05/06: Preview: Crewe Alexandra
by Matt Rowson
How did they do?
"Meanwhile reports of the Alex's demise (including, it must be said, no small degree of resignation to defeat from our contact in the pub, putting us off our guard - nice one, Kev...) were already looking premature; from Mahon's shot, Crewe broke upfield and Tonkin galloped down the left, Crewe's favoured avenue of attack all afternoon, and slipped in Vaughan who scuffed a shot under pressure when a clean contact could have broken the deadlock. Five minutes later, Steve Jones raced through onto a ball over the top but was pulled up by a questionable linesman's flag."
How will they do?
Crewe's final day victory over Coventry sealed their survival by the narrowest of margins, but was their first victory since New Year's Day and the first achieved since the departure of the totemic Dean Ashton. Nobody at Gresty Road will be harbouring many illusions about the task ahead; Dario Gradi appears to have rolled a few dice in recruiting a large number of new strikers in the hope of striking gold and you wouldn't write off his chances, but Crewe have to be in severe danger of making the drop this time around.