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There is cautious optimism for David Artell, with his side recently taking some baby steps forward, following up a 2-0 victory against Doncaster in the second round of their Football League Trophy tie, with the same result on Tuesday against the Imps.
They dug themselves an early hole domestically, winning only one of their opening 17 league fixtures, as they have scored the fourth-fewest amount of goals in the league thus far (19) while conceding the second most after 21 games (36).
This team tend to overload certain areas of the pitch, be it on the back end with five defenders or in the middle with five midfielders.
Their strategy appears to be all about frustrating their opponents by preventing as much time and space as possible, while they are capable of breaking through opposing defences when putting together some neat interplay and having some clever positional rotation between their wingers, full-backs and central midfielders.
Starting matches a little sharper should be one of the things that Artell and his team might want to focus on, as five of their last seven goals scored have come in the second half.
A win this weekend would mean a lot to their chances of surviving in this division for a second consecutive campaign after only being promoted into League One in 2019-20.
Mikael Mandron scored both goals for the Railwaymen in their 2-0 win over Lincoln City as Dave Richards made two saves to collect a clean sheet.
Artell made several changes to his starting 11 in that match with Richards replacing Will Jaaskelainen in goal, while Billy Sass-Davies, Zac Williams, Rio Adebisi, Tom Lowery and Regan Griffiths were inserted into the lineup rather than Connor O’Riordan, Terell Thomas, Luke Murphy, Madger Gomes and Nathan Woodthorpe.
Ben Knight, who is on loan from Manchester City, scored a goal and an assist in their victory over Doncaster last week in their Football League Trophy match, while defender Kayne Ramsay, who was loaned to the team from Premier League side Southampton, has not played since October 2 when his side drew 2-2 with Cambridge United.
Burnley loanee Bailey Peacock-Farrell stopped all four shots that were fired his way on Tuesday for his first shutout since early November when his team drew 0-0 in the opening round of their FA Cup tie with Plymouth Argyle, only to lose the replay 3-0.
Lewis Gibson is struggling with his fitness, while Massimo Luongo will be suspended for this match after the Australian was red-carded in the 69th minute on Tuesday.
Lee Gregory leads the team in League One goals with seven, Florian Kamberi is second with four, while Olamide Shodipo notched his first of the season in their draw with Wycombe at the end of November, with Josh Windass scoring his second.
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Crewe Alexandra possible starting lineup:
Richards; Adebisi, Williams, Sass-Davies, Offord, Johnson; Lowery, Finney, Murphy; Mandron, Knight
Sheffield Wednesday possible starting lineup:
Peacock-Farrell; Brennan, Palmer, Paterson; Shodipo, Byers, Dele-Bashiru, Wing, Hunt; Gregory, Kamberi