What the Press made of our extra time loss to the TrottersThe Sentinel
CREWE put in a spirited display but came out on the wrong end of a five goal thriller at Gresty Road.
Jermaine Beckford's goal at the start of the second half of injury time broke Crewe's resistance, but the Alex could have been out of sight in the opening 25 minutes where they played their best football of the season.
Brad Inman had given them a third minute lead, but they had to rely on a Marcus Haber effort in the eight minute of injury time to send the tie in to extra time.
Alex boss Steve Davis was full of praise for his players, but thought the injury to referee Tony Harrington didn't help his side as it stopped their flow just as they appeared to be blowing Bolton away.
JERMAINE Beckford's extra-time winner broke Crewe hearts in the Capital One Cup at Gresty Road on Tuesday night.
The former Leeds and Leicester hitman scored the decider in a pulsating second round tie.
The Railwaymen had taken the lead through the impressive Brad Inman, only for Darren Pratley to make it 1-1 at the break.
Beckford's brilliant injury-time volley looked to have won it for the visitors but Alex sub Marcus Haber forced an extra 30 minutes.
Beckford had the final say to dump Crewe out of the competition – but there were more positives than negatives from this performance.
Now Steve Davis and his men will be looking to use the improved display into the league at Gillingham on Saturday.
The Bolton News
JERMAINE Beckford may have spared Dougie Freedman a fatal blow last night as he scored twice to keep his side in the Capital One Cup at Crewe.
The striker produced two classy finishes to kill off the plucky Railwaymen in extra time – but just as they had in the previous round against Bury, this was a victory that produced many more questions than answers for the confidence-sapped Whites.
Freedman had hoped after Saturday’s defeat at Brighton that the cup would give his players a chance to exorcise some demons. For the most part it was the manager who had a haunted look about him as the same problems started to resurface.
Crewe, propping up League One after four straight defeats, made a mockery ofWanderers’ superior quality, passing around them in the first half hour like a Premier League outfit.