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After A Better Start

30 August 2013

Boss targets first away points of the season

Steve Davis says his Crewe Alexandra will have to learn their lesson from previous away defeats at the MK Dons and Leyton Orient if we are to register our first away points of the season at Swindon Town.

Crewe have started slowly in both games and have found themselves playing catch-up against two sides who are expected to be challenging for a play-off place this season. Crewe will face a very different looking Swindon from last season’s play-off semi-finals, but he has been impressed by the work new boss Mark Cooper has done under financial restraints.

Ahead of our trip to the County Ground, Steve told “We have to be harder to beat and we need to make sure we start games better, especially away from home. It is difficult when you are chasing good teams when you are a goal down or two goals down.

“I have been disappointed with the first half performances at the MK Dons and at Orient last week. We stared slowly and were punished and perhaps we are a bit naïve when we go a goal behind, because we have gone to get a goal back as quickly as possible and left gaps at the back. We have to be a bit more patient and be more selective when we go for it.

“That will come with experience and we have got to remain in games for as long as we can.

“I have been impressed with Swindon under Mark. They have played some really entertaining and exciting football and play the right way. They are like us in that respect and although they have had a lot of changes there since Paolo Di Canio left, they are still a good side, especially at home.

“Mark has got the job on a full time basis now and his players will be looking at that thinking it is a fresh start and a chance to impress a new manager. They beat QPR in mid-week in the Capital One Cup so that will breed confidence, but we have to concentrate on ourselves and do what we do well enough to get a result. “

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