CREWE CAN COUNT ON COL­CLOUGH

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ed Har­ris

STEVE Davis claims Ryan Col­clough is a man to turn to in a tricky sit­u­a­tion af­ter the winger brought re­lief to strug­gling Crewe.

Col­clough scored Crewe’s first goal in four games 20 min­utes be­fore full-time – and the hosts saw the game out to record their first vic­tory at Gresty Road since March.

And Davis ad­mits the win was all the sweeter know­ing that his side had beaten one of the league’s pro­mo­tion hun­ters.

“We didn’t start how I wanted us to, the first ten min­utes we were on the back foot but we worked our way into the game,” said Davis.

“Ryan Col­clough was the dif­fer­ence, some­one who pro­duced that lit­tle bit of qual­ity in a game that was very tight.

“He’s the one that can do it, you ex­pect him to do some­thing spe­cial. He’s learn­ing the game, he’s learn­ing about his con­tri­bu­tion to the team, be­cause he’s a very in­di­vid­ual-based payer with great skill.

“It’s a huge boost to beat a club like Sh­effield United, and hope­fully this is the start of the sea­son for us.

“They should take a great deal of con­fi­dence com­ing up against a team of that stature and qual­ity.”

The Blades had gone ahead in­side a minute when a quick free­kick caught Crewe nap­ping, but Ben Gar­ratt was out quickly to deny Matt Done.

The away side con­tin­ued to look threat­en­ing and a sting­ing 25-yard shot from Jose Bax­ter was palmed away by Gar­ratt in the 11th minute.

But Crewe came back into it af­ter a shaky start, and their best chance came on 23 min­utes when Col­clough sent a left-footed shot nar­rowly wide.

United thought they de­served a penalty early in the sec­ond half when Che Adams went down un­der pres­sure from Oliver Tur­ton, only for the for­ward to be booked for div­ing.

With Crewe gain­ing in con­fi­dence, United’s defence had to stand firm in the face of sev­eral test­ing crosses, and Col­clough forced a great save from Mark Howard in the 55th minute with a back-post vol­ley.

Crewe got the goal their sec­ond-half per­for­mance mer­ited in the 71st minute when a poor header from Chris Basham fell straight to Col­clough, who volleyed home past the help­less Howard.

Aside from a late rasp­ing shot from Ryan Flynn, the Blades of­fered very lit­tle in re­sponse – and boss Nigel Ad­kins be­lieves some of his play­ers need to take a good look at them­selves.

“There are no easy games in the divi­sion, but we’re Sh­effield United, we’re ex­pected to go and beat Crewe Alexan­dra who sit bot­tom of the divi­sion,” said Ad­kins.

“We started very brightly, we could have scored sev­eral goals, but the fact of the mat­ter is we didn’t.

“I keep talk­ing about the at­ten­tion to de­tail, the fine mar­gins, and maybe there are play­ers who have got to keep look­ing at them­selves in the mir­ror.

“They’ve got to ask them­selves, you’re at this level for a rea­son, why aren’t you go­ing higher? We talk about many as­pects about how you act as a pro­fes­sional foot­ball player, and ev­ery­one’s got to keep work­ing hard to get to the next level.”

PIC­TURES: Sport Im­age

DE­CIDER: Ryan Col­clough hits Crewe’s win­ner STAR MAN RYAN COL­CLOUGH

Crewe

THREAT: Neil Collins,left, goes close

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