Writer: Matt Owen
Date:Monday September 17 2007
Sunday 16th September, 3PM
Crewe put in a disappointing display as they crashed to their first defeat on the road this season. The defeat was reminiscent of the dark days of the past, a total one sided game and very little for the travelling supporters to cheer.
They only change from the 2-0 victory against Huddersfield was Chris McCready in for Danny O`Donnell who was injured. From the first whistle to the last the hosts were the dominant force as we failed to conjure up any chance of note.
As in previous games we set our stall out to keep a clean sheet and after 31 minutes Doncaster made the break through. Baudet and McCready failed to react to a long punt by Ritchie Wellens and Paul Heffernan latched on to the lose ball and slotted passed the advancing Ben Williams.
The goal seemed to settle Doncaster as they marched in to their stride and began to outplay an out of sorts Crewe side. The half time break couldn`t come quick enough as we faced wave after wave of Doncaster pressure.
Half time: Doncaster 1-0 Crewe
The game was effectively killed as contest moments after the restart. Full back Danny Woodards turned Lewis Guy`s cross in to the net to gift Doncaster all 3pts. From now on it was all about pride and grabbing a consolation goal.
Ben Rix and Byron Moore were introduced as 2nd half substitutions in place of Neil Cox and Eugen Bopp. Moore was lively throughout and his pace caused the Donny back line some problems but Crewe failed to create any chances of note.
The game meander to its conclusion as the away following started to drift away following yet another poor performance. Back to the drawing board for the Crewe management team, this defeat is a wake up call.
We went with a plan to keep a clean sheet, once we conceded we had no plan B which is disappointing. Long balls to Barnard and Lowe do not work and we struggled to compete in midfield.
The team need an injection of pace, perhaps Moore is the answer? For me we should move for a loan player on the left it we harbour any ambition of promotion this year. Also not moving for a target man is going to prove very costly.
All in all, an easy 3pts for Doncaster. We gave them the points on the plate.
Full time - Doncaster 2-0 Crewe
Date:Monday September 17 2007
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