Steve can smile as Alex down Valiants

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Con­way To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

STEVE DAVIS hasn’t had much to en­joy this sea­son but the Crewe boss man­aged to force a smile as Alex pulled them­selves out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone with vic­tory over Port Vale.

Mathias Pogba put the vis­i­tors ahead af­ter 14 min­utes from a By­ron Moore cross be­fore Chucks Aneke net­ted from the penalty spot af­ter the break.

Brad­den In­man sealed the points on 73 min­utes and David could barely hide his de­light.

“It’s a match I en­joyed,” said Davis, “We started very well, put them un­der a lot of pres­sure. We were very at­tack minded. We were brave.

“We got goals at good times of the game.We could have had a lot more.

“We cre­ated a lot of chances in the game.We do usu­ally cre­ate a lot of chances, but they don’t al­ways turn into goals. It’s great that we scored three and were the much bet­ter team.”

Crewe’s early lead saw Moore cross to­wards the back post where Pogba headed on goal – which was blocked on the line – but the striker bun­dled in the re­bound.

Aneke could well of dou­bled the score­line shortly af­ter, but scuffed a his shot wide from six-yards.

Port Vale made their first change af­ter 33 min­utes with the al­ready booked Joe Davis taken off, watched by his brother, Crewe’s Harry Davis, and dad Crewe boss Steve Davis.

In the hunt for an equaliser Vale’s Tom Pope was de­nied first by the wood­work and his sec­ond ef­fort saw Davis clear off the line.

Three min­utes af­ter the break Crewe dou­bled the lead. Skip­per Matt Too­tle was tripped in the box by op­pos­ing cap­tain, Doug Loft leav­ing Aneke to step up and coolly slot home the penalty.

Vic­tory was sealed for Crewe with 17 min­utes re­main­ing. In­man cut in­side and fired a low rasp­ing shot past Chris Neal.

Tom Pope pulled one back for the home side, head­ing in Chris Lines’ cor­ner from close range, but Crewe held on to record only their third away win of the sea­son.

Port Vale boss Micky Adams ad­mit­ted that his side were “de­fen­sively aver­age” dur­ing the en­counter.

“We're ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed. Crewe de­served their win, I can't deny them that. I'm dis­ap­pointed with cer­tain as­pects of our per­for­mance.

“We had enough go­ing for­ward to get some­thing out of the game, but de­fen­sively, very aver­age again.

“You need people with cool heads to make the right de­ci­sions. Sub­se­quently we got pun­ished.”

STAR MAN MATT TOO­TLE

Crewe

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