Steve Davis gives his post-match reaction from the Matchroom Stadium
Steve Davis gives us his reaction after the Railwaymen slip to a 2-0 defeat to the current league leaders Leyton Orient after the conditions pay a part in our indifferent first half display.
After the defeat, Steve told crewealex.net: "The conditions didn’t help our game at all in the first half. We had planned all week to play 4-3-3 to utilise the size and the quality of the pitch here, but we couldn’t pass the ball like we wanted to. The ball was sticking in the surface water, not rolling properly and it made things difficult. They adjusted to the conditions better than we did.
"I spoke to the fourth official after about 25 minutes and asked him if the rain continued like it was, would we be able to look at things at half-time. It didn’t look right and the conditions suited them better because they had more of a direct approach. We didn’t do that, because we are not very good at it.
"We went a bit more direct in the second half and I think we had four shots in the first 10 minutes. We started well in the second half but the damage was done in the first half.
"At half time, we felt we were still in the game but we had adapt to the conditions better than we did. We have got to adjust to that because when the winter comes, we are going to have to play in sorts of conditions, so we have to play a different way against different teams.
"We tried to play a bit differently and get the second ball off the knock downs from Vadaine and I thought we caused them some problems and were unlucky not to score. I also thought we were unlucky not to get a penalty when Ryan was tripped, especially when they were give what I thought were two soft penalties in the first half.
it wasn't for a lack of effort. If we had been able to get that first goal in the opening 10-15 minutes then that would have made it even more interesting. "The pressure was off us a bit because of the score line but the players gave it a real go and
"The effort was there but the first half has killed us a bit."