LiveMATCHDAY LIVE: Crewe Alexandra 2 Bolton Wanderers 3

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10:24pm

Nothing to be over-pleased about. But Wanderers ARE in round three.

10:23pm

All over - thank goodness for that. 

10:22pm

Crewe not giving this up - still pressing. 

10:17pm

Beckford nearly had a hat-trick. Garratt making a good late save.

10:09pm

Beckford finishes well from Chungy's cross. Keeper was well off his line.

10:09pm

GOAL Wanderers!

10:07pm

10:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Allmylife says

Armitage93 wrote:
We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times
As to holding a lead - this lot can't hold their breath - but wish they could!!

10:07pm

10:06pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Lowtonandy says

swager123 wrote:
Lowtonandy wrote:
Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 !
My dons ? Lol
Oooooppps!

10:06pm

Half time in extra time and it's Crewe who end on top. Grant fires just wide. Fifteen to go.

10:01pm

Crewe keeper Garratt makes a mess of Dervite's flick. Chung-Yong's corner causes all sorts of problems.

9:59pm

Feeney crosses for Mason, who heads just over the top. Feeney has played quite well tonight.

9:57pm

Haber sees an effort tipped on to the bar by Lonergan. 

9:56pm

Crewe player up - Danns gets up and looks groggy.

9:55pm

Danns and a Crewe player clash heads/bang shoulders - both look in pain.

9:53pm

Haber with the far post header to send us into extra time, and me into a fit of rage.

9:53pm

Apologies. Just tried to find some rafters...

9:44pm

GOAL Crewe

9:43pm

Grant flashes a shot wide.

9:43pm

Wifi crashed! Beckford volleys home at the far post after Feeney's cross had been flicked up by Mills.

9:38pm

GOAL Wanderers

9:36pm

EIGHT minutes of extra time! It's Bury all over again.

9:35pm

Grant blasts over for Crewe. This one's heading for extra time... put your shirt on it.

9:35pm

Feeney crosses for Beckford at the far post - tried the spectacular volley but missed completely.

9:34pm

Tootle appeared to bring Chungy down. Could have been a penalty.

9:34pm

Few crosses into the Crewe box there and a half chance for Danns and Mason to shoot. Crewe hold out.

9:27pm

I think we can expect a lot of injury time even if this game doesn't go to extra time... That'll make my desk happy.

9:25pm

Tootle blasts just over for Crewe. Given all sorts of space to get a shot in there.

9:22pm

Game has been stopped for quite a while now. Looked like a clash of heads with Beckford.

9:20pm

Think its George Ray - but he's being loaded on to a stretcher.

9:19pm

Crewe defender down at the moment. Hasn't moved.

9:18pm

Nolan hits a shot on the turn for Crewe. They haven't had many chances this second half.

9:14pm

Chungy and Mason on for Wilkinson and Lester.

9:09pm

Beckford has a half chance on the edge of the box, fed by Feeney, but straight at keeper Garratt.

9:09pm

9:03pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Rowboti04 says

I think it's quite clear where the problems are on the pitch. According to BBC Sport in our 1st 4 league games the highest percentage of possession we have had is 50% vs Watford. The other 3 games have been around the 40% mark, with our match vs Boro being a measly 38% and so far today we are on 40%. This is not good enough.

That's why we need to play 5 in midfield. That extra man can win, or at least challenge the 2nd ball and we can start from there. Players like Mason and Chung Yong Lee are excellent players when we can actually get hold of the ball. Any defence would crack under so much pressure and it's no surprise that ours usually does. As for the 3 in midfield. When fit, I'd have Spearing, Holden and Mavies. If no Holden then Josh Vela. Let's just keep the ball first instead of tossing it up to Craig Davies and hoping.

9:08pm

Feeney gets into the game for the first time in the second half, swinging a cross in for Wilkinson - but just over his head.

9:06pm

Dink over the top from Pratley - Beckford tries to lob the keeper but it sails over. Offside in the end, too.

9:02pm

As I say that, Pratley brings down Waters on the edge of the box and earns himself a yellow.

9:01pm

All gone rather quiet here. Very little action to write about.

8:55pm

Beckford flagged offside. Good ball from Dervite.

8:55pm

I know our sports desk is praying for a winner here... Extra time is a no-no.

8:53pm

Decent start to the second half by Wanderers, plenty of pressure and a couple of corners.

8:51pm

8:49pm

8:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says

Goes to show what a bit of build up play can do doesn't it, rather than going route one all the time. First goal from open play this season, lets hope it gives us a confidence boost. Come on Whites!

8:29pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says

Also good to see a goal coming from midfield, exactly what we needed from Pratley that

8:35pm

8:35pm

Another good save by Lonergan. Mistake by Mills allowed Oliver to run at goal - his low shot blocked well by the Whites keeper.

8:31pm

Lonergan bails Wanderers out again, Inman stripping Threlkeld for pace and forcing the Whites keeper into an excellent save.

8:28pm

Attendance: 2611 (1028)

8:27pm

Threlkeld chips a cross in for Beckford, who can't make a connection. 

8:27pm

It has been all Wanderers this last 10 minutes. Freedman's inquest appears to have worked.

8:26pm

Pratley heads home after a great cross from the left by Feeney. Good ball from Dervite out of the back to find Beckford too.

8:24pm

GOAL Wanderers!

8:23pm

Crewe seeing a lot less of the ball but Wanderers still lacking invention in midfield.

8:17pm

Trotter shot deflected for a corner.

8:16pm

Best bit of football from the Whites so far - Trotter and Feeney combine. Good cross scrambled clear.

8:15pm

Wanderers starting to see more of the ball in midfield. Finally exerting some pressure.

8:12pm

Short break in play after an injury. Freedman calls a mini inquest on the touchline.

8:11pm

7:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says

Awful start, but what do the tactics look like... Passing around more or playing direct?

 

Very direct. But hardly had the ball.

8:08pm

Lonergan makes a point blank save from Inman before Oliver mis-hit a volley wide. Had a full goal to aim at.

8:06pm

Wanderers fans ordering Freedman to "sort it out"

8:04pm

Matt Mills makes another great block - and gives Threlkeld a real ear-bashing. After that, Ray heads against the bar from the corner. Incredible stuff.

8:00pm

First chance for Wanderers - Wilkinson chases down a lost cause and crosses in for Beckford, who got under the ball as he tried to hook it towards goal.

7:57pm

Nolan cuts in past Threlkeld again - blasts just wide.

7:56pm

Turton volleys wide after another decent exchange of passes, and a knock down from Waters.

7:54pm

Wanderers fans trying to get behind their team but it's been dire, dire, dire so far.

7:53pm

Crewe just not giving Wanderers a touch. Great start from the League One side.

7:52pm

Threlkeld being ripped apart on the left - Atkinson just forcing Lonergan into a scrambling save.

7:51pm

Crewe just cut Wanderers apart again - Inman and Waters exchanging passes and it was only a late block from Dervite that prevented a goal.

7:49pm

Feeney playing on the left at the start, Lester on the right.

7:49pm

Pratley tries to respond immediately but side-foots a shot from the edge of the box straight at the keeper.

7:48pm

Bradden Inman with the goal - glided past Threlkeld as if he wasn't there and tucked a lovely finish past Lonergan. Really well taken.

7:46pm

GOAL Crewe

7:45pm

Feeney rattles straight into the full-back Matt Tootle. Not a great challenge.

7:44pm

7:36pm

To make matters worse, I can't seem to get our Matchday Live module to copy on to the front page - so might be blogging for no apparent reason. Bit like Transfer Deadline Day (joke).

7:30pm

Crewe have made four changes, blooding four Academy players tonight. Just the nine for Wanderers - hinting at what priority the Capital One Cup takes with clubs at all level nowadays.

7:26pm

And believe me, I felt every single one of them...

7:25pm

All set up in one of the highest press boxes anywhere in the country. Exactly 103 steps on the way up from reception.

6:59pm

Crewe (4-5-1): Garratt; Tootle, Ray, Dugdale, Guthrie; Inman, Turton, Atkinson, Nolan, Waters; Oliver.

Subs: Shearer, Cooper, Saunders, Molyneux, Leigh, Haber, Grant.

6:55pm

OK - teams tonight.

Wanderers (4-4-2): Lonergan; Threlkeld, Mills, Dervite, Ream; Feeney, Trotter, Pratley, Lester; Beckford, Wilkinson.

Subs: Fitzsimons, Medo, Kamara, Wheater, Mason, Chung-Yong, Hughes, Danns.

5:55pm

I'll be back with all the pre-match news and views from 7pm. 

5:54pm

Good evening folks and welcome to Matchday Live - big night tonight for Wanderers, who can ill-afford to lose this game after a very poor start to the season. One point in four games has simply not been good enough but could a win here at Gresty Road raise the mood a little heading to Leeds United this weekend?

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7:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says...

Awful start, but what do the tactics look like... Passing around more or playing direct?
Awful start, but what do the tactics look like... Passing around more or playing direct? Armitage93
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Allmylife says...

Beckford couldn't finish his dinner never mind that chance!!

Tactics - none!
Beckford couldn't finish his dinner never mind that chance!! Tactics - none! Allmylife
  • Score: 0

8:27pm Tue 26 Aug 14

dafkaren says...

Ii anyone creating anything through midfield oh just heard we have equalized
Ii anyone creating anything through midfield oh just heard we have equalized dafkaren
  • Score: 0

8:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

dafkaren says...

Is anyone creating anything through midfield oh just heard we have equalized
Is anyone creating anything through midfield oh just heard we have equalized dafkaren
  • Score: 0

8:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says...

Goes to show what a bit of build up play can do doesn't it, rather than going route one all the time. First goal from open play this season, lets hope it gives us a confidence boost. Come on Whites!
Goes to show what a bit of build up play can do doesn't it, rather than going route one all the time. First goal from open play this season, lets hope it gives us a confidence boost. Come on Whites! Armitage93
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says...

Also good to see a goal coming from midfield, exactly what we needed from Pratley that
Also good to see a goal coming from midfield, exactly what we needed from Pratley that Armitage93
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Rowboti04 says...

I think it's quite clear where the problems are on the pitch. According to BBC Sport in our 1st 4 league games the highest percentage of possession we have had is 50% vs Watford. The other 3 games have been around the 40% mark, with our match vs Boro being a measly 38% and so far today we are on 40%. This is not good enough.

That's why we need to play 5 in midfield. That extra man can win, or at least challenge the 2nd ball and we can start from there. Players like Mason and Chung Yong Lee are excellent players when we can actually get hold of the ball. Any defence would crack under so much pressure and it's no surprise that ours usually does. As for the 3 in midfield. When fit, I'd have Spearing, Holden and Mavies. If no Holden then Josh Vela. Let's just keep the ball first instead of tossing it up to Craig Davies and hoping.
I think it's quite clear where the problems are on the pitch. According to BBC Sport in our 1st 4 league games the highest percentage of possession we have had is 50% vs Watford. The other 3 games have been around the 40% mark, with our match vs Boro being a measly 38% and so far today we are on 40%. This is not good enough. That's why we need to play 5 in midfield. That extra man can win, or at least challenge the 2nd ball and we can start from there. Players like Mason and Chung Yong Lee are excellent players when we can actually get hold of the ball. Any defence would crack under so much pressure and it's no surprise that ours usually does. As for the 3 in midfield. When fit, I'd have Spearing, Holden and Mavies. If no Holden then Josh Vela. Let's just keep the ball first instead of tossing it up to Craig Davies and hoping. Rowboti04
  • Score: 2

9:30pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Riggermortis says...

Pratley has found his level, another hopeless signing who dougie clearly rates unbelievable!!!!!
Pratley has found his level, another hopeless signing who dougie clearly rates unbelievable!!!!! Riggermortis
  • Score: 2

9:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says...

Beckford showing what he can do. Last season his run of goals got us out of a tricky spot, can he do it again? Let's hope so. For me Mason wasn't good enough the past few games, get Beckford in there and hope he takes one of these chances Dougie has been saying we've been missing!

Hopefully onwards and upwards, Leeds the real test. Had more of the ball this half, limited them to little chances, and now bagged the winner. Take note Douglas!
Beckford showing what he can do. Last season his run of goals got us out of a tricky spot, can he do it again? Let's hope so. For me Mason wasn't good enough the past few games, get Beckford in there and hope he takes one of these chances Dougie has been saying we've been missing! Hopefully onwards and upwards, Leeds the real test. Had more of the ball this half, limited them to little chances, and now bagged the winner. Take note Douglas! Armitage93
  • Score: 0

9:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

dafkaren says...

Yet another 2 goals conceded oooohh
Yet another 2 goals conceded oooohh dafkaren
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says...

We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times
We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times Armitage93
  • Score: 1

9:49pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Riggermortis says...

Who are we playing Barcelona?
Who are we playing Barcelona? Riggermortis
  • Score: 2

9:53pm Tue 26 Aug 14

swager123 says...

Armitage93 wrote:
We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times
No , What we need is a new manager , Lol .
[quote][p][bold]Armitage93[/bold] wrote: We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times[/p][/quote]No , What we need is a new manager , Lol . swager123
  • Score: 11

9:57pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Lowtonandy says...

Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 !
Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 ! Lowtonandy
  • Score: 2

9:58pm Tue 26 Aug 14

dafkaren says...

We need leadership both in defence and in midfield oh it so frustrating
We need leadership both in defence and in midfield oh it so frustrating dafkaren
  • Score: 5

10:04pm Tue 26 Aug 14

swager123 says...

Lowtonandy wrote:
Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 !
My dons ? Lol
[quote][p][bold]Lowtonandy[/bold] wrote: Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 ![/p][/quote]My dons ? Lol swager123
  • Score: 1

10:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Allmylife says...

Armitage93 wrote:
We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times
As to holding a lead - this lot can't hold their breath - but wish they could!!
[quote][p][bold]Armitage93[/bold] wrote: We just can't hold a lead. We need more protection and tenacity in midfield when we get a lead, because the back 4 has little protection at times[/p][/quote]As to holding a lead - this lot can't hold their breath - but wish they could!! Allmylife
  • Score: 0

10:06pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Lowtonandy says...

swager123 wrote:
Lowtonandy wrote:
Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 !
My dons ? Lol
Oooooppps!
[quote][p][bold]swager123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lowtonandy[/bold] wrote: Some light relief though..........my dons 4 utd 0 ![/p][/quote]My dons ? Lol[/p][/quote]Oooooppps! Lowtonandy
  • Score: 0

10:10pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Armitage93 says...

For Leeds away I think Dougie needs to ignore pressure from the fans and go back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 with Beckford alone up front. We need to be solid at the back with a poacher up top. We clearly can't hold on to any form of lead, and for me thats the only way in the short term where we can improve. With a few more solid performances, maybe then we can open up to a 4-4-2. However right now, I feel the team isn't ready for this 4-4-2.

As I write this, Beckford grabs a second! Just goes to show what a poacher we already have. Be positive my fellow Wanderers fans, we do have some good strikers. We just need the right tactics instilled from the gaffer, and hopefully we can push on
For Leeds away I think Dougie needs to ignore pressure from the fans and go back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 with Beckford alone up front. We need to be solid at the back with a poacher up top. We clearly can't hold on to any form of lead, and for me thats the only way in the short term where we can improve. With a few more solid performances, maybe then we can open up to a 4-4-2. However right now, I feel the team isn't ready for this 4-4-2. As I write this, Beckford grabs a second! Just goes to show what a poacher we already have. Be positive my fellow Wanderers fans, we do have some good strikers. We just need the right tactics instilled from the gaffer, and hopefully we can push on Armitage93
  • Score: -6

10:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Allmylife says...

Best formation for Saturday

Phillips Lee Darby

And.......

A vacant seat where Phil would sit.
Best formation for Saturday Phillips Lee Darby And....... A vacant seat where Phil would sit. Allmylife
  • Score: 7

10:28pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Lowtonandy says...

Allmylife wrote:
Best formation for Saturday

Phillips Lee Darby

And.......

A vacant seat where Phil would sit.
I agree. We always want a Wanderers win but frankly this papers over the cracks. It's Crewe we played bottom of league one with no points and we talk of formations etc. get real we have struggled again against so called inferior opposition.
[quote][p][bold]Allmylife[/bold] wrote: Best formation for Saturday Phillips Lee Darby And....... A vacant seat where Phil would sit.[/p][/quote]I agree. We always want a Wanderers win but frankly this papers over the cracks. It's Crewe we played bottom of league one with no points and we talk of formations etc. get real we have struggled again against so called inferior opposition. Lowtonandy
  • Score: 8

10:35pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Lowtonandy says...

Armitage93 wrote:
For Leeds away I think Dougie needs to ignore pressure from the fans and go back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 with Beckford alone up front. We need to be solid at the back with a poacher up top. We clearly can't hold on to any form of lead, and for me thats the only way in the short term where we can improve. With a few more solid performances, maybe then we can open up to a 4-4-2. However right now, I feel the team isn't ready for this 4-4-2.

As I write this, Beckford grabs a second! Just goes to show what a poacher we already have. Be positive my fellow Wanderers fans, we do have some good strikers. We just need the right tactics instilled from the gaffer, and hopefully we can push on
Couldn't poach an egg. Sorry I just don't share your optimism but wish I could. Get set for the Beckford bromance with Leeds fans on sat.
[quote][p][bold]Armitage93[/bold] wrote: For Leeds away I think Dougie needs to ignore pressure from the fans and go back to his favoured 4-2-3-1 with Beckford alone up front. We need to be solid at the back with a poacher up top. We clearly can't hold on to any form of lead, and for me thats the only way in the short term where we can improve. With a few more solid performances, maybe then we can open up to a 4-4-2. However right now, I feel the team isn't ready for this 4-4-2. As I write this, Beckford grabs a second! Just goes to show what a poacher we already have. Be positive my fellow Wanderers fans, we do have some good strikers. We just need the right tactics instilled from the gaffer, and hopefully we can push on[/p][/quote]Couldn't poach an egg. Sorry I just don't share your optimism but wish I could. Get set for the Beckford bromance with Leeds fans on sat. Lowtonandy
  • Score: 4

10:52pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Riggermortis says...

God help us beckford the poacher 5goals a season
God help us beckford the poacher 5goals a season Riggermortis
  • Score: 4

6:10pm Wed 27 Aug 14

steveG says...

Dougie has created a team to compete at a certain level and the way things are going that's where we'll be, come next season.
Dougie has created a team to compete at a certain level and the way things are going that's where we'll be, come next season. steveG
  • Score: 0
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