Chuks has his Crewe gunning for safety
CHUKS Aneke’s performance in Crewe’s win over fellow strugglers Sheffield United is proof of what he is capable of according to Alex boss Steve Davis.
A double from the Arsenal loanee and an injury-time strike from Byron Moore sealed the win for the hosts and lifted them three points clear of the drop zone.
And after sealing backto-back home wins, Davis hopes his players can use the result as a catalyst to climb to safety.
“The best chances fell to the right person – the one in form,” he said. “He’s a tremendous talent.
“They were clinical and he grows in confidence each week. He answered the questions and was back to his best and was unplayable at times.
“It’s the best of both worlds – it’s nice to get three goals at home and it could have been more.
“They should take something out of this as they produced a performance against a team we had to not lose against.
“If they can keep producing that on a consistent basis we’ll be fine and we’ll climb our way out.”
Mathias Pogba nearly handed Crewe a freak 36th-minute lead when his cross veered towards goal and George Long had to remain sharp.
But Arsenal loanee Aneke made no mistake a minute later after embarking on a run and curling an effort from out- side the box past a diving Long. He added his second on the stroke of half-time after Ajay Leitch-Smith’s free-kick was not cleared, turning swiftly to slot home.
Crewe almost added a third twice in the 58th minute – first through Leitch-Smith who saw his shot blocked by John Brayford and then Brad Inman cut inside from the left to force Long into a fine stop.
But Moore sealed the win in injury time from close range after Long parried Inman’s shot into the substitute’s path.
Dejected Blades boss Nigel Clough said:“I’m unbelievably disappointed.
“On the back of a great performance against Fulham in the FA Cup, we’re at a bit of a loss to know where that came from.
“There wasn’t enough all-round. It’s a shock as it’s been different to anything we’ve been like in the last couple of months, where generally we’ve played well.
“We can’t cover up anything – for the first 45 minutes we were nowhere near good enough. If you waste 45 minutes of a game, you don’t deserve to get anything from it.
“It looked the physical thing – we never got near anybody. It just makes the next game more important.”
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