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Richards: "He Changed His Mind After I Told Him"

9 September 2019

Dave Richards said Grimsby's James Hanson admitted that the Alex stopper got into his head before his penalty kick was saved by the Crewe Alex stopper.

The scores were tied at 0-0 when Richards saved from Hanson, allowing Tommy Lowery & Charlie Kirk to score in the second half to win the game for Crewe.

The win was the fifth in seven league games so far this season & the goalkeeper believes things are ticking along nicely.

Richards said: “We did our research again before the game & I had a little word with him [Hanson] just before he took the penalty so that changed his mind, he said to me at the end of the game.

“He was going to go down the middles like last time but he changed his mind after I told him, ‘are you going to go down the middle again?’

“He changed his mind & luckily I went the right way & saved it.

“I like doing that to put a little bit more pressure on the taker & put the ball in their court to see what they’re going to do with it.

“It boosts your confidence no end & all the boys appreciate it as well but you still need to focus then for the rest of the game.

“I’ve played in all the cup games against a Premier League, Championship & League One side & this was my first League Two game of the season so it was great to play & get the clean sheet. Fingers crossed there are more to come.

“None of us are getting carried away but we’re all pleased with how things are going. All guns blazing now - rest & recover ready for next week.”

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