Alex Morris says that the final 20 minutes at Lincoln will look different next season. The newly appointed Crewe Alexandra boss believes that his side threw away a golden chance of finishing the season with a rare away win after controlling much of the game after taking the lead through Chris Long just after the 20 minute mark.
Crewe looked comfortable until the final 20 minutes when a set-play goal against us changed the complexion of the contest in the final stages. Morris believes that some old habits crept into our play in those closing stages and it is something he and his staff will look to rectify going into next season.
Following the 2-1 defeat in our final game of the campaign, Morris told us: “We had chance after chance to go further ahead, but we were not tough enough mentality to deal with what Lincoln threw at us in the final 15, 20 minutes and because of that we deserved to lose.
“The game changed on the set-piece when we had two players off for treatment and only had nine men but we have to deal with that. We have to find a way to defend the corner better and cope with that set-back. We didn’t and Lincoln went on to win the game from that point.
“Maybe it caught up with us a bit in the fourth game but then we need to be fitter and more durable to withstand late pressure. We have to consistent with it because we have reverted back to what we have seen previous to the three games we had been in charge.
Alex added: “We have to find solutions to coping better with set-backs in games and we have ideas and thoughts on how to improve that over the summer. I am sure that that final 20 minutes at Lincoln would look a lot different when we roll into next season.”