Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

Alex chase Wembley return

Alex chase Wembley return

<div style='background-color: #FF0000;'><a href='http://www.rsspump.com/?web_widget/rss_ticker/news_widget' title='News Widget'>News Widget</a></div>

Crewe Alexandra chase a place in the northern area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as they host League Cup giant-killers Bradford City at Gresty Road this evening. Manager Steve Davis has already confirmed he will be selecting a strong starting eleven against their League Two visitors.

"We're not playing as well as we should be" - Steve Davis
Defender Harry Davis is hopeful of earning himself a recall to the side after a virus ruled him out of the weekend draw at Leyton Orient. Goalkeeper Alan Martin similarly awaits a chance to reclaim his place while striker AJ Leitch-Smith could make a first start since October after Max Clayton suffered a bruised toe last time out.

"Bradford getting to the Capital One Cup semi-finals is a fantastic achievement," Crewe manager Davis told BBC Stoke. "But I hope we can show the difference between League One and League Two. We're not playing as well as we should be. But sometimes it's all about getting results and you just have to put quality of performances on the back burner."

The Bantams are already potentially only ninety minutes away from Wembley in the second most prestigious domestic cup competition, having recently overcome Aston Villa 3-1 in their Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg at Valley Parade. Prior to that they had already accounted for a couple more Premiership clubs in Arsenal and Wigan Athletic.

However, manager Phil Parkinson is searching for a fresh impetus following the weekend home defeat to Oxford United. Stephen Darby, Will Atkinson and Rory McArdle are expected to be rested to allow further recovery from recent knocks, while striker James Hanson is again struggling with the toe injury which ruled him out on Saturday.

Otherwise, Garry Thompson is set to travel but unlikely to play after missing the last four games with minor knee ligament damage, and left-back James Meredith is also still out having recently been diagnosed with glandular fever.

The eventual winners face Coventry City over two legs in the northern final on 5th and 19th February - with the actual final of the competition itself at Wembley on Sunday 7th April.

LATEST ON THE VITAL CREWE FORUMS ...

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Vital Crewe
Date:Tuesday January 15 2013
Time: 12:28PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

Lee Bell: The Exclusive Interview

I talk to Crewe Alexandra legend, Lee Bell about his time at Crewe, his current role as a coach and what the future holds for the Alex

A New Vital Crewe

Things are changing around here. Read on for more

Are Players Set For A Football Exit?

With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed in terms...

Midfielder completes Posh move

Peterborough United have completed the signing of Crewe Alexandra's attacking midfielder Brad Inman.

Archived Vital Crewe Articles

Vital Crewe articles from

Site Journalists

Nicky Crompton
Editor email
Profile
Ross Menhennet
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By: Vital Crewe
Yes37%
No63%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.truealex1
2.beaver1011