Boss gives us his reaction from the south coast following 3-1 defeat
Following a 3-1 defeat on the South Coast to an in-form Bournemouth side Steve Davis, the Crewe Alexandra manager told the club’s official web-site: “I have to say that it was two bizarre decisions from the referee that has cost us today. I don’t know if the early one has affected him because nobody could believe he has given the first penalty. They didn’t appeal and the lad has tried a little Cruyff turn and just went down. I don’t think he was touched and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
“I thought we reacted well to that and went on to play the better football in the first half. I thought we played some good football and had some good moments. We controlled the game well and kept playing. I was pleased with the first half performance and just wanted them to carry that on, but we couldn’t quite manage that, although we did have our moments again. I was generally pleased, although we could have done better in the final third and individuals could have done better in the second half.
That is why we freshen things up a bit with AJ and Ryan coming on.
“Their goals gave them the confidence and belief and came at the right time for them. The second goal was a disappointment because we had the ball then we lost it and it was been squared and Pitman has slid it in.
“We then got ourselves going again and gave ourselves a real lifeline when Ryan has got in at the far post. Pogs did all the work with a good run, he has mis-hit a bit but Ryan has been brave to get in there and was on the front foot.
“The second penalty was another outrageous one, their lad has run into our player and gone down. I don’t know why it was given at all and it is very disappointing. The decisions have changed the game this afternoon but as managers what can do about it?
“I thought young Jon (Guthrie) has come into the team and shown that he can handle the level. He had a steady game and I was pleased with him. He will know he should do better and clear the danger for their second goal, but he will only learn from this experience.”