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The Opposition Guide: Crewe Alexandra

18 March 2016

A Look At Tomorrow's Opponents

Blackpool face a trip to Crewe for the first time since 2006 tomorrow, aiming to complete a season double against them.

Here we take a look at the opposition:

THE MANAGER

A player at Crewe in the 1980s, Steve Davis took the baton from his old boss Dario Gradi when he was appointed manager in 2011.

Davis, who also played for Burnley and Barnsley, had previously managed Nantwich Town to an FA Vase, a Cheshire Senior Cup and two promotions.

The 50-year-old has achieved promotion to League One and success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy during his time with The Railwaymen. He is a firm believer in the Crewe philosophy and continues to give young players a chance.

CURRENT FORM

Without a win in seven, Crewe sit a place below Blackpool in the League One table on 30 points from 36 games.

The Railwaymen have picked up four points from a possible 21 and have won just three games at home this season.

The current gap to divisional safety is seven points, though Crewe's goal difference is minus 26.  

KEY MAN

Expected to return from a groin injury for the game, attacking midfielder Brad Inman is Crewe's top goalscorer this season with nine.

The Australian-born 24-year-old came through the academy system at Newcastle United and initially signed for The Railwaymen on loan in 2012.

He turned down a new deal at St James' Park in 2013 to sign permanently for Crewe for an undisclosed fee. 

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