Crewe 0-3 Walsall: Phillips Slaughters Alex Performance

A fuming Steve Phillips slaughtered Crewe’s players for their losing mentality after a dismal 3-0 loss to Walsall.

A second half brace from Craig Westcarr, alongside Jamex Baxendale’s late strike, earned the Saddlers their first win in six.

But Crewe mustered just three shots on target, and ‘keeper Phillips reckons they were so bad that he could have played in Walsall’s defence.

“To go down with a whimper like we did today was nothing short of scandalous,” he said.

“If you’re going to go down, go down fighting.

“We didn’t press the ball anywhere near good enough – I could have played at the back for them today and just sprayed it about.

“I’m not picking anybody out – we win as a team and we lose as a team.

“But there’s a weak streak and that needs finding very quickly.

“We did a bit of digging out last week before the Peterborough game and said we needed a team of winners, not losers.

“Unfortunately that’s crept back in straight away.”

The game exploded into life on the hour when Phillips expertly saved from Andy Butler.

That chance woke Walsall up, and within five minutes they had taken a 2-0 lead.

Westcarr broke the deadlock with a deflected shot from inside the area on 65 minutes, then doubled his tally moments later from the penalty spot after being fouled by Gregor Robertson.

Baxendale then completed the scoring for Walsall on 84-minutes by coolly slotting home after being sent through one-on-one.

The goals were Westcarr’s first in seven matches, and he was delighted to end his drought.

“It’s great to be back on the scoresheet,” he said.

“Not scoring doesn’t bother me – I know how to manage things like that.

“But I was happy to get two today and help us to victory.”


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