Dario Gradi On A Win For The Alex'

Last updated : 20 January 2007 By Thetashkentterror
Railwaymen gaffer Dario Gradi
Veteran Crewe boss Dario Gradi, who was speaking to Crewe's official website, talked about his side's 2-0 win over United at Brunton Park this afternoon, Gradi mentioning the excellent performance of young striker Nicky Maynard :

"We are proving harder to beat now. Julien (Baudet) is improving all the time and I am delighted he has popped up with a goal from a set-play that we do practice. Billy (Jones) has been magnificent at the back since he moved in there and the two full-backs have come in and done very well.

"When we got the free-kick I was trying to get Ben Rix's attention to do a different type of one. It wasn't the one I would have selected and Ben was looking over a bit puzzled. I thought let them do it then. It's their game and I thought we were bound to score from this now! That is the way it usually goes and it worked out well. Michael (O'Connor) always puts the ball in a bit harder than Ben and Julien did well to get across his man to score.

"I thought we passed the ball well towards the end of the game. We had worked hard on keeping possession when we were 1-0 up and we kept the ball well. Nicky (Maynard) scored a fantastic goal. He got a whack but he kept going. I was thinking keep going Nicky, you can die later. He somehow kept his feet and it took it very well.

"Nicky's effort in the first half was terrific. He had the confidence to try it and his technique was superb. He does practice those dipping volleys with the kids and I'm sure Nicky was always good at them when he was coming through the Academy ranks. I don't think their keeper would have saved it if it had clipped the underside of the bar.

"We were without Luke (Varney) today. He had a tight calf and we think the rest will do him a bit of good. He and Nicky have had a few knocks over the last few weeks. It could have been worse, we could have been without both of them and I thought Nicky responded very well and led the line very well this afternoon. The younger players did well today. They're coming in unexpectedly and doing great which is a bonus.

"We don't expect Luke to be out too long. We have another home game next weekend and we want to keep this little run going because we have been decent since the turn of the year and look a lot tighter at the back, whilst always being a threat with the forward players we have."