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Goddard’s delight as Crewe FC bounce back to beat champions
CREWE FC assistant boss Luke Goddard was delighted by the way his side bounced back from three straight defeats to beat champions Knutsford.
Defeats to league-leaders Garswood United, Rudheath Social and Linotype threatened to upset Crewe’s promising start to the Cheshire County League Division One campaign.
But Goddard could not fault his side’s attitude and their application of new instructions and a new formation on Saturday.
"With our recent form and the quality of our opposition it has to go down as one of the best results for a long while,” he said.
“From a manger’s point of view I couldn’t have asked anymore from the lads in terms of effort and sticking to the game plan.
“Looking to play forward with more pace we still played some of our decent football, but this time in the right areas and further up the pitch.
“The only downfall was our finishing, after creating so many chances we could`ve put together a decent scoreline, but it was great just to grind out three points.”
The assistant manager addressed Crewe’s shortcomings after the defeat to Garswood last weekend and believes his players worked hard on putting these right.
“I stated last week about desire and focusing on the basics,” he explained.
“Credit to everyone involved, it was 110 per cent commitment.
“We know we have the quality, it was just a case of being more organised off the ball and becoming a lot harder to beat.
“Carrying out instructions led to both of our goals – the first coming from forcing a mistake high up in the Knutsford half and the second a direct ball to winger Matt Pearson.”
Crewe welcome back boss Carl Everall on Saturday and Goddard admitted they face a selection headache for a second clash with table-toppers Garswood United.
“It will be tough to kick anyone out of the team when we host Garswood,” he added.
“All I can ask for is more of the same as we are very capable of putting a good run together if we match the same levels.
“A big thank you to assistant Ray Potts and coach Steve Harding who helped run the dugout.”