Crewe Alexandra switch attention from their ongoing relegation fight this weekend when hosting National League side Eastleigh in the FA Cup first round.
|“We have to match their endeavour if we’re to impose our passing game” – Steve Davis|
The Railwaymen are without the services of skipper Harry Davis (knee), midfielder David Fox (cracked vertebrae) and goalkeeper Dave Richards (foot).
But midfielder Billy Bingham hopes for a first appearance since the end of August having recovered from hamstring trouble.
Otherwise loanees Adam King, Stephen Kingsley and Daniel Nizic have received permission to be involved from their parent clubs, but on loan Liverpool forward Harry Wilson won’t feature.
“There’s nobody here underestimating Eastleigh,” manager Steve Davis insisted to BBC Radio Stoke. “We’re aware that a number of their players are very experienced. They have a few who have played in the Football League and some who have played at our level and some higher than that.
“We have to match their endeavour if we’re to impose our passing game,” he continued. “They have some big, powerful lads. We have to stand up to that and stay solid, like we did against Sheffield United last weekend.”
Eastleigh were one of the expected front-runners in the fifth tier this season and have a major doubt over main striker James Constable.
Elsewhere, midfielder Matthias Fanimo is cup-tied and former Watford winger Lee Cook has a shoulder injury, although Tony Lee is back available following a recent loan spell.
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