Fleetwood Town face Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday 20 April at Highbury Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Crewe Alexandra
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
Match officials: Ross Joyce (Referee), Chris Isherwood & Matthew Parry (Assistant Referees), Gary Hilton (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood head into their league clash against Crewe on the back of a narrow defeat to table-toppers, Hull City, at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
Town opened the scoring in the first half when Kyle Vassell finished off a wonderful move. However, despite a valiant performance, second-half goals from Josh Magennis and Keane Lewis-Potter were enough to cancel out the Cod Army’s early goal.
In the game before, The Cod Army managed to beat Rochdale 1-0 at Highbury. Simon Grayson’s side created chances throughout the game, testing Brian Barry-Murphy’s defence at all stages of the game, but it was an own goal that was the difference on the day as Wes Burns’ cross went past the Rochdale goalkeeper after a deflection off Eoghan O’Connell’s leg.
Crewe have had a rough run of results in recent weeks, as they have won just one of their last five games in League One.
In their last outing, they travelled to the DW Stadium on Saturday, where they lost 2-0 to Wigan Athletic. Joe Dodoo put The Latics ahead in the first half and, after a red card for Crewe’s Omar Beckles, Lee Evans added a second to finish off the tie.
The game before that proved to be a good result for The Railwaymen as they held play-off hopefuls, Portsmouth, to a goalless draw at Gresty Road. Alex goalkeeper Will Jaaskelainen saved a penalty from Pompey’s John Marquis on the hour mark as Crewe Alexandra bounced back from our heavy defeat to Oxford on Saturday to claim a point and a clean sheet.
The young Finn made amends for conceding the penalty after Ronan Curtis went over the rushing goalkeeper as he tried to latch on to a through ball. Marquis confidently stepped up but Jaaskelainen judged right to make a crucial save.
ONE TO WATCH: MIKAEL MANDRON
The one to watch for Town’s clash with Crewe is the familiar face of forward Mikael Mandron. The 26-year-old has started off the season well for the Cheshire outfit and has gone on to score 12 goals in all competitions for the side.
Mandron started his career in the North East, in the Sunderland Academy, where he managed to go out on loan three times, with the first being a spell at Highbury Stadium in 2014. The Frenchman found the net once in 13 games for Town, in the year the side secured their spot in League One through the play-offs.
In 2016, he left Sunderland to go to Eastleigh, and made an impact whilst there, even though his stay was only for six months. Mandron became an ever-present and made 28 appearances in that short time, scoring 10 goals along the way.
Spells as Wigan, Colchester United, and Gillingham would follow before the forward made the trip to Gresty Road in the Summer of 2020. Since the start of the season, Mandron is the top goal scorer for the side in the current campaign, with his last goals being a brace in a 2-0 win over MK Dons at the start of the month.
WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW!
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday.
With fans still unable to attend games, the iFollow match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army play.
Simon Grayson's side are set to host Crewe at Highbury in a league clash on Tuesday evening and you can watch the game for just £10!
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.