End of the Road?
After today`s defeat in the basement battle at London road, is there any way back for the Railwaymen?
Today`s defeat was a massive blow for Crewe as they look to avoid falling into the bottom tier of English football. By all accounts Crewe had their fair share of chances and it looks as if the missed chances in the capital could prove costly come the end of the season. A draw in the capital wouldn`t have been a disaster; however the defeat leaves Crewe with a mountain to climb.
The gap to safety is now 7 points and Hereford`s late win at Cheltenham leaves Crewe second to bottom and the chances of survival now look slim. Home form for the reds isn`t a problem under Gudjon Thordason, with Crewe yet to lose under the iceman at gresty road in the league. Away from the Alexandra Stadium however is another issue, with Crewe failing to record a point on the road since the win at Hartlepool in late December, Crewe`s only away win of the season.
However there may be room for optimism for Alex fans. There have been huge signs of improvement under Thordason and he won`t give up until it is mathematically impossible to stay up. He will have the same mentality drilled into his players` minds and if they continue to play with the commitment shown in recent weeks there is no reason why Crewe can`t go on a decent run and pick up some points.
The Railwaymen also have some winnable games witch could easily turn things around. Crewe still have home games against Yeovil, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham, Carlisle and Hereford and if the current home form continues throughout the season, these will be games Crewe will look to win. Tuesday sees Crewe travel to Southend, who haven`t had the best season and have slid down the league one table of late. Should a shock result occur there, Crewe will have the confidence to go and look to take 3 points on their travels to Brighton, Walsall, Colchester and Swindon, who are all in and around Crewe in the bottom half of league one. However Crewe will struggle to take points of sides such as Mk Dons, Leeds, Millwall and Leicester, although if anything is riding on that game come the last game of the season, anything could happen.
So although it may look bleak for Crewe at the moment, survival could be still possible. It would be the real great escape for Crewe and survival won`t come easy if it`s meant to be. Make your mind up yourself, but under Gudjon, it is certain Crewe won`t give up until the 2nd of May.