The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Wood

STEVE DAVIS is re­fus­ing to get car­ried away de­spite see­ing Crewe Alexan­dra move into the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion places with a com­fort­able vic­tory at Grimsby Town.

A third straight League Two win means the Rail­way­men are third in the ta­ble. Goals from Ge­orge Cooper and James Jones ei­ther side of the break were enough to gun down their in-form hosts at Blundell Park.

Chris Dag­nall also saw a first-half penalty saved by Grimsby stop­per James McKe­own.

Crewe, who have been beaten just once in eight games, are now just three points shy of lead­ers Ply­mouth Ar­gyle at the sum­mit.

Davis said: “It seems like a far con­trast to the past cou­ple of sea­sons when we have strug­gled. We have re­stored some pride, work ethic and con­fi­dence with our per­for­mances and our play.

“It’s the start of a long sea­son, and we are pleased with how it’s started. We have to keep it go­ing, but we won’t get car­ried away – I know what foot­ball can be like.

“I know what can hap­pen if com­pla­cency sets in, but that will never hap­pen with me. We will al­ways work hard on the train­ing ground to make sure we are right.

“We are de­lighted with the po­si­tion that we cur­rently find our­selves in. It’s a re­ward for the play­ers, for their hard work and graft­ing in the sum­mer. We hope it will con­tinue.” Grimsby boss Paul Hurst, who saw his men slip to a first League Two loss in three matches, said: “For the first time this sea­son there was dis­ap­point­ment in terms of the dis­play.

“We were up against a team that’s only lost one game and were a League One out­fit last sea­son. You have to give the op­po­si­tion credit – they stopped us play­ing, and did it well.

“It was ter­ri­ble for us to con­cede just be­fore half-time, and we didn’t cre­ate or ask too many ques­tions of them.

“We were quite a way off our own stan­dards – es­pe­cially af­ter last week. To drop off so quickly af­ter that was dis­ap­point­ing. It was our worst per­for­mance to date, and def­i­nitely a re­al­ity check.”

Grimsby were un­changed ahead of kick-off, de­spite the mid­week ar­rival of for­mer Premier League de­fender Danny Collins. And the hosts started brightly, be­fore al­most ‘hand­ing’ Crewe a head­start.

Josh Gowl­ing han­dled in the box, and up stepped Dag­nall. How­ever, McKe­own was equal to the task, spring­ing low to his right to save.

Crewe were in con­trol, and just sec­onds be­fore half-time they were cel­e­brat­ing a lead as Cooper took full ad­van­tage of Luke Sum­mer­field’s un­timely slip.

Af­ter the break, the Mariners were lim­ited to two long-range at­tempts – both from QPR loa­nee Bran­don Com­ley.

And with ten min­utes to play, the vis­i­tors sealed the vic­tory when Jones ar­rived late in the box and slot­ted home af­ter a spot of goal­mouth pin­ball.

PIC­TURES: Meda Image

STRETCHER: Grimsby’s Ben Davies goes in to win the ball STAR MAN JAMES JONES Crewe

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