UK time is: 14:09:50
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Crewe Alexandra vs. Port Vale

Gresty Road

11/03/2008

19:45

Vale Board The Lge Two Bus

Crewe may not be able to confirm Port Vale's relegation to League Two on Tuesday night but they can make it all but certain. Defeat for Vale would mean they could only finish with a maximum of 48 points come May - some three points off the 51 point safety mark.

The writing has been on the wall for a while though and since the 0-1 win we had at Vale Park they have only managed two league wins; one against Gillingham and one against Millwall. They haven't been out of the relegation zone since, despite two clubs having 10 points deducted.

They are currently on a five game losing streak, conceding thirteen goals over those five games and are truly showing why they are down as the worst League One side this season.

Tuesday night's match is a should win but then we shouldn't take Vale lightly. We know there'll be a slight twinge of rivalry, and after the Alex were Lee Sinnott's part poopers in his first game as Vale manager, he will no doubt be seeking revenge.

With our new attacking options and pace in the side, along with our new found defensive solidness, can Vale really win this one? Unlikely.

Vital Quotes:

Crewe Alexandra Team News:

Nicky Maynard is back in contention after returning to training over the weekend. The young striker suffered a slight hamstring injury at Northampton last week but seems to have shaken it off quickly.

Both Gary Roberts could return for the game. Roberts mk 1 will return after being disciplined over the weekend and Steve Holland still hopes to extend the loan of Roberts mk 2 from Ipswich.

Julien Baudet is still out.

After poor performances from Eugen Bopp and Byron Moore against Forest, it'll be interesting to see if Holland chops and changes; with loanee Dean Morgan maybe getting his full debut.

Player to watch: Joe Anyinsah

The Preston North End loan looked promising on Saturday; his pace, flair and strength down the wing could have Vale in trouble.

Port Vale Team News:

Vital Vale have this down as their line up: Anyon(GK), Miller(RB), Pearce(CH), Pilkington(CH), Talbot(LB), Herd(RM), Harsley(CM), Hulbert(CM), Edwards(LM), Richards(CF), Rodgers(CF)

Player to watch: Luke Rodgers

Still with a massive chip on his shoulder about not being better than Luke Varney and Nicky Maynard, Rodgers is now sitting it out on the bench for Port Vale. If he gets off it though he could cause problems with his blatant diving.

Match Facts & Stats

Vale have failed to win at Gresty Road in ten years.

Match Prediction:

Crewe 3-0 Vale

Next Fixtures:

Gillingham, away, March 15th 2008.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Dink Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 10 2008

Time: 11:32AM

Your Comments

Yeah, yeah, yeah we know the score - we are going down. I have serious doubts as to whether we will actually win another game this season, but this game represents the most likely source of three points. See you tomorrow night!
cobridge
"blatant diving"! Surely Luke Rodgers never does that! What are you on about?
paddockboy
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

Selection issues for Crewe (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Duo press claims (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Crewe release duo (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Talks continue over striker (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Striker set for Italy (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Davis sees merit in display (Saturday July 26 2014)

Striker withdrawn following interest (Saturday July 26 2014)

Late goal denies Alex (Saturday July 26 2014)

More arrivals expected (Thursday July 24 2014)

Midfielder heads north (Thursday July 24 2014)

Archived Crewe Alexandra Articles

List All Vital Crewe Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
5. Colchester 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Coventry 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Crawley 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Crewe 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Doncaster 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Fleetwood 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Gillingham 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Reds Land Berry
Barnsley : 30/07/2014 13:57:00
Barnsley : 30/07/2014 13:52:00
Posh v Charlton - Preview
Peterborough : 30/07/2014 13:33:00
Chambers Revealed As Captain
Walsall : 30/07/2014 12:07:00
First Trophy In The Cabinet For Posh
Peterborough : 30/07/2014 10:55:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By:  Vital Crewe
Yes 60%
No 40%