What the press made of the narrow home defeatThe Sentinel
STEVE Davis reckons George Ray needs to learn to curb his frustrations after the defender was ordered off after a clash with referee Peter Bankes.
Ray, who was guilty of an earlier trip to gift Sheffield United a penalty missed by Jose Baxter, picked up the first red card of his career after an angry exchange with the Merseyside official in the closing minutes at Gresty Road.
While it did not put paid to Crewe’s chances of hitting back with an unlikely equaliser in an amazing 10 minutes of added time, it earned a rebuke from boss Davis and leaves him facing a three-game ban.
CREWE Alex's winning run came to a halt when they lost by a single goal to promotion-chasing Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Railwaymen put up a brave fight but Stefan Scougall's goal separated the sides at the end of an entertaining 90 minutes.
Keeper Ben Garratt also saved a penalty and Crewe finished the game with 10 men after George Ray was sent off.
It was unclear why the defender got his marching orders but he was clearly angrily remonstrating with the official and appeared to have put his hands on him.
The defeat means the Alex's three-match successful spell is over and they have dropped to second-bottom of League One.
Just a couple of weeks ago, this appeared to be among the most routine fixtures on Sheffield United’s League One calendar.
Three games and as many victories later, Crewe Alexandra entered today’s match at Gresty Road an altogether more confident and formidable team.
Not that United, whose players had walked into the stadium rather than arrive by coach, were short of self-belief themselves after recording wins over Bradford City and Yeovil Town en route to Cheshire.