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Steve: "Got To Be Better Than That"

15 March 2014

Boss gives us his post-match reaction from the Alexandra Stadium

Steve Davis was disappointed with his side's overall performance against Lee Johnson's Oldham Athletic side but praised his players for showing real spirit and determination to take something from the game. Crewe had to wait until injury time to conjure up their first effort on the Oldham goal when Chuks Aneke had his free-kick tipped over the crossbar and from the resultant corner, Harry Davis climbed highest to head home George Evans' cross at the far post.

He added: "The players kept going to their credit and perhaps their time wasting came back to haunt them with the seven minutes stoppage time."

"Our best chance of a goal looked like coming from a set play. We didn't do much with our corners or free-kicks until injury time really. Chuks forced their goalkeeper into a save and then George got his corner right. Harry has come in at the far post and got there and we have got a point.

"I  thought we were capable of getting a clean-sheet up against the way they were playing so I was disappointed with their goal. It was poor defending from our point of view.

"We got the ball up there but then didn't show that quality in the final third. When teams line-up in that formation and keep things tight we find it difficult to create and show that real quality.  We lack the quality to open up teams like that. They worked hard and stopped us playing and frustrated us, but they didn't create a host of chances either. There was a lot of play in front of the two back fours today.

After the 1-1 draw, Steve told the club's official web-site: "I can't really repeat what was said in the dressing room afterwards but I was bitterly disappointed with the performance today. We have got to be better than that and that is everyone. We knew it was going to be tight with them playing 4-5-1 and making things difficult. They broke up the play and we couldn't get going at all. The pitch made it difficult for us as well and that forced us to play a bit differently. We couldn't really play in that section of the pitch so had to go longer.

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