Our previous manager (Steve Davis) had already played one of our friendlies. The result of this looked very promising as a 4-1 lead, showing either our attack was very strong or Stalybridges defence was weak. The draw to Manchester City's Under 21's was led by our assistant manager. Again when I saw the result to this game I was very pleased. To force a draw against an Under 21 squad like Manchester City's is no easy feat.
With the final two pre-season tests rapidly approaching I am very optimistic. With a home tie at Blackpool I think we can hold them out for a draw or we can pick a scappy one goal win. Yes Blackpool are a Championship side but there is no reason to not look at this as a tie we can get a good result from.
With Nantwich being a non-league side I will be looking for a win. I will be playing one of my younger XI's and seeing how each player does so I can get a much more solid overview of who will be in my team come the first game of the season. With 2 games of Pre-season remaining I think we can pick up some good results and carry confidence into the league come August.
Crewe Under 21's
Putting the result aside I am very happy with the performance of the team. I am not one to play a passing style of football, I always attack with the ball and like to make teams play off the back foot. It worked for this game however we need to be much more clinical with our chances if we want to be winning these games.
A win against Blackpool! A massive confidence boost although the stats show that it was somewhat undeserved. An early penalty from us through Harry Davis really gave me belief tha we could beat this Blackpool side. Straight after the goal I played a more counter attacking style and sat men behind the ball as Blackpool piled on the pressure and efforts at goal. At half time I decided it was time to make some changes. One of them being Jay Leitch-Smith. He was utterly amazing to watch and in the 81 minute scored an absolute gem of a goal from outside of the box.
A great way to finish pre-season. Byron Moore had an excellent game, bagging himself 2 goals for the club which included my rotational squad. The goal that was conceded came about due to poor defensive duties, this proving it's still an aspect that needs improving on come the beggining of the season. A fantastic pre-season from my perspective and something I hope to carry into the start of the season.
Results for the season so far: