Boss says the Alex dressing room eager for kick-off
Steve Davis says all his players know how important a positive result and performance is to the supporters when it coems to a local derby. The Crewe boss takes his side to Vale Park looking for a first victory there since March 2010 when a controversial penalty from Shaun Miller decided that particular encounter.Port Vale won 2-1 at Gresty Road back in November and Crewe will be looking to reverse that to give ourselves a good chance of moving back out of the bottom four.
Although Crewe have the likes of Chuks Aneke, George Evans and Uche Ikpeazu on loan, Davis has told the club’s official web-site that everyone is aware of what a derby encounter against our near neighbours means.
Steve Davis told the club’s official web-site: “We have had a good week and everyone is looking forward to the game. We don’t want that gap ahead of us to increase, especially with some teams having games in hand so we will be going there looking to win.
“We have to win enough games to get out of it and our players can cope with that pressure. They did it last season and some of them were here when we had to keep on winning to get in the play-offs two years ago. They have played in big games and have that experience now.
“There is that extra bit of pressure with it being a derby game and all that comes with that, but the players can handle it. They realise what it means. They know what this game means to the fans and the area.
“Even the loan players know. They enjoyed the experience at Gresty Road and played reasonably well. We were unlucky to lose that day and although they were disappointed our fans were brilliant with them at the end. They could see the effort they put in.
The boss added: “When you are a player, these are the games you look forward to the most. The atmosphere will be great and we are prepared for it. We have to remain calm and controlled and impose our game. If we can perform to our potential then we will be fine. “