Accrington Stanley vs Crewe Alexandra | Wham Stadium | 7.45pm | Sky Bet League Two |
Stanley head into another game under a floodlit Wham Stadium with an impressive six wins from seven, since the start of 2018.
A run that has catapulted John Coleman’s side into second place in Sky Bet League Two, ahead of tonight’s visit of Crewe, who sit 21st, just three points above the drop. The Railwaymen have failed to win in any of their last five matches.
We’ve got everything that you need to know ahead of the big game:
Stanley wins – 5
Games drawn – 1
Crewe wins – 6
Last Time Out:
Back in October, Billy Kee scored from the spot and Jordan Clark headed home, both inside the opening 15 minutes, as Stanley ran out 2-0 winners at Gresty Road.
The home side had chances after that but their task was made all the more difficult, when Michael Raynes was dismissed in the second half. The win took the Reds back into the automatic promotion places and left their opponents languishing just five points above the drop.
During his pre-match press conference, John Coleman said that he was unsure whether the in-form Sean McConville would be ready to return from the injury he sustained exactly a week ago against Swindon. McConville aside Coleman confirmed that he has a fully fit squad to choose from.
His opposite number David Artell has a clean bill of health to choose from following Saturday’s draw at home to Yeovil Town.
One to Watch – Shaun Miller
John Coleman and his side are all to aware of the threat that 30-year-old Miller could pose to them this evening.
The forward returned Crewe on loan in January and has already scored against the Reds this season, for his parent club Carlisle United, during a 3-1 win for his side on Boxing Day.
Miller scored 43 times during his first spell with Crewe before moves to Sheffield United, Coventry City, Morecambe and Carlisle followed.
He’s already found the back of the net once since returning to Gresty Road, taking his tally for the season to seven.
Man in the Middle – David Webb
Mr Webb was in the middle for Stanley’s 3-0 victory over Carlisle United on a sunny September afternoon, earlier this season.
He also took charge of Crewe’s previous trip to Lancashire this campaign, a 3-3 thriller with Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, during which he reduced the home side to nine men.
This game will be his 31st of the season, in all competitions, and Mr Webb has handed out a total of 67 yellow and two red cards.
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