Match Preview: Crewe Alexandra v Blades

Last updated : 23 February 2004 By @blades_mad1889

Ashley Ward: Will Play Against Former Club.
The Blades last game was against West Bromwich Albion in that crunch match which saw the Baggies win 2-1. Darren Moore bundled the ball into his own net to give the Blades a opener before Moore made up for his mistake with a goal. Thomas Gaardsoe scored the winner with 5 minutes remaining.

Sensational striker Ashley Ward will keep his place upfront and play against his former club, his appearance on Saturday was his first for seven matches.

Michael Tonge looks to have shaken off that leg injury and should play in a game which he scored in the 1-0 home win during 2001-02 season against the Alex.

The Alex, managed by Dario Gradi the longest serving manger at any

Clayton Ince: One Of The Best Black Keepers In The Country.
club by any manger lost 2-1 away at Bradford City in their last game.

Striker Dean Ashton was expected to miss the game on Tuesday as well as there local derby game with Stoke City, now it appears that his back injury is not as bad as first thought and could start against the Blades.

Midfielder Kenny Lunt will most likely miss the clash after he limped out their game at Valley Parade with David Vaughan or Ben Rix set to replace him.

Possible Starting Line-Up


Tuesday 24 February 2004
Nationwide League Division One
at Alexandra Stadium
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Clayton Ince1Paddy Kenny
David Wright2Phil Jagielka
Stephan Foster3Robert Page
Adie Moses4Mike Whitlow
Andrew Tonkin5Robert Kozluk
Craig Hignett6Michael Tonge
Neil Sorvel7Carl Robinson
Juston Cochrane8Dries Boussatta
Ben Rix9Paul Shaw
Dean Ashton10Ashley Ward
Steve Jones11Paul Peschisolido

Football League Record v Alex


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Alexandra Stadium7313129

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