Northampton Town v Crewe Alexandra Match Preview

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Crewe winger Charlie Kirk is optimistic about his side returning to the summit of EFL League Two with a victory over Northampton.

The Railwaymen hope to build on their impressive 2-0 win at EFL League One side Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup last week.

After spending three weeks in pole position in the league, Crewe slipped to fourth following a disappointing home defeat to local rivals Port Vale.

The Alex have won six away games in all competitions and Kirk recognises that his team’s form this season is giving the club confidence.

Kirk said: “We think we can go anywhere and win, we were losing games we shouldn’t have been last season but we have put that right so far and we need that to carry on at Northampton on Saturday.”

Crewe boss David Artell tried to keep a lid on rising expectations being placed on his high-flying team.

He said: “All that matters to me is where we are in the league table on April 25th after our final game of the season.”

Northampton are the in-form side in the league after collecting 10 points from their last four games and have kept four clean sheets in their last five in all competitions.

The fixture is anticipated to be a high-quality affair as Crewe’s attacking 4-3-3 formation come up against a resolute Northampton at Sixfields Stadium.

Cobblers manager Keith Curle is aware of the threat his side will face on Saturday.

Curle said: “They’re a good team, they’re able to gain points away from home but we’re a threat at home.”

Charlie Goode, skipper for the claret and whites, is also mindful of the Staffordshire club’s ability.

Goode said: “A few teams have been surprised with how well Crewe have done, it’s an opportunity for us to close the gap to teams above us.”

Northampton v Crewe kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 16th November with The Alex hoping to return to the top of the league with a victory in the Midlands.

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