Goalkeeper Dave Richards says that Crewe Alexandra can learn a great deal from last weekend’s deserved 2-1 win at Cheltenham Town because he expects similar tactics from Wycombe Wanderers this weekend.
Crewe had to stand up to a robust, physical and efficient Cheltenham side at their own ground and Richards, who made a telling save right at the death to deny Alfie May a late equaliser, says it shows Crewe can grind out those results we need.
The Alex lost 2-1 at Wycombe late on earlier in the season with both goals stemming from second phases of set-pieces and Richards believes that Crewe will have to show the same resilience in our defending to achieve back-to-back wins.
The Welshman told us: “We knew what to expect from Cheltenham. They are good on set-pieces, they load the box and have a long throw and Wycombe are similar in some aspects. We experienced that down there earlier in the season and we felt we didn’t deserve to lose that game but we did and we have to stand up to them.
“In some ways, we know what to expect from Wycombe too but it is about stopping it because they are a good team and have good players as well. They were in the Championship and have been right up there all season, so we know it will be a tough game.
“But we are back at home and we want to get another win, get those back-to-back wins and hopefully get ourselves on a little run that would see us right back in it.
He added: “It makes a massive difference when you win. I went home of Saturday night with a smile on my face. It made a change from staring at the four walls, thinking what I could have done better. The atmosphere is good and the boys will give it everything again.”