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Post by Frosty » Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:28 pm

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Saturday 30th January 2021 – 15:00



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Pre Match Thoughts - Mike




Is This The Point Of No Return ?..........


Another home game has come and gone and another defeat is clocked up for the season, of course the events of Tuesday evening were always going to save the Managers bacon, a Red card as early as the Tenth minute would, in all probability, be enough to see any team slip to defeat, so on this occasion I suppose a fair degree of sympathy could be spared for the Manager and co. Quite what Kayden Jackson was thinking is beyond me, to do that in a crucial game and on a night where he had a chance to shine as the out and out striker he blew it big time. Some have suggested there was no malice and it was merely bad timing and that may well be the case but it was a horrible lunge and could have caused serious injury, there was no defending it and thankfully nobody at the club did but the damage was done only this time to the teams chances of picking up anything from a game in which a win was vital as we strive to keep in touch with the leading pack.

Once we conceded on the stroke of half time it was game over as far as I was concerned and for the first time ever I turned it off such was my confidence that we would never get back into it no matter how long we played for, god knows we can't score at the best of times so this was a real no hoper. It has to be said that from what I saw and from what I have since read we defended manfully for the entire game in our quest to keep in the game but for me that was not really an achievement as once Sunderland got themselves ahead defending it was their main objective and this they did with ease, I think from reports etc we mustered One attempt at their goal from new boy Luke Thomas which was dealt with easily but forgetting the ten man scenario One attempt is basically all we muster in any game these days.

We are now virtually half way through the season and this is pretty much where we find ourselves in the ever depressing league table, Tenth ! Five points away from the Play Offs with a game in hand on most is hardly reason to be cheerful, Three defeats in the last Four games even less so as our run of failing to pick up points against the so called bigger fish goes on.

Next up is Crewe Alexandra, a team who we managed to beat at home despite them playing us off the pitch for the majority of the game, worryingly they are playing better now than then and are picking up results hence the reason we are even below them. I genuinely feel this game if lost will be the point of no return for Paul Lambert, the club has said he still has the backing of the owner but I don't believe that at all, another defeat here and I am fully expecting him to be removed from office, I cannot see any other outcome. With rumours circulating of Paul Cook and the Cowley's (God forbid), waiting in the wings it could well be a case of no smoke without fire, at least I hope so on Cook's case.

Town will be scratching around for a fit striker again thanks to Jackson's rush of blood and it looks like being Drinan or an unfit Norwood to lead the line, either way it won't be enough and I see taking Crewe the win to thankfully release us all from this horrendous horror show we currently find ourselves in. So it's a Crewe win for me by a solitary goal and goodnight Vienna to Mr Lambert, surely it has to be, please please please. Right I am off to dig out my Crewe Scarf.
COME ON YOU ALEX !!!!!!



The Opposition – Crewe Alexandria



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Crewe Alexandra were formed in 1877 as Crewe Football Club, separate from the successful Crewe Cricket Club, and named after Princess Alexandra. They were based at the Alexandra Recreation Ground and played their first match against North Staffs that same year, a match that ended 1–1. In 1883, Crewe Alexandra's first match in the FA Cup was against Scottish club Queen's Park of Glasgow, losing 10–0. In 1888, the club reached the FA Cup semi-finals, defeating Derby County and Middlesbrough en route, before going out to Preston North End. Crewe were founding members of the Football League Second Division in 1892, having previously been members of the Football Alliance, but lost their league status in 1896 after only four seasons. The club left the Alexandra Recreation Ground shortly before the end of the 1895–96 season, and after playing at a number of different venues, including in nearby Sandbach, they moved to the first Gresty Road ground in 1897. In 1906 the current Gresty Road ground was rebuilt to the west of the original site.

Crewe rejoined the Football League in 1921, during which season a record crowd of 15,102 packed into Gresty Road to watch Crewe entertain local rivals Stoke City, a game The Potters won 2–0. Crewe earned their first honours by winning the Welsh Cup in 1936 and 1937, before being barred from entering (not least since Crewe is not in Wales).

1955 saw Crewe embark on a sequence where they did not win away from home for 56 matches. The dismal run ended with a 1–0 win at Southport.

One of Crewe's most famous matches took place against Spurs in the FA Cup in 1960. A new record attendance of 20,000 saw lowly Crewe hold Spurs to a 2–2 draw on 30 January, with Bert Llewellyn and Merfyn Jones scoring for the Railwaymen. On 3 February, Tottenham convincingly won the replay 13–2, which remains a record defeat for the club. Llewellyn and Nev Coleman scored for Crewe.

1961 saw Crewe's most notable win in their history, Jimmy McGuigan's side defeated Chelsea 2–1 in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge. That particular Chelsea side contained the former Crewe player Frank Blunstone as well as Jimmy Greaves, Peter Bonetti and Terry Venables. The Crewe goals were scored by Billy Stark and Barrie Wheatley. Spurs won by a more modest 5–1 in the Fourth Round. In 1963, Crewe gained promotion for the first time in their history with a 1–0 win over Exeter City. Frank Lord became the local hero, scoring the only goal in front a crowd of 9,807. Lord also holds the record for most hat-tricks for the club, eight during his time at Gresty Road.

In the 1964–65 season, Terry Harkin scored a record 35 league goals for Crewe. 1977 saw Tommy Lowry play his record-breaking 475th and last game for the Railwaymen. 1979 would see manager Warwick Rimmer's most notable signing when Bruce Grobbelaar joined Crewe and played his first match against Wigan Athletic. During the season he scored from the penalty spot against York City and kept eight clean-sheets in his 24 matches played. In the same year the club went a record 15 matches without winning at Gresty Road.

The period from the 1950s to the early 1980s was generally not a successful time for the club, and few would have argued with Michael Palin's comment, in the 1979 BBC Great Railway Journeys of the World documentary when, in a shot over Gresty Road filmed from the roof of the adjacent Rail House he described Crewe as "like those other railway towns, Swindon and Doncaster, possessed of a football team which is perpetually propping up the bottom of the Fourth Division". Indeed, between 1894 and 1982, Crewe finished in last place in the Football League eight times, more than any other league club.

In June 1983, Crewe appointed Milan-born Dario Gradi as manager. His first season signings included Mark Leonard from Tranmere, John Crabbe from Hereford and David Pullar from Exeter[7] as Gradi looked to build an academy structure to develop players that could be sold to help fund the player development programme. Among his first transfer successes were Dave Waller (sold to Shrewsbury in 1986) and Gary Blissett (sold to Brentford in 1987), plus Geoff Thomas and John Pemberton (both signed from Rochdale and sold to Crystal Palace, in 1987 and 1988 respectively).

Gradi quickly gained a reputation for developing young talent, allowing Steve Walters to become the youngest ever player to pull on a Crewe shirt: aged just 16 years and 119 days he played against Peterborough United on 7 May 1988. Gradi's efforts paid off in 1989 when Crewe won promotion to the Third Division. They went back down two years later, but were promoted again in 1994. In the same year, Neil Lennon became the first Crewe Alexandra player to gain an International cap for 60 years when he was selected to play for Northern Ireland against Mexico. Gradi then led his charges to Division One in 1997, after victory over Brentford in the Division Two play-off final, and kept his team there until 2002, despite a club income on which many more lowly clubs could not survive. Meanwhile, Gradi celebrated his 1,000th game in charge of Crewe on 20 November 2001 – an away fixture at Carrow Road.

After one season in the Division Two the club were promoted back to Division One at the end of the 2002–03 season, having finished in second place; the first time the club had finished in the top two of any division, and the club prepared for life in Division 1.

Although managing to retain their place in the Division 1 in the 2003–04 season, at the start of the 2004–05 season they were rated one of the likeliest teams to be relegated from the newly renamed 'Championship'. In the event, they put in a good showing in the first half of the season; comfortably in the top half of the table, but after selling Dean Ashton to Norwich City for a record £3 million in the January 2005 transfer window, Crewe failed to win any more games until the final match of the season, when they defeated Coventry City 2–1 and narrowly escaped relegation on goal difference. The following year they were not so fortunate. Despite a good run towards the end of the 2005–06 season, they were relegated to League 1.

By the summer of 2007, Gradi was the longest-serving manager in English league football; he had completed 24 years in sole charge of the club, although assistant manager Neil Baker took temporary charge between 22 September and 17 October 2003 while Gradi underwent heart surgery (Crewe only managed one point while Baker was in charge). On 20 April 2007 Crewe Alexandra announced that, from 1 July 2007, Gradi would take up a new role as the club's technical director while gradually allowing newly appointed first-team coach Steve Holland control of the team.

Holland's first season in this role, 2007–08, was a disappointment as the club narrowly avoided relegation after finishing 20th with 50 points. That summer Holland spent half a million pounds on new signings, including Calvin Zola, Anthony Elding and goalkeepers Steve Collis and Adam Legzdins, while striker Nicky Maynard joined Bristol City for a club record fee of £2.25 million. However, despite a positive pre-season, including a win over Premiership club Hull City, Crewe took only nine points from their first 16 games.

After pressure from fans, the board sacked Steve Holland as first team coach in November 2008, and re-appointed Gradi as caretaker manager. Gradi's first game back in charge was a 3–0 defeat at home to local rivals Stockport County. On 24 December 2008 the Icelandic former manager of Stoke City, Gudjon Thordarson, was appointed as Holland's successor, though Gradi remained in charge of the team for a further six days before resuming his technical director role. Thordarson's first game in charge was a 2–2 draw away at Millwall in the FA Cup 3rd round, but although Thordarson received the Manager of the Month award for February, the team suffered a poor end-of-season run, not winning for 10 games, and were relegated to League Two. On 18 June 2009, Steve Davis was appointed assistant manager to Gudjon Thordarson. Davis left his role as manager of Nantwich Town, where he spent five successful years, gaining two promotions. Davis replaced former assistant Neil Baker, who was moved to a new scouting role within the club.

On 2 October 2009, after nine months in charge, Thordarson was sacked after a run of poor results. Dario Gradi was reinstated as caretaker manager in time for the following day's match against Rotherham. Despite lingering close to the playoff places for the majority of the season, another run of poor form saw the club finish in 18th place, only five places above the relegation zone. Gradi responded to this disappointment by refusing to take the team on a pre-season tour, stating that he "doesn't want to reward the players for what happened this season".

The club finished 10th in League Two in their 2010–11 season and also ended up with the League 2 golden boot winner: Clayton Donaldson scored 29 goals, but moved to Brentford in July 2011.

On 10 November 2011, the club announced that Dario Gradi had stepped down as manager and would return to his previous role as director of football focusing on youth development.

Steve Davis was appointed manager, and led the team to a 16-match unbeaten run in early 2012 up to 7th position, earning the club a play-off place. Crewe defeated Southend United in the semi-final with a 1–0 win at home in the first leg and a 2–2 draw at Roots Hall, extending the unbeaten run to a club-record 18 matchesand securing a play-off final against Cheltenham Town at Wembley on 27 May 2012 which they won 2–0 and earned promotion.

Before the 2012–13 season started, Crewe sold Nick Powell to Manchester United, and on transfer deadline day (31 August 2012) captain Ashley Westwood was sold to Aston Villa. However, with new players coming into the first team, Crewe won the Football League Trophy, beating Southend United 2–0 in the final at Wembley in April 2013. The team finished 13th in League One, ending the season by fielding a team whose starting 11 were all Crewe Academy graduates.

On 22 February 2014, for 33 minutes of a match at Port Vale, two brothers played on opposite sides against each other – Crewe's Harry Davis and Joe Davis of Port Vale – while their father, Steve Davis, was manager of one of the teams (Crewe Alexandra).

In March 2014, Crewe chairman John Bowler (elected chairman in 1987) was honoured with the Contribution to League Football Award at The Football League Awards 2014. Dario Gradi had earlier won the same award, in 2011. In December 2014, it was announced that Bowler had, like Gradi (in January 1998), been awarded an MBE for services to football.

On 3 May 2014 Crewe ensured their place in League One with a 2–1 home victory over Preston North End ending the 2013–14 Season in 19th place four points above relegation.

Crewe started the 2014–15 season poorly, accumulating just four points from the first 11 League games. Some sustained runs of better results pulled the club out of the relegation places, but, needing a home draw against Bradford City to secure safety, Crewe lost 0–1 and had to rely on favourable results elsewhere to ensure League One football for another year, finishing two points above the bottom four in 20th position.

The following season started in a similar pattern, with the team winning just two of their first 15 league games, and crashing out of the FA Cup in the first round, defeated at Gresty Road by non-league Eastleigh, forcing Davis to defend his position as the 'right man' for the job. Crewe's relegation to League Two was confirmed following a 3–0 defeat at Port Vale on 9 April 2016, with five games remaining. After an initially promising start to the following season, Crewe's form slumped during the final months of 2016, and on 8 January 2017, Davis was sacked as Crewe manager, with former Crewe defender David Artell appointed his replacement. Under Artell, Crewe finished 17th, improving slightly to 15th position at the end of the 2017–18 season (on 5 May 2018 again fielding a starting 11 who were all Crewe Academy graduates), and then 12th at the end of the 2018–19 season.

After 36 years involvement with the club, Gradi, 78, announced his retirement from all positions at Crewe Alexandra on 7 October 2019. In February 2020, further changes to the club's board were announced with local businessman Stuart Whitby (of Whitby Morrison) and former Nantwich Town chairman Tony Davison joining the board following a £1.75m buy-out of majority shareholder Norman Hassall; the Railwaymen Supporters Society also raised £250,000, to earn the right for a Crewe fans' representative on the club's new board.

On the pitch, Crewe vied for promotion for much of the 2019-20 season, and were top of the table (ahead of Swindon Town on goal difference) when the football season was suspended on 13 March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, Crewe was one of several clubs to 'furlough' (put on temporary leave) players and staff in order to save money. On 9 June, Crewe's promotion to League One was confirmed, but Swindon were crowned League Two champions on the basis of average points per game. Artell was selected as League Two Manager of the Year in the League Managers Association Awards.





The Manager – David Artell



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Form Guide




Crewe Alexandria Last 5 Matches, currently in 9th place with 36 points




9 Jan Rochdale 3 - 3 Crewe Alexandra


16 Jan Plymouth 1 - 1 Crewe Alexandra


19 Jan Crewe Alexandra 3 - 2 Bristol Rovers


23 Jan Crewe Alexandra 1 - 1 AFC Wimbledon


26 Jan Gillingham 4 - 1 Crewe Alexandra





Ipswich Last 5 Matches, currently in 10th place with 35 points




4 Jan Fleetwood pp. Ipswich Town


9 Jan Ipswich Town 2 - 3 Swindon Town


16 Jan Burton Albion 0 - 1 Ipswich Town


23 Jan Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Peterborough


26 Jan Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Sunderland






Match Referee – Ross Joyce



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CREWE ALEXANDRIA 1 IPSWICH TOWN 1

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Post by Frosty » Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:30 pm

Mike is gunning for an Alex win this weekend. :shock: :shock: :shock:

Jesus, I thought I would never see the day.

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Post by Andym » Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:26 pm

Anything could happen really. Crewe are what they’ve always been; a good footballing side but lacking experience as they rely on bringing on youngsters.

The problem is, you look at their form. In the last 5 games, scored 9 and conceded 11. We could win by outsourcing them.... but that would mean having a few shots at goal.

Defeat then. 3-0.

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Post by marko69 » Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:11 am

Anyone remember the year Crewe won the Champions League? Think they beat IFK Gothenburg in the final. Was close though, 3-1 win but it was two very late goals. Great season, Champions League, Premier League ....., gubbed by Man Utd in the FA Cup Final. Think manager Marko1969 was in the Queens honours list that year.

Back to reality though and yes the "REALITY" is Ipswich Town Football Club are in the same league as Crewe Alexandra, AND, (as Mike points out) BELOW them. It is an absolute travesty. Think its time for "3rd Paul Lucky"? The name Paul is a bit scary @ ITFC . But, one Paul needs emptied asap. Hopefully @ 16:50 this Saturday. Cannot help but side with Mike on this.

2-0 Crewe

Ref Caption:
Player: "HEY REF? Where'd you get the haircut?"
Ref: "SSHHHHHHH! Just take the bye-kick."

Crewe manager Caption:
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Manager: "Naked sock puppet says yes."

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"Yes, I am a Crewe fan"
"You "LION" bstd, thats you innit, Mike?"

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Post by hallamblue » Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:57 am

We have no effective strikers. Lambert will once again play one up front, and I suspect there are yet more injuries to be disclosed from the Sunderland match, ( Nolan?) ....so I can’t see past a Crewe win myself. Very happy to be proved wrong though....but if losing means Lambert is out the door, I’d take it I’m sorry to say. All in all , very mixed emotions about my Clubs fortunes right now.


2-0 Crewe ....both og’s

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Post by saint jude » Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:46 pm

No need to waste time on this just gave them the vote to win. Didn't even look at their last five game scores. Players out or not we're just not a very good team and simply another season destined to go little to nowhere. Kind of hope in a sense we lose as every setback from here on should push Lambert a little nearer to the chopping block. How many f*ck ups need to be made before something is done.

Crewe are the railwaymen or something. Something apt here as defeat against these should see the season derailed once and for all and Lambert seems a train wreck waiting to happen. Not going to follow action this time around can put time to better use.

Alex 2 Town 0

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:53 pm

Lol nice one SJ, I am surprised just how many of us would accept defeat if it meant Lambert’s departure, I think it says it all as to where we are as a club.

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Post by number 9 » Fri Jan 29, 2021 6:45 pm

Who's gonna score for us?...No one, that's who! Lambert's already touting Crewe as promotion contenders in lieu of another Ipswich loss. Ok, maybe Luke Thomas scores, but we still lose.

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Post by barmy billy » Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:45 pm

Again depressing, but I think Crewe 2 ITFC 0

Lambert OUT

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Post by Charnwood » Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:50 pm

I’ll be happy just to see us score a goal, at least that would be progress. Who do we have who‘s most likely to make this happen ?

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:11 pm

I suppose at a push Edwards could score, Thomas maybe, but in truth I see us failing to find the net again.

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Post by tangfastic » Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:21 pm

Don’t rule out OG... he’s like a 12th man.

BTW - have we had a penalty this season? We’ve certainly given away a few. Who would be the penalty taker?

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:31 pm

I can't recall us having one no, I would think Norwood if fit.

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Post by Tinytown » Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:50 pm

You have to get players in the penalty box to get penalties. :wink:

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Tinytown wrote:
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You have to get players in the penalty box to get penalties. :wink:
You beat me to it

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Tinytown wrote:
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You have to get players in the penalty box to get penalties. :wink:
Hahahaha! Very good, Tiny. :lol:

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Post by ipswichtownNo1 » Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:47 pm

Afternoon all. Hope you are all excited like me for the crewe game on ifollow. Hoping for a win but i just cant see where the goals are coming from so ive gone with my head and voted a crewe win. Sunderland game was bitter sweet really, some solid displays from the team as a whole and maybe woukd have been different had we still had 11 men after 10 minutes. If they can put in that effort again we could get something but as always we never know from one week to the next if the players are going to show up. Against sunderland they showed that determination and effort but more often than not they dont.

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Post by Dubai Blue » Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:57 pm

Funny, I take a quite different view. By all accounts some of our long term injured have started to sharpen up and if Norwood is fit then we should be able to field a pretty strong line-up. I don't see why this can't be the game to start our revival. It worries me a little that PL doesn't have a settled and cast in stone back 4 but 2-0 for me and a few smiles this evening.

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Post by rossi » Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:25 pm

Dubai Blue wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:57 pm
Funny, I take a quite different view. By all accounts some of our long term injured have started to sharpen up and if Norwood is fit then we should be able to field a pretty strong line-up. I don't see why this can't be the game to start our revival. It worries me a little that PL doesn't have a settled and cast in stone back 4 but 2-0 for me and a few smiles this evening.
call me cynical, DB, but every week you seem to think that our revival is going to start :wink: .

Sure, it will happen some time - but I doubt it's gonna be today

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Post by Bluemike » Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:57 pm

I just hope it's in my lifetime

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Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:17 pm

Kenlock and Judge playing and Sears as our one striker thoughts ?

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Post by Bluemike » Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:18 pm

Ward dropped, Kenlock in, no striker in the line up, Norwood on the bench. Judge in Midfield. No goals in this team.

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Post by Tinytown » Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:18 pm

Judge and Sears start Norwood on bench.

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Post by Andym » Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:40 pm

Kerry Blue wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:17 pm
Kenlock and Judge playing and Sears as our one striker thoughts ?
I'd like to see Kenlock have a good game but in honesty I think he will struggle. He will probably be the first yellow card of the game.
Judge is playing in his favoured position which helps, but don't understand how he plays in preference to Bishop (assuming he's fit). What you can guarantee with Judge playing there is 3 or 4 shots, all from 30 yards plus, and all unlikely to test the keeper.
And Sears? He'll be replaced after an hour by Norwood and then we will look a bit more dangerous. Unfortunately by then we could be 2 or 3 goals down.

Expecting a defeat by at least 2 goals, possibly even 3 or 4. And bye bye Lambert

But still have enough hope to have forked out £10 to watch it.

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Post by number 9 » Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:52 pm

Jesus!...Kenlock/Woofenden in defence! I predict a thumping! :lol:

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Post by tangfastic » Sat Jan 30, 2021 3:53 pm

Famously, Fergie was one game away from the sack but then Mark Robins won him that crucial game for United. The rest is history.

Could Freddie be Lambo’s Mark Robins? Probably not.

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rossi wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 1:25 pm
Dubai Blue wrote:
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:57 pm
Funny, I take a quite different view. By all accounts some of our long term injured have started to sharpen up and if Norwood is fit then we should be able to field a pretty strong line-up. I don't see why this can't be the game to start our revival. It worries me a little that PL doesn't have a settled and cast in stone back 4 but 2-0 for me and a few smiles this evening.
call me cynical, DB, but every week you seem to think that our revival is going to start :wink: .

Sure, it will happen some time - but I doubt it's gonna be today
There will always be one vote for an Ipswich win! :wink: :D

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Re: Crewe Alexandria vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by AzzurroMark » Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:00 pm

Going to try to remain positive. Have gone with a Town win in the prediction league, so backing that choice. Edwards is due a goal and defensively Crewe have shipped a few goals lately, surely even Ipswich can find the net in this one?

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Re: Crewe Alexandria vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Charnwood » Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:01 pm

Just been looking at the recent form of both teams and to be honest there isn’t a huge difference, from their last 6 games Crewe have taken 7 points to Towns 6, Crewe’s goal difference is -2 to our -3. However where form does turn significantly in their favour is their home form undefeated in their last 6 games with 4 wins and 2 draws, interesting though they haven’t kept a clean sheet. Hopefully we can exploit that weakness although scoring goals doesn’t come easy at the moment although some of us may have forgotten that we have won our last two away games at Burton and Plymouth. Maybe we’re not as bad we think.

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Re: Crewe Alexandria vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by AzzurroMark » Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:02 pm

Don't Crewe warrant coverage from a local radio station?

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