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Set-Piece Success Is Credit To Hard Work Of Backroom Staff

2 August 2022

Alex Morris says Crewe Alexandra's first goal of the season reflects the importance of his backroom team.

Dan Agyei rose to nod home Callum Ainley's pinpoint 14th-minute free-kick on Saturday, which put The Railwaymen on course for a 2-1 victory at Rochdale.

It was a well-rehearsed routine superbly executed, but the manager says none of the credit lies with him.

Instead, Alex says the goal underlines how vital his backroom team is.

"Kenny (Lunt) and Belly (Lee Bell) do an awful lot of work on set-plays, and that’s absolutely nothing to do with me," he explained.

"We have identified set-plays as being really important in both boxes, especially as we have a team which is big in stature this season. Those two take ownership of that.

"They are great at it and have some brilliant ideas. You have to look beyond the fact that Daniel Agyei put it into the net, you have to see what happened to allow him to be free to score that goal.

"A lot of intricate work goes into it, and we’ll continue to place a great deal of importance on it.

"I’m so lucky to have such a strong backroom team. Belly is a great assistant manager who is such a huge motivator of the players. He can take that load off me sometimes because it can’t always be just my voice they hear, otherwise, the players can switch off.

"Kenny is an outstanding coach, he’s vastly experienced and has great ideas. And on the analysis side, John Dillon is fantastic. He works day in and day out to figure out how we should play against the next opponent.

"It’s a real team effort and I’d be no use whatsoever without the staff I have behind me because we all have different skillsets. I need them to do things they are better than me at, and I nominate myself to do the things I think I’m best at. It works well."

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