“A tasty game.” In-form Crewe take on promotion hopefuls Carlisle at Gresty Road

Carlisle United travel to Crewe Alexandra tonight in what will be another tough examination of their promotion credentials.

A win for Carlisle will see them move to within two points of the automatic promotion places after a fantastic run which has seen them lose only once since they went out of the FA Cup at Lincoln on the first day of December.

However, Cumbrians boss Steven Pressley was expecting a tough game against a Crewe side that is currently one of the form teams of the division with three victories and two draws in their last five games. He told the club’s website  “Crewe are extremely well organised and they’ve started to score goals regularly,” he added. “They’re on a good run, but we have nothing to fear.”

“If we play like I know we can, then I think we’ll win on Tuesday night. They’re on a very impressive run, and it shows that this is a tough league.”

“It’ll be another really hard game, but I have a real belief in us. Like I say, if we go to Crewe and play our top game, we’ll win.”

While Carlisle drew at home to Exeter on Saturday Crewe were involved in a dramatic match at Macclesfield where they took a 3-2 lead in the ninety-fifth minute only to concede an equaliser in the dying seconds. Alex midfielder Paul Green admitted the draw felt like a defeat, but the team was keen to move on. He told Cheshire Live “The lads were all hurting in the changing room, along with myself.”

“You can’t dwell on it; you have to move on.”

“It’s a point, we’ve not lost the match, and we look to the next game.”

Green, with close to six hundred and fifty career appearances, is an experienced head in a young team and was confident going into tonight’s clash. “It’s going to be a tough game on Tuesday, it’s two teams bang on form, but I think the way we are playing, we are playing good stuff and scoring goals, we have to really put in a good performance.”

“We have to keep a continuous rhythm, and we are on a good run. It is a big game for us, and hopefully, we can get the victory. It’s going to be a tasty game.”

Our View

Should be a fascinating game at Gresty Road. Carlisle have managed to stay in the promotion hunt despite the upheaval of John Sheridan’s departure while Crewe are a young side currently showing a lot of promise under David Artell.

However, I think Crewe’s inexperience might cost them again and take the Cumbrians to win by the odd goal to keep the pressure on those above them in the table.

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