Boss pleased with second useful run-out at Nantwich
Steve Davis was again pleased with the level of finishing his players showed in the club’s second pre-season victory at Nantwich. Clinical finishing from Bradden Inman, Billy Waters and Mathias Pogba fired Crewe into a 3-1 half time lead after our former player Steve Jones had levelled things upon 19 minutes with a close range finish.
Callum Saunders provided a flash of his enormous potential with a superb diving header after Lee Molyneux had picked him out with a cross early on in the second half.
After the 4-1 win, Davis told crewealex.net: “It was another decent run out for us and it was a big crowd and a decent atmosphere. There was a good turn out and they had to open up some more turnstiles prior to kick-off to get everyone in. That is what it is all about.
“We enjoy coming here and I enjoy taking a Crewe team to Nantwich because it is a well run club and there are a lot of great people working here. They benefitted from it financially as well and we were pleased to kick off their 130years celebrations. They paved the way for me and I learnt a great deal during my time at the club.
“It was good for some of our younger lads to play in front of a crowd and a bit of an atmosphere. I said to Perry Ng afterwards that was probably the biggest crowd you have played in front of (1,224) and he said yes it was, so that is a great experience for the younger ones.
“The goals were good and we continued to try and get behind them or slip someone in which was good. Pogba is working hard up there, in a lone role really, and he is looking to lead the line for us. He got his reward with a great goal when following up his own free-kick. He has got two now and so has Brad, so that is a bonus.
“They have scored two goals in two games and I cannot ask for any more than that. Billy got a goal and he can be a match winner. He does some really good things and then some not so good, but you are going to get that with inexperienced players.
Callum came on and scored a great header. His movement is excellent and he is lively. He could have had a hat-trick but rushed a couple of chances. It is still early in pre-season and you can expect that until that true sharpness comes back.
“We tried to build up from the back and pass the ball and we did that, especially in the first half. I was satisfied with the way we played but I am always looking for better. That is the way I am. I just felt we could have been more competitive and got into them a bit more because we let them off lightly at times.
“We are trying to get them to be bolder and braver on the ball and they are trying that. The next part will be transferring that into League One.”