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Preview: Crewe Alexandra v Rovers

A match preview ahead of Rovers' trip to Cheshire on Wednesday

11 December 2017

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Rovers aim for progress in the FA Cup and a home tie against Hull City if they win at Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday evening.

Here's our guide to the game...


Rovers come into this one on the back of five straight wins in League One, whilst opponents Crewe have lost five of their last six matches. However, the visitors have shown they're capable of causing an upset in the competition already this term having beaten Rotherham United in the first round, so Rovers can't take the Railwaymen lightly. The Cheshire side pushed nine-man Rovers all the way just a week-and-a-half ago in the first tie and the hosts will likely face another stern test this time around. Kick-off at Gresty Road is scheduled for 7.45pm, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.


Tony Mowbray has confirmed he will make changes to the line-up for the clash and Willem Tomlinson could well get more game time after impressing off the bench at Peterborough at the weekend. Scott Wharton could also play against Crewe again, just as he did in the initial fixture at Ewood, but it may be too early for Craig Conway to play back-to-back games shortly after one another following his injury lay-off. Rekeem Harper could return after being suspended for the weekend trip, but fellow midfielder Ben Gladwin, Harry Chapman and Darragh Lenihan remain absent. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via and our official social media accounts on matchday. 


Crewe sit just outside the relegation places in League Two on goal difference, having suffered five defeats in their last six games. Chris Porter is their top scorer with nine goals in all competitions, two of which came against Rovers, and in Chris Dagnall and Jordan Bowery, Crewe have players who have represented clubs at a higher level. Boss David Artell will also have ex-Rovers' youth academy graduate Eddie Nolan to call upon on Tuesday. Nolan scored against Rovers in the game at Ewood. 


At Gresty Road for the big cup clash and are a potent social media user like Elliott Bennett? Then be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. 


There are plenty of replays in the competition this week, including: Carlisle United v Gillingham, Crewe Alexandra v Rovers, Exeter City v Forest Green Rovers, Peterborough United v Woking, Wigan Athletic v AFC Fylde, Yeovil Town v Port Vale. 

A reminder that any supporters who have purchased tickets for the tie, but can no longer attend the rearranged date, can claim a full refund from the Ticket Office on presentation of their complete match ticket by 5pm on Friday December 15th.

New details:

Crewe Alexandra v Rovers
Emirates FA Cup second round replay
Wednesday December 13th, kick-off 7.45pm
Alexandra Stadium

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