CREWE STRUGGLE

Crewe Alexandra were defeated 1-0 in the recent match against Stevenage. The result was a major disappointment for manager Steve Davis after he admitted that his team created a lot of opportunities without taking any of them. This is a situation where Crewe Alexandra must convert any of the half chances they get. This is because they already find themselves in the midst of a relegation battle and it could only get worse if results do not come in the near future. Crewe managed to go down to an early goal from Francois Zoko.

Even though they were able to mount a serious challenge on Stevenage’s defence, they were unable to get the crucial equaliser. As the time wore on, it looked like Stevenage would comfortably defend the lead and secure victory. Davis has acknowledged that the result was a serious setback for the team, but he is confident of getting the club back on track in terms of victories. He will have only a few matches to get Crewe back on form. After 34 matches having been played by the club, they have taken just 35 points and are currently occupying the final relegation spots.

However, they are in the drop zone only on the basis of goal difference.

“I’m amazed we didn’t get a goal to be honest. If you won a game on the number of chances created we’d have been laughing. I think they had one shot on target but we couldn’t get the breakthrough. We played well but come away with nothing. The performance was pleasing, the result wasn’t. We move on. We were sloppy for the goal but apart from that we defended well and we deserved something,” said Davis.

Crewe Alexandra take on Swindon Town in the next match and it will be followed by a clash against promotion chasing Peterborough United.

DAVIES CONFIDENT

Crewe Alexandra manager Steven Davies has said that he is confident of upsetting the odds by managing a victory over Milton Keynes when the two sides meet each other in the league encounter. Milton Keynes may be in the middle of the table after an average run of form, but they are still one of the strong sides in the division. Crewe Alexandra, meanwhile, are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone. Only one point separates them from the drop zone. Hence, there is a real need of points and the home match against Milton Keynes provides a perfect opportunity.

Crewe have been in decent form in the last five matches, as they have managed three victories. The club managed to strengthen the squad with a couple of loan signings in the last few weeks. Striker Uche Ikpeazu is likely to be handed his first start of the Crewe Alexandra career against Milton Keynes, while there is also a possibility of George Evans, who also recently joined the club on a loan deal, making an appearance in this match. The confidence given by back-to-back victories have been erased by the back-to-back defeats against Rotherham United and Leyton Orient.

Crewe Alexandra have conceded six goals in these two matches and they will be hoping for a much better defensive performance against Milton Keynes.

“MK Dons have not been able to force their way into the top six so far this season. But, if I was feeling confident going into the Orient game on Saturday with this group at the moment, then I certainly am going into this one. That hasn’t changed, even though we were beaten at the weekend. We put in a very creditable performance on Saturday. And, if we keep playing like that, you just hope it will turn and that we can pick up some positive results,” said Davies.

CLAYTON SUFFERS SETBACK

One of the main players of Crewe Alexandra, Max Clayton, has suffered a major injury setback and he will not be able to feature for his side for the next few months.

While playing for Crewe in the FA Cup game against Wycombe Wanderers, Clayton had injured his ankle and he had been stretchered off the pitch. But, at that point of time, it didn’t seem to be a fracture. It seemed to be just a minor ligament injury, but, the tests later on disclosed that it was actually a breakage and because of that, the 19 years old striker will have to remain out of action for some time.

Although an official statement hasn’t been released yet by Crewe Alexandra regarding the recovery period of Clayton, but, it is believed that the English striker will not be able to play for the remaining part of the ongoing season.

Clayton’s performance in the ongoing season hasn’t been par. He has featured for Crewe in a total of 18 matches this season and has managed to find the back of the net only a couple of times.

Despite his below par form, Clayton was a vital player for Crewe and it will be tough for any other player to fill the void created by him.

Crewe Alexandra’s next match is against Port Vale. That game will be played at Gresty Road on Saturday and there are a couple of guys who are in contention to replace Clayton in the starting XI of Crewe for that game.

Meanwhile, the good news for Crewe Alexandra is that Matt Tootle who had been on the sidelines since a while because of his leg injury has got fit and he is likely to feature for them in the upcoming game against Port Vale.

DAVIES RULED OUT

Crewe Alexandra appeared to be set for a devastating news on defender Harry Davies, who appeared to have suffered a horrible injury. It was expected that he would be missing the next few months after being taken on a stretcher during the recent 3-0 defeat at the hands of Gillingham. Manager Steve Davis, though, has now confirmed that the defender will miss the next few weeks of action only, which is a huge relief for the club as a whole. The 22-year-old is expected to be back in action by the end of October.

It has been a difficult start to the new season for Crewe Alexandra, who could definitely do with a fully fit squad. After nine matches of the season, they are in the 18th position with six points on the board. They have not won in the last four matches, and Davis will certainly be hopeful of an early return for the defender. The team has been struggling a lot to prevent opposition from scoring goals, while they have also failed to take the chances that come their way. The last victory for the club came in the 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley in the League trophy.

Fleetwood town will be the next opponent in the competition. “It is more positive news involving Harry’s injury. He has suffered a grade one, which is the minor of those types of injuries. It is the best result we could have hoped for and it will be weeks rather than months. It looked serious at the time, because he doesn’t go down very often and he came off with physio Nick (Oakley) supporting the knee, so we feared the worse, so this is positive news. He should be out between three to six weeks depending on his recovery,” said the manager to the official website of Crewe Alexandra.

CREWE WANT INMAN

Crewe Alexandra have been in negotiations to bring in midfielder Bradden Inman for the last few weeks. The 21-year-old is going to be out of contract with the Magpies after saying that he will not sign a new contract. Since he is less than stipulated age required for a free transfer, Crewe Alexandra will have to pay a compensation fee for the Magpies. This is understood to be the main problem in completing the deal to bring the 21-year-old to Crewe Alexandra. Manager Steve Davis, though, has retained his hope that the deal will be completed before the start of the new season.

The club has had a poor run of form in the pre-season friendly matches. They have lost against the likes of Blackburn and Aston Villa in the pre-season matches, but Davis is hoping that this does not adversely affect the team when they open the season against Rotherham United in the first week of August. The club has only two home matches in the first five fixtures. Hence, they will be straightaway under pressure to get three points, and the arrival of Inman would certainly help the club get a victory in the opening match.

Davies, though, has confirmed that Inman is not expected to start the first match because he does not have a lot of match fitness.

“We are not that close yet, we still have a bit to do, it’s ongoing. I will speak to the chairman and see what we can do in the near future which will be, who knows, a week, two weeks. Hopefully less than that. He’s not very fit to be fair, he has a lot to do he is way behind  the other lads are. The tests show he is quite a way behind,” said the Crewe Alexandra manager.

NO TRUTH

Crewe Alexandra manager Steven Davis has said that there is no truth in the rumours linking him with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who recently sacked their manager Dean Saunders. After their relegation from the Championship, Dean Saunders was recently sacked by the club. This was the second successive relegation for the club in 12 months, as they were Premier league club only a year ago. Bookmakers have installed Davis as the favourite to take over at the Molineux before the start of the new season.

However, the 47-year-old has said that he is not in discussions with Wolves, as he is only concentrating on the next season with Crewe Alexandra. He also said that he is extremely happy to be linked with a club like Wolves, but he is going to stay with Crewe. Davies managed to get the club from League Two into League One after taking over as the manager in 2012. They were expected to struggle in League One, but they have so far exceeded expectations by finishing in the mid-table. Crewe Alexandra finished the season on the 13th position with 64 points on the board.

It is expected that they will be pushing for a play-off place next season.

“It is flattering to be linked with any job because it is means you have been successful at your respective clubs. You just have to take that speculation in your stride and get on with things and that is what I’ve done on a few occasions here. I don’t tend to react to speculation and it has never been a distraction to me. All I’m doing is preparing the Crewe Alexandra squad for next season and have been kept busy talking to players, agents and discussing things,” said Davies. The club are expected to sign a couple of players in the summer.