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System Change Again?

14 December 2012

Bakes hints at flexible change to system for the visit of Bury

Neil Baker, the assistant manager of Crewe Alexandra says that the club may alter their tactics again for the visit of Bury this weekend. Crewe certainly took Preston North End by surprise last weekend to win 3-1 at Deepdale by playing three centre-halves.

Baker says that playing at home may see Crewe change again with all formations played this season up for discussion.

The club will be working on the shape today and Baker says the Crewe players have the flexibility and knowledge to adapt. Crewe have played 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 5-3-2 and 4-3-3 already this season but Baker admits that it’s the players who make any system.

Neil told the club’s official web-site: “I think there is too much made about systems and tactics, because it all comes down to what players you have and who is available.

“We pick a team and a system on what we think we will suit the players we have available and to win the game. That was the case at Preston and we thought it would suit the players we had to play with wing-backs.

“The key was to get players in their right positions and the good thing here is that we have flexible players who can play in various positions. Byron Moore can play through the middle like he did last week and also on the wing, the same with Pogba.

  “Ollie Turton and Matt Tootle can play both sides of the pitch and Murph who can play various midfield roles.”

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