-league side Chatham Town soon followed as manager, before rejoining Swindon as Garner’s assistant in July 2021.

Fighting Talk

Lee Bell: “They are a good team with good foundations. They’ve had to rebuild over the last couple of years, and they’ve added more experience this time around.

“They play some good football and have solid individuals, but again we just want to focus on us and being the best version of ourselves.”

Scott Lindsey: “They're very much possession-based. Lee Bell has helped them to two wins in a similar style to us. Their goalkeeper can play too, so we know what we're going to face.

“They're not a team who pumps it long and collects the second ball, they make you work hard. We're ready for that.”

Team News

Crewe will be without Courtney Baker-Richardson for the foreseeable future after sustaining a serious hamstring injury in training. Rod McDonald is in contention to feature, but Christopher Long may be held back another week in his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.

Swindon will monitor the fitness of Tyrese Shade and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, but the game has come too early for the return of Tom Clayton and Angus MacDonald.

Head-to-Head

The Robins have the upper hand in head-to-head meetings, winning 21 of the 43 fixtures between both sides, with Crewe victorious on 16 occasions.

The Alex have won four of their last seven meetings but fell to a 3-0 defeat last time out in November 2021 in the first round of last year’s FA Cup.

Officials

Andrew Kitchen will take charge at the County Ground on Saturday, having last refereed an Alex match in our opening game of this season, a 2-1 victory away to Rochdale.

He will be assisted by Joseph Stokes and Michael Chard, with Louis Marks appointed as fourth official.

Elsewhere in League Two

Barrow v Hartlepool United; Bradford City v Northampton Town; Colchester United v Doncaster Rovers; Grimsby Town v Stevenage; Harrogate Town v Mansfield Town; Newport County v Gillingham; Salford City v Carlisle United; Stockport County v Leyton Orient; Sutton United v Rochdale; Tranmere Rovers v AFC Wimbledon; Walsall v Crawley Town.

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