David Artell was pleased with his side’s 3-1 win over a young Stoke City side because they showed more of a ruthless edge than previously at Bury.
Crewe were comfortable, racing into a 3-0 lead at the break thanks to goals from George Cooper, Chris Porter and Eddie Nolan. It was thoroughly deserved too and Crewe could have added to the tally in the second half with Chris Dagnall and Perry Ng both going close.
Following the 3-1 win at the Alexandra Stadium, Dave said: “I thought we were more ruthless than we were at Bury and Macclesfield, so that was pleasing. The game management was good and although I think the tempo will be higher next week, I was pleased with aspects of our play.
“I think we showed what we can do with the ball. It was the Crewe way and we passed the ball well. We worked on the kick off and seconds into the game we had asked questions. If Chris Porter had got a proper touch then we would have scored in the opening minute.
“George (Cooper) was terrific. He played a bit of different role but he has scored one and set up two goals, so if he can do that every week then that would do for me. He is a terrific young player and there is no getting away from that fact. I am sure that if he carries on then there will be a few managers and coaches in the stand admiring what he does.
“We played a bit differently and I wanted to try that because you need more than one way to play in this league. We planned to try it and I thought it worked well. We played three at the back last season as well, as well as other formations.
“Stoke have arranged another friendly in Germany late in day, so we missed out but I would never tell Glynn Hodges or Mark Hughes what to do with their players. They are their players and they have to decide what is best for them. They have to do what is right for them and we have to do what is best for us. I’m just grateful for them for bringing a team down and that we managed to play well and beat them.”