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Collins: "Intensity Was Good"

11 July 2015

First team coach James Collins pleased with the quickness of players work.


First team coach James Collins was pleased that the Crewe Alexandra squad continued to work at an intense level as they ran out 7-1 winners at Alsager Town in their latest pre-season encounter.



Collins wants the Crewe players to increase the pace of doing things out on the pitch to make sure they continue to get the fitness out of their warm up encounters.



The intensity of their football improved again at Alsager this afternoon, with Crewe relentless in their keeping of possession and we had the clinical edge today to run our convincing winners.


After the 7-1 win at the home of the Bullets, the Crewe coach told crewealex.net: “The most important thing from these games is to get the fitness out of it. It is not that easy when you are playing 45 minutes, so we have encouraged them to play at a high intensity. We don’t want there to be unnecessary stoppages, or for us to take too much times at things like throw ins and goal kicks.


“They did that and the intensity was good throughout. The tempo and the passing was good and we saw some more good signs of what we have introduced in pre-season. There is still plenty of work to do and we will continue to experiment and try different combinations in certain positions, but these games have to be played and it was a good work out for them.


“We alternated the midfield players and tried them in different positions and that is important because we are still learning about Adam and Billy. We have to be flexible with that because we are not going to roll up every week in League One and play 4-3-3. We have to use the players intelligently and look those right combinations.


“Soulyemane has certainly got something and you cannot ask for too much from him from the two games. He has been good in training this week. His build up play outside the box could improve but in the box, he is certainly a threat with his movement and desire to get shots off.


“There is no doubt that he has given us something to think about and he has made it a dilemma for the manager. He has to keep working hard and showing us what he can offer. “


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