Gradi blames slow start for loss

12 January 2011 01:04
Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi has pinpointed a slow start as the reason for his side's 2-1 defeat at Torquay.The Alex conceded twice inside 16 minutes at Plainmoor and missed the chance to move within two points of an automatic promotion spot in League Two. [LNB]"We started badly and they started well," Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke. "It was a combination of the two I think. [LNB]"We were caught napping a bit. We were 2-0 down and we looked as though we might get a bit of a hiding." [LNB]Danny Shelley scored a stunning free-kick early in the second half but the visitors missed a number of opportunities to extend their unbeaten start to 2011. [LNB]"We'd all got to do better on the ball and I thought we did," Gradi added. "In fact we created enough chances to get an equaliser, because they didn't threaten us at all in the second half. [LNB]"They'll go home disappointed but they won't be devastated. [LNB]"As they say, it was a game of two halves. They took the first half and we took the second half." [LNB]Crewe, who had won their previous three matches without conceding a goal, take on fourth-placed Port Vale at the Alexandra Stadium on Saturday.

Source: BBC_Sport