Craw­ley’s slump has Gre­gory wor­ried

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JOHN Gre­gory ad­mit­ted his Craw­ley side are now look­ing over their shoul­ders at the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter their fifth straight loss.

Crewe’s opener from Uche Ik­peazu’s was can­celled out by Jamie Proc­tor’s sen­sa­tional strike be­fore Brad­den In­man’s late goal gifted Crewe the much-needed points.

Gre­gory re­fused to place the blame with his play­ers but ac­cepted that per­for­mances need to im­prove.

“We haven’t scored enough goals of late and as a re­sult we’ve been beaten in the last five matches which comes as a huge shock to me,” Gre­gory said.

“It is the first time I’ve looked be­hind us be­cause some of the re­sults haven’t gone our way.

“De­spite hav­ing two or three games in hand, it’s not like hav­ing points on the board – I know which I’d pre­fer.

“It is in our own hands and we know we can do some­thing about it but we need to roll our sleeves up.

“We go to Brent­ford on Tues­day, it’s not go­ing to get any eas­ier but some of our bet­ter per­for­mances have come against the big­ger teams.”

Crewe’s Mathias Pogba jinked his way in­side the box in the 16th minute and fired low at Paul Jones, who could only parry into Ik­peazu’s path for his third of the sea­son.

Craw­ley’s first chance came just a minute later when they worked the ball quickly to Billy Clarke who forced an ac­ro­batic save from 19year-old Ben Gar­ratt.

The sec­ond half started brighter when Ar­se­nal loa­nee Chuks Aneke shot straight at Jones.

Craw­ley’s al­most lev­elled when Mark Con­nolly col­lected the ball but his de­flected shot flicked off the post.

The reds got their break­through in the 68th minute when sub­sti­tute Proc­tor picked the ball up 25 yards out and ri­fled it into the top left cor­ner.

A long ball from Moore put In­man through with ten min­utes re­main­ing, which he poked home.

Steve Davis was re­silient af­ter his sides first win in three be­liev­ing that they have the qual­ity to pull them­selves out the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Davis said:“A lot of teams down the bot­tom won but we just have to look af­ter our own per­for­mances .

“If we do that then it will take care of it­self so we’ll just keep fight­ing and play­ing our foot­ball in the last five games to go. Hope­fully it will be good enough to stay in this di­vi­sion.

“We are look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge from Wolves who are the best team in the league. I know my lads re­spond in the big games .”

STAR MAN BY­RON MOORE

Crewe

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