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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Crewe v Stevenage

6 October 2017

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Get the lowdown..

  • Key Matchday Info...

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game from the Crewe Alexandra ticket office, located next to the away turnstiles.

Crewe Alexandra have put together an away supporters guide for those travelling.

Prices:

  • Adults: £22
  • Senior Citizens: £17
  • 12-16 years: £10.50
  • Under 11s: £6.50
  • Disabled: £17.00
  • Carer: Free

The SFCSA coach will be running with a strict departure time of 9:30am from the Lamex Stadium on Saturday morning.

Tickets can be purchased from the meeting point and cost £25.75 for non-members and £20.75 for members.

  • Onto the game…

Stevenage head into Saturday's game looking to further increase their tremendous away form this season (W3, D1, L1), along with extending a three game win streak in Sky Bet League Two.

A number of first team debuts were made during the midweek Checkatrade Trophy game at Milton Keynes and following tomorrow's game, Darren Sarll's side face a particularly testing couple of weeks.

A trip to Luton Town awaits before Boro host Accrington Stanley for Tuesday Night Football on October 17th.

Meanwhile, after getting off to an unbeaten start in August, Crewe have been struggling for results recently, picking up just one win throughout September.

That win - a 5-1 trumph over Chesterfield - briefly illustrated the Railwaymen's quality in what has otherwise been a down month with five straight league defeats going into tomorrow's game.

  • Team news…

Stevenage have two key men out on International Duty this weekend with Ben Kennedy called up for the Northern Ireland U21s and in-form Terence Vancooten called up for Guyana’s First Team squad.

There are no fresh real injury concerns ahead of Saturday's game, although a couple of players are being monitored after picking up knocks in training. 

On the comeback trail, Jack King and Mark McKee are believed to be working towards a return date of October 21st when Stevenage host Forest Green Rovers.

For the opposition, Crewe will be without George Ray (back), James Jones (hip) and Ryan Wintle (fractured tibia).

  • View from both camps...

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarll…

“We seem to have a nice balance at the minute, a nice blend. Everyone has been in a decent place and I was happy to take a load off some of the senior players this week with the Tuesday game. That will be of benefit to us because our game is all about energy.

“There has been a lot of progress and it has been a decent start for us. We are still very disappointed about the points we dropped against Lincoln and Swindon because of the manner but we are pleased overall.

“We just want to be as competitive as possible and stay there as long as possible.”

Crewe Alexandra manager, David Artell…

"A lot is made of confidence and as a footballer you have to be confident in your ability. If you are low on confidence before you step onto the pitch then you are in trouble.

“We have got to be more resilient and turn those narrow 1-0 defeats into 1-0 or 2-0 wins.

“I pick a team and formation to win a game. It is not a raffle and there is a lot of thinking that goes into it. We assess our strengths and their weaknesses and make sure we always give ourselves the best chance of winning."

  • Previous meetings...

Stevenage have had the better of Crewe over the years with 5 wins, 2 draws and just 1 defeat across all compeititve meetings.

Even more impressive is Boro's record as Gresty Road - 100% with 5 wins out of 5. 

  • Can’t make it to Gresty Road?

Live match commentary will be available for this game so make sure you subscribe to the new Stevenage iFollow service. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction.

Always stay locked into our Twitter feed on a matchday where we will have live updates throughout the day.

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