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Crewe Alexandra vs Sheffield United

23 Apr 2013 08:33:47

Crewe Alexandra vs Sheffield United

Sheffield United travel to Gresty Road tonight, where maximum points tonight and at home to Preston North End on Saturday can only secure a third placed finish.

Sheffield United made the trip to Portsmouth last Saturday in the hunt for three points that could catch up Bournemouth and league leaders Donacaster Rovers but a disappointing display ended in a 3-0 defeat. Shaun Cooper (21 minutes), David Connolly (24) and Jed Wallace (32) all scored for the already relegated club.

Blades interim boss Chris Morgan is without striker Shaun Miller (cruciate knee ligament); meanwhile keeper Mark Howard (thigh) and defender Lescinel Jean-Francois (knee) have returned to training but are unlikely to see first team action soon. He is also without Diego DeGirolamo (knee) through injury.

Defender Harry Maguire will return to squad selection after sitting out a one match suspension following the two bookings he picked-up in last Tuesday’s 2-2 thriller against Brentford.

Meanwhile Danny Higginbotham is set to retain his place after manager Chris Morgan hinted that Tony McMahon won’t feature. “Tony McMahon is having a jab on Monday and he'll be available for selection, but it would be daft to use him. We need to get him rested and right for the play-offs.” He told BBC Radio Sheffield; "There won't be multiple changes, but we need to look at freshening up in certain areas. The last thing I'm going to do is make five or six changes and not take the game seriously.

"We had a mad 10-15 minutes on Saturday and other than that we didn't play that badly. We were excellent in the second half.  "They [Crewe] won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and they did fantastically to do that, but their results haven't been great since. We will treat every team with the respect they deserve; it will be a tough game."

Johnston’s Paint Trophy Winners Crewe Alexandra – who lay in mid table travelled to Yeovil Town last Saturday, who had already secured a play-off spot and came as no surprise that the Glovers won this match 1-0 but will no doubt feel disappointed that they didn’t add to their tally after Joe Edwards scored the game’s only goal after 51 seconds of play.

Crewe have no injury doubts following their defeat at Huish Park; defender Mark Ellis (ankle) returned to action last Saturday after being injured in last Tuesday’s 4-1 defeat to Swindon Town, whilst keeper Steve Phillips (dead leg) replaced Alan Martin after missing the previous two fixtures through injury.

Blades-Mad Prediction: Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Sheffield United

:: Head-to-Head ::

Sheffield United and Crewe Alexandra have faced each other in every Football League Division, with of course the exception of top flight status. Our first ever meetings came in the Second Division during the 1892-93 season, at that time there were only two Divisions in English Football and United excelled at the first hurdle, beating the 'Alex' 4-0 in both ties home and away and having played out a Test Match against Accrington and winning 1-0 the Blades were promoted to the top flight - United won a Play-Off Final (at the City Ground, Nottingham Forest) and were the first club in the World to be promoted!

United and Crewe had to wait another 88 years until they met again (1981-82) in the Fourth Division where a similar score-line was played out, United winning 4-0 at Gresty Road and a 3-2 win at Bramall Lane. In the 11 matches played at the Lane our opponents have never tasted victory there once.

League form versus Crewe Alexandra...

  P

W

D

L

F

A

Home

11

8

3

0

24

5

Away

10

6

1

3

19

12

Total

21

14

4

3

43

17

* Statistics correct up to and including 18 April 2013

Season

Date

Home

Score

Away

Competition

2012/2013

Tue 20 Nov

Sheff. Utd.

3 - 3

Crewe Alex.

League One

2005/2006

Fri 03 Mar

Sheff. Utd.

0 - 0

Crewe Alex.

Championship

 

Mon 29 Aug

Crewe Alex.

1 - 3

Sheff. Utd.

Championship

2004/2005

Tue 08 Mar

Sheff. Utd.

4 - 0

Crewe Alex.

Championship

 

Fri 29 Oct

Crewe Alex.

2 - 3

Sheff. Utd.

Championship

2003/2004

Tue 24 Feb

Crewe Alex.

0 - 1

Sheff. Utd.

League Division One

 

Tue 04 Nov

Sheff. Utd.

2 - 0

Crewe Alex.

League Division One

2001/2002

Sat 30 Mar

Crewe Alex.

2 - 2

Sheff. Utd.

League Division One

 

Sat 27 Oct

Sheff. Utd.

1 - 0

Crewe Alex.

League Division One

2000/2001

Tue 06 Mar

Crewe Alex.

1 - 0

Sheff. Utd.

League Division One

 

Sat 14 Oct

Sheff. Utd.

1 - 0

Crewe Alex.

League Division One

1999/2000

Mon 24 Apr

Sheff. Utd.

1 - 1

Crewe Alex.

League Division One

 

Sat 09 Oct

Crewe Alex.

1 - 0

Sheff. Utd.

League Division One

1998/1999

Sat 30 Jan

Crewe Alex.

1 - 2

Sheff. Utd.

League Division One

 

Mon 31 Aug

Sheff. Utd.

3 - 1

Crewe Alex.

League Division One

1997/1998

Thu 30 Apr

Crewe Alex.

2 - 1

Sheff. Utd.

League Division One

 

Sat 29 Nov

Sheff. Utd.

1 - 0

Crewe Alex.

League Division One

1981/1982

Sat 01 May

Crewe Alex.

2 - 3

Sheff. Utd.

Fourth Division

 

Tue 29 Sep

Sheff. Utd.

4 - 0

Crewe Alex.

Fourth Division

1892/1893

Wed 12 Apr

Crewe Alex.

0 - 4

Sheff. Utd.

Second Division

 

Sat 18 Mar

Sheff. Utd.

4 - 0

Crewe Alex.

Second Division

 

Source: Blades-Mad


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