Crewe Alexandra: The Moore the merrier in Byron's goal hunt, says Baker
NEIL Baker is hoping Byron Moore's match-winning double against Swindon has given the winger the taste for goals.
Moore scored 10 times last season to help the Alex to promotion, but manager Steve Davis and assistant Baker have been adamant the 24-year-old, from Meir, can be an even greater goal threat.
Moore's opener in the 2-1 midweek win against Swindon was his first goal since he scored Crewe's second in their 2-0 play-off final win over Cheltenham at Wembley in May.
Baker says the Crewe Academy graduate is already a terrific prospect, but adding more goals to his game has to be his top priority.
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Now Moore has broken his 12-game barren spell in front of goal, you can bet Yeovil won't be relishing the prospect of facing the left winger at Gresty Road tomorrow (3pm).
Baker, pictured below, said: "Byron hasn't scaled the heights that he did last season by any means. I think he would admit to that.
"But Byron is a lad who is always worth his place in the team and we have missed him when he's not been there.
"However, to go on and be a really good player he has to score more goals.
"We have been on at him for about the last three years to be in at the back post for tap-ins.
"But he got one against Swindon and that gave him the confidence to go on and score again.
"He did score double figures last season which is a good return, but it's about making him more productive in whatever he is doing. There is no doubt about his ability."
While Moore was dazzling on the left, Michael West also impressed on the right wing on his full debut.
The 21-year-old has been hampered by a heel injury since he signed from Blue Square Bet Premier side Ebbsfleet in the summer.
However, he took his chance against Swindon, not least with an inch-perfect cross to set up Moore's opener.
Baker added: "We were pleased with Michael's performance against Swindon; as well as making the first goal he also did his defensive work.
"We took him off as he tired, but we are expecting good things from him.
"It is a big step up for him this season in terms of fitness and everything else.
"He has worked hard despite being unfortunate with injury. But it looks as though he could make the position his own in time."
Crewe go into today's game full of confidence after their impressive win over Paolo Di Canio's Swindon.
However, Yeovil are also in decent form having won 3-1 at Shrewsbury on Tuesday.
That lifted Gary Johnson's side up to 11th, five places and two points above Crewe.
They have plenty of experience up front thanks to former Bournemouth and Doncaster striker James Hayter.
The 33-year-old, who joined Yeovil on a free transfer in the summer, has already bagged seven goals for the Glovers.