Ten things about Crewe on Saturday!!

  1. Wow. Now that was an ‘El Cheshico’ derby to savour and remember for a long time and just seeing the size of the crowd and the atmosphere generated by both sets of fans, makes you realise that the English Football League is where we need to be next season and beyond!
  2. The minutes applause in memory of our former goalkeeping coach and Centre of Excellence Manager who really was one of the nicest men in football was wonderfully observed by both sets of supporters, and I am sure that this meant a great deal to Mick’s family who were in attendance at Saturday’s game.
  3. I have to admit that the game should have been effectively over by half-time. Crewe were by far the better team during the course of the first forty five minutes, and had they gone in 5-1 at the break even the most biased of Silkmen fans would have struggled to make a case against this assertion.
  4. As in our last home game, we started slowly and were made to pay by the impressive Bowery who neatly lobbed Kieran O’Hara as early as the third minute to give the vociferous Alex following even more to shout about. Although temporarily silenced by the impressive Scotty Wilson equaliser, it was only a combination of the woodwork and some fantastic saves by the excellent O’Hara who was yours truly’s Man of the Match that ensured we Silkmen fans enjoyed our half time refreshments in the hope that an improved second half could help in securing the minimum of a point that we so desperately required from this game.
  5. The goal that ensured that the Alex went into the half-time break in the ascendancy came courtesy of a penalty that had the Silkmen faithful debating between ourselves if it was indeed a genuine penalty or had Crewe’s Porter dived as he rounded the ‘keeper? I have to say that from where I was standing directly behind the goal, it did look like young Kieran did make contact with their player albeit gently, but by the letter of the law it did appear to be a penalty which was nicely converted by Porter himself. Having watched the highlights as well, it does appear as if Kieran made contact, however slight that contact may have been.
  6. Nathan Cameron has been the proverbial ‘rock’ at the back for us since his arrival and he has understandably become a huge fans favourite in a very short space of time. However in the first half he looked the shakiest I have seen him since his arrival and was arguably partly at fault for their penalty due to his ill judged back pass that left poor Kieran in a real predicament. Thankfully he soon returned to his imperious best to the relief of the Silkmen faithful who have taken him to their hearts.
  7. The second half was much improved, and although Scotty Wilson should possibly have scored soon after the restart after latching onto a poor back-pass; we gained deserved parity in the most unusual circumstances. A decent in-swinging corner from Michael Rose incredibly found it’s way into the net and three sides of the ground erupted in joyous celebration. The Crewe players surrounded the officials as if of the belief that Crewe stopper Ben Garratt had been bundled over the line by Nathan Cameron. Indeed a number of news sources credited Cameron with the goal even though many of my Silkmen brethren and I felt that Garratt had simply carried the ball over his own line as a consequence of a legitimate challenge by Nathan that was in no way a foul. Garratt subsequently made himself an instant ‘favourite’ of those who support the club from the Eastern side of the county, which is undeniably the much more attractive part of Cheshire!
  8. Into added on time and Silkmen hearts were in mouths when the Alex won a corner in the fifth minute of added on time. Groundhog Day then dawned before us once more as Alex skipper George Ray seemed to have all the time in the world to bury his header into the Silkmen net and send the travelling hordes from Crewe into delirium, and led Alex manager Artell to run onto the pitch celebrating as if Crewe had just won the Champions League ffs!!
  9. I am reliably informed that in the midst of celebrations that Mr Artell seemed to take great delight in advising the Silkmen faithful in London Road that we were going down. There is a saying that ‘he who laughs last laughs longest’ and I am sure that Mr Artell would not need reminding of that when Reece Cole sent the Moss Rose delirious with joy when we equalised with practically the final kick of the game as he exquisitely fired the ball past the hapless Garratt into the right hand corner of the net and subsequently ensured a richly deserved point based on the second half display.
  10. Of the recent additions to the squad, Brice Ntwambe looked like he is short of match fitness, but his physical presence could well come in very useful with the more game time that he gets; Liandro Martis is seriously quick and I would love to see what he could do with ninety minutes under his belt. In addition, Zak Jules fitted in seamlessly and impressively into the left back role as Miles Welch-Hayes was switched to the right back berth following the substitution of Jared Hodgkiss, and we must continue to get behind Sol and the lads like we have done in the fourteen cup finals that remain. I am Silkmen till I die!

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