Chuks has his Crewe gun­ning for safety

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John McDougall To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

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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