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Steve: "I Am A Proud Manager Tonight"

3 May 2014

Steve Davis praises his players after vital victory sees us safe

Steve Davis is a proud manager this evening after seeing his Crewe Alexandra side keeping their side of the bargain to make sure the club will be playing in League One side again next season.

Goals from Adam Dugdale and Mathias Pogba gave Crewe the necessary three points we need to make sure we finished above the drop zone.

A proud Davis told the club’s official web-site: “I am proud of them because I wanted them to do themselves and we did. The other teams have lost as well but I wanted them to do it themselves. I joked to them afterwards that it didn’t matter.

“The application of the players was excellent all week and we stuck to the game plan. We started well but knew they would be able to get those crosses in. I knew that we had the back four to deal with that and we set our front three to pick up those clearances and hit them on the counter attack. It was working.

“The first goal came from a set play and I’ve been telling them all season how important they can be in tight games. It is the second time we did that routine and it paid off again. We did it at Shrewsbury when Pogs scored and it has worked again with Duggy. We have a 100% record with that one!

“That gave us the one goal cushion and I was pleased that we restricted them to shots from distance. They never really got in behind us and I’ve been telling the staff all week that it would be important to get that first goal.

“The second goal was well worked and I thought we deserved it. Uche showed his strength and Pogs was in the right place to put it in.

The boss added: “I thought the supporters were magnificent and the atmosphere made it a great day for everyone. They really got behind the players and helped them. They make such a difference and helped us get over the line.

“We want to be in this league and we have worked hard to get here and stay here. Everyone here wants Crewe to be a League One club and the fans played a massive part.”

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