The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Liam Cole­man

TONY Mow­bray be­lieves Coven­try City were the masters of their own down­fall as they failed to se­cure League One safety against a Crewe side who boosted their own sur­vival chances in the process.

Ryan Col­clough was the first-half star for the vis­i­tors as he made one goal and scored an­other to see them two up at the break, be­fore Mar­cus Haber en­sured his side would have fate in their own hands next week.

Nick Proschwitz grabbed a late con­so­la­tion for the Sky Blues, but it was not enough to pre­vent the vis­i­tors from mov­ing level with them – two points clear of the bot­tom four.

It was a sit­u­a­tion that left Mow­bray no­tably frus­trated just days af­ter his side held new­ly­crowned cham­pi­ons Bris­tol City to a goal­less draw.

“The re­sult last week should have given us the be­lief to go out and give a solid per­for­mance to hope­fully win the match, yet we man­aged to shoot our­selves in the foot,” Mow­bray said.

“It was some poor de­fend­ing from our end, and they weren’t won­der­fully crafted goals which makes it worse.

“At home you have to be a lit­tle bit braver, and some of the play­ers find it a lit­tle bit more dif­fi­cult at home be­cause of the ex­pec­ta­tion.

“We’ve got a big week and we’ve got to go to Craw­ley and get a re­sult – it is that sim­ple.”

Jim O’Brien's close-range vol­ley was bril­liantly saved by Paul Rachubka as the hosts started well, Proschwitz also go­ing close early on.

But their profli­gacy was pun­ished when Lauri Dalla Valle bun­dled the ball across the line from close range to give Crewe a 23rd-minute lead, Col­clough pro­duc­ing some bril­liant foot­work to go past his man and find the Alexan­dra striker in the area.

Crewe then dou­bled their lead ten min­utes be­fore half-time when a whipped free-kick caused prob­lems in the Sky Blues penalty area and Col­clough con­verted from Ge­orge Ray’s pass.

Sub­sti­tute James Mad­di­son’s curl­ing ef­fort from the edge of the penalty area was the clos­est the hosts came at the start of the sec­ond half.

And on 73 min­utes Haber sealed victory for the hosts, as he out­jumped Aaron Martin to nod Oliver Tur­ton’s de­light­fully chipped cross home and en­sure the vis­i­tors stretched their un­beaten record at Coven­try to five games.

Proschwitz popped up with his first goal for the Sky Blues with five min­utes left, head­ing in O’Brien’s cross – but that turned out to be lit­tle con­so­la­tion.

It was a dis­play that de­lighted Steve Davis in the Crewe dugout, although he ad­mits it means noth­ing un­less they can re­peat the achieve­ment again.

“It was a mag­nif­i­cent spec­ta­cle and we’re de­lighted for our fans and the staff in the fact that they are go­ing to go home happy,” he said. “But it’s not over yet – we’ve still got to get a re­sult next week.

“Ryan is a match­win­ner and he can make some­thing out of noth­ing – in the time he was on the pitch he played fan­tas­ti­cally and took his goal re­ally well.”

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