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Steve Pleased With Fluent First Half

10 July 2013

Alex boss pleased with forward movement and goals in 5-0 win

Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis was again pleased as his side did a professional job on Newcastle Town to be leading 4-0 after 25 minutes before Vadaine Oliver showed his aerial ability with a fifth goal after 67 minutes. It was certainly another useful run-out for the Railwaymen who have hit 10 goals over two nights, following a 5-1 win at Norton United.

After a comfortable 5-0 win at the Lyme Valley Stadium, Steve Davis said: "There was a really good mixture of goals and I was pleased with the fluency of our play, especially in the first half when the forwards were interchanging and picking up really good positions. I thought they were doing that really well and it cause them problems. We created chances and I was pleased with the flow of our play and some of the combination play, especially amongst the forward players, was excellent.

"Of course, the changes we want to make can disrupt that flow to the play and so it proved in the second half. We knew that might happen but we wanted to have a look at the trialists again and give our younger players, such as Billy Waters and Liam Nolan some more minutes on the pitch.

"We had a lot of the ball and that is going to happen against lesser opposition, so it is important to see what we are going to do that and how we approach breaking teams down. Of course, when we play the better teams later on in the pre-season then we will go with virtually our strongest team and see how we do without the ball as well."

On the key performer on the night, Max Clayton, the gaffer added: "We know what he can do and he has just got to go out and show it on a consistent basis. The best way for him to do that is for him to score goals. We know his link up play is good, but we want him more in the box and scoring goals. That is what he is good at and they were different goals. Max was lively, worked hard to get in behind them and showed the calibre of this finishing. That will give him some more confidence because it will be about him scoring goals."

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