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What's the story: Crewe vs Wycombe

13 February 2017

We put Tuesday night's clash with Crewe into some context.

Wycombe haven't lost successive league games since early September, following up losses against Carlisle, Yeovil, Barnet and Exeter with a win, draw, draw and win respectively. They'll hope to continue that sequence with a positive result at Gresty Road having succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at Stevenage on Saturday.

The reverse fixture saw Wanderers romp to an incredible 5-1 victory at Adams Park in September, with Sam Wood, Paris Cowan-Hall and Dominic Gape opening up a three-goal half-time lead before Scott Kashket added a brace, rendering George Cooper's consolation strike a mere inconvenience.

On Saturday it was Crewe rattling home five goals, scoring more times in one game against Grimsby than they'd managed in all previous matches since Christmas.

In 16 previous meetings it's the Railwaymen who hold the advantage - but only just. Six of their seven wins over the Chairboys have come on home turf, although Wanderers were successful on their last trip; a 2-0 FA Cup replay triumph in 2013. Overall Wycombe have won six times, drawing three.

Love is in the air
Wycombe have lost their last three games on Valentine's Day - a 2-1 home loss to Newport in 2015, a 3-2 defeat to Yeovil at Adams Park in 2012, and a 1-0 loss at Bradford in 2009. Earlier EFL memories were slightly happier though - a 2-1 win at Notts County in 2006, a 0-0 draw with Luton in 2004, and a 2-1 victory over Burnley in 1998.

Ton up?
Michael Harriman is one appearance away from reaching a century for the Chairboys across two different spells; he played 20 times on loan in the 2012/13 campaign, and 79 times so far since returning in 2015.

Out for revenge?
Sido Jombati was in the Cheltenham side that lost to Crewe in the League 2 play-off final in 2012; Scott Brown was also in goal for the Robins. Current Crewe boss David Artell featured at centre-back for the Alex.

Familiar territory
Anthony Stewart returns to the club where he played 10 times in the 2014/15 campaign, either side of spells with the Wanderers.

Friends reunited
Chairboys keeper Jamal Blackman will know all about Crewe's joint leading league goalscorer Alex Kiwomya - both are on loan from Chelsea.

Man in the middle
Mr Salisbury is in charge for the fourth time in under 10 weeks; this time it's Michael Salisbury, who officiated the 5-0 FA Cup win at Chesterfield in December. His father Graham has refereed recent fixtures against Plymouth and Portsmouth.

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