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Opposition Report: Crewe Alexandra

15 October 2020

Blackpool are looking to claim their first away win of the 20/21 season on Saturday as they travel to Crewe Alexandra.

Crewe, who earned promotion back to League One last season, will be looking to continue their impressive form, after an impressive 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic extended their unbeaten home run to three games in all competitions.

The Seasiders will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run at the Alexandra Stadium, with Blackpool winning three of their last four games and remaining unbeaten there since 2004.

The Hosts

An unexpected end to the 19/20 campaign resulted in Crewe being promoted as League Two runners up, winning 20 of their 37 matches and finishing as the division’s highest goalscorers.

A busy summer transfer window has seen David Artell make five new additions to his squad ahead of the 20/21 season, adding a mixture of talent and experience to the ranks at the Alexandra Stadium.

Offrande Zanzala and Mikael Mandron both signed deals for the Railwaymen to bolster their attacking options, with the latter scoring in their previous victory against Wigan Athletic. Defenders Donnervon Daniels and Omar Beckles also joined the Club, whilst experienced midfielder Luke Murphy joined from League Two side Bolton Wanderers.

A difficult start saw Crewe fall to back to back defeats against newly-relegated sides Charlton Athletic and Hull City. Though, goals from Mandron and Oliver Finney guided Artell’s side to their first three points of the campaign against MK Dons, before also picking up a victory in the EFL Trophy against Newcastle United’s under-21’s. An emphatic 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic last time out recorded three wins in three for the Railwaymen, with Mandron getting on the scoresheet again to continue their strong start at home.

The Manager

A former Crewe Alexandra player during his footballing career, Artell was appointed Crewe manager in January 2017, replacing Steve Davies.

Prior to his arrival, the Railwaymen were relegated from League One after winning just seven of their 46 games. Davies, who spent five years with the Club, was the fourth longest serving boss in the top four divisions before his dismissal in January 2017. After a difficult start to life in League Two, Artell, who wields plenty of experience across the EFL, steered the Club towards mid-table safety after five straight wins in March. After starting the 19/20 season strongly by winning four of their first six games, the 39-year-old eventually led the club to promotion after the League Two season was decided on points per game.

The former defender, who featured for the Gibraltar international side, began his playing career with Rotherham United, before having spells with a host of EFL Clubs including Mansfield Town, Morecambe, Port Vale, Northampton Town and Wrexham.


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