Crewe’s front men de­light boss Davis

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Gar­nett

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

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