Crewe’s fight for sur­vival goes on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

STEVE Davis ad­mit­ted his heart skipped a beat as Matt Too­tle missed a late chance to ban­ish Crewe’s rel­e­ga­tion fears.

Like most people at Ashton Gate, Crewe boss Davis was ex­pect­ing the net to bulge when the ball dropped to his cap­tain eight yards out on 86 min­utes.

Mathias Pogba’s run had sucked in sev­eral City de­fend­ers but, with the goal at his mercy, right-back Too­tle fired wildly wide be­fore bury­ing his head in his shirt.

Crewe still came away with a well-earned draw that left them a point above the drop zone and have home ad­van­tage in their fi­nal game against Pre­ston North End.

But a rue­ful Davis ad­mit­ted: “Three points would have been so much bet­ter. Un­for­tu­nately the chance fell to the wrong player and Matt is ab­so­lutely gut­ted.

“You could feel even the Bris­tol City fans hold­ing their breath ex­pect­ing a goal. But Matt will re­cover be­cause he has grown as a per­son over the past 12 months, which is why he be­came skip­per.

“Our des­tiny re­mains in our own hands and that’s how we wanted it go­ing into the fi­nal match. We are due a home win and this per­for­mance can only give the play­ers con­fi­dence.

“We played some good foot­ball, de­spite the pres­sure of our po­si­tion, and had the best chances. Per­haps there was a lack of

STAR MAN NY­RON NOSWO

RTHY Bris­tol

City

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