TOWN boss Lee Clark is hoping that his side can give something for the fans to shout about on the road.
The 3-1 defeat at Crewe was witnessed by 1,506 travelling supporters and Clark, whose side’s next outing is a trip to Stockport County next Saturday, was determined that Town should banish the awayday blues.
“It is tough because the support at Crewe was magnificent,” said Clark.
“I feel for the fans because it is about time we gave them something to shout about on their travels.
“Our decision making at times cost us the game, but I cannot fault the commitment of the players.
“Along with the supporters, the players and the coaching staff are very disappointed.
“It is a tough one because, as I said to the players after the game, we are two different teams at the moment in terms of our performances at home and our performances away.
“We will go back to the training ground, but ultimately we have to start winning games away from home.
“I keep saying that and the players know it, and if we are going to do anything this season then we need to put that right very quickly.”
Town took the lead on the half hour as James Berrett plundered his first goal of the season, but a Byron Moore strike brought Crewe level before half-time and two goals, from Tom Pope and Clayton Donaldson, around the hour mark put Alex in the ascendancy.
“Even when we took the lead we were not doing as well as I had hoped,” said Clark.
“They had been able to create a few chances and we weren’t doing the job as I expected.
“I keep saying to the defenders that their job is to keep the opposition down to a minimum amount of goals – preferably zero.
“We are a footballing side, but I don’t want to be trying to play football in our final third – if the ball has to go into the stand then sobeit!”
Town were without Anthony Pilkington who was unable to play due to illness.
Clark explained: “We had a bit of a reshuffle due to Anthony’s sickness on the morning of the game.
“We tried to get some medication and rest for him but when he came down at lunch I could see that he wasn’t right.
“He said he was prepared to play, which is a fantastic attribute, but there is no way that I will jeopardise anybody’s long-term prospects through selfishness.
“Hopefully we will have him back for the visit to his old club on Saturday.”
Clark started with Everton loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz playing up front and, despite the teenager’s impressive display, revealed it had been necessary to substitute him with 17 minutes remaining.
“I saw Lukas try to make a run and he just pulled up,” said Clark.
“When he came off he complained that his calf had started to cramp and the last thing I need is a serious calf injury to put him out for the rest of the season.”
Andy Booth returned a 65th minute substitute and Clark was full of praise for the experienced striker.
“Boothy was itching to get on and felt he was one of our plus points,” said Clark.
“He is a great example to the young strikers we have. He doesn’t try to do anything he can’t, he controls the ball well and keeps possession for the team.”