Date: 16th April 2013 at 1:31pm
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Crewe Alexandra have their penultimate away fixture of the season this evening when travelling to meet play-off hopefuls Swindon Town at the County Ground.

“We have to try and gain an advantage by changing things and catching teams by surprise” – Steve Davis

Manager Steve Davis could decide on a change in formation following the weekend home defeat to leaders Doncaster Rovers.

Skipper Luke Murphy (groin) and first-choice goalkeeper Steve Phillips (leg) remain doubtful for the visitors, while Gregor Robertson (Achilles), leading marksman Mathias Pogba (thigh) and Abul Osman (suspended) are definitely unavailable.

That should witness a second start for teenage Welsh defender and weekend full debutant George Ray, with Michael West and Ollie Turton once again vying for inclusion in midfield.

“I don’t like to give too much away. I may stick with what we did on Saturday or I may change it again,” Davis told Crewe’s official website. “We haven’t got players of the calibre or experience of the clubs with the bigger budgets, so we have to try and gain an advantage by changing things and catching teams by surprise.

“The players have shown that they can play in different systems and they have to adapt,” he added.

The Robins are on the back of three straight defeats and are currently five games without a victory after managing just a single goal during that spell.

Manager Kevin MacDonald also has serious injury concerns with midfielder Alan Navarro (hamstring) and Tommy Miller (calf) the latest requiring checks.

Meanwhile, Nathan Thompson, Troy Archibald-Henville, Miles Storey, Jay McEveley, Aaron Oakley and Louis Thompson were already sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.


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