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Steve: "Glad It's In Our Hands"

26 April 2014

Steve Davis gives us his reaction from Ashton Gate after second successive clean-sheet

Steve Davis was pleased that a hard fought goalless draw at Ashton Gate means that our League One fate remains in our hands going into the final game of the season against Preston North End. Crewe restricted Bristol City to only a few half chances and arguably had the better of the opportunities with Mathias Pogba having two in the first half and Matt Tootle, late in the second period. 

Following a second successive clean-sheet and draw, following our goalless draw against Colchester on Easter Monday, the Crewe Alexandra boss told "“I was really proud and pleased with all of them today. We worked on the way we were going to play and set-up and everything worked apart from us finding that crucial goal. We gave it a real go and had the better of the chances. We didn’t have too many but we had two good ones with Pogs in the first half and Toots in the second half.

“We lined up differently with the 4-3-3 and were harder to break down and they didn’t have too many chances. I think Ben had to save one low down from Emmanuel-Thomas and they another into the side netting.

“We had our good moments and hit them on the break. The players really stuck to their task and I was pleased that we limited them to crossing it into our box because I thought we would deal with that and we did.

“The back four defended really well and had good protection with the three in front of them.  The forward players had their good and bad moments but we couldn’t quite find that crucial goal.

“Toots had the opportunity to be the hero and that can happen.  He has been terrific for us and he will pick himself up and go again on Saturday.  It fell nicely to him and we expected him to score. There was gasp from the crowd as it fell to him and we all expected it to end up in the net.

“It is still in our hands and I am pleased with that. It was important that if we didn’t win today that we didn’t lose and now we can take that into the final game against Preston. The fans were great here today. They were out of the way a bit in the corner, but we heard them and there was about 600 of them in there so I can only thank them and hopefully they will be there in the numbers for the final game of the season.

“We have been resilient in the last two games and I want us to the be the same again on Saturday but when those chances come along we need to be more clinical and take them.” 

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