Team News From The Crewe Camp

Last updated : 19 January 2007 By Thetashkentterror
Ryan Lowe
Crewe striker Ryan Lowe, who was speaking to Crewe's official website, bagged a hat-trick in the Alex's crushing 5-1 victory over the Cumbrians at Gresty Road in September and he talked about that afternoon :

"People will look at the last time we played Carlisle and say that was my best game for the club because I scored a hat-trick. It doesn't always work like that and overall I think I've had better games for Crewe without scoring. Of course, I was delighted to score a hat-trick, especially as it was for a new club and it was at home in front of the Crewe fans. It is something I will always remember because hat-tricks don't come around too often for any player.

"I think there have been games before and since where I think I played for the team. I may have been involved in creating a goal or did my job to the best of my ability, which I remember just as much. I think I've got seven for the season which is not a bad tally to have, as I've not played in every game. I've been in and out of the team, so I haven't been to add to that of late. I've just got to keep on working hard and wait for another chance.

"I think I've done alright at League One level and have enjoyed it. I think I can score goals from where Dario wants me to play and hopefully we can get one or two free-kicks around their box again and that I'm on the pitch when we get them!"

Meanwhile Alex' assistant boss Neil Baker said :

"Carlisle have a good home record, but it is a game we fancy our chances in. We need to start getting a run going, but for us to get up into the top six would be quite an achievement now."

Veteran Crewe manager Dario Gradi commented on Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at Tranmere, Gradi saying :

"I thought we might salvage something. I thought we perhaps deserved a draw without showing the quality up front that we have been doing. I still think that we've stopped the rot and we still can be a good side."

Gradi is expected to name the same line-up that lost out to Rovers earlier in the week with hotshot strike partners Luke Varney and Nicky Maynard both declaring themselves fit today after picking up slight leg knocks at Prenton Park, while David Vaughan is also showing no ill-effects after a nose operation. On the other side of the coin pacey right-back Jon Ostemobor is likely to miss the match through illness and goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson is definitely sidelined with a hernia problem.

The referee for tomorrow's match is Lee Mason from Bolton, and he will be assisted down the lines by Rob Martin from South Yorkshire and Barry Sygmuta from Northallerton in North Yorkshire. Meanwhile the fourth official will be Scott Duncan from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.