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Steve: "Players Are Learning From Mistakes"

1 November 2016

Boss says players have made great steps forward in defending.

Steve Davis believes it is a healthy way for his players to improve by learning from their mistakes. The Crewe Alexandra boss was pleased with the clean-sheet obtained at Leyton Orient at the weekend. The U’s were limited to one shot on target and Crewe’s clinical edge saw us score twice in the first half through George Cooper and defender Harry Davis.

The Crewe boss admits that the players’ hard work out on the training ground and in the classroom when assessing match clips, is beginning to pay off.

Steve told us: “We have become tighter at the back and harder to break down. I think we looked really solid on Saturday and Ben (Garratt) only had one meaningful save to make at the beginning of the second half. I didn’t think he had that much to do.

“We have done a lot of work on that over the summer and the Wycombe game aside, I think we have defended reasonably well this season. We worked over the summer on the shape and the defensive side of things and I think we are seeing signs of that now.

“We go over the games and highlight what they are doing well and what they are not doing so well. I think it is healthy to do that. We discuss things and I want the opinion of the players. I want them to express themselves and get things out in the open. If they don’t then that can breed frustration, so we encourage it here.

“Some of the younger one are a bit more reserved in the meeting and are better in a one-one-one situation. They get things off their chest that way.

“We want them to watch the mistakes and we try and help them. We then work on it to put it right if it was to happen again. The right way to learn and develop is learning through mistakes.

The boss added: “They will make a mistake or two but this group works hard to restrict them and we have made some realty good steps forward in that.”

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