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AFTER watching Crewe Alex beat Walsall 2-0 on the final day of the season at Gresty Road on Saturday manager Steve Davis said: "We have reached 64 points, finished strongly and won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as well, so it has been a really good season for us and the players deserve the credit.
"At the start of the season I would have said getting to 64 points would have been a dream, especially after the tough start we had, but slowly we have progressed, got better and had some very good results. We have beaten some of the top sides, but also lost to some of the bottom sides, so we need to be that little bit more consistent next season.
"The fans stayed behind to show their appreciation to the supporters, but the players wanted to show their appreciation to the supporters as well. We have had some terrific support this season and they deserve the success we have had.
CREWE boss Steve Davis admitted he was relieved his decision to field a starting line-up made up entirely of academy graduates paid off.
Second-half goals from Luke Murphy and Chuks Aneke ensured the Alex young guns ended the season in style with victory over Walsall.
Murphy's penalty opened the scoring before Aneke put the result beyond doubt with a superb finish five minutes from time.
Crewe started the game with a team of players who had gone through the club's famous youth system – however it was still a surprisingly experienced line-up with more than 970 appearances between them and the only debutant being goalkeeper Ben Garratt.
Davis said: "I'm immensely proud of all the boys. It's a massive achievement for this club.
"It was a brave decision and it could have backfired, but the lads showed how talented they are and what this club is all about.
"If it had gone wrong it could have fallen flat and everyone would have been gunning us down saying their clubs could have sent out their kids to get beaten.”
Dean Smith pointed the finger at the officials as Walsall’s fine season ended on a sour note with a final-day defeat at Crewe Alexandra.
Despite the League One play-offs being out of their reach, the Saddlers headed to Alexandra Stadium looking to end their campaign on a high by extending their 15-game unbeaten run.
But after going into the break goalless it wasn’t to be for Walsall as Luke Murphy scored a late penalty before Chuks Aneke came off the bench to seal victory with five minutes left.
And Smith couldn’t help but feel that his side’s chance to carry their unbeaten run over to next season was taken out of their hands, disagreeing with referee Carl Barry’s decision to allow Murphy to score from the spot after goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was adjudged to have fouled Byron Moore in the area.
“It has been a great season in so many ways, but it is just disappointing that it has finished like this,” the Walsall manager said.
Express and Star
TWO goals in the final 12 minutes condemned Walsall to defeat on the final day of the season.
Luke Murphy fired the hosts in front from the spot against the run of play after visiting keeper Sam Johnstone was adjudged to have fouled Byron Moore.
Substitute Chuks Aneke then sealed the deal with a second four minutes from time, the defeat bringing an end to the Saddlers’ 15 game unbeaten run.
SKIPPER Luke Murphy led by example as Crewe’s young guns stunned the Saddlers.
The Railwaymen fielded a starting 11 made up of academy graduates.
Murphy struck from the spot in the 78th minute after Sam Johnstone felled Byron Moore, before Chuks Aneke put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time.
Alex boss Steve Davis said: “I’m proud. It’s a massive achievement for this club.”
Saddlers managers Dean Smith said: “There’s no way it was a penalty.”