What the press made of the heavy stadium:mk defeatThe Sentinel
IT HAS certainly been tough going following the Alex on the road this season … and that's not just because of the number of miles clocked up.
After a 400-mile round trip in the midweek draw at Yeovil, Crewe had another long journey to Milton Keynes on Saturday, 250 miles to be precise, which was about the distance between the two sides on a sorry afternoon for Crewe.
Steve Davis offered no excuses after seeing his side hammered 6-1 at Stadium:MK and described the gap between the two teams as 'frightening'.
He was left hurting by the performance on the back of what had been a positive week following up the derby win against Port Vale with a spirited point at Yeovil.
DELE Ali plundered a hat-trick as MK Dons hit Crewe for six on Saturday.
The talented teenager showed just why Premier League sides are watching him with a superb treble at Stadium:MK.
There were also goals from Will Grigg, Ben Reeves and Benik Afobe as the Railwaymen were put to the sword.
The hosts are a classy outfit with quality, pace and power throughout but the Alex's spineless display made it easy for them.
And after improved displays against Port Vale and Yeovil that will have come as a major disappointment to manager Steve Davis.
Confidence will have been damaged by the manner of the reverse but, put into context, Crewe were always going to be up against it against a team of this calibre.
Now they must quickly put this behind them as back-to-back home games loom.
Milton Keynes Citizen
If he wasn’t already the name on everybody’s lips coming into the ground on Saturday, Dele Alli certainly was when they left as the teenager netted a superb hat-trick in the 6-1 demolition of Crewe Alexandra.
Having put pen to paper on a new deal two days earlier, and being crowned Young Player of the Month for August on Friday, Alli made it a perfect weekend, scoring two minutes into both halves, before completing his hat-trick with six minutes to go.
Will Grigg, Benik Afobe and Ben Reeves also found the back of the net as Dons crushed the visitors, whose only register on the score sheet came courtesy of Kyle McFadzean’s own goal after five minutes to equalise at 1-1 - the only time Crewe looked in with a sniff of a point all afternoon.