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Sutton v Crewe preview

28 November 2023

After a hard earned point on the road at Grimsby on Saturday, Sutton continue the bid to climb away from the foot of Sky Bet League Two at the VBS Community Stadium tonight with a visit from Crewe Alexandra.

One of the current form sides in League Two, Crewe go in to this evening's game in 4th place having won five of their last six games, most recently at home to Doncaster on Saturday when a stoppage time goal by Connor O'Riordan ensured a 3-2 victory. Their home form has been particularly impressive, with 23 points from a possible 30, but they have also had good away wins this season at Crawley and Forest Green, scoring four on each occasion. They also won at Harrogate and were one of several sides to feature in a high scoring game at Wrexham this season, coming away with a 3-3 draw. They have lost at Bradford and Salford.

Last season Crewe were the visitors for the game which marked Sutton's 125th anniversary, with Coby Rowe's injury time goal earning U's a point on a day when supporters of both sides could have been forgiven for being confused, with U's in a red and white kit more often associated with the visitors, who nevertheless will again be in their second strip of teal and navy this evening.

Sutton will wait on the fitness of goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis and centre back Ben Goodliffe, who both came off injured in Saturday's draw at Grimsby, with the goalkeeping situation further clouded by a finger injury sustained by Jack Rose in training last week. Dominic Gape, who missed Saturday's game after a injury at Charlton last Tuesday, could be fit to return to the squad. U's are now unbeaten in four League Two games and could climb off the foot of the table with a victory, coupled with a Bradford win at Forest Green.

Tonight's referee is John Busby, who is in his 8th EFL season and his third as a Select Group 2 official, refereeing in the Championship. He was in charge of Bristol City's victory over Middlesbrough on Saturday and last visited Sutton in January 2022 for the goalless draw against Northampton, although his first Sutton match was in the FA Cup at Lewes back in 2007.

As always, tickets are available on line price £21 for adults, £15 for concessions (age 60+/full time students with ID) and £7 for juniors age 12-18. Tickets for under 12s are free if bought in conjunction with an adult or concession ticket. Seat prices are £4 more in all cases. Tickets can be bought on line here. They can also be bought in person on the night but with a £2 increase in cost, an increase not applied to on line purchases. Programmes will be on sale at the ground, price £3, and anyone not there tonight who would like a programme posted out after the game can order one here.

For anyone having problems with our on line ticketing system, including season ticket holders trying to retrieve their reserved ticket for Saturday's FA Cup tie at home to Horsham, our tickets team is holding a surgery today in the 1898 Lounge between 9am and 5pm where any supporters can bring their own phones, laptops, or tablets and the team will show them how to buy tickets and access their reserved items.

Tickets for the Horsham game will be on sale this evening.

Please note the fan zone will not be open this evening.

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For supporters unable to get to the game, it will be live streamed through our iFollow service at home and abroad, with a match pass costing £10 and available to purchase here.

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Match Reports

Match report for Sutton United 1 Crewe Alexandra 1

28 November 2023

Sutton United 1 (John 28) Crewe Alexandra 1(Baker-Richardson 17)

Sutton battled to a fourth consecutive 1-1 EFL draw, deserving the point for a committed performance against one of League Two's in form teams. As in the previous three draws, U's went behind but this time had replied within ten minutes, and although an injury to Louis John early in the second half, added to Ben Goodliffe's absence, led to a defensive line-up that saw Christian N'Guessan filling in at left back Sutton withstood any Crewe pressure with some fine blocks and clearances, and came closest to a winner when Aiden O'Brien hit the post ten minutes from time.

As well as Goodliffe's absence, U's also had to make a change in goal with Dean Bouzanis failing to recover from his injury sustained at Grimsby and Steve Arnold continuing to deputise. He was soon in action when a cross from Rio Adebisi, a threat all evening on the left for Crewe, deflected off Omar Sowunmi and fell to Elliott Nevitt, but his shot was straight at U's keeper. However in the 17th minute the visitors did go ahead when Courtney Baker-Richardson escaped from the attentions of John and N'Guessan and curled a superb shot beyond Arnold and inside the far post.

Sutton were level ten minutes later when N'Guessan's corner was met with a header by Sowunmi that goalkeeper Harvey Davies saved to his left. Lee Angol, starting in place of O'Brien, saw his follow up effort hit the post but John tidied things up from close range. In an entertaining game Crewe were almost ahead again before half time when Adebisi again escaped the defensive cover to pull a cross back for Shilow Tracey, whose shot was saved by Arnold's outstretched leg, and whose second effort crashed back off the crossbar. 

John was forced off early in the second half, leaving Christian N'Guessan to play left back with Joe Kizzi coming in to the middle and Aiden O'Brien coming on in midfield, but although Crewe threatened on both flanks they were thwarted by some fine defending as both Kizzi and Sowunmi threw themselves in the way of shots from Nevitt and Connor O'Riordan, and several more timely interceptions cut out crosses before they could cause a problem, so Arnold was relatively untroubled apart from punching away several corners under pressure.

Sutton had chances as well, though, with Harry Smith's low shot saved by Davies, but the best moment came with ten minutes to go as O'Brien intercepted a pass deep in his own half and allowed another substitute, Dion Pereira, to break away on the left. O'Brien continued his run to receive the return pass in the Crewe penalty area, but his shot rattled back off the post, and although U's kept the pressure up the second goal wouldn't come.

It was Crewe who provided a strong finish to the game, Connor Roberts shooting wide after a free kick had been headed back, but again U's defence stood firm in several penalty box scrambles and emerged with an extremely worthy point.

Sutton: S Arnold, R Jackson, J Kizzi, O Sowunmi, C Clay, L John(sub A O'Brien 48), J Coley, C N'Guessan, H Smith, H Beautyman, L Angol(sub D Pereira 63). Subs n/u B House, O Patrick, C Dundas, T Fadahunsi, Booked: Coley, Pereira

Crewe: H Davies, R Cooney, R Adebisi, C O'Riordan, M Demetriou, L Offord, J White, C Thomas, C Baker-Richardson, S Tracey, E Nevitt(sub A Rowe 90+2). Subs n/u T Booth, C Colkett, L Billington, Z Kempster-Down, C Agius, N Robinson. Booked: Cooney

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 2,233 (192 away)

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