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Davis: "We Had To Work Hard"

24 November 2012

Steve Davis says his side deserved points after much better second half display

"He could have had a hat-trick today and probably deserved it. He keeps getting in there and his finishing was the difference."

"The work rate was there and you couldn't fault their efforts. We scored two through Lauri and pushed on looking to add to our tally. Lauri always keeps the centre-halves occupied and he is very instinctive. He is a very good finisher and he seems to be in right place at the right time. He also works hard and covers some ground. He does thinks that go unnoticed, like blocking the clearances of the defenders and tracks back. He works very hard for the team and makes his team-mates job a bit easier because of it.

"We made a good start to the second half and Murphy hit the crossbar. That set the tone for the second half and we started to pressure them. We changed it slightly with Abdul operating a bit deeper and Chuks and Murphy pushed further forward to join the three we have left up there anyway. It was more 4-3-3 and we went on the front foot.

"Not conceding in the first half gave them confidence and we were much better in the second half and it is important that we can grind those sorts of wins out.

After a third home win on the trot, Davis told crewealex.net: "We had to work hard for the win because we didn't really control the game until the second half. It was fairly even in the first half with a few chances either way. We started quite well but Crawley came more into it. We had to stand up their set-plays and managed to make clearances and got our blocks in and I was relieved to get in at half-time at 0-0.

Steve Davis says his side deserved all three points after sorting out a few issues at half-time. The Alex boss admitted that he was pretty relieved to get in at he break level against a good Crawley side, but Crewe raised their game second half with Lauri Dalla Valle scoring twice to seal the win.

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