CREWE ALEXANDRA CRASH FROM FA YOUTH CUP

Crewe Alexandra have been knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the first round courtesy of a late goal by Sheffield United.


Kenny Lunt could not do anything to save his boys as they played one of the toughest teams in the first round. They played the Blades at Bramall Lane and lost 2-1. United booked their spot in the second round with the victory over the youngsters.

Crewe started the match well, scoring the first within three minutes. The goalkeeper of Sheffield United Joshua Perryman tried to clear the ball but Luke Walley closed down on him. The ball deflected off the player and over Perryman’s head to score. The score line remained unchanged until after the recess.

Owen Dale was his effort go wide immediately after the break. The Blades dominated the game as they tried to get the equalizer. Fifteen minutes from the end of the game, substitute Stephen Mallon sent the ball towards Tyler Smith. Smith curled the ball but it hit the goal post and Jordan Hallam got the equalizer. Alex seem to have done enough to force the game to extra time, but an 89th minute goal from Tyler Smith ensured that Crewe didn’t make it to the next round.

Steve Davis reckons his boys somehow have to lessen the number of corners

Steve Davis reckons his boys somehow have to lessen the number of corners the opposition is getting because it’s the corners which are responsible for the ball to be reaching inside the D regularly.


In Davis’s view, in the event of an aerial play inside the D, it’s obvious that the height of the players will be a factor and if the other team has more than a dozen players who exceed the 6-foot mark and you only have one or two, you will surely be in trouble if you are dishing out corners.

Davis defended Ben Garratt for advancing from his spot in the Round two EFL Cup match which saw the team’s elimination saying that it is the game plan of the shot stopper, but, his fault is that he has not always been able to grab the call when he has advanced.

Davis said, “I can’t go to Ben and ask why he was not at his spot and why he made the move forward. The reason being it’s been discussed in the team meeting and he’s been told to do that, but, he has faltered in execution. So, that’s the issue. Once he leaves the line, he has got to get the hold of the ball.”

Crewe Alexandra To Get Pre Season Matches

For the fans of Crewe Alexandra the question is what would seem to be a good season for the team in League two.

The last season or the one that is ending has been tough for the team. They might want to forget the season they played in 2015-2016. The season proved to be disastrous and there were several reasons for the same.

With league two in 2016-17, many are wondering what would be good for the team. The board of the team has announced that Steve Davis would have a future that is being questioned if the start of the next season would be similar to the last one. Indeed, their past three campaigns have left much to be desired. Steve Davis on the other hand, is banking on a pre season program. He feels that necessary tests for the team will be provided in such a program. Crewe Alexandra would be facing the team of Wolverhampton Wanderers as a pre season match. Steve Davis is confident that this pre season match is what his players need to spruce up their skills for the season coming up.

CREWE ALEXANDRA BUSY WITH TRANSFER DEALINGS TO HELP DEAL WITH NEW STATUS

crewe Alexandra FC are very occupied with transfer dealings ahead of next season.


Coach Steve Davis met with a potential transfer target this week and is preparing himself for a busy six weeks on the recruitment front, with the hope of getting the right talents to helping them succeed next season. The club already have a gentleman’s agreement in place with a player, understood to be Ryan Lowe, with Davis hopeful that deal will be announced in next fortnight.

Davis continued his close season work by speaking to a potential target and his representatives in the Lake District on Wednesday. Crewe also published their retained list on Wednesday, with senior players Marcus Haber, Chris Atkinson, David Fox and Lauri Dalla Valle all leaving the club. Young players James Baillie, Joe Kearns, Toby Mullarkey, Joe Howell, Liam O’Neill, Andre Brown and Fraser Murdoch were also let go, leaving the Alex with 20 players under contract for next season.

Crewe are already making plans as they prepare for life in League Two after relegation. Davis said:

“We’re talking all the time to players. I was up in the Lake District talking to a player on Wednesday, so things don’t stop for me.

“It’s six weeks of hard work ahead. I will be talking to the millions of agents that keep ringing me every day, so between me and (Head of Recruitment) Neil (Baker) we have to come up with the best possible group of players that we can and that’s what we’ll try and do.

CREWE ALEXANDRA PREPARE FOR LIFE IN LEAGUE TWO

The club is preparing for the third highest division of The football League as they currently sit in the 24th spot in the League One.  The team has only garnered 31 points from 43 matches prosecuted this season. The club is making plans to add more players to its current squad as they prepare for life in League Two.

The oldest player with a contract for next season is Billy Bingham.  Bingham is only 25 years old and he plays in central midfield position. Most of the other squad members are young. Aside Bingham, 29-year-old left back, Zoumana Bakayogo could also get contract extension.  The average age of the first team is 21 this season, and rarely above 23.

This is something that is unlikely to change next season due to the youthful make-up of the team, but the club is working on adding more experience to make the team more wholesome. The team’s football showed more maturity this season with the addition of Ryan Lowe, last season it was another experienced player in Alan Tate that made the difference. The team’s coach, 50-year old, Steve Davis is interested in Lowe again after being sent on loan to Bury.

Assitant coach, James Collins while impressed with the performance so far especially with the emergence of Callum Ainley and Charlie Kirk this season, admits that the young squad needs some experience.

“They make a massive difference, as we saw when Ryan Lowe came in this season.

Snatching a promotion spot to the Premier League is Jackett’s objective

Kenny Jackett is eager on pushing Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Premier League and one of his motivations of making this happen is the fact that if he manages to accomplish it, it would be the first time he gets a team into the Premier League as a manager.

“I’d love to do it, personally. I’ve been in a coaching capacity in the Premier League at two clubs, Manchester City and Watford but not as a manager. I’ve been in every other division. The Premier League is where everybody wants to be. I’m pleased to be in the Championship with Wolves and we’re very much looking for one of those three promotion places. We’re certainly not underestimating the size of the task.” Kenny Jackett told reporters.

Wolverhampton Wanderers snatched the 7th spot of the English Championship League in the previous season as they went through an impressive season and are one of the candidates of snatching a top spot.

The first league match of Wolverhampton of the upcoming season is scheduled to take place at Ewood Park as Kenny Jackett and his men face off with Blackburn Rovers.

Despite being optimistic about getting a Premier League promotion spot, Kenny Jackett will find it tough trying to compete against some of their rivals in the 2015-16 season, especially now that BakarySako and a few other influential players have left the English Championship League club.