Davis bemoans sloppy play as Crewe let lead slip in second halfSteve Davis has bemoaned his team's sloppiness in their defending as Barnsley fought back from bring 1-0 down at the interval to claim all three points at Gresty Road. The Tykes reversed the scoreline from Tuesday night with Leroy Lita and Martin Craine scoring twice in the second period to inflict a second league defeat.
He added: “We made two sloppy mistakes and gave two bad goals away. They pushed us higher up second half and set little traps for us – I wanted the ball moving on quicker. I felt we were too predictable and playing in the wrong areas. Saying that I didn’t think the referee gave us anything today, but I’m not using that as an excuse."
“Our build up from the back is good – but then there was nothing from there. It was a great cross for the goal and then beautifully, technically, taken from Billy – but then we bring two big lads on and we don’t put any crosses in, it’s all game understanding.
“There were some positive signs. Our football was nice but we’ve got to do more in the final third and our forwards have got to do better than that. I’ll be bringing some players in to make us more dangerous.
“We had a great chance to score from a free-kick, it was a great delivery, and then they go straight down the other end and score – we’ve seen it before.
“We went into the break winning 1-0, happily, and we didn’t build on that. We sat back and made mistakes and we got punished for those mistakes.
Steve Davis told the club's official web-site: "We had fairly decent control in the first half and started a lot brighter. There wasn’t a lot in the early exchanges until the goal and there wasn’t a lot of chances either end.
Steve described the goals we conceded as 'gifts' and although there were positives to take from the performances, especially the first half, he admits that there is still work to be done.