Crewe Alexandria surprisingly lost at home on Saturday to Cheltenham after going ahead in the game. The mid-table side had been looking to grab a win as they looked to make a late run towards the playoff spots but came unstuck against a plucky Cheltenham outfit.
Aaron Taylor-Sinclair had handed the home side the lead just past the half-hour mark after brushing past the Cheltenham defence before making a low crisp finish. The home side nearly made it a second as Chris Porter was guilty of failing to finish from a well-placed cross from Ryan Wintle
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Crewe Alexandra haveendured a poor run of form as the League Two side has failed to win any of their last seven matches in all competitions. Tuesday’s stalemate away to Cambridge Unites halted a run of three successive defeats for the club.
Crewe Alexandra coach David Artell was perplexed about the match during his post-match press conference. According to Artell, the draw was a hard one to stomach as he could not fathom how his side was unable to beat a poor Cambridge United side.
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Crewe Alexandra gave a very tough competition to Milton Keynes Dons F.C after defeating them in a result of 0-1 at their own soil. Forward player Charlie Kirk played immensely well that ended up causing a prominent difference in the game and led to the win after thirty minutes, during an earlier half of the game.
Crewe managed to make up their second win of the league in the season through this play. The game was a good one to watch as the host team seemed to be quite confident of their game and thought they’ll be at the lead throughout. However, Alex was smart enough to take advantage of their confidence and competed with Dons with amazing counter moves.
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The experienced and influential midfielder of Crew Alexandra Paul Green is hoping to give sufficient contribution in the next half of the season in order to warrant a new contract in May. Green suffered a knee injury after his game in August and is ready for a fresh comeback by engaging in his first game since August for the clubs Under 23s in the upcoming week. The head, David Artell openly talked about how much they have lost on the valuable experience of the midfielder in the engine room which was around 35 years old.
What brought Paul Green back is his unfailing determination and the excellent work of the club’s medical team. His return in the forthcoming year will be a kick start to the entire club members and fans. Green was seen excelling in the second half of the previous season as a late run from the club and eased away from trouble and winded up in the relative comfort of the mid-table. Green told the watching matches each day instead of playing as a part of the team. He says that first; he has to ensure that he is alright and then get back to playing as soon as possible.
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The Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell is under the belief that the return of Harry Pickering into action did come a bit too soon but he was nevertheless pleased to see him return to the pitch. The 19-year-old returned after a gap due to health concerns in 1-0 loss at Sincil Bank against Lincoln City. Pickering was in replacement of James Jones when there were only 20 minutes left and it was his first match post his return. Previously, he came through an hour unharmed against Burnley in under-23 matches. Artell does believe the comeback will work beneficial as he can manage both in midfield and defense. It will be even more fruitful if Pickering goes through another week of training as per Artell.
Despite his team not performing so well with the return of Harry, Artell did have great things to talk about him. He also praised about the central defensive partnership of Perry Ng and George Ray who missed win against Swindon Town. Artell felt that Lincoln who had to use 4 strikers on the duo basically to test their performance. Perry has been good undoubtedly and so has been George and now they have to bring off John Akinde. There are 2 strikers who have been taken off and two more have been brought in and the credit certainly goes to Perry and George as per Artell.
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The manager of Crewe Alexandra admitted on ways of management powers he used to keep the squad contented while preparing them for League Two at Cheltenham Town last month. He had a weekend off before he could prep up as there numerous selection problems as he plotted ways to get his side’s initial league scores of the season. Forwards Alex Nicholls and Chris Porter from the last league game had massive claims with just 3 goals between in 4-3 Checka Trophy won last month at Tranmere.
Artell with an ability to throw Corey Whelan, the Liverpool loan player into the mix was delighted and expressed his views. He said it’s great when there is competition in known places as there are lesser chances of injuries and people continue to play well. There is no single player that has sulked and every great first teamer has got an opportunity. It is a teamwork and each player has to put in efforts to fight for victory. As per Artell, Chris and Alex were terrific posts their performances. Jordan achieved 2 previously and came in to score again. As far as Richards is concerned, he received a green signal to begin the season between the sticks. However, it looked like he was dropped post his poor show in the 6-0 drubbing that was held in Colchester.
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