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Lunt: "We Need To Mix Things Up And Make Better Decisions"

31 January 2022

Assistant manager says Rotherham's knowledge on the pitch won them the three points at the weekend.

Kenny Lunt says lessons will be learnt from Saturday’s home defeat to table toppers Rotherham United, especially when it comes to playing the conditions better. Paul Warne’s experienced Millers used the windy conditions more to their advantage with their leading marksman, Michael Smith, scoring in each half.

Crewe’s chances of getting something from a difficult fixture was hardly helped by Scott Robertson’s dismal for two bookable offences. Crewe were trailing 1-0 at the time and then duly conceded an avoidable second goal from the resultant free-kick.

Lunt, who was on press duties, with manager David Artell working on more potential transfer targets, said: “The focus has to quickly turn to Gillingham but that doesn’t mean we haven’t reflected on the performance against Rotherham.

“They played the conditions better than us in both halves and they may have been down to their experience and knowhow. They played the second half better than we did in the first half and that was probably the difference in difficult conditions. It is something we have to learn from.

“I thought defensively we were relatively good against the team that are top of this league. They didn’t have too many shots on target and have ended up winning 2-0. We had a couple of half chances but didn’t do enough, especially in that second half when we had the wind advantage.

“We have got to get back to keeping clean-sheets and creating and scoring goals again. We haven’t done that enough in the last two appearances against Cambridge and Rotherham.

The club’s assistant added: “It is about decision making and understanding what is needed at what time in the game. We have spoken to them about it and the need to mix it up a little. We were too long against Cambridge and then too short against Rotherham and we need to mix that up. Rotherham played as far away from their goal as possible on Saturday because of the conditions and we played into their hands with that.”


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