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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: The Alex are next up at Brunton Park

We take a look at Saturday's opponents

25 August 2018

The Alex finished last season in 15th spot in League Two following a stop-start campaign which saw them string impressive results and performances together only to then suffer periods of relative indifference.

Shaun MillerFormer-Blues forward Shaun Miller ended months of speculation when he signed for Crewe shortly after the summer break had started, and midfielder Paul Green was next to join when he made the short trip across from Oldham.

Striker Alex Nicholls and defender Nicky Hunt were other notable arrivals as boss David Artell looks for an assault on the top half of the table this time round.


In with a bang

Morecambe were left to wonder where it had all gone wrong on the opening day of the season as Crewe registered one of their highest ever first day score lines.Alex Nicholls

Charlie Kirk and Alex Nicholls had the Alex cruising within the space of just 10 minutes, and second notch for Nicholls after the break was added to by a brace from James Jones and a fine finish from Chris Porter.

The final goal of the day – a second for Jones – came deep into time added on just as the home fans had started to sing ‘we want six.’

A defeat at Newport and a draw with MK Dons punctuated a Carabao Cup home defeat on penalties at the hands of Fleetwood Town, but Tuesday night brought a real crash back down to earth as Colchester ran riot and gave their shell-shocked visitors a taste of their opening day medicine.


Speaking ahead of the game, United boss John Sheridan said: "The supporters are responding to us at the moment because I think they can see what we're trying to do.

John Sheridan"When we get the ball down and pass it around we look a decent side, but there's still work for us to do. There have been spells in games where we've made things hard for ourselves, and we need to get better at that.

"The two victories from Saturday and Tuesday and have set things up nicely for the weekend, but Crewe will come here looking to put things right from their game at Colchester.

"We'll need to be ready for that and we'll need to make sure that we play at a good tempo and take care of the ball. If we do that, and make the right decisions at the right times, I'm sure our fans will respond exactly as they have been."

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Following the heavy defeat on Tuesday, Alex manager David Artell confirmed that the players had agreed to reimburse the fans who had travelled on the night. 

David Artell

He said: "The players will put their hands in their pockets, without a shadow of a doubt, because the fans deserve credit for coming all of this way and they don't deserve [a performance like] that.

“We rallied a bit after half time and had a go. If we could have got a goal at the time then it could have been a passage back into the game, but we didn’t. We had that ten-minute spell but that was after I shouted at them at half-time. It shouldn’t take that.  

"We know we have to better at the weekend and we know we have to go to Carlisle ready to put on a performance. I'm sure that is what will happen."

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Did You Know?

Princess Alexandra+ The ‘Alexandra’ in the club’s name comes from Princess Alexandra, the Queen of England at the time of their formation.

+ Crewe’s first cup success actually came in the Welsh Cup, which they won in 1936 and 1937 before being banned from the competition.

+ In 1995, the Railwaymen went 56 games without winning away from home, until a 1-0 win at Southport stopped the rot.


Head to Head

The sides have met regularly over the years – 88 times in total – with United having won 38 of those encounters to Crewe’s 36.

  Carlisle wins Draws Crewe wins
League 35 12 33
Cup 1 0 0
FA Cup 1 1 2
League Cup 1 1 1
Total 38 14 36

Last season went the way of the Blues with goals from Danny Grainger [2], Reggie Lambe and Hallam Hope added to by an own goal from former-Carlisle centre back Michael Raynes which combined to give United a comfortable 5-0 away victory back in September.

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The home game in January was a much closer affair, with a late strike from Sam Cosgrove the difference between the sides.

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Man in the middle:

Seb StockbridgeThe referee for this game is Mr Seb Stockbridge. From his first three games this season he had witnessed 11 goals, and had shown a total of 13 cards.

His busiest encounter thus far was the opening day fixture at Notts County, when they hosted Colchester, with six yellows produced on the day.

We saw him on three occasions last season – Danny Grainger [who also scored], Mike Jones, Mark Ellis and Jamie Devitt were all carded in our 1-1 draw with Luton in April.

Gary Liddle’s name was the only one written down as Kelvin Etuhu and John O’Sullivan scored the goals to secure a 2-0 victory over Chesterfield in February.

And Hallam Hope and Jason Kennedy were the goal scorers as United stayed trouble free in their 2-0 Checkatrade victory over Morecambe.

Referee - Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant Referee 1 - Chris Isherwood
Assistant Referee 2 - Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official - Paul Hodskinson


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 0 Alex

Report from the Saturday afternoon game

25 August 2018

United hosted Crewe Alexandra in their second home game of the week as they looked to build on the good form shown in the opening few games of the season.

Manager John Sheridan went with an unchanged starting eleven for the third consecutive game as he looked to extend the winning run to three games unbeaten.

Crewe looked to stay tight through the opening minutes, with Tuesday night still fresh in their memories, but an exchange of passes between Nadesan and Hope on the edge of the box created the slightest of gaps which the Blues looked to exploit. Hope tried to clip a shot to the far corner but it was just too high and it dipped over the bar.

The Alex repsonded with a good move which saw Miller pull wide to take control of the ball. He found Kirk, who fed it to Green, but the visiting captain was wayward with his long range effort.

Quick feet from Ainley earned his side a free kick, as he was chopped to the floor by Grainger, but a push from Raynes when the delivery came in brought the danger to a close.

Direct forward play from Hope brought a corner at the other end as he skipped past two challenges, and the ball pinged around the box from the resulting Devitt cross until Hunt stepped in to hook it clear.

The play stayed mostly in midfield as Carlisle tried to find a way through, with Crewe sitting deep, and Devitt tested Garratt from 30-yards when he called for a pass from Hope. It skipped off the surface and the stopper showed good hands.

Nadesan was next to try to break down the stubborn defence when he latched on to a ball over the top. He looped it on the volley into the box but it was just too far in front of the late arriving Bennett.

There was a let-off for the home side midway through the half when Ng was left unmarked as a corner delivery bent into the area. He had the width of the target to aim at but he got his bearings wrong and his header went well wide.

One-touch passing from Grainger and Etuhu worked space for Devitt to go for it with a firm connection as both sides kept chipping away, but his shot was too close to Garratt and he dropped comfortably to make the save.

A heavy fall for Grainger saw him leave the field of play on the half hour, to be replaced by Macaulay Gillesphey, but United recovered from the blow to play some good football as they tried to pick up the pace. Yates angled a run to pull away from his man and he picked out Devitt in a crowd of players. Hope shouted but his first time punt was right at the keeper.

Fryer stayed big to block with his boot from Bowery as he overlapped and shot from a tight angle, and that sparked a good spell for the away side as they pushed men forward in numbers. Liddle, Gerrard and Parkes all had crosses to deal with.

A spin from Etuhu lifted the crowd at the start of the second period, as he left his man for dead in the centre circle, but it was a frustrating day as passes went astray in the final third.

There was more bad news for United on 51 minutes when Fryer raced off his line to intercept a through ball from Miller. He collided with Green and had to leave the pitch on a stretcher as his team mates and medical staff showed a huge amount of concern. Paul Green went the same way as he also failed to recover.

Both sides started brightly after the delay and Nadesan was about to pull the trigger on a ball over the top when Raynes slid in to make a timely challenge. Crewe broke and Gerrard was excellent as he stretched to hook clear when Bowery tried to find Miller.

Crewe had a good sight of the target when a cross into the box was half cleared. Wintle wrapped his boot round it from 22 yards and substitute stopper Adam Collin had to parry as it swung wildly in the air. Ainley tried to find the corner with a header but Collin was up quickly to make a second save.

It was pace from Ashley Nadesan which put the home side in front when he shrugged off his man to get on to a flick from Bennett as he won the battle for a high ball forward. Nadesan then showed strength and poise to set himself, draw the keeper and find the bottom corner to register his first ever goal at Brunton Park, and his fifth in total for the club.

Chris Porter's first touch late in the game was to thunder a 12-yard header over the bar, but United should have put the game out of sight as Devitt lofted a beauty of a pass into Hope's path. The keeper was off his line but Hope went for power and slashed it high into the sky.

A deflected Glendon shot brought a corner as eight minutes of added time were announced, and Yates had a thunderbolt blocked as he dropped a shoulder and beat his man to make room for his shot.

Carlisle defended and closed down through the closing stages and they did what had to be done to secure that third consecutive win.



Carlisle United - Nadesan (69)



Crewe Alexandra - Ng (47), Green (57)



Carlisle United - Fryer (Collin 57), Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger (Gillesphey 31), Yates, Devitt, Etuhu, Hope, Bennett, Nadesan (Glendon 79). Subs - G Miller, Slater, Campbell, Adewusi. 

Crewe Alexandra - Garratt, Ng, Raynes, S Miller, Bowery (Porter 84), Ainley, Nolan, Wintle, Green (Jones 57), Kirk (Nicholls 79), Hunt. Subs - Richards, Walker, Lowery, Reilly.


Referee - Mr Seb Stockbridge

Attendance - 4,238 (251 away fans)

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