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Alex Morris: Post match dressing room dressing-downs are not my style

10 August 2022

Club News

Alex Morris: Post match dressing room dressing-downs are not my style

10 August 2022

Crewe Alexandra’s players will be put through a full debrief of their Carabao Cup exit tomorrow (Thursday).

Manager Alex Morris spent very little time in the changing room after the 4-0 reverse at Grimsby Town on Tuesday.

He says his approach will never be to deconstruct a performance immediately afterwards, but rather wait until the dust has settled and conversations can be held with clear minds.

And after a day off for the players, that will take place at Reaseheath when training resumes in preparation for the weekend’s visit to Salford City.

Morris said: “My end-of-game debriefs – win, lose or draw – will always be minimal. That’s because players are fatigued and only so much information will sink in.

“There’s no point bombarding them lots of messages, that will come on Thursday and Friday so we can review what went wrong, how and why it went wrong.

“(Losing at Grimsby) is not the end of the world because we are just three games in but, nonetheless, we want to win every game.

“We want to breed a culture in which every game matters. Too many fell below the level and ultimately four set-plays led to the goals, three in their favour and one which was at the other end of the pitch and they ended up breaking and scoring.”

The boss made seven changes and handed out five full debuts for the cup clash, and the side struggled all evening in Cleethorpes.

But Morris says he has to make tough decisions and, even though the outcome was not the one he’d hoped for, he’d likely make the same choices again.

He explained: “We made a lot of changes because we need to ask questions of every player in this squad, because we will need all of them this season.

“We wanted to win the game and saw no reason why we couldn’t win the game with the team we selected. 

“It was a difficult decision whether to make changes but if you asked me whether I’d do it again, I probably would because we had confidence and belief in those players.”

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