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18 July 2012

See how the press reported our Cheltenham win

Steve Davis saw his side hit Cheltenham for eight in his dress rehearsal for management.

This time he was happy to settle for just one as a gritty, rather than last year's swash-buckling, victory over the Robins saw Crewe enter the top seven for the first time this season.

​Davis found himself in charge of first-team duties on Cheltenham's last visit to Gresty Road after Dario Gradi cried off with a heavy cold.

Crewe's plans on Saturday were also hit unexpectedly beforehand. This time it was in-form Nick Powell who was tucked under his duvet after being hit by tonsillitis. While the teenager's attacking potency may have opened up this cautious encounter there was something of his swagger about the decisive goal - an opportunist overhead kick from none other than Dave Artell.

-The Sentinel

David Artell proved Crewe can live without their super kid Nick Powell as they gatecrashed the top seven. Powell, 18, linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester city pulled out with tonsillitis. But defender Artell, 31, won it with an acrobatic overhead kick.

Artell said: "If Nick scores like that, they say he's worth millions - if its me they say he's not quite ready for the knackers yard!

-The Sun

Steve Davis believes his Crewe side are well placed to make a serious charge at the play-offs after their latest victory. Alex were thankful to Dave Artell's strike moments before half-time to secure the three points necessary to move into the top seven.

Davis said: "We've given ourselves a real chance of making the play-offs with two games to go and the way we are playing I think we can beat anybody."

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates said: "I'm not going to criticise the players. I have no complaints as they gave everything."

-The Daily Star

Crewe moved into the top seven thanks to a victory over one of their play-off rivals, with the decisive goal coming from a defender, David Artell.

"It was nice to score from a set-play even though it came from an unexpected source - an overhead kick from David Artell", Steve Davis, the Crewe manager said. "I think the run we are on means we are becoming a team that no one want to meet at the moment and that is a great thing for us. "

Cheltenham are now in danger of missing out on the play-offs, but Mark Yates, their manager said: "We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We're still in pole position between ourselves, Oxford and Crewe. We have a couple of tough games coming up, but so have they."

- The Times

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