Keeping it clean

Date published: Tuesday 8th December 2009 12:18

Case for the defence as Crewe start to climb

So it’s Sunday morning and I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that we’ve just drawn a game 0-0.

We’ve been so good going forward recently and although it was inevitable that at some point we would fail to score in a game, our defence has been so bad that it was inconceivable that we could keep a clean sheet at the same time!

Most of the credit can go down to Lincoln’s ultra defensive tactics but to be fair to them, they actually could have won it in the second half so you can’t blame them given their current situation.

We are unbeaten in four now so we are heading in the right direction and we seem to have resolved the goalkeeping situation now too. Steve Phillips has dealt better with the porous defence and the early criticism much better than his predecessors.

He seems stronger mentally than some of the kids we have suffered earlier on this year and his double penalty save against Chesterfield has won round any of the remaining doubters. Hopefully we can make his signing permanent in January because we really don’t want to have to go through this again!


The question now is, are we good enough to make a challenge for the playoffs? It helps playing in a division where you only have to finish 7th to give yourselves a shot at promotion.

And to finish 7th, you really don’t have to win that many more games than you lose, which is important given that we have lost plenty more than we have won so far! We haven’t made a habit of languishing in mid table obscurity over the last 20 years so hopefully this isn’t going to be a season that’s over by March.

There’s a bit of belief about the place at the moment. Clayton Donaldson has shown that he is a high quality centre forward and it makes you question why Thordason wasted him in that winger with a long throw role that must have made him question ever coming here in the first place.

Ashley Westwood looks right now like he is the best central midfielder at the club. And we have a few of them. Matt Tootle has come from nowhere and looks like he could make the left back spot his own for a long time to come. Right now we look a good side with a strong bench each week so I’m expecting the rise up the league to continue.

It’s Barnet away next. A tough game on paper but we have been decent away from home over the last couple of months so we’ll go there full of confidence. I remember a crazy 7-4 win at Barnet back in the 90’s. I think a repeat of that scoreline is probably more likely than another 0-0 draw…

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