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Match preview: Crewe Alexandra (H)

6 May 2016

Key details ahead of Sunday's vital clash at Highbury

All eyes will be on Highbury Stadium on Sunday afternoon when Fleetwood Town host Crewe Alexandra on the final day of the Sky Bet League One season.

Having suffered defeat in front of the Sky cameras on Monday at Walsall, Town go into the crucial game against the Railwaymen in 20th position in the third-tier, two-points and a place above Fylde Coast neighbours Blackpool.

Tom Bradshaw’s second minute opener was added to when Paul Downing flicked in a corner from the left at the front post to extend the Saddlers lead shortly after.

Romaine Sawyers added a third for Walsall after 58 minutes, when his right-footed drive from outside the area zipped beyond Chris Maxwell.

Substitute Devante Cole reduced the deficit in the dying embers, finding the bottom corner from a tight-angle which beat Neil Etheridge.

By contrast, Crewe were on the right end of a 3-1 score line on Saturday, defeating Doncaster Rovers at Gresty Road.

Despite going behind just shy of the half hour mark from Tommy Rowe’s goal, Crewe fought back courtesy of Callum Ainley's strike just before the interval.

In the second half, the Cheshire outfit made the three-points safe through goals from Marcus Haber and Brad Inman.

Team News

Wes Burns remains a doubt for the Cod Army on Sunday after picking up a hamstring injury last week which forced him to miss the Walsall game.

Danny Andrew and Bob Harris will both sit out the match due to injury.

One to Watch

Brad Inman leads the way for Crewe Alexandra this season, having found the net ten times in all competitions for Steve Davis’ side.

A native of Adelaide, South Australia, Inman moved to England having played youth football in his homeland, in order to sign a deal at Newcastle United’s academy in 2007.

Inman subsequently turned professional at St James’ Park in the summer of 2009, but despite spending four-years on the books at the Magpies, the central midfielder never featured in the Premier League for the first-team.

However, after playing on a regular basis for the reserves, Inman made his solitary bow in the League Cup against Peterborough in September 2009.

Inman was initially loaned to Crewe in November 2012, and went on to make 21 appearances, netting five goals for the Railwaymen in League One.

Since then, the 24-year-old has become a key part of the Alex squad, making 95 appearances and scoring 15 times.

Listen Live

Andy Bayes, Derick Quinn and Keith Southern will be on the Cod Army Player HD mic to provide full-match commentary for the final time this season.

After the match, interviews with manager Steven Pressley and a player will be available to subscribers. 

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