De­fi­ant Davis not giv­ing up on Alex

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tim Mor­riss

UN­DER-FIRE Crewe boss Steve Davis, whose side have won just two matches out of 21, has vowed to turn it around, de­spite calls from trav­el­ling fans for his dis­missal.

Goals from home debu­tants Yoann Arquin and Ben White­man, as well as Rhys Ben­nett, piled the pres­sure on the Crewe boss as Mans­field cruised to vic­tory but Davis in­sists he will keep fight­ing to get the Alex out of their slump.

“If the board de­cide there is some­body bet­ter who can do the job at the mo­ment I will have to ac­cept that, but while I am here I will work to turn it around,” he said.

“It’s hard per­son­ally and it’s hard for the club, but we all suf­fer. The sup­port­ers will have found that frus­trat­ing and dis­ap­point­ing, like my­self and the rest of the staff.

“We will all work hard to put it right. We want it to be right. The play­ers are lack­ing mas­sively in con­fi­dence and things aren’t go­ing for us, but that can hap­pen.

“Some of our foot­ball and con­trol was good, but we have lost.”

Arquin’s fifth minute close-range fin­ish – Mans­field’s first goal in the open­ing half at home this sea­son – and sec­ond-half strikes from White­man and full-back Ben­nett se­cured the Stags’ first home win in four matches.

Crewe rarely threat­ened, al­though Ge­orge Cooper’s curl­ing 20yard drive was tipped wide by the div­ing Jake Kean with the score 2-0.

White­man headed Mal Ben­ning’s left-wing cross across goal to set up Arquin’s opener and three min­utes into the sec­ond half he lashed in his first se­nior goal from 20 yards.

Ben­nett, who had squan­dered two chances, se­cured vic­tory seven min­utes from time, stab­bing in James Bax­en­dale’s cor­ner. Stags boss Steve Evans hailed New Year sign­ings – Arquin, White­man, Joel By­rom and Kean – who made their home de­buts.

“We had a great start to the game through Yoann (Arquin), a great striker's goal. But we prob­a­bly rode our luck once or twice to get a clean sheet, though we could have scored six or seven,” he said.

“Yoann led the line well. Some of Ben White­man’s play, es­pe­cially at the start of the sec­ond half and the end of the first half, was just out­stand­ing. He had his fam­ily here and that will mean more to him.

“Joel By­rom has hardly played, but when we get him fit you will see what he can bring to the team. Some of his ex­e­cu­tion of passes in the sec­ond half had the fans on their feet.”

STAR MAN KYLE HOWKINS Mans­field Town

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