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Match Preview: Bury v Crewe Alexandra

31 December 2018

Ryan Lowe and his side will be back in action at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane after back-to-back away games. The last time out at home, the Shakers were 2-1 winners against fellow promotion chasers Tranmere Rovers.

Lowe is looking for his side to bounce back as the games come thick and fast during the festive period: "Everyone says you'll have a sticky patch, we've had a little bit of a sticky patch, Mansfield we weren't quite at it. Oldham we weren't at it at all but then we bounce back and beat Tranmere Rovers.

"Today (Notts County), we weren't quite at it but we were better so we've got another game Tuesday to look forward to."

Centre-half Will Aimson was also looking for a reaction on Tuesday, but again knows it will be a tough test: "We've played them (Crewe Alexandra) before, we know what they're about, it'll be a tough game.

There are no easy games in this league, we know that. It's just about keeping ourselves in and around it one game at a time, hopefully we can dust ourselves down and prepare for Tuesday and take the points."

 

Crewe Alexandra's View

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Last Time Out

 

Match Coverage

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of Tuesday's game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.

 

Referee

Sebastian Stockbridge will officiate the fixture on Tuesday, which will be the 23rd fixture of the campaign for the referee. So far, he has produced sixty-six yellow cards and the one red.

It will be his second Bury fixture of the season, having previously seen the Shakers lose 2-1 at Lincoln City in August. He will also be taking charge of his second Crewe Alexandra fixture, having seen them lose 1-0 at Carlisle United.

Stockbridge is no stranger to League Two this season, with half of his games coming in the competition.

 

We've Met Before

The sides will meet for the fifty-fourth time on New Year's Day. Bury have come out victorious twenty times against Crewe Alexandra, drawing fifteen games. In contrast, Tuesday's visitors have won eighteen times against the Shakers.

It was 1894 when Bury and Crewe first met in a 4-1 victory for the Shakers. In more recent times, Ryan Lowe's side have not lost since 2012 against tomorrow's visitors, however the sides have shared the spoils in their previous 3 encounters.

 

Form Guide

Bury sit 6th in the form table for Sky Bet League Two, accumulating ten points via three wins and a draw. Despite falling to defeat twice, the Shakers have a plus three goal difference.
On the other hand, Crewe Alexandra are 12th, taking nine points by winning three games. They have lost the other three, leaving them on an even goal difference. This is slightly better reading for David Artell's side who are 15th in the overall standings.


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