No so­lace for Davis af­ter Alex come­back

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John McDougall

BRAD IN­MAN’S late strike was the last word in a six­goal thriller but it failed to make Crewe boss Steve Davis jump for joy af­ter he ad­mit­ted his side should have wrapped up all three points.

Danny Mayor can­celled out David Fox’s early opener, but Ryan Colclough struck to give Crewe back the lead be­fore Tom Soares equalised in first-half stop­page time.

Danny Rose looked to have given Bury all the spoils and though In­man’s solo ef­fort sal­vaged a point for the Rail­way­men, the re­sult was bit­ter­sweet for Davis.

“I have mixed feel­ings a lit­tle bit be­cause it’s a point gained in the end but it should have been a com­fort­able win,” said Davis.

“If we had de­fended bet­ter, had peo­ple out there who could make bet­ter de­ci­sions, then we’d have won com­fort­ably.

“I’m not go­ing to pick out any­body, it’s just col­lec­tively in de­fend­ing we backed off a lot.

“We didn’t en­gage the op­po­si­tion enough to stop them play­ing and we’ve got to stop teams play­ing.”

Crewe took the lead when In­man beat Joe Ri­ley on the left to square for Mar­cus Haber and Chris Hussey’s failed third­minute clearence fell to King, who fin­ished.

The home side had Ben Gar­ratt to thank af­ter a 16th-minute de­fen­sive mix-up led to him deny­ing both a one-on-one Tom Pope and Rose with the re­bound.

Mayor drew the Shakers level af­ter get­ting the bet­ter of Oliver Tur­ton and driv­ing into the box be­fore nut­meg­ging Gar­ratt with a cool 23rd-minute fin­ish.

The Alex re­gained their ad­van­tage when Billy Bing­ham’s free-kick was headed on by Ben Nu­gent and Colclough got ahead of Ri­ley to ap­ply the fin­ish­ing touch.

Soares sparked into life in first-half stop­page time to equalise for Bury af­ter turn­ing and fir­ing past a div­ing Gar­ratt.

But in the 58th minute the Shakers went ahead af­ter Hussey ran into acres of space and cut back for an un­marked Rose.

In­man then came to Crewe’s res­cue af­ter a jink­ing run ten min­utes be­fore time ended with him smash­ing home a low ef­fort past Chris­tian Wal­ton. Bury boss David Fl­itcroft waxed lyri­cal over an outof-this-world per­for­mance from Mayor – but his de­fence brought him crash­ing back to earth.

“I thought his football at times was from a dif­fer­ent planet, it re­ally was, and he looked threat­en­ing ev­ery time he went for­ward and I was de­lighted with him,” Fl­itcroft said.

“To con­cede three goals, it’s not ac­cept­able but we’ll get it right.

“It’s some­thing that we were out­stand­ing at last sea­son and I don’t think it’s just the step up of lev­els.

“In­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively we’ve got to tighten up on that.”



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