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Steve: "We Delivered Today"

22 March 2014

Steve Davis gives us his reaction from the Priestfield Stadium

Steve Davis was pleased that his players came through another away test at Gillingham to move out of the bottom four following a 3-1 win. Two goals from Chuks Aneke and a sublime finish from Mathias Pogba saw Crewe leave Kent with three points again to move to 19th.

Following the 3-1 win at the Priestfield Stadium, Steve told us: "Our record at Gillingham has been good in recent seasons and that formed part of our preparation because when we had to deliver two years ago to get into the play-offs we did. We won 4-3 that day to stay above Gillingham and went on to win promotion.

"They are always good games, with goals in them and so it proved it again today. We asked them to deliver and they did. I thought we had to be strong and powerful and I picked players available to give us that. It was a battle at times and it wasn’t pretty but our play was also good and we scored three very good goals.

"Gillingham gave us a bit more time to play, certainly more time than they did when they beat us 3-0 at our place earlier in the season and we were able to exploit that. We had to stay firm and defend those crosses and high balls going into our box and I must give Ben credit for that because he handled it well. I was disappointed with the goal they did score because we didn’t organise ourselves quickly enough from the short corner but they defended well.

"The front four are a handful, like they were at Bradford when we managed to score three goals that day. We also conceded three that day but we defended our box better today. We caused them problems with the power of Chuks, Pogs and Uche and Brad had a few efforts at goal as well.

"Pogba can produce that type of goal. It was a great piece of skill to flick the cross in and we know he can things like that. I wanted to see that other side of his game after last week. I wanted to see that work rate, the defending and the real effort and he showed that. The goal was a bonus and I am delighted for him."

On Anthony Grant’s late red card, the boss said: “I’m told by the fourth official that the second yellow card was for kicking the ball away. I didn’t really see it at the time and I will have another look at it.

“I said to him afterwards that there was no real need for him to do that. We were 3-1 up going into the last few minutes and he knows it was a bit silly if he has kicked it away.

“I thought Granty was excellent though. He got on the ball and was a calming influence for us. He was one of a few leaders out there for us today.”

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