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PREVIEW: Crewe Alexandra v Coventry City

28 March 2014

Read the full match preview ahead of City's trip to Gresty Road to face Crewe Alexandra...

Venue: Gresty Road
Date: Saturday, March 29th
Kick-off: 3pm
Competition: SkyBet League One

Coventry City take on Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on Saturday looking to pick up back-to-back victories.

The Sky Blues picked up a crucial win against Stevenage in midweek thanks to a Dan Seaborne second-half header.

Steven Pressley has secured three loan signings this week with David Prutton joining Anton Robinson and Nathan Eccleston at the Sky Blues on Thursday. 

Crewe currently find themselves just above the bottom four in League One as they look to have a strong end to the season to secure survival.

The Alex have recently welcomed Mathias Pogba back to the side after a long-term injury and he played a crucial role in the 3-1 win over Gillingham recently.

Steve Davis' side suffered a difficult November period, having gone eight games without a win, picking up just two points, which saw them firmly in the relegation zone.

They have picked up since the turn of the year though, and the form of midfielder Chuks Aneke has been a major plus point in Crewe's season.

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 16 goals in 40 league and cup appearances. 

The two clubs have played each other 23 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 four 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

14/12/2013 Coventry City 2-2 Crewe Alexandra, League One
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

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. 

Tickets are still available for the trip to Gresty Road as City take on Crewe Alexandra. 

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