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An insight into Crewe Alexandra

13 September 2022

Club News

An insight into Crewe Alexandra

13 September 2022

After a pause to the football league schedule due to the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Hartlepool United are back in Sky Bet League Two action this evening against Crewe Alexandra on home soil. Jacob Hackett spoke to Railwaymen supporter Jay Pitman to get the inside scoop on tonight’s visitors.

What are your thoughts on Crewe’s season so far? 

 

JP: “ We have already been through the usual Crewe Alexandra ups and downs this season, on the positive note we are finally putting the ball in the net, showing signs of being a threat and being able to compete with the stronger teams in the league. As well, [we have] a midfield capable to break up the play unlike last season where we were getting walked all over. The big problem this season is depth, we have made five new permanent signings and brought in four loan players, yet we have no options on the bench that can impact a game. [We also have] a lack of back ups around the pitch, so anymore injuries this season will end up costing us massively.”

 

Tell us about your manager…

 

JP: “Alex Morris has made a big impact on the team, but there are [still a] few issues that need to be addressed. Like the players trying to defend a 1-0 lead for the majority of the game after dominating [for example]. Aside from that, Morris clearly has a direct style of play he wants to implement and it seems to be working for us. [Bassala] Sambou and [Dan] Agyei are really good outlets on the wing to quickly flip play over and get us up the field, which appears to be a big part of Morris’ game plans. [It is early days] in his managerial career at Crewe, but the signs are there that with good investment and some time that we can become a very strong side.”

 

How did relegation fare last season?

 

JP: “Last season could not have been any worse. The whole club inside and out was a mess. From tactics to recruitment and investment, the whole club was a joke. The players showed no desire and somehow a couple of them are still stealing a wage on the bench. I have no problem watching the team lose if they put their all into the performance and they lose in a dignified way, but last season was a painful embarrassment.”

 

Which Crewe players should Hartlepool fans keep an eye on?

 

JP: “Connor Thomas is a man to keep an eye on, his positioning and break up play on his day is quality. Agyei is a threat down the wing, he can drive at defences and has shown to be good in front of goal as well.”

 

Finally, what is your prediction?

 

JP: “I think we will have a strong first half and see the game out in the second half, 3-1 to Crewe. Tuesday nights in Hartlepool have not shown to be great for us in the past, but I think there is confidence in this team that can take advantage of Hartlepool.”


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