Davis says Sheffield display will only enhance confidence.
Steve Davis believes Tuesday nights’ thrilling draw with promotion favourites Sheffield United at their Bramall Lane Stadium, demonstrates that his Crewe Alexandra side are beginning to believe that they can more than hold their own at this level.
Danny Wilson’s Blades were overwhelming favourites to win on Tuesday and became even more so when they raced into a 2-0 lead before the half an hour mark, but Davis’ young side don’t know when they are beaten. Goals from Mark Ellis and leading scorer Mathias Pogba had us level by the interval and then ahead early in the second half when Chuks Aneke slipped home his fourth goal of his loan spell.
The Blades deservedly secured a point when Nick Blackman reacted quickest to a rebound after our former striker Shaun Miller had hit a post, but Crewe held on in there and continued to attack looking to win it. Our style and attacking philosophy won warm praise and Davis says our performance will only increase our confidence.
“We have come into a new league and it’s tough. All the teams are capable of beating you on their day, and you have to play at your level to get anything. That has been our challenge and the players know they have to become more consistent. Steve Davis told the club’s official web-site:
“they are still coming to terms with this level and we have a relatively young group, but performances and results like we have had at Sheffield United, Doncaster and at home to Tranmere and Coventry show that we can compete. The players can take great heart from that because they have shown they are capable.
“I said that if the players played to their ability at Sheffield then we could come away with a decent result and that is what they did. In fact, we were a bit disappointed not to have won it because we were disappointed with the goals we conceded. The players have shown they can step up and have to keep working hard to improve.”