Davis not im­pressed by Crewe boo-boys

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

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.”


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