What the press made of our 3-1 home defeat to Notts County
CREWE manager Steve Davis says his side paid the price for a slow start which allowed Notts County to dictate how the game was set up.
The Alex were hammered 4-0 in the reverse fixture against their relegation rivals but many were thinking tonight at Gresty Road would be different.
They were coming off a fine 3-1 win at Gillingham while Notts were still suffering at the bottom of League One, even if they had enjoyed a handsome win over Carlisle themselves last time out.
But Gary Liddle put the visitors in front and Crewe could not turn their possession into meaningful attacks.
Davis said: “I don’t think we deserved to lose 3-0 but the first goal was always going to be important. How the rest of the game was dependent on who got that.
AFTER watching his Crewe Alex side lose 3-1 to bottom side Notts County on Tuesday manager Steve Davis said: "You never think you have turned the corner because this season and last season we have found it very hard to string wins together and nothing has changed.
"We are not good enough to do that at the moment, and we haven't got enough players who can play well on Saturday and then on Tuesday. That's the key to it, getting them to up their performance for the two games close together.
The Nottingham Post
TWO down, one to go and then talk of great escapes will no longer be in the realms of fantasy.
Until then everybody at Notts County will have to keep their emotions in check, because football has a nasty habit of killing hope just when you think you've cracked it.
The fact Shaun Derry and his players have engineered themselves into this position is a testament to their desire and the league table now looks much healthier than it did a week ago.
What was a five-point gap to safety is now just two thanks to this 3-1 win which was owed to a ruthlessness seldom seen this season.
More performances like this will certainly strengthen their cause as they refused to buckle under the importance of the occasion against a Crewe side in real trouble themselves.
Crewe have fashioned a reputation for playing slick football over the years and the legacy of Dario Gradi, the man who preached pass and move, was clearly being continued by his successor Steve Davis.