Glass half full for Alexan­dra says Steve

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

CREWE boss Steve Davis in­sisted he was happy with a point, de­spite twice throw­ing the lead away in a six-goal thriller with Brad­ford.

The Rail­way­men are just two points clear of the League One rel­e­ga­tion zone, but Davis be­lieves their 3-3 draw was per­haps the right re­sult, claim­ing he would have taken a point be­fore the clash.

“We’ve got to be happy with a point; Brad­ford are an ex­cel­lent side and they’re very tough to beat on their own patch. They have got some fresh play­ers in their squad and we were wary of the chal­lenge we faced,” Davis said.

“They kept com­ing at us through­out the game and we weren’t re­ally ready for how well they started that sec­ond-half.

“We to­tally de­served that lead at half-time, but we just got caught cold at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond.

“To come here and get a point is a good re­sult; given how we were in the lead twice it’s a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing but I’d have taken this at the start of the game.”

The only real ac­tion of the first-half came via the visi­tors, and they led at the break when Uche Ik­peazu struck from close range to fire Crewe into a lead at the break.

De­spite a strong start from the Ban­tams in the sec­ond pe­riod, they were caught cold when Ik­peazu pounced for his sec­ond to leave the home crowd stunned.

How­ever, Brad­ford ral­lied, and two goals in three min­utes brought mat­ters level, as James Han­son’s com­posed fin­ish was fol­lowed up by a su­perb strike from Gary Jones.

Crewe were again to stun the Brad­ford crowd though, as Mathias Pogba drilled home to fire Crewe back into the lead.

How­ever, Brad­ford’s cap­tain dragged them out of the mire once more, fir­ing home from long range to earn the Ban­tams a pre­cious draw. They re­main en­trenched in mid-ta­ble, with boss Phil Parkin­son laud­ing the per­for­mance of his cap­tain Jones as they res­cued a point.

“For a guy who is 36, play­ing on a pitch as heavy as that in those con­di­tions it is ab­so­lutely re­mark­able how he man­ages to do it,” Parkin­son said.

“He was in­spi­ra­tional and de­serves ev­ery ac­co­lade he gets. He typ­i­fies what we’re all about, but he trains so hard and lives his life well – he’s a shin­ing ex­am­ple to our younger play­ers and is a mar­vel­lous cap­tain.

“We played like we can play in the sec­ond-half, and it was a great ex­am­ple of how we can mix things up. In the first-half we weren’t quite at the races and we got pun­ished for that.”



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