Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

Alex Order Big Macs?

Alex Order Big Macs?

Dario Gradi and Neil Baker yesterday watched Grimsby win 1-0 at Lincoln in the first leg of the League Two Play-Off semi-final. As Grimsby centre-back Rob Jones was unavailable to play, Gradi and Baker focused on the performances of Lincoln duo Gareth McAuley and Jamie McCombe, as well as Grimsby's Ben Futcher. All 3 have been scrutinised by Crewe's scouts in recent months and years, as Dario Gradi searched for a dominant centre back. With Madjid Bougherra and Steve Foster likely to depart, that search has reopened.

Grimsby's Ben Futcher was monitored extensively during his time at Lincoln between 2002 and 2005. The 6'7 defender, who is built very much like Peter Crouch, obviously has height on his side, but it was decided at that time that he wasn't dominant enough. That decision appeared just yesterday as 24-year old Futcher failed to dominate in the air despite his height advantage, making him an unlikely summer arrival at Gresty Road.

Lincoln's Gareth McAuley was subject of a £170k bid from Crewe in January, though McAuley decided against the move at the time. 6'3 McAuley had a better game than Futcher though didn't have his best game of the season. However, his performances across the season will no doubt be enough to tempt Gradi into swooping for the out-of-contract 26-year old, should other interest fail to materialise. McAuley is a Northern Ireland international and his performances this season earned him a place in the League Two team of the year. Although Jamie McCombe enjoyed a better game than McAuley yesterday, McAuley's greater pace makes him a more likely candidate to be able to go on and play in the Championship one day.

However, the most dominant of the defenders on show yesterday was Lincoln captain Jamie McCombe. The 6'5 defender has a more solid build than the lanky Futcher and McAuley, and used his strength to good effect as he won the majority of headers. McCombe had a headed goal unfairly disallowed and is the player designated to distribute the ball from the back, suggesting a decent technique. However, McCombe is not the quickest but in fairness, his positioning ensured he was never caught out for pace. The 23-year old was Lincoln's Player of the Season this season, and his rugged rough appearance offers a slight resemblance to that of Chris McCready. McCombe was the most impressive centre back on show yesterday, and should be able to make the step up to League One with relative ease. However, whether he is capable of playing in the Championship is up for debate.


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

Writer:
Date:Sunday May 14 2006
Time: 10:25AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Tyson Fury Will Be Back!

Comments

0
would be good signings but maybe if they get promoted they might not come.
jono_forest
14/05/2006 10:45:00
0
apparently pulis might of been there aswell watching one of them, we need a tall centre back, but hopefully ward will come back
green giant 12
15/05/2006 12:22:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

EFL - The Stats Ten Games In (30/9/16)

The Football League, or as it wants to be known now, the EFL, have compiled the statistics with the vast majority of clubs now ten games into the new 2016/17 season.

Which Manager Has Spent The Most?

The modern game tells us that the club who spends the most money wins. So does the manager who spends the most money win the most also?

Crewe Alex: Defensive Duties

Josh Ravenscroft talks back line

Crewe Alex: Winning Formula

Zach Homer is back. He talks about a winning formula that will fire us to success

Archived Vital Crewe Articles

Vital Crewe articles from

Site Journalists

Nicky Crompton
Editor email
Profile
Ross Menhennet
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By: Vital Crewe
Yes37%
No63%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 10 7 1 2 22 6
2 Luton 10 5 2 3 17 8
3 Doncaster 10 5 2 3 17 7
4 Portsmouth 10 5 2 3 17 7
5 Notts County 10 5 2 3 17 3
6 Grimsby 10 5 1 4 16 3
7 Carlisle 10 3 7 0 16 3
8 Crewe 10 4 4 2 16 0
9 Morecambe 10 5 1 4 16 -2
10 Colchester 10 4 3 3 15 2
11 Accrington 10 4 3 3 15 1
12 Crawley 10 4 3 3 15 -1
13 Blackpool 10 3 4 3 13 4
14 Mansfield 10 3 4 3 13 -1
15 Hartlepool 10 2 6 2 12 -4
16 Leyton Orient 10 3 2 5 11 -2
17 Barnet 9 2 5 2 11 -2
18 Stevenage 10 3 2 5 11 -3
19 Wycombe 10 3 2 5 11 -3
20 Yeovil 10 3 1 6 10 -5
21 Cambridge 10 2 3 5 9 -6
22 Exeter 10 3 0 7 9 -7
23 Cheltenham 10 1 5 4 8 -3
24 Newport 9 1 3 5 6 -5
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 8 2016 3:00PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.DerekS2
2.Nicky Crompton1