A delighted Kevin Blackwell on the Crewe Alexandra winFollowing Bury’s Capital One Cup win over Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening, a delighted and obviously enthused Kevin Blackwell gave us his reaction to the win and more importantly, an excellent team performance...
‘There were spells in that game where we could have really kicked on, but we took a little while to get going. Crewe came out with good pace and we were caught at sixes and sevens for a little while, but we just tweaked it a little from the side-lines and all off a sudden we are back in the game.
Ashley Grimes and Shaun Harrad started to get hold of the ball and that made the difference, we could then get out from the back and support them from midfield with courage. I could go with them showing courage, but it kept coming back and I felt the midfield were reluctant to drive on and support, because every time they did that the ball was going behind them. Once Grimes and Harrad started to get hold of it, they started to create stuff for themselves as well as the goals that went in.
The first goal was superb. I can remember last season, the amount of times we were hitting shots that went wide, out of the ground, they hit the bar or go over but it was great to see a shot from 25 yards end up in the top corner. That gave us the confidence to build on and there was the platform to go on. To be fair to the lads, they did build on that platform and from that point onwards, there was no difference in the teams whatsoever.
Again Rob Lainton has had hardly had a shot to save. Steve Davis from Crewe showed us the biggest compliment, they only made one change to their side from Saturday and that said a lot for me. We knew from last season that they got through to the next round with West Ham in this competition, they won the JPT. Last season, we would have lost this game having gone in front – would we have kept in front?
As the game went on, they never really threatened us and I thought we finished it off in some professional style. Crewe never really got out of their half, even their corner flags – we played it that well. We created one or two more chances late in the game. When I look back on it and the frustration from Saturday, it’s exactly that – if we had taken those chances that we took on Tuesday we would be sat here with three points.
This will be a big confidence boost for the lads. Even the subs that came on did a really good professional job. Anton Forrester when he came on held the ball up brilliantly and showed good pace. He had the strength and awareness, young Rooney popped into a pocket behind the front two and dealt with the lad sitting in there.
For me, that was what I have been seeing all pre-season from these players. They have a belief and a hunger about them. If that continues then we will cause people problems.
Two of the goals came from the back four, that doesn’t worry me at all. We do have goals in this team and the confidence will flow. We worked on finishing on Monday afternoon and we kept saying to them that it’s not the first ball into the box, it’s the second and that’s pleased me that two of the goals came from second balls into the box.’
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