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The Big Match Preview: Crewe vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

19 January 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Crewe Alexandra vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 20th January 2018, k.o. 3pm
The Alexandra Stadium
Referee: Martin Coy


Wanderers eye a hat-trick of consecutive league wins when they head north to Crewe Alexandra for Saturday’s showdown, returning to a stadium where they haven’t won in the league since the late great Cyrille Regis was on the scoresheet.

The popular striker will be remembered with a minute’s silence before kick-off while the Chairboys squad will wear black armbands as a mark of respect, before action gets underway with Wycombe looking to build on recent triumphs over Forest Green and Colchester.

Tafari Moore and Nathan McGinley enjoyed excellent debuts last time out and could keep their places against a Crewe outfit who lost star man George Cooper to Peterborough in midweek, though they have made two new additions on Friday who could be included in their squad for the game.

Nathan Tyson struck a last-gasp winner to complete a sensational turnaround in the reverse fixture at Adams Park in September, and the Blues will hope for a more routine victory this time around to keep up the heat on those teams in the automatic promotion places.

Team news
Sido Jombati (knee), Anthony Stewart (calf), Michael Harriman (broken leg) and Will De Havilland (hamstring) remain absent but Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Adam El-Abd (calf) and Nick Freeman (leg) available again. Randell Williams has made the trip after arriving on loan from Watford.

Crewe are without the suspended Perry Ng but George Ray could return following a long-term injury, while Ryan Wintle, Harry Pickering, Charlie Kirk and Josh Lundstram are in contention to replace George Cooper.

Man in the middle
It’s Martin Coy’s first season as and EFL official and while he’s yet to officiate in a Chairboys fixture, he was in charge of Crewe’s 5-1 thumping of Chesterfield in September.

He has shown 40 yellow and three red cards in his 22 matches so far.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters for this fixture.

Tickets
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival; these are for Blocks C and D of the Whitby Morrison Stand, either side of the halfway line on one side of the pitch.

Adults: £22
Seniors: £17
Ages 12-16: £10.50
Ages 11 and under: £6.50
Disabled: £17 (carer free)

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: CW2 6EB

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40, M42). Exit the motorway at junction 16 and follow signs for Crewe on the A500 and then the A5020. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and continue to the next roundabout, take the first exit continuing to follow signs for Crewe Town Centre and Crewe Railway Station. Pass Crewe Hall on your right and at the next roundabout continue forward down Weston Road. Away supporters parking can be found on the industrial estate on Weston Road - an approximate ten minute walk to the ground. If you continue down to the roundabout this will take you towards the ground, take the first left at the roundabout and continue past the train station. Take the second left down Gresty Road and continue down to the junction and the ground is on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 150 (average journey 2 hours 20 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
Behind the Main Stand is a pay and display car park which holds 564 cars and, according to my latest information, costs £3.50 for the day. Obviously this does fill up quite quickly on match days. Another option is to use the industrial estate on Weston Road (see above).

Fancy using the train?
This is possible by using Chiltern Railways from High Wycombe to Birmingham Moor Street, walking to New Street Station, and from there using the West Midlands Trains service to Crewe. Possible departure times from Wycombe are at 09:34 and 10:34 arriving into Crewe at 12:30 and 13:30 respectively. Once you arrive at the train station, you can see the ground, turn left out of the main entrance and walk down to the second left, marked with the road sign Gresty Road. Then the ground is just a five minute walk down the road. Possible return times off Crewe are at 17:19 and 18:19 arriving back in Wycombe at 20:13 and 21:13 respectively.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed in the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand at one side of the ground. The whole of this stand is given to away supporters and houses 1,680 fans. Note there are a couple of supporting pillars in this stand that might affect your view of the playing action  Entrance to the away stand is by ticket only so tickets need to be purchased from the ticket booth next to the supporters club at the entrance to this stand. Please note that alcohol is not available in this stand.

Spare time before or after match?
The Alex Suite can be found adjacent to the Whitby Morrison Stand, and opens from 12noon for Saturday fixtures. A selection of hot and cold food is also served inside, with vegetation options and pre-match alcoholic drinks available. Away fans are welcome pre-match in the Alexandra Suite. Meanwhile the pick of the local hostelries is probably the Corner Bar at the “The Royal Hotel” on Nantwich Road. There are usually separate bars for home and away supporters. There is also an excellent chip shop opposite.

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Report: Crewe 2-3 Wycombe

Late, late drama at Gresty Road.

20 January 2018

Craig Mackail-Smith grabbed a dramatic last-minute winner to secure a 3-2 win in a topsy-turvy affair at Crewe Alexandra.

Chris Porter's penalty gave the hosts a half-time lead but the Chairboys turned the game on its head thanks to Paris Cowan-Hall's smart finish and Nathan Tyson's simple tap-in.

Crewe debutant substitute Harry McKirdy looked to have secured a point for his new side but Mackail-Smith chased a lost cause and poked home to rack up a third successive win.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that defeated Colchester last weekend, with Sam Saunders missing out through injury while Craig Mackail-Smith dropped to the bench to accommodate an extra midfielder, as Marcus Bean and Dominic Gape came into the starting XI.

There was a poignant minute’s silence ahead of kick-off for ex-Wanderers striker Cyrille Regis, who passed away earlier this week, having scored in the Blues’ only previous league win at Gresty Road back in 1994.

Wycombe made a bright start, winning a free-kick and retaining a threat high up the pitch which resulted in Gape’s powerful goalbound shot deflecting to safety, and shortly after, a fine passing move created an opening when Adebayo Akinfenwa nodded the ball on for Paris Cowan-Hall to hit the target, but keeper Ben Garratt held comfortably.

But disaster struck at the other end when Nathan McGinley took a heavy touch inside his own box and had the ball nicked off his toes by Charlie Kirk, only for the defender to trip his man and give the referee no option but to award a penalty. Scott Brown dived the right way but Chris Porter’s strike carried too much power, giving Crewe a lead inside seven minutes.

Gape volleyed over at the other end as Wycombe looked for a quick response, before Crewe counter-attacked quickly and Brown needed to be alert to smother Callum Ainley’s dangerous low cross.

Wanderers were enjoying more of the possession, with Crewe sitting deep and relying on skipper Michael Raynes to head clear a succession of crosses, though Paris Cowan-Hall found enough space to flash an effort just wide from 20 yards.

Then the visitors carved out an excellent chance following another passing move, culminating in Cowan-Hall’s low cross falling for Luke O’Nien, but the midfielder could only poke the ball over the bar as he reacted quickly to meet it.

A harshly-awarded free-kick gave Crewe a sight of goal when both Marcus Bean and Akinfenwa poked the ball clear following a block from Brown, but the chance stayed alive and Eddie Nolan headed wide from a cross.

Action swung to the other end where Cowan-Hall’s low shot deflected wide for a corner, and shortly after, Gape’s well-struck volley was blocked behind as the Blues imposed their superiority despite the scoreline.

Crewe suffered a setback when scorer Chris Porter – rushed back into the side with pain-killing injections after an injury – was forced off on 33 minutes, as Jordan Bowery took his place.

Akinfenwa chested down and volleyed wide as opportunities continued to fall Wycombe’s way, and they continued to apply pressure up until the half-time whistle, being unfortunate to trail at the break but knowing they needed to find the next gear to test the keeper more in the second period.

There were no changes in personnel in the interval, but Wycombe remained on the front foot, winning a series of corners but not quite being able to find the killer touch.

Eddie Nolan was booked for obstructing a throw-in before Wanderers’ pressure told with the equaliser on 61 minutes – a second goal in two games for Paris Cowan-Hall. Matt Bloomfield was barged to the floor and Akinfenwa nodded Jacobson’s free-kick into the path of the Wycombe attacker, who made no mistake with a tidy finish from eight yards.

Ainsworth then introduced Nathan Tyson for Cowan-Hall and Mackail-Smith for Bloomfield in a bid to go on and win the game, switching to a 4-3-3 set-up, while Crewe handed a debut to Villa loanee Harry McKirdy in place of Lewis Reilly.

Charlie Kirk shinned an effort over the bar after a clever cross evaded Tafari Moore with the game opening up, as Crewe enjoyed their best spell in the game.

They made their final sub, bringing on Newcastle loanee Daniel Barlaser for the impressive Kirk, before Scott Kashket replaced Dominic Gape, who moments earlier had gone to ground under contact in the Crewe box, though no penalty was given.

And then came Wycombe’s second, courtesy of the easiest finish of Nathan Tyson’s career. Akinfenwa was involved again, controlling a cross into the path of McGinley, whose ball across the face of goal was bundled onto the post by a combination of Mackail-Smith and his marker, and Tyson was able to prod home with ease from less than a yard out.

But there were still twists to come. Ryan Wintle’s effort from distance swerved en route to goal and Scott Brown could only parry into the path of McKirdy, who tapped into the empty net from close range.

Brown stuck out a leg moments later to crucially divert Zoumana Bakayogo’s shot past the post, and then tipped a header over the crossbar from the resulting corner.

And then, in stoppage time, came a dramatic climax as Brown’s long kick was headed poorly towards his own goal by Michael Raynes and Mackail-Smith nipped him in to poke it past the keeper, with the ball taking an age to cross the line.

The celebrations were euphoric, and they continued past the final whistle as Wanderers made it three wins in a row.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Crewe (A, 20/01)

Blues' next away game takes them to Gresty Road.

3 January 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the Sky Bet League Two match at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 20th January (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of 300 tickets for this fixture, with more available on request. These seats are in Blocks C and D of the Whitby Morrison Stand, either side of the halfway line on one side of the pitch.

Prices are as follows; tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game, at no extra cost.

Adults: £22
Seniors: £17
Ages 12-16: £10.50
Ages 11 and under: £6.50
Disabled: £17 (carer free)

Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 5pm), or ticket office 1 (home matchdays from 10am), or go online to book.

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