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Match Preview: Crewe (Papa John's Trophy)

18 October 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview: Crewe (Papa John's Trophy)

18 October 2022

Following on from a fifth straight win and clean sheet in the league, Rovers play Crewe Alexandra for the second consecutive game, this time in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night.

After a convincing 3-0 win over the Alex on Friday night, Micky Mellon now looks for a similar result in a different competition as Rovers still search for their first win after being defeated by Leeds under 21’s and then defeating Bolton Wanderers on penalties following a 2-2 draw.

As for Crewe, they’ve only featured once in the competition this campaign so far which ended in defeat when they faced Bolton and lost 4-1. 

So, with both sides searching for a win, Crewe will be hoping to keep their hopes in the competition alive whilst a win for Rovers could move them into joint-top depending on the Bolton v Leeds U21’s result.

In terms of form heading into the clash, Rovers are by far the form side having won their last five league games, scoring eight and conceding zero. As for Crewe, their last five league games haven’t been quite as successful with one win in the last five but with a lot of changes expected for tonight’s game, form could prove irrelevant.

Whilst those changes may make form irrelevant, Friday nights convincing score line under the lights at Prenton Park could well play in the minds of the players featuring tonight.

Goals from Dynel Simeu and a brace from Elliot Nevitt meant Rovers won 3-0 as the Wirral was bouncing following another dominant display from Micky Mellon’s men.  But with a change of venue and certainly a change of personnel, the Rovers gaffer will want another quick start from the respective team he selects.

Team News:

No new injury concerns however Micky Mellon will look to heavily rotate his squad for this one. After Friday's win he said: "We don't have a squad big enough to attack all of these tournaments with the same eleven. We will be giving all people opportunities to keep their fitness levels up but make no mistake, we'll be going there to win a game of football. We're not putting a team out just to fulfill a fixture but if we can help it, there won't be many players from Friday involved"

Manager: Alex Morris

After coming through at Crewe, injuries prevented Morris from ever making a professional appearance despite being offered a professional one-year deal with Alexandra.

He then moved into coaching, originally within the academy set-up at Crewe before being promoted to assistant manager under David Artell. When Artell departed, Morris took interim charge before being given the job on a permanent basis in late April of last season.

Speaking off the back of Friday’s defeat to Rovers, Morris spoke to Crewe’s official website and expects a ‘big response’ from his side.

Morris said: “I’m looking for a big response after the poorest performance of the season, in this next game and going forward.

“You try to win every game, but it’s important that we win a game of football soon because it’s been a while since we did that - it was against Crawley five games ago. We need that winning feeling back. 

“No competition is as serious as the league is, I think everyone would acknowledge that. But for all the criticism this competition gets, it is an opportunity to play at Wembley and you have to give it all you can.

Match Coverage:

Tuesday's game will be streamed live on iFollow in both the UK and abroad! Click here to get your match pass now for just £10

You can also follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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