Delight for Davis after Alex fight back
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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