Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis relishing Sheffield United challenge
CREWE Alexandra manager Steve Davis is hoping to entertain his home fans with another humdinger against title-chasing Sheffield United.
The Alex drew 3-3 at Bramall Lane earlier this season and Davis reckons similar attacking intent will be on show in the reverse fixture at Gresty Road tomorrow (7.45pm).
Crewe have no fresh injury worries as they go in search of three more League One points on the back of a welcome 2-1 win at Colchester United at the weekend.
Forward Chuks Aneke (knee) comes back in to contention but they are without midfielders Brad Inman (ankle) and Mike West (hip) and defender Jon Guthrie (hernia). Forward Nathan Ellington could make his debut after staying on the bench against Colchester.
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They take on a United side who have won five of their last seven but sit second after drawing 0-0 with MK Dons last time out.
The Blades could end the night at the top of the table if they chalk up an 11th away win of the season and Doncaster slip up at home to Carlisle.
Davis said: "It was a fantastic game to watch last time we met with two good teams having a go.
"We came from two down and I thought we were going to win it when we had them panicking. They managed to get the equaliser but it was a great night.
"We took a lot from that performance and hopefully we can get another game similar to that at Crewe."
Sheffield United and will be backed by about 1,600 travelling fans in what could be Crewe's highest attendance of the league campaign.
The current best gate stands at the 5,740 who watched the Railwaymen draw 0-0 with Tranmere back in September, although 8,325 saw the side seal an aggregate Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern final win over Coventry last month.
Davis said: "That's what comes with a big team like Sheffield, they have tremendous support particularly away from home.
"They have a very passionate following that gets behind them through thick and thin up and down the country and they want to see their team bounce up to the Championship.
"It's going to be a tough game but if we play something like what we are capable of doing we will be ok. We are looking forward to it."