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Goddard calls on Crewe FC to be tougher
ASSISTANT manager Luke Goddard believes Crewe FC must learn to ‘win ugly’ after two defeats this week leaves them sitting mid-table in Cheshire League Division One.
Losses against table-topping Garswood United on Saturday and Rudheath Social in midweek made it three consecutive reverses for Crewe.
But with a long way to go in the season Goddard and boss Carl Everall are looking to make their side harder to beat, starting with champions Knutsford’s visit on Saturday.
“My emphasis will be working on the basics even if this means we play less football than we like to,” said Goddard.
“It’s important we become more compact and hard to beat as I don’t want to be known as the team that plays the best football in the league and not pick up points.
“I’d rather play a little more ugly and be winning games until we find that consistency.”
Garswood were reduced to 10 men during a first half that saw Crewe take the lead through an own goal from Steve McNichol’s delivery.
However, the league leaders replied with a Dean Lloyd double to snatch the points.
It was all too familiar after defeat to Rudheath had seen Crewe take the lead through Nathan Southern before conceding twice.
“Sadly we lacked the consistency to maintain our dominance for larger periods,” added Goddard.
“We might have picked up at least four points from these games if we had shown a bit more experience and been a little wiser to dig in when the quality was lacking.
“On Saturday we will be without Carl, Steve Parker, Ant Tinsley, Nathan Southern and Nath Tickle who have all been spine players for us over the past 12 months.
“This gives opportunities to others and we welcome back myself from injury and also head coach Craig Malbon who will return to the playing side.”