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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Crewe Alex

12 December 2013

Read the full match preview ahead of the weekend's home match against Crewe Alexandra at Sixfields...

Venue: Sixfields
Date: Saturday, December 14th
Kick-off: 3pm
Competition: SkyBet League One

Coventry City take on Crewe Alexandra at Sixfields on Saturday looking to pick up a second consecutive league win. 

The Sky Blues had a break from league action at the weekend which saw them draw 1-1 with Hartlepool United in their FA Cup second round clash at Victoria Park.

Carl Baker opened the scoring for the Sky Blues who had to settle for a draw and a replay following Andy Monkhouse's late equaliser for Pool. 

In League One, City returned to winning ways and got themselves back into the top half of the table with a 3-1 victory at the MK Dons in front of 7,000 travelling fans.

Goals from loanee debutants Chris Dagnall and Chris Maguire helped banish the memory of previous successive home defeats against Tranmere and Rotherham respectively. 

Crewe currently find themselves in the bottom four of League One having picked up four points from their last seven league games.

The current Johnstone's Paint Trophy holders, who beat City in a two-legged Northern Section Area Final on their way to Wembley, head to Sixfields on the back of a 1-0 win over Crawley Town at Gresty Road last Saturday.

The win for Steve Davis' side was their first in the league since mid-October when they beat fellow relegation-zone occupiers Bristol City at home. 

Midfielder Chuks Aneke who is on loan from Arsenal scored the only goal for the Alex nine minutes from time.  Despite striker Vadaine Oliver being sent for a second yellow card, the hosts held on for three points. 

Crewe line-up v Crawley Town: Etheridge, Tootle, Davis, Dugdale, Mellor, Osman, Evans, Na Bangna, Moore, Hitchcock, Oliver

Summer Signings

Crewe signed eight players in the summer on permanent deals, with four players coming in on loan. 

Vadaine Oliver joined Crewe from Skrill Premier side Lincoln City in the summer. He made 41 appearances and scored 13 goals after joining the Imps from Championship club Sheffield Wednesday with whom he played as a youth team player. So far Oliver has scored one goal in 21 appearances for the Gresty Road side.

The 21-year old forward Tom Hitchcock joined the Alex on loan in November from Championship side QPR and has made one appearance so far.

Since joining the R's from Plymouth Argyle, the young striker has already had a loan spell at Bristol Rovers. He joined Rovers in January of this year and stayed with the Gas until April scoring three goals in 17 appearances. 

Buomesca Tue Na Bangna is a midfielder who signed on loan for Crewe in November. He joined the Railwaymen from Premier League side Fulham and has made one start for the Alex. 

Central midfielder Chuks Aneke is joint top-scorer with one league goal and two cup goals after signing on-loan at Gresty Road in the summer.

Chuks Aneke 

With striker Max Clayton out for the season, 20-year old Aneke represents Crewe's biggest threat having scored the winner last time out. 

He signed professional terms with Arsenal in 2011 and has played Under-21s football for the Gunners. 

Aneke joined League One side Stevenage in 2011 on-loan, making six appearances but failed to score.

After a short spell at the end of the 2011-12 season at Preston, Aneke joined the Alex on loan last season and scored eight times in 38 games. This season, Aneke has scored three goals in 20 league and cup appearances. 

Defender Harry Davis is another dangerman for the away side having scored three goals this season.

The two clubs have played each other 22 times with Coventry emerging victorious ten times and Crewe winning eight.  

In the league, Crewe have a slightly better record with seven wins to Coventry's six. There have been three draws between the two clubs in the league.

Coventry's most famous win over Crewe happened in the 2001-02 Division One season when Lee Hughes scored a hat-trick, Laurent Delorge scored a brace and David Thompson scored the final goal of the game in a 6-1 win at Gresty Road. 

Last five results

23/02/2013 Coventry City 1-2 Crewe Alexandra, League One 
20/02/2013 Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Coventry City, Johnstone's Paint Trophy
05/02 2013 Coventry City 0-3 Crewe Alexandra, Johnstone's Paint Trophy
01/09/2012 Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Coventry City, League One
25/03/2006 Crewe Alexandra 4-1 Coventry City, Championship

Eddie Johnson

Midfielder Eddie Johnson played for both Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra on loan deals from parent club Manchester United.  

Johnson started his youth career at Crewe before joining the Red Devils in 1999 as a youth player. He signed a professional contract at Old Trafford in 2003 before joining Coventry City loan in 2004. 

Johnson made a total of 26 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring five goals in a productive loan spell at Highfield Road.

He rejoined the Railwaymen in 2005 on-loan and made 22 appearances, scoring five goals in a six-month deal. 

After spells at Bradford City, Chester City and Austin Aztex, Johnson retired in 2012 finishing his career at Portland Timbers. 

Isaac Osbourne

The midfielder came through the ranks at Coventry City's Academy before signing a professional deal with the club in 2003.

He spent eight years with the club and went on to play 122 games for the Sky Blues.

Whilst with City, Osbourne joined Crewe in 2006 on-loan and played two games. 

Osbourne was released from Coventry in 2011 and after a two-year spell at Aberdeen, he now plays for Scottish Premiership new-comers Partick Thistle.

Dele Adebola 

Dele Adebola signed YTS terms at Crewe after rejecting a similar contract at Liverpool, before signing his first professional deal at Gresty Road in 1992. 

He made his first-team debut for the club at the age of 17 and went on to play 123 games for them, scoring 39 goals in the process.

Adebola had spells at Birmingham City, Oldham Athletic and Crystal Palace before signing for Coventry in 2003. 

The striker played 163 games for the Sky Blues, scoring 31 goals in the process. 

After spells with Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Rochdale, the 38-year old now plays for Rushall Olympic in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. 

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