De­light for Davis af­ter Alex fight back

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

SPIRIT is a key qual­ity needed by any team bat­tling against rel­e­ga­tion.

And on the ev­i­dence of this im­pres­sive win against one of their fel­low strug­glers, Crewe Alexan­dra have the re­quired char­ac­ter in abun­dance.

A fine sec­ond-half dis­play helped Alex im­pres­sively come from be­hind to win for the first time this sea­son, as they beat strug­gling Colch­ester United to move four points above the drop zone.

Crewe boss Steve Davis said: “It’s hard be­ing down there.

“All I can say is that if the lads show that type of spirit, we’ll be fine with what we’ve got.

“They played to the let­ter of what we had worked on.

“We knew that we had to come here and not get beaten.

“We’d have been happy with a point, although we didn’t set up like that par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half.

“We knew we had to work hard to get back in the game and we’re de­lighted.

“If we keep bat­tling away and play the foot­ball we did a lot of the time in this game, we should have enough to get our­selves into a good po­si­tion.”

This was a frus­trat­ing de­feat for Colch­ester, who had gone into the game in good form af­ter claim­ing four points from a pos­si­ble six.

The U’s are now three points adrift of safety in League One, hav­ing missed the chance to move out of the bot­tom four.

Colch­ester boss Tony Humes said: “We de­fended poorly as a team – there were in­di­vid­ual er­rors and a back four which hasn’t de­fended well enough.

“But it’s a col­lec­tive thing and it starts from us giv­ing the ball away in good ar­eas of the field.

“We were un­able to cope with the pace and move­ment of the ball Crewe had.

“Crewe were bet­ter than us and we’ll hold our hands up and say that.

“They were quicker with the ball and off it and we didn’t per­form as we have been do­ing.”

Chris Porter gave Colch­ester the lead on the stroke of half-time with well-taken goal from the edge of the area, from Matthew Briggs’ pass.

But Crewe were the bet­ter side af­ter the in­ter­val and equalised mid­way through the sec­ond half through teenager James Jones, who slot­ted home Lauri Dalla Valle’s pass from close range for his first se­nior goal.

Nicky Ajose put Crewe ahead five min­utes later from a pass from An­thony Grant, who added a third for the vis­i­tors when he turned and fired home a low shot.

Jack Mar­riott came off the bench to score from four yards with five min­utes left to give Colch­ester late hope.



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