Davis not impressed by Crewe boo-boys
STEVE Davis took a dim view of the home crowd booing his players after Crewe held on for a point against fellow relegation-battlers Leyton Orient at a blustery Gresty Road.
The hosts took the lead in the tenth minute when Lauri Dalla Valle slid the ball home from close range following a Greg Leigh cross.
Crewe had a chance to double their lead on 23 minutes but Bradden Inman’s cross from the left was just beyond the reach of Ryan Colclough.
That was to prove costly as Orient drew level on the half hour when Marvin Barkley crossed from the right for Darius Henderson to volley home before the visitors went on to dominate the second half.
Davis said: “I thought the players worked tremendously hard, which I told them all afterwards. I patted them on the back. It could prove to be a really important point.
“The booing after doesn’t help the players at all. They’re young players. They know they haven’t done very well second half but they’ve come off with a point and in the context of what’s left it could prove to be a real good point.
“Leyton Orient shouldn’t be where they are. They’re a much better team than their league position.We were under no illusions how difficult the game was going to be.”
The Railwaymen started brightly with Ryan Colclough’s ninth-minute shot saved low by Alex Cisak before Dalle Valle opened the scoring.
With Orient level by half-time, Crewe were forced into two changes with Liam Nolan and Uche Ikpeazu replacing the injured pair Jamie Ness and Chris Atkinson respectively.
Mathieu Baudry had a chance for Orient early in the second half but shot weakly at Paul Rachubka, before Jobi McAnuff ballooned another chance over as the visitors began to take control.
The O’s were then guilty of missing a string of chances, none better than Henderson’s mistimed close-range volley with the goal at his mercy.
Orient manager Fabio Liverani said: “We were very unlucky because the game was very difficult to win. In the first half the wind was a big problem for us.We conceded a goal first and we struggled to counter attack because of the wind.
“In the second half we created many chances but unfortunately we didn’t manage to put it in.”
Liverani denied he had left Andrea Dossena out of the starting 11 after he was reportedly arrested in Harrod’s this week.
He added: “Dossena came back after 15 days out last Monday and played 90 minutes so I thought it was good to rest him in this game.”