Blanchett looking to retain spot

05 January 2011 08:37
Crewe left-back Danny Blanchett is confident he can keep his place in the team, despite boss Dario Gradi looking to add to his defensive options.The 22-year-old is out of contract in June and briefly saw his first-team place threatened by the arrival of loanee Chris Hussey from Coventry.

"Even when he brought another lad in on loan, I worked even harder [to stay in the team]," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"Obviously he got injured, I'm back in and hopefully I'll keep my shirt."

Hussey's stay at the League Two club lasted less than 48 hours after he sustained a foot injury in only his second training session with the Alex, and immediately returned to his parent club.

Blanchett has been Crewe's first-choice left-back for much of the season and has started 22 of 26 matches in all competitions.

Crewe moved to within one point of the play-off places on Monday with a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury, ending the home side's unbeaten record at the Greenhous Meadow in League Two this season.

The Alex, who have not lost since 20 November, have won their last two matches without conceding a goal.

"Every game we play we get used to each other even more," the former Peterborough defender added.

"I think we're playing better football and we've started the new year brilliantly, because you can't ask for any more than six points from two games."

Source: BBC_Sport