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Lowe double sinks Luton

2 - 0

Alexandra Stadium

Saturday 20th October, 3pm

Attendance: 4,490


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.

Star Player

Ryan Lowe

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.

Player Ratings

Ben Williams - 6

Okay, did well in patches. Needs to keep working on his game to earn a new contract next summer.

George Abbey - 7

Looked composed and assured in the time he was on but was withdrawn just after half time.

Billy Jones - 6

Steady but nothing more, looking for him to bomb forward but seemed content to just concentrate on his defensive duties, hopefully more to come from him.

Julien Baudet - 5

Decent, little to do in the time he was on, replaced after getting another niggling injury.

Chris McCready - 6

Solid and reliable when called upon, Marshalled a makeshift defence well in the 2nd half.

Neil Cox - 7

Protected the back four well and did his job very well, seemed to compliment Steve Schumacher.

Steve Schumacher - 6

Did a decent job but would like to see him get forward more when the opportunity arises.

Ben Rix - 6

Very good first half but failed to carry that on in the 2nd half as he faded out of the game.

Byron Moore - 7

Again good first half, but failed to produce anything of note in the 2nd half.

Simon Church - 6

Worked hard on debut and was involved in the lead up to both goals. Should of perhaps capped his debut with a goal.

Lee Barnard - 5

Injured very early on in the game, won a free kick then hobbled off and was unable to continue.

Ryan Lowe - 8

Answered his critics by scoring two goals to hand us a much needed victory. Excellent performance as well. Hopefully this will give him some much needed confidence.

Gary Roberts - 6

Played out of position at right back, but as ever solid and reliable. Feel sorry for him he has been pushed all over the place this season. Should be a regular in the heart of midfield.

Danny O'Donnell - 6

Came on as sub and was reliable as ever. Played his part.

Manager Rating

Steve Holland - 7

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.

Opponent Rating

Kevin Blackwell - 5

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.

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Writer:Matt Owen
Date:Monday October 22 2007
Time: 9:35AM

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