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Defending As A Unit Has To Be Better

20 January 2016

Boss demands improvement as a defensive unit after conceding avoidable goals at Swindon.

A lack of concentration in defence has been our Achilles heel this season according to manager Steve Davis. The Alex boss was left fuming with our defensive errors allowing Swindon to come back into the game last weekend and he told his players some honest home truths in the dressing room afterwards. Crewe allowed a 3-1 half-time lead to slip away with our former loan striker Nicky Ajose scoring an injury-time winner at the County Ground.

It was heart-breaking for the Alex who have been on the receiving end of some late goals against this season - but Davis was quick to say that we only have ourselves to blame.

Steve told the club’s official web-site: “There were positives to take from the Swindon performance, especially from an attacking sense. We created a number of chances and took them in that first half.

“I think we looked a real threat and could have scored more than we did. We could have nicked it ourselves at the end when Ryan Colclough had a chance. Brad put him in and he could have had a touch but he was a bit off balance when he shot and it went into the side netting.

“A few minutes later, they have a throw in, we don’t get out to the shot, Ben (Garratt) parries it out and Nicky (Ajose) got a tap in. From almost winning the game, we ended up losing it.

“We didn’t defend well enough for their goals. That is both collectively and individually. I was disappointed with the way we defended because they were poor goals to give away. We didn’t do well enough in our 1v1 situations and they didn’t back each other up.

“That has been our Achilles heel for much of the season. We don’t have enough defenders in the team, who spot danger and can react to it.

The boss added: “We need to defend better as a unit, push each other and support each other when there is a threat of danger. It is a team effort, defending, and we didn’t do that well enough in the second half at Swindon.”

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