What the press made of the trip to Valley ParadeThe Sentinel
A SPIRITED effort from the Alex wasn’t enough as they went down 2-0 at Valley Parade.
Crewe had defended resolutely and worked hard to frustrate the hosts, but two goals in the game’s final quarter was enough to see them slip to their fifth defeat on the road this season.
The spirit and desire of the side certainly couldn’t be questioned in West Yorkshire, but like in many of their games this seaon, two goals in quick succession ended any hopes of gaining anything from a trip to Bradford City.
CREWE Alex slipped to a fourth consecutive defeat after conceding two goals in four second-half minutes at Bradford on Saturday.
After surviving constant pressure in the first half the Railwaymen were more ambitious after the restart and looked the more likely side to break the deadlock.
But two swift lethal blows, from Aaron McLean and Gary Liddle, extinguished their hopes in a matter of moments to leave Crewe adrift at the foot of League One.
It is the third game in succession in which one goal conceded by the Alex has swiftly led to more.
And it is now about seven hours since a Crewe player scored a goal.
So it is back to the drawing board for manager Steve Davis and assistant Neil Baker who, despite seeing some positives, will know the pressure on them continues to grow.
Bradford Telegraph & Argus
THE thumbs up directed towards the crowd was a symbolic gesture in more ways than one.
Aaron Mclean's cheery acknowledgement to the fans as he made his way back to the dressing room for treatment on a cramping calf indicated that all was well with the world once again.
For him, thanks to a first home goal of the season, and for City themselves, who were easing their way towards a first Valley Parade victory since opening day.
It was nothing flashy but both had got the job done.
On the face of it, beating Crewe is nothing to crow about – everyone else pretty much does it.
This was the fourth defeat on the bounce for woeful Alex, who have conceded 14 goals in that time. The only response in their barren run has come from an MK Dons player scoring in his own net.