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Crewe Alex vs. Bristol City

Gresty Road

19 Oct 2013


First Win To Come At Crewe?

City are back in action this weekend after the international break and travel to Crewe Alexandra looking for a win that would take them out of the bottom four.

In fact a win would see City move onto the same number of points as Crewe who currently sit in 18th place with nine points.

But Crewe have shown in their last game that they are not the pushovers that everyone was beginning to think they were. Last Saturday they went to Preston and came away with a very good three points after winning 2-0.

And that was a vast improvement on the last three games which has seen three losses and no goals scored, even worse they conceded 11.

City lost last time out to Wycombe in the JPT, but they have had two 1-1 league draws on the bounce. One being at home to Colchester which they should have won and the other being away at Port Vale where again, they did more than enough to warrant a win.

So after a good rest, it's all to play for and God knows we need that first win.

Vital Quotes:

Crewe manager Steve Davis: "Bristol City are a decent side who have come down from the Championship and they have a big budget and were expected to do well. They have found life hard in this league and that just goes to show how tough it has become.

"The league has improved with the likes of Bristol City and Wolves coming down and the clubs that have come up from League Two such as Bradford and Gillingham.

"Sean will be disappointed with the start they have made and he will be working hard to turn things around as soon as he can. That makes them a dangerous opponent and we will have to improve on our last two home games against Walsall and Gillingham.'
(Crewe official website)

Crewe Alex Team News:

George Ray could be back for Crewe this weekend after missing the win at Preston because of international duty.

Fellow central defender Harry Davis is another week away from a return, he is suffering from a knee injury.

Brad Inman, who scored against Preston is out with a virus
Mathias Pogba and Ryan Colclough are still both out.

Player to watch: Byron Moore

The 25 year old winger is in a current good run of form after heart to heart talks with the management, a local lad that made his debut in 2007 and has amassed 263 appearances since.

Moore has previously attracted interest from Championship and Scottish Premier League clubs.

Bristol City Team News:

Bristol City will assess striker Sam Baldock before the game as he has been struggling with a groin injury.

However, he trained on Thursday and the Robins hope he will be available.

Defender Louis Carey will miss the game, he is still suffering the after effects of a virus.

Centre-back James Wilson has returned to Ashton Gate following the end of his loan spell at Cheltenham while striker Ryan Taylor has been involved in a couple of reserve games so is ready if needed.

Player to watch: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Four games since he last scored, so he is due to find the net anytime now.

Match Facts & Stats

Crewe have won 50%, drawn 15% and lost 35% of their last 20 home games.

Crewe have kept a clean sheet in 35% of their last 20 home games.

Crewe have failed to score in 15% of their last 20 home games.

City have won 10%, drawn 30% and lost 60% of their last 20 away games.

City have kept a clean sheet in 10% of their last 20 away games.

City have failed to score in 30% of their last 20 away games.

Ref Watch:

Geoff Eltringham:

So far this season Eltringham has been in charge of just six games and all of them have seen cards shown. 20 yellow cards have been shown and two red so far. This includes seven yellows in the game between Blackpool and Watford.

Last season's stats were - Games: 34, Yellows: 78, Reds: 9.

Carrying flags for this game will be Ian Dudley and Anthony Tankard, while the Fourth Official will be Darren Handley.

Match Prediction:

City will come away from this one with a 1-2 win.

Next Fixtures:

Tues 22 Oct 2013 - Bristol City v Brentford

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