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Steve: "Their Midfield Was The Key Difference"

6 April 2015

Alex gives us his post match reaction from Chesterfield encounter

Following the 1-0 defeat at Chesterfield, Steve Davis told the club’s official web-site that he couldn’t fault his players effort against an impressive side, but admits they came up a bit short, especially in the second half when our genuine chances didn’t materialise as frequently as we would have liked.

Crewe’s better moments occurred in the first period but we couldn’t take advantage of some promising moves and were punished as full-back Tendayi Darikwa made his way up the pitch to head the only goal of the game after 26 minutes.

Steve told “I thought we did okay overall and it was fairly balanced at times in the first half. Our better moments came in that first half and we needed to score the first goal. We had some chances but couldn’t find that goal and it is now two games on the bounce that we have failed to score.

“We dropped too deep for their goal allowing the full-back to appear in the box, so we didn’t defend that well enough. I was disappointed with that.

“We couldn’t repeat the good things we did in the first half and we were not able to take that into the second half. We gave a corner away after about 30 seconds and that put us on the back foot and we struggled to get it back. They had the majority of the possession and the better of the chances in that second half but we worked hard to stay in the game. I couldn’t fault their effort against a very good side.

“We tried to change things, especially up front. I thought Brad was a threat and worked hard, as did Uche until he ran out of legs a bit in the second half. There is a bit of a lack of confidence with the forwards because we are not getting the goals we were getting before but we will keep looking for that right combination.

“We tried something different to inject some life and movement in the forward areas but we found it difficult to penetrate them in the second half.

 “I thought they were excellent in midfield with Ryan and Morsy. They had great energy levels and in my opinion Morsy was the biggest influence on the game. We couldn’t get close enough to him and he ran the game in there. Roberts was also a threat and we found it hard to contain him and O’Shea all afternoon. I thought the middle of the park was where they really won the game. That was the key area.

“We will go over things, and it remains a challenge. It is up to us to rise to it and we won’t let the players’ heads drop. I cannot fault the effort they are putting in and we go again.”He added:

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