DAVIS URGES HIS STRUGGLING CREWE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES
CREWE boss Steve Davis challenged his rock bottom side to play their way out of trouble after Chesterfield condemned them to a seventh league defeat of the season at Gresty Road.
Two goals from Dan Gardner either side of Crewe skipper David Fox’s equaliser were enough to beat strug- gling Alex, who are still without a home win this campaign.
Despite yet another loss, Davis vowed to stick to the club’s footballing principles as they attempt to escape trouble.
“My message to the boys is just keep playing with some freedom,” said Davis. “I’ll take the flack, I'll take the criticism, I want them to express themselves and play how we want them to play.
“The better team has lost the game. You’re almost scratching your head as to what more you need to do in games to get the reward for
your effort and performance.
“We’ve just got to keep going, there’s no point giving up on things, we’ve got to keep fighting and we’ve got to show that fight.”
Chesterfield started dominantly and took the lead in the eighth minute when lively winger Rai Simons’ low cross fell to Gardner.
The 25-year-old’s shot deflected off the sprawling Oliver Turton on its way into the net.
But the Railwaymen rallied before half-time and levelled in the 36th minute when Fox lashed a low shot past Tommy Lee after Ryan Colclough’s fine work on the wing.
Crewe started the second half threateningly but were stunned by the Spireites 12 minutes into the second half when Gardner met O’Neil’s cross from the right with a volley which he struck into the ground, the bounce being enough to take the ball beyond Ben Garratt.
Alex pushed for another equaliser in the closing stages and threw on Callum Saunders – son of Chesterfield manager Dean – with eight minutes to go, but the Derbyshire club saw out the game to end a run of five matches without a win.
While the final few minutes passed without incident, Saunders senior admitted he feared the worst when his 20-year-old son entered the field.
“When you’ve been on the run we have and your son comes on you’re thinking the inevitable is going to happen,” he said.
“It wasn’t nice seeing him come on but thankfully there wasn’t a chance that fell to him.
“I thought the lads were brilliant considering we’ve lost a couple of leads recently, we’ve hung on in the end which will give them belief going into the future.”
STAR MAN RYAN COLCL