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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Dario Gradi on Holloway...Crewe's Varney on QPR

Dario Prepares For QPR Clash

Crewe Official Site
As he prepares his side for two more games in three days, Dario Gradi has told the club's official web-site that he feels we have dropped four points over the Christmas period. The Alex have failed to take full advantage of playing against reduced teams.
Leicester played the last half-an-hour with ten men at the Walkers Stadium but held onto for a draw, whilst Coventry were reduced to nine men in mid-week after having Michael Doyle sent-off and Robert Page stretched off with a fractured cheekbone.
After using all three substitutes, Micky Adams had no choice but to cross his fingers and hope in the closing stages of the game, only for Luke Rodgers to head home a Kenny Lunt cross in stoppage time to salvage a point.
"I think we have dropped four points because we had a good chance to win both away games because we were playing against ten and nine men,' says Dario.
"We should have been better prepared for that type of situation and we will do a bit more work on it. The players were certainly better against Coventry than they were at Leicester because we dominated the later stages of that game and really should have won the game.
"The positive thing for us, is that we have moved up one place in the league table but I wouldn't say I was happy about our points return. I am encouraged because the players here always give their best and give us hope.
He added: "We need to take the improvements we have made into the next couple of games. QPR are still a big club. I remember when Dave Sexton took them to second place in the First Division. "Ian Holloway has his own unique style but I think he has done a very good job there in difficult circumstances, because the club have not been that stable financially for a few years. He has a decent side there and we know they were come here expecting to get something from the game." http://www.crewealex.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10414~761596,00.html


Striker Luke Varney sees the clash with Queens Park Rangers as a game that can push Crewe up the table and closing that gap that holds us down the bottom of the league.
Following a run of three consecutive draws, Luke suggests that spirits are high at Reaseheath and a two wins in the next two games could really separate that gap.
"Before Wednesday's game, we looked at the league table, which we do quite often, and I think there was four points in it between us and the middle of the table. Hopefully, we can go into tomorrow's game and get all three points and get us moving up the table again."
Luke and the rest of the team are used to teams arriving at Gresty Road feeling confident they can push over our squad and claim the three points before the first whistle. However, with moral high and players constantly improving, Luke says that it isn't the same anymore and they are getting into the physical side a lot more.
"We know that tomorrow going to be a physical game and we look back at when we played them last season and we got the win, and hopefully we can go with that and get the win this year. I think we're getting the physical side of the game a bit more now, and there aren't really that many teams that are bullying us anymore. We're losing games now by being out played, but teams aren't bullying us on the pitch.
"QPR are one of those teams, where it won't matter where they play, the can be up for any game and it'll be a tough game.
On top of recent results Luke has seen a stop start in his play in the first team but aims to put that back to a starting position after feeling back to his best.
"It's been a little stop start for me recently, but I feel like when I'm getting the chance I'm making an impact. I'm enjoying it, I know I'm only sub at the minute but I'm just going to keep going and hopefully I'll get that start again.
"Since the Cardiff game my form dipped a little, and then I had a little injury and illness but I think I'm back to my best now and I'm just looking forward to getting back into the team.

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