Boss pleased with youngsters show in comfortable friendly win.On new signing David Fox, the boss stated: “It was David’s first opportunity to get some football under his belt and he was good. He bossed it and we have talked about his technical ability and his vision to spot a forward run. The players trust him to give the ball and I’m sure he will find the runs of Lauri Dalla Valle and pick out Marcus Haber at the far post. He helped us control the game tonight and we just need him to help us do that more in League One.”
“It was a young side tonight and we have had to juggle it around a bit. Some more of the senior players will play at Nantwich on Sunday.”
“I was pleased because it gave us the opportunity to play some of our younger players with some of the senior players. It is good for them to play with them and see what level they have to reach to be in and around the team. It shows them the level they have to get to.
“You have to credit Newcastle for the way they defended. They defended in numbers and made it difficult for us. We had to be patient, to try and open them up, and we managed to do that really well with the last goal.
“I thought we kept the ball well and controlled the game with Fox and Atkinson bossing it in there really. We had a lot of the ball and the only one thing we can criticise them for is not penetrating enough and creating more opportunities from the amount of possession we had.
“They will have a rest tomorrow those two and will be involved again at Nantwich on Sunday.
Following a comfortable 3-0 win at the Lyme Valley Stadium, Steve told crewealex.net: “I thought it was a decent run out for some of our younger players. It also gave us a chance to play some of our trialists so we could have a look at them and it gave Harry (Davis) and David (Fox) their first 45 minutes of pre-season.
Crewe dominated the possession from virtually the first to the last whistle and ended up scoring three times to show for their efforts in trying to break down a stringent Newcastle back-line, who to their credit had been well drilled to defend in numbers.
Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis says that tonight’s run out against Newcastle Town will provide invaluable experience for some of the younger players of his squad. The likes of Perry Ng, Joe Howell, Ryan Wintle, Liam O’Neill and Andre Brown were given game time alongside more senior players such as new signing David Fox, the returning Harry Davis, Jon Guthrie and the impressive Chris Atkinson.