On the final day it seemed as though Southend would sneak into the automatic place but a Scott Neilson goal for Crawley condemned them to settling for 4th spot. With Crewe also taking the final play-off place after securing a 16 match unbeaten run this really is set to be a classic affair.
After being in the mix of promotion for the whole season Southend will feel their home form has let them down in the race for automatic promotion. Since their 17 match unbeaten run Southend have struggled to gain consistent form which saw them slip outside of the top three.
However of late they seem to have picked up momentum and they are unbeaten in the last five which included tough away games at Torquay United and Oxford United. In doing this they have also not conceded a single goal and are in high spirits as their season journey takes them to the play-offs. With already doing the double over Crewe this season they will be looking to make it a hat-trick when they visit Gresty Road on Saturday. However Steve Davis has turned the Alex around and they are on a tremendous run of form.
Crewe got the all important point they needed against Aldershot to secure 7th place and ensure that Southend will travel up North on Saturday before the reverse fixture at Roots Hall. After a 3-1 victory for the Shrimpers the last time they visited Gresty Road they will be in high hopes they can get the win on Saturday.
Crewe will feel Southend are a bogey team for them this season with the seasiders doing the double after a battling 1-0 victory at Roots Hall back in February. This loss sparked Crewe into life and have then failed to register a defeat with an impressive 16 match unbeaten run seeing them defeat eventual champions Swindon Town and play-off rivals Cheltenham Town. Crewe will be looking to continue their amazing form in the play-offs and dream of a date at Wembley but the Shrimpers away form for the season will give them a fright.
Out of the 23 stadiums the shrimpers have visited, they have picked up maximum points at 13 of them, only leaving empty handed on eight occasions.
Players to look out for over the two legs include Nick Powell for Crewe and Bilel Mohsni for Southend. Since the turn of the new year Powell has been one of the most eye-catching players in the entire league and has been a massive influence in Crewe’s surge up the table. The 18-year-old has scored some mesmerising goals and has been the key to Crewe’s play-off accomplishment.
Bilel Mohsni has been touch and go throughout the whole season for the Shrimpers. With his off the pitch antics they really haven’t seemed to get in the way of his involvement on the pitch. After picking up ‘Player Of the Month’ award for League Two, he has really hit form at the right time. After seeming to be able to play in every position he really can make the difference for the Blues on the day.
So whatever you were planning to doing on Saturday put it on hold and instead watch two of League Two’s in-form teams go head to head live on Sky Sports. It really is set to be a great play-off semi final tie with most predicting whoever comes away as victors, to be odds on favourites to win at Wembley and secure promotion to Npower League One.