HAPPY WITH FIRST LEG

The Crewe Alexandra Steve Davis has said that he is extremely happy with the performance of his players in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy North final. Crewe Alexandra took on Coventry City in an exciting final knowing that they have to work hard in order to have any chance of reaching Wembley. Despite playing away from home, the Crewe players managed to take advantage of some lapse defending from Coventry to win the match 3-0. As a result, they are now extremely close to the final of the competition. The manager Steve Davis, though, has said that there is still a lot of work to be done.

Crewe were taking on Coventry, who were being spurred by more than 30,000 supporters. As a result, they came under a lot of pressure in the first half of the match. However, they managed to take advantage of the enthusiastic attacking from Coventry City to break on the counter and score themselves. Inman scored the first goal of the evening in the 52nd minute, and he doubled his tally on the night with a great effort in the 78th minute. However, it was the 85th minute goal from Leitch-Smith that has apparently put this tie out of Coventry City’s reach.

“This was what you don’t associate with Crewe, grit and determination. It wasn’t easy for them but they all came through with flying colours tonight – I’m very proud of them. It’s only the first part of it, but the gameplan we set up has worked – we set up to frustrate them a little bit and deny them opportunities. What we tried to do is get those little breakaways. We rode our luck, sometimes the goal led a charmed life but you need,” said Steve Davis after the match.

FULL OF GOALS

Crewe Alexandra have a squad that is full of goals according to the manager of the club Steve Davis. The club has just three defeats in all competitions since the turn of December. As a result, they are closer to the play-offs position than ever before, which is something that the club can achieve this season according to the manager. This is due to the presence of goals across the field. The club is currently in negotiations with the Premier league club Fulham over the possibility of signing Lauri Dalla Valle, who has been utilised a lot by the manager this season.

The 21-year-old has already made 10 appearances in all competitions while scoring five goals. His presence means that Davis has been able to rest a number of the star names like Pogba and Moore. Aneke and Inman have been two players who have also chipped in with their fair share of goals, which has helped the club rise to the 11th position in the table just three points below the play-offs position. Due to the fact that the club are not in the FA Cup, Davis feels that he can use the current situation to great effect and help the club finish in the play-offs.

“We know Ryan can get in great positions and get a goal, that’s why we put him on. He missed a free header from close range at the end and at Crewe we don’t see many headed goals very often, so maybe it’s something we need to work on. Chuks was fresh. I felt Brad was very tired against Carlisle United after playing four games in 10 days and Chuks is capable of being a big threat too. We weren’t far off getting the second goal we more than deserved,” said Davis after the 2-1 defeat against Stevenage.

FINGERS CROSSED

The Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davies has said that he is still having his fingers crossed over the injury to the defender Kelvin Mellor. The defender has been out of action for the last couple of weeks, but Davies has said that he still cannot put a time frame for the return of the defender. Kelvin Mellor was injured quite badly in the recent match against Doncaster in the 2-0 victory for the club back in early November. He has not been part of the Crewe Alexandra squad for the last four matches, but the manager Davies has said that he is still at dark when it comes to his possible return date.

He has revealed that the player has been sent to take a scan so that it will reveal the progress that he has made so far. Davies has also revealed that he is getting a lot of encouragement from the striker Ajay Leitch-Smith, who missed the early part of the campaign due to ankle injuries. However, he has scored three goals in 12 matches so far this season. He is expected to return to first-team action this week, as the club prepare to take on Burton in the FA Cup second-round. Davies has also said that he is much more focused on bringing young players to the club rather than older players on huge wages.

“Kelvin will undergo a scan and hopefully we will get some encouraging news on him. He has improved and the knee has settled down a bit. The scan will inform us how much improvement he has made. He took a bit of impact on it, but he has worked hard and progressed well, so we are hoping that he will be back with us again soon,” said the Crewe Alexandra manager.

DAVIS LEFT DISAPPOINTED

The Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has said that he is extremely disappointed with the defending of his team in the match against Yeovil town during the weekend. The manager has also said that he is likely to bring in a few players in order to bolster the squad and also provide competition to the current players. He has accused the players of not giving their all in recent matches, and reckons that the presence of some competition will prove to be the difference. The strikers have not been performing at their best especially in the recent matches. Davies has targeted the striking area as one to reinforce over the next few weeks with some loan arrivals.

Byron Webster scored the only goal of the game that helped Yeovil town get all three points from the match. As a result, Crewe Alexandra were not able to build on the win over Swindon during the midweek action. Davies has also strangely claimed that his players do not have the quality necessary in order to break down the opposition in this league. This is unlikely to go well with the players. The club will now be facing Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup hoping for a good cup run this season.

“We were carrying too many players again and the front three were poor. Chucks (Aneke) looked like he had lead boots on, (Mathias) Pogba kept giving it away and (Michael) West was totally off the pace. The players aren’t good enough at the moment to be consistent. To break teams down in this division we need more quality and when three or four of your front players are off their game you can’t mount any decent attacks,” said the Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis. The result leaves them in the 18th position.

DAVIS LOOKS FOR LOANS

The Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has said that he is likely to enter into the loan market in order to get strikers to the squad. The club has made an average start to the League One season. They have just two victories to show for the last five matches, which has meant that they are currently in the 13th position in the table. Steve Davis has said that he will be at least looking to get into the play-off spots with Crewe Alexandra. In order to do so, the squad needs reinforcement according to the manager. However, he is unlikely to buy the players due to the limited budget.

As a result, he will be entering into the loan market especially after the Premier league squads have been sealed. This would allow Steve Davis to look at various Premier league players to bring on loan deals. Attack will be a crucial area where Steve Davis should strengthen after he has recently lost the duo of Harry Bunn and Mathias Pogba to injuries. It is expected that both these players will be out for a significant amount of the season. As a result, the club needs to have options up front according to the manager.

“If it’s an injury that keeps him [Bunn] out for several months, he may have to go back. And I may have to delve back into the loan market to bring somebody else in. Pogba is still a couple of weeks away, and that would have helped us if he’d have been a bit closer. So that’s maybe where I’ll go, I’ll look to bolster that forward line,” said Steve Davis after the 0-0 draw with Tranmere Rovers. This draw now means that the club has no more than two victories in the last five matches.

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DAVIS PROTECTS CLAYTON

The Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has said that he will be doing everything to protect the star striker Max Clayton, who has been spoken of as the next Michael Owen. The 18-year-old striker has become the next big thing to come out from the Crewe Alexandra academy. However, he has been subject to a lot of physical challenges from the opposition in the match as he has played so far. In order to protect one of his best players, the manager has revealed that he will be going to extreme lengths in order to ensure that Max Clayton does not suffer any major injuries as a result of the physical challenges.

Steve Davis has confirmed that Max Clayton will feature in a number of matches this year, but will not be burnt out in such a way that it hampers his long-term development. Clayton was not part of the match against Scunthorpe United during the weekend. This was due to the injuries he suffered in a match against Notts County on the opening game of the season. Crewe Alexandra were defeated 2-1 in the match, but they decided not to risk the star striker in the match against Scunthorpe. Crewe Alexandra ended up winning the match 2-1.

“Max is just a kid and we’ve got to protect him. There will be some times when he takes a bit of a battering, like he did against Notts County. He was prepared to play with heavily bruised ribs at Scunthorpe, but I thought taking him out of the firing line was the right thing to do. Introducing him later on when defenders were getting tired meant his movement and his quick feet could catch them out, and that’s how it proved,” said Steve Davis after the Scunthorpe United match.