Steve Davis gives us his post-match reaction from Wembley after his side lift the JPT Trophy
Steve Davis dedicated his team’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final win over Southend United to Adam Dugdale and his partner Nicola after they sadly loss their newborn baby son earlier in the week. Crewe won 2-0 thanks to goals from captain Luke Murphy and youngster Max Clayton and Davis was proud that his young team were able to come to Wembley and showcase their talent.
After an impressive 2-0 win Steve told the club’s official web-site: “I spoke to Duggy yesterday and said that he and Nicola were in our thoughts. They have had a horrific time and it was very sad and the lads were determined to win for them today. They wanted to do something to show their support and that win is dedicated to them. We just wanted them to know that everyone associated with the club was thinking about them.
“I thought we were brilliant and I’ve lost my voice, it has gone. I think it went after about 15 minutes after we had started so well! It has been another great day for everyone associated with the club and we have to keep pushing on.
“I wanted them to come to Wembley and to play well. I wanted us to play well and showcase our talent and we did that. We started really well and Luke (Murphy) has that in his locker. He can do that and strike a ball like that. He has put his body on the line for us today, because he hasn’t played for three weeks and that is a great reward for him. We have scored two fantastic goals at Wembley on both visits.
“We let them get back into it and we had to defend well to keep them out because Southend put us under a lot of pressure, especially in the air. They are a decent side and probably deserved to score.
“We talked about things at half time to improve things and we started well again. It was a good move for the goal. Chuks has slipped Bryon in and he did really well to keep his composed because the goalkeeper came at him very quickly. He rolled into the path of Max and he took the chance. I am really pleased for Max. Last season he was a substitute here but he has come here this time and played a major role.
“It was tough to make some decisions and we went with Chuks ahead of AJ and Ryan because of his extra height. I thought he was excellent and he put his head on a few things. I think it was the right call and AJ was so unlucky not to score when his shot hit the bar.
“The fans were brilliant again. I am sure they are being spoilt and the kids among them will be thinking we do this every season! They play a big part and we are one big team at Crewe. You have to be if you are going to be a success. “