Crewe travel to the south west of England this Saturday to face an Exeter side who are now without a win in eight games.
Despite now being winless in eight, Exeter City still sit 9th in the league only three points of the play-offs. Whilst Exeter sit just outside the play-offs, Crewe sit firmly in the bottom half of the League Two table, nine points from the relegation places and nine places from the play-offs.
Whilst Exeter are winless in eight, Crewe’s form hasn’t being ideal either. The Alex haven’t won two games in a row all season, and have lost three out of their last five league games, winning the other two.
Last weekends game was manager Dave Artells 100th game in charge of the Alex, but from watching the game it certainly wasn’t anything to celebrate as the Railwaymen put in a pathetic performance to lose 2-0 at home to Oldham.
Despite having two weeks without a game, and a few days off in London, it was one of the worst performances Crewe have put in this season. Something needs to change for this Saturdays tip to Exeter, in recent years Crewe have made a habit of giving wins to teams on win less streaks and they must avoid doing that again this weekend.
Crewe’s first team needs to take some tips from the youth players on how to play with a bit of passion. Crewe’s under 23’s scored two injury time goals to fight back from 2-0 down midweek against Sheffield Wednesday, including a rare last minute equaliser from Keeper Dave Richards. Whilst the Under 23 team fought back to rescue a draw, the Under 18 side dispatched Bristol City 2-1 to progress through to fourth round of the FA cup test.
Exeter have lost their last two games in the league, including a loss to bottom of the table Macclesfield. This is a game that gives both teams an opportunity to turn their recent form around, but if Crewe continue their abhorrent away form then Exeter may be able to end their winless run.
The Alex have still only won one game away from home this season, and find themselves 23rd in the away form table. This sort of away form is simply unacceptable, and if the Railwaymen want to have any sort of successful season it needs to change quickly.
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Changes need to happen for this away trip to Exeter, the players need to learn that performances like that are unacceptable, especially when its the managers 100th game in management.
With both Owen Dale and Lewis Reilly returning from their respective loan spells, and George Ray believed to once again be fully fit Artell has a fully squad available to him, aside from the still absent Paul Green.
Corey Whelan, Perry Ng, George Ray, Eddie Nolan
Callum Ainley, Ryan Wintle, Harry Pickering, Charlie Kirk
Jordan Bowery, Lewis Reilly
Exeter 2-1 Crewe
Picture Credit: Crewe Alexandra