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Steve: "Our Spirit Was Excellent

26 December 2014

Alex boss gives his post match reaction following Boxing Day win at Boundary Park

Steve added: "I'm delighted with the three points because it again reflected the spirit we have within the club."

"It wasn't the best of performances from us but we know that results are all that matter at the moment for us. Now we have had back-to-back wins and can look forward to testing ourselves against a very good Preston side on Sunday.

"I thought we stood up to their pressure well. They missed some good chances as well and will be disappointed that they have nothing from the game, but we kept going and the defenders put a real shift in. They had a lot of crosses and high balls to deal with throughout the game and I thought they did that well until they scored from the corner. I will have to view that one again as he seems to have scored from very close in.

"It is another harsh learning curve for George. I just think he got the wrong side of him and clipped him. I have no complaints that he was the last man and a professional foul. He has got to learn and he will. I don't think it was intentional but in this day and age it is a foul and the referee deemed it a goal scoring opportunity.

"I was positive after George was sent-off and decided to leave  the three forward players on with George, Uche and Nicky. I just thought they could get us a goal and it paid off. We went 4-2-3 and went for it for a bit.

"He wanted the penalty as well. They all practice their spot-kicks in the week, Nicky, Uche, Granty and H. I just felt confident with Nicky. I know Uche wanted it but I am paid to make the decisions and I told him that afterwards. He accepted that.

Steve told the club's official web-site: "I am always honest about the performances and Oldham will feel a bit hard done by today but I cannot fault the spirit of my players, especially when we went down to ten men. The were excellent and with Nicky (Ajose) on the pitch I just felt he could get us a goal. His winning goal was an unbelievable finish. When he took the touch I actually saw where their goalkeeper was stood and thought go on and thankfully he had seen that he was a few yards off his line as well and it was an unbelievable finish. A top class goal that has won us the game.

Steve Davis praised his battling Crewe Alexandra side as they left Boundary Park with all three points despite going down to ten men following George Ray's dismissal for a professional foul. Nicky Ajose was the hero with both goals in the 2-1 win but the Alex back line and goalkeeper Ben Garratt also deserve great credit to standing up to supreme pressure from the home side.

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