Big Game In League One
Fixture| Crewe Alexandra vs Blackpool
Date| 19 March 2016
Venue| Gresty Road
The importance of Saturday’s clash with Crewe Alexandra needs little reiterating, with the two clubs sat inside the League One relegation zone and desperate for points.
Blackpool were beaten at Oldham Athletic in mid-week, worsening their situation with nine games remaining, but a victory could move them above the dotted line.
Neil McDonald’s side are without a victory since January and have scored once in five games, so a change in fortunes is essential at Gresty Road.
Crewe sit a further five points below The Seasiders in League One, meaning they are seven points from safety and in danger of slipping into League Two for the first time since 2012.
The Railwaymen have produced final day great escapes in their last two seasons, but a run of seven winless matches has made it an uphill task this time around.
Nevertheless, Steve Davis’ men have shown their resilience in recent weeks, drawing with Southend United and Burton Albion, but they were beaten 3-0 at Gillingham last time out.
McDonald hopes to have Clark Robertson back available, after he missed the last two matches with a hamstring problem.
David Ferguson and John Herron look unlikely to feature once more, while Henry Cameron remains a long-term injury.
Crewe striker Lauri Dalla Valle is set to return from ankle ligament damage, after he got through 45 minutes of football recently.
Harry Davis is back in contention and Brad Inman is set for a return after recovering from a groin problem.
McDonald: “We need everyone to stand up and be counted. We’ve put ourselves in this situation and we’re the only ones who can get out of it. We’re all disappointed and frustrated at the moment because we’re not winning games so we need to start scoring goals to take the pressure off ourselves.”
Davis: “It is not as though there are only two or three games left and we are out of it. We are still in with a chance and we have to get ourselves into a position where we are only relying on ourselves and we can only achieve that by getting wins, especially against sides that are down there with us.”
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