Experienced midfielder Luke Murphy is hoping that our encouraging performance at Elland Road on Tuesday evening will only increase the confidence and belief inside the Crewe dressing room.
Crewe’s shape and disciplined performance helped frustrate Leeds United until the 77th minute before we frustratingly conceded a first goal from a set-play. Crewe had to try and chase an equaliser, resulting in us conceding two more in the closing five minutes.
Murphy, who received a memorable standing ovation after being substituted late on against his former club, said: “It has been disappointing start by us. We just haven’t got going yet and it has taken us a bit of time to get into games. That has to improve and I thought it did on Tuesday night.
“It has been difficult to put a finger on why we haven’t started games as well but we have got to become more consistent over both halves. We haven’t played in some first halves of games this season and end up chasing the game. That was certainly the case at Oxford and against Accrington at home.
“We have done enough to probably deserve a point from those games but we didn’t get them. We are a new team, with some new players. Yes, it will take a bit of time but that cannot be an excuse.
“The gaffer is right to say we are a work in progress but we are where we are and we have to be better. Tuesday night against a very good Leeds side was a step in the right direction and now we have to carry that on.”