Our preview of Tuesday night's game at home to Crewe...
Crewe Alexandra FC
Sky Bet League 1
Tuesday 25th February 2014
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, SG2 8RH
Weather forecast: 7°c, clear
Last time we met:
Boro produced one of their finest performances of the season in October when they swept Crewe away to win 3-0 at the Alexandra Stadium. Crewe were caught cold early on as two goals from Filipe Morais and one from Luke Freeman gave Stevenage a 3-0 lead with only 20 minutes gone. Crewe never recovered and Stevenage saw the game out comfortably.
John Mousinho and Filipe Morais are both still doubtful ahead of the game, whilst Lucas Akins is unlikely to feature after picking up a knock against Peterborough.
For Crewe, Uche Ikpeazu is ‘touch and go’ to travel whilst club captain, Abdul Osman won't feature due to a foot injury.
View from the dressing room:
The full pre-match interview with the gaffer is available to view on Boro Player whilst you can read some of his thoughts in our pre-match article.
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Crewe have propelled themselves out of the bottom four with some big performances and big results over the past few months. For long periods of the season, Crewe were mainstays in the relegation zone but since a 1-0 win at home to Crawley at the end of November, Crewe have steadily improved. Last time out, Crewe won 3-1 at Port Vale, an impressive victory considering Port Vale’s excellent home record.
The vital statistics:
Crewe have one of the worst away record in the league with 10 losses, 3 draws and 3 wins. Keeping goals out has been a big concern for Crewe as the team have conceded the most amount of goals in the league - 61 in just 32 games. They've also lost more points from winning positions than any other team in the league – 21 points.
Former Boro loanee, Chuks Aneke has been Crewe’s stand-out player during an overall poor season for the club. Still only 20 years old, Aneke is currently serving his second season on loan at the club and provides much needed steel, strength and goals to the side. Aneke has scored 11 goals from midfield this season, making him the clubs top scorer.