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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: A look ahead to Tuesday night's game

We take a closer look at our next opponents

11 February 2019

United travel to Gresty Road on Tuesday night to face another of the division's in-form teams in their rearranged fixture.

David ArtellThe Alex are in confident mood with three straight victories and Saturday's thrilling away draw at Macclesfield under their belts and, sitting nine points outside the play-off places, they'll be looking to mount a late run on the top seven spots with just 15 games left to go.

Brad Walker left Gresty Road to join Shrewsbury for an undisclosed fee earlier in the January transfer window - he has since resumed his loan spell with Wrexham - but defenders Jamie Sterry [Newcastle United] and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair [Motherwell] have been added to the ranks on loan deals to bolster the squad.

Goals have started to flow for the Alex recently and Charlie Kirk (7), Jordan Bowery (7), Chris Porter (7), Callum Ainley (4) and James Jones (4) have notched up 29 strikes between them, demonstrating that net-hitters can be found right across the park. 

Set pieces are particularly potent, with Crewe building up a reputation for being dangerous from free kicks and corners.

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Manager’s thoughts ...

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the midweek game, manager Steven Pressley said: "We’re coming up against a team in Crewe that’s won three of their last four games, and their unbeaten run was continued in a tough game against Macclesfield on Saturday.

"They’ve won five out of their last eight and they’ve beaten, on that journey, four of the top teams.

“Make no mistake, this is a really tough game, but we’ve got to go down there with the mindset that we’re there to put an end to their run whilst, at the same time, doing everything we can to keep ours going.

“That has to be our approach and our goal. It’s a real challenge for us but if we really are serious about what we want to achieve then we have to go there looking to put an end to their run of games.”

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Did You Know?

+ 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.

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Head to Head

The sides have met regularly over the years – 90 times in total – with United having won 40 of those encounters to Crewe’s 36.

  Carlisle wins Draws Crewe wins
League 36 12 33
Cup 1 0 0
FA Cup 2 1 2
League Cup 1 1 1
Total 40 14 36

We were last at Gresty Road in November for a first round FA Cup meeting. The Blues missed a penalty, but won the game in dramatic fashion when keeper Ben Garratt got his bearings wrong as he smashed a poor clearance right at Jamie Devitt in time added on. The shocked stopper could do nothing as the rebound found its way into his bottom corner.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Our first meeting this term was at the end of August, just five games into the current campaign. It was a match of ups and downs for the Blues as they played good football, with Hope and Yates going close early. The down side for the Blues was the loss of Grainger and Fryer to injury, but Ashley Nadesan left everyone smiling when he grabbed the winner and his first goal of the season with 20 minutes left to play.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

 

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.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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Man in the middle

Our referee for this game is Mr Paul Marsden. Mr Marsden has been in charge of 25 games so far this season, showing 70 yellow cards and six reds.

He made the step up to the EFL list this season and this is our first fixture with him as our man in the middle. 

Referee – Paul Marsden
Assistant Referee 1 – Ian Smedley
Assistant Referee 2 – Danny Gratton
Fourth Official – Hristo Karaivanov

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Ticket information

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Crewe 2 - 1 United

Report from the Tuesday night away gam

12 February 2019

United and Crewe finally met for a third time this season when the Blues travelled to Gresty Road on Tuesday night.

The team was unchanged in terms of personnel from Saturday, but there was a switch in tactics as Hope was given the central striking role, with Devitt pushing out wider to the left.

It was a disastrous start for the visitors as, having kept the ball well through the opening two minutes, they were undone when they gave it away cheaply on the half way line. Bowery spread it wide and a stunning low cross was met on the full by Porter, just six yards from the target. Collin could do nothing as it smashed into his net.

Crewe tails were up and Porter was dangerous again when he trapped a fizzed ball with his instep just inside the box. He spun to cross quickly, but a vital block was made by Collin. More danger came when Bowery sparked a move from left to right across the face of the box moments later. Ainley whisked a cross for Porter to challenge for, but the flag went up for offside.

United looked to get their passing game going and they had the Alex penned back as they probed for a way through with Slater, Thomas and Miller putting the ball to feet. Parkes came forward out of the centre circle and he used the space in front of him to line up a shot. He caught it well but it took a deflection and was easy for Garratt to save.

Things got worse for the Cumbrians on 16 minutes when Perry Ng went down in front of the technical areas as he came under pressure from Devitt. The midfielder appeared to try to kick the ball into space and get on with the game, as the defender curled up and held onto it, but Ng put his hands to his face and the referee sprinted over to calm things down as a melee ensued. After a long chat with the fourth official Mr Marsden called Devitt over and produced a straight red card.

The ten men had to reshuffle, and Nathan Thomas was sacrificed as Gary Liddle came on to form a three man back line. Gary Miller and Danny Grainger pushed forward on the flanks leaving Hope to plough a lone furrow up front.

Carlisle equalised in stunning fashion when determination in the middle of the park saw Etuhu come away with the ball. He spotted Gary Miller racing forward on the overlap and the right back marked career appearance number 350 with his first goal for the club - a stunning low drive which buried itself into the bottom corner.

It was an equal contest leading up to the half time break, as both sides sprayed the ball around, but chances were few and far between as the defences stayed tight. A free kick from Grainger in time added on was met on the full by Gerrard but he couldn't keep it down and it flew over the bar.

Wintle drilled a low volley wide at the other end, when a half clearance bobbled his way, and Collin had to tip a clipped effort from Bowery over the target inside the third minute of additional time. The Blues cleared the corner and it was honours even as the teams made their way down the tunnel.

It was cat and mouse with more good possession football played by both outfits after the break, particularly in the middle third.

And it was Carlisle who fashioned the first real opening of the period on 54 minutes when Slater took the ball off Green midway inside the home half. Hope took over, and slid it through for O'Hare, but he had to stretch and he could only find the side netting.

Crewe responded with a quick break which brought a cross from Kirk. Porter threw himself at it but Collin kept his eye on the close range header and he gathered it comfortably. Kirk then had his celebrations cut short when he pulled off his marker to receive a neat through ball. He rattled a powerful effort into the top corner but the flag was up for offside.

A charged down clearance from Pickering rebounded kindly for Hope as United kept getting forward, and the striker went for an early shot as he spotted a gap. Garratt scrambled quickly to pluck it out of the air.

Grainger put a shot from Ng behind as he blocked with his head, but it was always going to be difficult for the Crewe man as he tried his luck from a tight angle.

United survived an unbelivable scare on 67 minutes when a high ball from Ng dropped to Green on the penalty spot. His first volley was blocked by Gerrard and Collin produced a magnificent save to deny him again when he thundered a rasper at the bottom corner from the same distance.

Carlisle were architects of their own downfall midway through the half when they failed to deal with a cross into the box. The attempted clearance sat up nicely for former-Blue Shaun Miller and he had the simple task of tapping it under the advancing keeper and into the net.

Deliveries from Scougall caused problems late in the day, as United sent men forward, and Hope was a whisker away when he was picked out by a raking pass from Etuhu. His header had power but it was always dipping wide.

Crewe saw the game out, as United took risks with three up top, and blue shirts packed the box when a Grainger corner dropped long in time added on. Adam Collin was up for it, and hearts were in mouths as Crewe broke. Regan Slater sprinted back to make the clearance and to protect the empty net.

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Goals

Crewe Alexandra - Porter (3), S Miller (73)

Carlisle United - G Miller (29)

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Bookings 

Crewe Alexandra - Ng (31), Ray (44)

Carlisle United - O'Hare (34), Hope (64), Grainger (72), Cullen (90), Gerrard (90)

Sent off - Devitt (16)

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Teams

Crewe Alexandra - Garratt, Ng, Pickering, Ray, Porter, Bowery (S Miller 63), Ainley (Lowery 77), Nolan, Wintle, Green, Kirk (Dale 88). Subs - Richards, Finney, Taylor-Sinclair, Sterry.

Carlisle United - Collin, G Miller (Cullen 77), Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Slater, Etuhu, O'Hare (Scougall 60), Thomas (Liddle 19), Devitt, Hope. Subs - Gray, Jones, Grant, McCarron.

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Referee - Mr Paul Marsden

Attendance - 3,476 (486 away fans)

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Ticket information for the trip to Crewe

Ticket information for the trip to Crewe

20 January 2019

Crewe Alexandra v Carlisle United, Tuesday 12 February, kick off 7.45pm

Prices

Adult £22
Senior 60+ £17
12-16 years £10.50
U11 £6.50
Wheelchair  £17
Carer FOC

Tickets are available on the day of the game from the away ticket office. Cash and card payments are accepted.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the age-related price for their ticket. Ambulant disabled supporters are only entitled to a free carer if they are in the higher band of disability allowance.  

Tickets are on sale until 5pm on Monday 11 February from the main ticket office. 

Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
 
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p.
 
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Bus Travel
 
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987. Click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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