King goal lifts Crewe off foot of the ta­ble

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John McDougall

OLD­HAM boss David Dunn called on his play­ers to stand up and be counted af­ter they slipped to their third suc­ces­sive de­feat against Crewe.

Adam King’s fifth strike of the sea­son proved enough to se­cure backto-back wins for the Rail­way­men and lifted them off the foot of the ta­ble.

But fol­low­ing losses over the past week to Barns­ley and Southend with de­feat at the Alexandra Sta­dium, Dunn ad­mit­ted he could not de­fend his play­ers’ per­for­mance.

“I’m prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit speech­less if I’m be­ing hon­est cause I’ve said that much in the chang­ing room,” he said.

“I think some­times in life you’ve got to stand up and be counted and I said it last week about stand­ing up and be­ing re­spon­si­ble for your own per­for­mance and quite hon­estly, I can’t really de­fend it.

“I really am not see­ing enough de­sire to really want to go out there and put a per­for­mance in.

“Es­pe­cially when the chips are down, as that’s when your real men stand up and be counted. If you watch Crewe, they looked like a side that were bot­tom of the ta­ble and they scraped for ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing and I’m not sure we did.”

The Lat­ics nearly took a ninth minute lead when Brian Wil­son headed Mark Yeates’s free-kick just wide. But the Rail­way­men made the Old­ham rear­guard pay when they failed to deal with Semi Ajayi’s long 21st minute free-kick which was headed across goal for King to ri­fle past Cor­nell.

Ryan Lowe nearly dou­bled his side’s lead with a sublime 40th minute curl­ing strike from the edge of the box which flew inches off tar­get.

Crewe mid­fielder James Jones un­leashed a 58th minute rocket which sailed just over as the home side searched for a sec­ond.

With ten min­utes to go, Jake Cas­sidy again found space on the right and crossed for Danny Philliskirk who fired wide and Ryan Wintle blazed over with an 84th minute ef­fort af­ter Ryan Col­clough's jink­ing run.

Crewe first team coach James Collins ad­mit­ted that match­win­ner King still has to work hard but lauded the Swansea loa­nee's goalscor­ing abil­i­ties.

“He’s got to im­prove his foot­ball and he’s got to im­prove his de­fend­ing but he gets goals, and if you’re a mid­field player who gets goals, some­one will al­ways want you be­cause they’re few and far be­tween,” he said.

“We got the goal, which ob­vi­ously helped get­ting that one goal lead, and then we saw it through quite well in the end I thought with­out too many scares. I think that was im­por­tant af­ter win­ning mid­week.”

STAR MAN SEMI AJAYI Crewe

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