Swindon Town v Crewe Alexandra Preview


DAVID Artell insists there’s no reason his Crewe Alexandra side can’t secure another promotion ahead of the Railwaymen’s trip to Swindon Town in Sky Bet League One tomorrow afternoon.

The Alex sit just five points outside of the play-off spots and are well-placed to make a late push for the top-six having lost only two of their last 14 league matches.

Crewe came back from two goals down to secure a 4-2 success against the Robins back in December and manager Artell has demanded a much quicker start from his side at the County Ground.

Artell said: “We’ve got to make sure that we don’t start like we did the last time we played them because any team can score goals against you and any team can beat you on the day, Swindon are no different.

“It’s an important game and an important three points, we’ve got to be in good form that’s what got us promoted last year and there’s no reason why we can’t do it this year.

“We know it’ll be a tough game, we’ve got to be right at it, it’s one we’re looking forward to because we haven’t played for a couple of weeks and hopefully we’ll get the three points.”

The Alex saw their home fixture against Portsmouth called off due to a frozen pitch at Gresty Road last weekend and will be raring to go against a Swindon side languishing in the relegation zone.

Artell added: “We’ve had an extra couple of days that we didn’t think we’d have to reinforce some messages and give them some new messages and to make sure they understand that they’re in a decent position.

“There’s no pressure on us, I don’t mind being an underdog, we’ve been an underdog in most of the games this year in terms of the clubs we’ve come up against.

“They did ever so well last year, they’ve changed their manager as well, John Sheridan is an experienced manager, just because Swindon are where they are that doesn’t mean to say that they can’t beat anyone in this league because they can.”

Crewe will be without Billy Jones after he suffered a long-term knee injury whilst Saturday’s clash comes too soon for Donervon Daniels and Callum Ainley who step up their rehabilitation over the next couple of weeks.


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