Lowe double sinks Luton
Saturday 20th October, 3pm
At least the Alex provide some welcome cheer, amongst the gloom of a triple whammy of defeats for the English Football and Rugby teams plus Lewis Hamilton`s World Championship bid went up in smoke.
A refreshing change to celebrate a victory for the Railwaymen, whilst we were far from convincing it was a win, and a much needed one at that. It stops us freefalling towards the relegation zone and perhaps a chink of light at the end of very long tunnel.
We despatched of Luton with two first half goals from substitute Ryan Lowe, who leaped off the bench to save the day, he replaced the injured Lee Barnard who left the ground on crutches following a 5th minute collision with Luton`s Richard Jackson.
Too be fair I feared the worse when the Tottenham youngster day was curtailed as early as the 8th minute, I shouldn`t have worried as Ryan Lowe popped up with the opener after good play by Captain Neil Cox then on loan Striker Simon Church. That goal was just the tonic we needed.
From that moment the Luton players heads dropped and we looked like worthy winners, the game was finished as contest when Lowe grabbed his 2nd of the game minutes before half time.
Injuries either side of half time forced a reshuffle, Baudet limped out shortly before the break and the impressive George Abbey was also replaced. Danny O`Donnell came on for Baudet and Gary Roberts became a makeshift right back as he replaced Abbey.
The injuries seemed to throw Crewe and we struggled to pick up the pace in the 2nd half and Luton fresh from a half time rollicking came back strong at Crewe as they looked to reduce the deficit and grab a way back in to the game.
It looked to be our day when a shot by substitute Dave Edwards ricocheted off the post and on to safety. Luton huffed and puffed but were unable to get the breakthrough they needed to make a game of it.
It temporarily lifts the gloom, we now must kick on and edge further away from the relegation zone but injuries to key players are continuing to hamper our quest, hopefully the tide will turn, we are due a bit of luck. Cheltenham away is an ideal place to grab our first away win of the season.
Came off the bench to save the day, Two goal salvo may just earn him another chance. Good player but needs to become more consistent.
Today was his day and his goals won the match for us. Excellent response to being dropped. More of the same in the coming weeks please Lowey.
Ben Williams - 6
George Abbey - 7
Billy Jones - 6
Julien Baudet - 5
Chris McCready - 6
Neil Cox - 7
Steve Schumacher - 6
Ben Rix - 6
Byron Moore - 7
Simon Church - 6
Lee Barnard - 5
Ryan Lowe - 8
Gary Roberts - 6
Danny O'Donnell - 6
Did nothing wrong, injuires didnt help but we managed to get all 3pts. It is a start and something to build upon. Still not convinced about the balance of the side but today it worked and we can't ask for much more.
Have an obvious problem on the road, looked brilliant at home to Northampton but struggled to live with us first Half.
Better in the 2nd half but created very little to worry the Crewe backline. The game was won in the first half when Luton were not at the races.