Boss admits his side missed the in-form Osman against the Shakers
Steve Davis has told the club’s official web-site that his team missed the physical presence of Abdul Osman in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bury. Osman missed the game after twisting his knee against Preston North End the previous weekend. He had been in top form as well, claiming the man-of-match award against Doncaster Rovers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and inspiring us to that superb 3-1 win at Deepdale.
The boss told crewealex.net: “We missed Abdul because he provides that physical presence and offers that protection to the defence. We has been playing well for us lately, so it was a set-back to lose him but we are hopeful he will be fit for the weekend.
“We changed it around in the second half on Saturday and put Harry in midfield. He was only used there as a defensive perspective, to protect the back four, and tracks the runners, especially their number 7.
“He did that and we didn’t want him to do anything going forward. We wasn’t so good on the ball but he did a job for us.
“Chuks was the unlucky one to make way at half-time. That was just because of the change of shape and system and allowing us to get more width with Byron coming on.”