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Women's Report | FC United Of Manchester 5-0 Crewe Alexandra

8 November 2022

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  • Back-to-back defeats for the Alex Women
  • One goal scored in previous two fixtures
  • Hard-work continues on the training ground
Crewe Alexandra Women traveled to FC United of Manchester in search of points but were were hit by another superb performance by the home side.
FC United quickly got into their stride and threatened the Crewe goal. A combination of poor finishing from the home team and some great saves by Hannah Holloway kept Crewe in the game.
The Alex should have opened the scoring when Laura Garner's free-kick was met by Shanice Finbow but she could only blaze wide from six-yards out.
In a 10 minute period, FC United were leading by two and their first half dominance had them in the driving seat as the referee blew the half-time whistle.
Crewe came out looking much more on the front foot and an early chance for Emilia Edwards almost got them back into the game. As the second period was starting to look more positive Crewe were down to 10 as Cerys Griffin received a straight red card for a late tackle on the hour mark.
Fisher was forced to change the shape but this couldn't stop FC united getting a third just three minutes after the sending off. You couldn't knock the Alex for their hard-work but were they struggled to cope with the movement and extra player that the home side possessed and two goals in the final ten minutes completed the rout.
Head Coach, Matt Fisher: "The girls are gutted and confidence is at an all time low at the moment, but all we can do is keep going. We know things will change, we just can't catch a break at the moment.
"The luck we've had with injuries has been like something I've never witnessed before considering we were an already small squad. Cez's suspension will now push us closer to the limits. She is mortified and feels harshly treated, but we all need to be there for her. These things will only make her stronger as she has achieved so much at such a young age."
He continued with: "We didn't keep the ball well enough and we didn't defend as professionally as we can do. We have only scored one goal in the last two games but all of these things are confidence related.
"The fact that our run of games means we are facing our hardest challenges at a bad time for us hasn't helped but I'm certain that things will start improving soon."

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