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INTERVIEW: Chris Allen Crewe Alexandra Reaction

The Under-21s get back to winning ways...

13 September 2022


INTERVIEW: Chris Allen Crewe Alexandra Reaction

The Under-21s get back to winning ways...

13 September 2022

Assistant Senior Professional Development Phase Coach, Chris Allen, was pleased with the way the Sky Blues Under-21s bounced back from defeat, with victory against Crewe Alexandra.

City left the Mornflake Stadium with all three points, thanks to goals from Tom Costello from the spot and Will Bapaga, either side of half-time.

Victory ensured defeat against Millwall the previous week was put to bed and Allen was happy with the way the Under-21s performed.

“It was a good performance,” Allen said.

“After the defeat to Millwall, we weren’t too happy with the way we played and it was important for us to understand when you can’t win a game not to lose a game, so we had to take that into yesterday’s game against Crewe.

“Crewe like to play good football, and keep the ball and move it, so we were pleased with the way we played and to come away with the win.

“Not only that, but the way we did it in terms of moving the ball, creating opportunities, especially the second one on the counter.

“Tom does really well, and he picks out Will, who’s came off the bench and side footed the ball into the back of the net, and it’s a really good finish.

“Then, the last ten minutes the lads have defended really well, and they were putting blocks in and halting the Crewe attacks.

“So, as we’re pleased with the attacking performance, we’re also happy with the defensive work to keep them out.”

The game was a special moment for City striker Tom Costello, as he got off the mark for the club, as well as assisting the second goal.

Costello has led the line in recent weeks and whilst his performances have been good, Allen revealed why it was important for him to score his first goal for the club.

“Tom hadn’t scored this season and he was itching to get that first goal.

“He’s done well all pre-season, but as a striker he wanted that first goal in the league and it’s a good penalty he dispatches and it’s a great assist for will for the second.

“The message was for him at the start of the game to make sure he gets himself into good starting positions to enable him to attack for the team.

“So, he had to work or the team off the ball more to enable him to be effective for us going forward and he worked on that really well.”

The Sky Blues Under-21s host Sheffield Wednesday in the next outing at the Alan Higgs Centre on September 20th.

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