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Steve: "Another Stride Forward"

18 October 2014

Alex boss give us his post match reaction from the Banks's Stadium following 1-0 win

"The lads have been good. The attitude has been spot on and they are fighting. We are giving it a real go and now we can look forward to two home games against two tough sides in Peterborough and Sheffield United."

"I was also pleased that the goal came via a set play. We work on them and I am always telling the players how vital they can be in tight games like these. George (Cooper) had just gone off so we didn't quite know what Billy (Waters) was going to produce, but he has struck a great ball to the far post and George Ray is strong there. We have been wanting him to try and direct his headers into a dangerous zone and he did that. One of their players has missed his clearance and got the ball caught in his legs and Duggy has smashed it in.

"We looked hard to beat and they had to go a bit longer than they would have liked. Sawyers got into those pockets on occasions but I thought we played that well and the game plan worked well. I thought we deserved to nick it in the end. It was a game of few chances but I thought we created the better of them in the first half. We had two good chances in the first half and could have gone in a goal or two up. There were even fewer chances in the second half.

The Alex boss told "It is a first clean sheet in the League this season and back-to-back wins, so we will enjoy it. It is great to get that first away win and it is another stride forward for us. We were onto the players about making those little steps forward and there has been another one here. We wanted to build on what we achieved last week against Coventry City and I was delighted with them.

Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis said his side deserved to 'nick' all three points from the Banks's Stadium this afternoon. The manager's game plan worked to perfection with his centre-halves immaculate at the back and then having two of them to combine at the other end to conjure up the only goal of the game. George Ray winning the first header from a corner and Adam Dugdale smashing it home from close range with just minutes on the clock.

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