Crewe Alexandra: Brad Inman delighted to extend loan deal
BRAD Inman says he is delighted to be staying at Crewe for another month as he continues his footballing education.
The 21-year-old has extended his loan from Newcastle United until February 11 after scoring three goals in five league games during his first month at Gresty Road.
"I'm glad to be extending my loan at Crewe as I've had an enjoyable first month here and learnt a lot already about the game," said Inman.
The midfielder is expected to keep his place in the team to face Stevenage at home tomorrow (3pm).
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"I'm glad to be here for another month as the team are pushing for the play-offs and we have a good group of lads down here."
Inman has played a key role in Crewe's run of four wins in five as they close in on the League One play-off zone, adding a real scoring threat from central midfield.
Manager Steve Davis says it was the option of playing the Inman, Luke Murphy and Abdul Osman trio in midfield which made him switch formations in midweek.
Davis dropped a three centre-back line to go 4-3-3 for a 1-0 win over Carlisle, meaning centre-back Adam Dugdale was left on the bench.
He admitted: "I spoke to Adam the day before the game and he was disappointed. It was a difficult decision because he's done nothing wrong, but I wanted to change the shape and Mark Ellis and Harry (Davis) have played well together all season.
"I felt at home, playing 4-3-3 gave us a more attacking perspective and that's what I wanted.
"In the past year we've picked up results at home, even when we've not played well, and that's an important skill to have in front of your own fans."
Keeper Steve Phillips (groin) is a slight doubt for the Stevenage game, but Davis will check on all his players to see who is coping with a rush of fixtures.
The manager said: "I will have a word with (physio) Rob Sharp and see what sort of shape the players are in.
"We will look to take care of them.
"I have spoken with the players and told them that if they are mentally or physically tired they need to be honest with me. We have that sort of relationship and they will make the right decision for the team."