Writer: Matt Owen
Date:Monday October 1 2007
September started in superb fashion but unfortunately Crewe yet again flattered to deceive, Steve Schumacher hit a superb equaliser at Swindon to secure a well earned point at Swindon and Lee Barnard`s home debut against Huddersfield inspired us to a 2nd home victory of the League campaign.
The 2-0 victory was the highlight of an average month for the Railwaymen, the month threatened to promise so much but in reality failed to live up to expectations as the management team struggled to find a winning formula.
Ideas of a new look, more robust defensive outfit has been shot to pieces with a series of abject performances on the road against decent opposition.
We were not at the races in a 2-0 defeat at an out of sorts Doncaster Rovers and despite taking a two goal lead at Oldham we capitulated in worrying fashion as the Latics secured a 3-2 victory, the winner came in 2nd half stoppage time.
In between the two away games which yielded five goals in the goals against column we were held to a disappointing draw against a struggling Millwall side. Neither side looked like scoring, both sides seemed content with a point.
On the plus side we were unbeaten at home and neither visitors during the month managed to breach the Alex backline, if Woodards excellent shot in the dying moments in the match against Millwall had gone in then perhaps we would be sitting here looking back on a decent month.
But in reality we have reaped what we have sown, signs of turning the corner then back to our disappointing best. Plenty of work for the management team in the month ahead, we are in desperate need of a pick me up, an encouraging performance or a loan signing to lift everybody connected with the club.
October will be a pivotal month for Crewe, at the end of this month we should have a clearer indication as to whether we will be nearer the top or the bottom of this league. I am hoping that we are just experiencing teething problems and that we will eventually click in to gear.
I am an eternal optimist, but remained concerned about the frailties of this new look squad. We have used 25 players in the season so far as we have mixed and matched in order to find a winning formula.
Only Millwall, Swindon and Bournemouth have used that many players, two out of the three are in the bottom four, hopefully that is just a worrying coincident.. You never know we might stumble upon a winning formation in the coming month!
Swindon 1-1 Crewe
Crewe 2-0 Huddersfield
Doncaster 2-0 Crewe
Crewe 0-0 Millwall
Oldham 3-2 Crewe
League Points Gained - 5pts
Goal Scored - 5
Goals Against - 6
League Position - 17th
Player of the Month - Byron Moore (Pictured)
Date:Monday October 1 2007
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