Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

Plenty For Thordarson To Think About

Plenty For Thordarson To Think About

Last night's 3-2 defeat at home to Millwall in the FA Cup highlighted the uphill task Gudjon Thordarson faces as manager.

Far from the shambles we saw under Steve Holland, we didn't actually look to shabby for large parts of the game last night. It was our third game against promotion chasing Millwall in a month and we've been pretty even over the three ties with just last night's 86th winner separating us. However there are still problems there in abundance that if not sorted will send us down.

The major talking point from last night is and will be for the rest of the week the defending. Gudjon made his first 'major decision' (according to Radio Stoke) in dropping Tomlinson for Collis between the sticks. It was Tommo's goalkeeping errors in the original tie that forced last night's replay, but as much as anything it was probably nothing more than Gudjon taking any chance he could to look at each and every player in action.

Unfortunately it back fired as Collis went on to have a nightmare of an evening, starting minutes after Luke Murphy's spectacular opening goal. A tame cross from Millwall was literally dropped into the net by Collis, and all the work to getting the lead ad been undone in an instant. The mistake undoubtedly shook Collis's confidence but it's never a good enough excuse for an experienced professional.

Poor kicking, dodgy communication with his back four and heart-in-mouth handling summed up the rest of his performance. Whether we're just cursed in the goalkeeping area or whether there's a serious problem that's not been addressed for years (lack of goalkeeping coach?), it's something Thordarson seriously needs to look at.

Collis was not to be blamed for all goals. The second goal came as a result of James Bailey's rather shocking attempt to 'knee' clear David Martin's cross whilst the third came from a whole lot of bodies in the 6 yard box from a corner.

They were big mistakes that cost us. Few other chances fell Millwall's way, other than from their shoot-on-sight tactic, but if they had done you wouldn't have backed us to keep them out. We meanwhile carved out a couple of decent chances on top of the two well worked goals.

Thordarson was on the radio after the game to say the defence needs to cut out mistakes, the keeper needs to cut out the mistakes and if we didn't make mistakes we'd be good. It was the same we've been hearing for the past god knows how many years, I can only hope that Thordarson actually knows how to fix it - unlike Dario and Steve Holland.

There were some positives to come from the game. As said, the performance in general wasn't a bad one and a few players came out of the night looking good. John Brayford had a cracking game at right back, but then we're good at finding right backs, just not centre backs or left backs.

Luke Murphy impressed with his battling spirit and little flair but tired quite quickly, whilst Junior Daniel also showed his potential with some good quality crosses.

It's going to be a long hard few months now. I change my mind on whether we can stay up daily. I still think we're in with a fighting chance if Thordarson can work the transfer market this month and instill a little bit of belief in the team, but it's a big ask.

The worst thing we can do till May is 'build for League Two'. Keep League One in mind to the very end or we will be building for more trouble next season - look at Vale.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dink
Date:Wednesday January 14 2009
Time: 6:55PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

EFL Awards 2017 Shortlists Revealed

The Football League have now confirmed the shortlists for the awards categories for this years EFL Awards.

Cooper In Team Of The Week (28/3/17)

Crewe Alexandra are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Reaseheath Review 27/03/17

Steve Johnson looks at non-first team matches from this week as well as those away from the club on loan deals.

Under-23s In Action At Gresty Road This Afternoon

Come down and watch some of the stars of the future at the Alexandra Stadium this afternoon for free.

Archived Vital Crewe Articles

Vital Crewe articles from

Site Journalists

Steve Johnson
Editor email
Profile
Josh Ravenscroft
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Match Result - Carlisle (A)
Suggested By: Steve Johnson
Carlisle Win0%
Draw50%
Crewe Alexandra Win50%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 39 23 9 7 78 30
2 Plymouth 39 23 6 10 75 19
3 Portsmouth 39 20 8 11 68 26
4 Stevenage 39 19 5 15 62 12
5 Blackpool 39 15 15 9 60 21
6 Luton 39 15 15 9 60 19
7 Exeter 39 17 8 14 59 16
8 Carlisle 39 15 14 10 59 -2
9 Mansfield 39 15 13 11 58 5
10 Colchester 39 16 9 14 57 4
11 Wycombe 39 15 10 14 55 0
12 Cambridge 38 15 9 14 54 6
13 Grimsby 39 14 10 15 52 -2
14 Barnet 39 12 15 12 51 -3
15 Accrington 38 12 13 13 49 -1
16 Crewe 39 12 12 15 48 -9
17 Crawley 39 13 9 17 48 -13
18 Yeovil 39 10 16 13 46 -9
19 Morecambe 39 13 7 19 46 -15
20 Notts County 39 13 7 19 46 -22
21 Hartlepool 39 10 11 18 41 -16
22 Cheltenham 39 9 12 18 39 -16
23 Newport 39 7 12 20 33 -21
24 Leyton Orient 39 9 5 25 32 -29
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Cambridge United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Accrington Stanley (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Notts County (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.stig7tfm8
2.DerekS1
Write for Vital Football