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Steve: "Back To The Drawing Board"

14 September 2013

Steve Davis gives his post-match reaction following first home defeat

Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis gives his post-match reaction after three second half goals from the Saddlers inflicted a first home defeat on the Railwaymen. After the 3-0 defeat, the Alex boss told "It is extremely disappointing because I didn't see that one coming after two decent performances and two decent results. I picked the same players that played okay and worked hard against Peterborough last week and today they haven't performed. It is about having that consistency.

"The most disappointing think from my point of view is that we didn't show fight and character when we were behind in the game. When we go one or two goals up against the opposition you tend to see a fight in them and they have a lift in their performance to try and get back into it. I was hoping to see that from us this afternoon but we didn't get it.

"The first half was a drab affair. There were not many chances at either end and certainly no clear cut ones. I thought we had one or two moments but 0-0 at half-time was probably fair. The first goal was always going to be important in a tight game and they managed to get it. We needed to lift our performance and we didn't show that fight and we had a lengthy chat about that afterwards because that is not acceptable and they know I am not happy with it.

"I thought the centre-halves and the goalkeeper had decent games and were keeping them at bay and they are not getting enough protection. Then Abdul (Osman) should have cleared it with his left foot, he gives Gregor a pass from five yards and he has stuck his leg out. It was a penalty, I've got no complaints about that at all and we are chasing the game again.

"I pride myself in defending and keeping the ball out of the net, so I am disappointed with the goals we are conceding and the mistakes we are making. Saying that we didn't do anything going forward. We were straightforward, ordinary and too predictable in front of their back four."

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