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Port Vale Paper Review

15 September 2014

What the local press made of the derby day victory

The Sentinel (Crewe)
STEVE Davis praised his front two after seeing Crewe Alexandra claim their first League One win of the season.
The Crewe manager opted to start with both Vadaine Oliver and Marcus Haber against Port Vale to exploit the opposition's defensive frailties, and saw his plan pay off to perfection with a 2-1 success.
Haber was instrumental in both goals, while Oliver scored the second on 19 minutes with a great header as the Alex raced in to a 2-0 lead.
Davis acknowledged both men were "out on their feet" in the second period, but the damage had been done in a brilliant opening 45 minutes.


The Chronicle
CREWE Alex picked up their first points of the season with a breath-taking derby win over Port Vale at Gresty Road on Saturday.
The Railwaymen got maximum return by edging their neighbours in a pulsating affair.
First-half goals from George Ray and Vadaine Oliver put them in charge, but Jordan Slew pulled one back for the Valiants.
The second half saw the visitors on top but the Alex defended stoutly to get the result they deserved overall.
The outcome will come as a huge relief to manager Steve Davis, his players and the Crewe fans.
It was by far their best performance of the season, and the determined manner in which they approached the game and battled within it will be heartening.


The Sentinel (Port Vale)
PLAYING Crewe was about the only possible fixture in which Port Vale could claim to start as the form team, so no wonder this one hurt.
Vale's four successive defeats going into the game were hardly pleasant, but that doesn't compare to going down at your local rivals when they have lost the previous six on the spin and started the day bottom of the league without a single point to call their own.
So this was pretty bad, although surely not bad enough for Micky Adams to start wondering whether he should be clearing his desk to save himself a job later on.
The manager was brutally honest in his assessment of his future, saying: "The results will change or they will change the manager, it's as simple as that."


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