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Rupert Wyman 10th May 2012 - 11:02

League Two Opta Facts - playoff semi-final first leg

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Crewe Alexandra v Southend United

  • Crewe Alexandra are unbeaten in 16 league games, the longest run without defeat of any side in League Two this term.
  • Alex have also scored in their last 16 in the league, only Morecambe (17) embarked on a longer run without drawing a blank in the bottom tier all term.
  • The Railwaymen have won eight and lost none of their last 12 at Gresty Road (D4).
  • Southend won their last three league games and kept clean sheets in each of their last five.
  • Bilel Moshni has scored four goals in the Shrimpers' last three league games combined.
  • Southend's only previous appearance in the League Two play-offs came in 2005, and saw them promoted after wins over Northampton (semi-finals) and Lincoln (final).
  • The Shrimpers' only other appearance in the Football League play-offs was against Doncaster in League One in 2008. After a 0-0 home draw, they were hammered 1-5 in the second leg in South Yorkshire.
  • Crewe have been in the League Two play-offs twice previously, losing in the semi-finals to Scunthorpe in 1992 and in the final to York in 1993.
  • The team finishing fourth has had a remarkable advantage in League Two play-offs, winning 12 of 22 since 1989 (52%).
  • The team in in the final slot (usually seventh, once eighth), meanwhile, has only achieved promotion twice.
  • Five of the last seven meetings between these sides have ended in away wins, while none of the last 13 have been draws.
  • Southend netted a league-high 41 away goals in League One in 2011/12.

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Cheltenham Town v Torquay United

  • Cheltenham and Torquay have already met three times this season, with Torquay winning one and drawing one in the league, but Cheltenham winning 2-1 at home in the FL Trophy.
  • Cheltenham have won their last three league games at Whaddon Road and three of their last four overall.
  • The Robins have, however, conceded exactly once in each of their last five league games.
  • The Gulls are without a win in five league games (D3 L2), a run which cost them an automatic promotion slot.
  • Torquay only netted one first-half goal in their last nine league games.
  • The Gulls have only won one of their four previous attempts at the League Two play-offs (current format only), beating Blackpool in the final in 1991.
  • Cheltenham have a 100% success rate in play-offs, gaining promotion in 2002 and 2006 (both fourth tier).
  • Teams to have finished fifth and sixth have identical records when it comes to League Two play-off success, with both positions fielding four of 22 (17%) winners since 1989.
  • The Robins were the only team in League Two in 2011/12 to win every home game they held the lead in (13 wins out 13).

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