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It Will Be Another Tactical Encounter

15 August 2014

Steve Davis set for another tactial battle with his old boss Danny Wilson

Steve Davis says his players won’t need telling that Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Barnsley will not count for too much tomorrow afternoon.

The Alex boss will also warn his Crewe team that after suffering two successive home defeats to the Railwaymen in the Capital One Cup and Crawley on the opening day of the season, Danny Wilson’s Tykes will be even more determined to get that first win and those first goals on the board.

Davis knows Wilson better than most after playing under him for four years as a Barnsley player in the 1990s and he knows he would have been busy devising a fresh tactical plan.

Ahead of tomorrow’s opening game at Gresty Road, Steve said: “Barnsley have lost their opening two home games and haven’t scored a goal but playing at home brings its own pressures. They have had to go and attack the opposition and be on the front foot. If you watch our second goal on Tuesday night, that came from a very good counter attack.

“When you are at home and chasing games, then you are likely to leave some gaps and that is what happened on Tuesday night. It happened a lot to us last season and it is about getting that balance right. 

“Playing at home will be a different test for us after we started the season with two tough away games. It will be different and tomorrow will be different from Tuesday night. Danny is a very good manager and he will be thinking about us tactically, on how to contain us and how to exploit us.

“We are doing the same. We have thought about one or two things that may catch them out. It was a good tactical battle on Tuesday night and I’m sure it will be again.

The boss added: “It will be nice to be in front of our home fans again. The first home game is not vital because there are plenty of games to be played after that but it is always nice to get that first win as soon as possible and build that confidence.”

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