Crewe’s front men delight boss Davis
STEVE Davis praised the efforts of both his strikers, after his Crewe side ran out victors over Fleetwood Town and moved to within five points of the play-off positions.
A goal apiece from Nicky Ajose and Marcus Haber either side of half-time won the game as the Alex recorded a third successive victory.
The visitors controlled the game for spells in the first half but just three minutes before the interval Ajose continued his impressive loan spell from Leeds by giving Crewe the lead after he latched onto a through-ball from Jamie Ness and expertly slotted past Chris Maxwell for his eighth goal of the season.
Crewe extended their lead just before the hour mark, when Ness released Ajose again with an inch-perfect long ball. He then crossed for Canadian Haber to head home from six yards.
Davis said: “It’s been a great week and it was just important that we finished it well.
“We had two great wins before this and we wanted to go to three wins and I thought we deserved it.
“It wasn’t a great spectacle for the fans but we controlled the game for the majority of it.
“They had quite a lot of possession in front of us but that was in their half.
“We were very professional. We didn’t want to give many chances away. I thought they didn’t get many opportunities.
“Our strikers have come up with a goal apiece to win us the game.
“I thought they combined really well for the second goal and Nessy’s through ball for the first one was exceptional. I’m absolutely delighted.”
Ajose could have doubled his tally when he beat the Fleetwood offside trap with 20 minutes left but Maxwell forced his shot wide for a corner.
Fleetwood rolled the dice, bringing on Jamie Proctor, Nick Haughton and Ashley Hunter as the Cod Army looked to find a way back into the match. But Crewe are now formidable opposition at Gresty Road and held out comfortably for the win.
Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander said: “I thought there was nothing wrong with our performance.
“Right up until they scored I thought we were the team on top.
“We created a couple of very good chances for ourselves, didn’t take them and they’ve got a goal out of nothing really.
“There was no pressure, we were comfortable, but I think the timing of the goal may have been a body blow for us just before halftime after being on top.
“We never really recovered from that in the second half.
“The lads are disappointed with themselves for the goals but I’m not going to go overboard about it because they have been brilliant defensively this season.”
STAR MAN JAMIE NESS Crewe