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Steve: "No Real Quality On Show"

21 February 2015

Alex boss gives us his post-match reaction from Oakwell after disappointing display


Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis could not disguise his disappointment after his side failed to show the quality and resolve they have shown over many matches in the last few months as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at his former club Barnsley. Crewe were beaten by two second half set-pieces and the Alex boss was far from pleased with the manner in which we conceded the two goals but he also bemoaned the lack of quality from his team at Oakwell. The Alex never really got going in Yorkshire and our chances were few and far between after Marcus Haber’s two decent openings in the first half an hour.

The Alex boss told “As a spectacle it was poor and I include both teams in that. I am not being disrespectful to Barnsley either but there was not a lot of quality on show this afternoon. I said to the players at half time that this game is crying out for someone to grab it by the scruff of the neck and show some real quality but we couldn’t find anyone. It didn’t happen for whatever reason.

we were a little bit better than them in the first half and Marcus had two chances. He had a headed that hit the post and then he should have done better when he got through. Other than those two chances, I cannot remember any more genuine chances of note. There were a couple of crosses that went into the box but it wasn’t nearly enough. “I thought

“There wasn’t enough quality from us and I warned them at half time that their best opportunity to score would come from a set play. I warned them about conceding needless free-kicks and corners. Granty gave then foul away and we gave an avoidable corner as well.

“If we had scored that first goal I thought we would have gone on and won the game but it proved the turning point for them.

“I didn’t quite see what happened with the second half, I don’t know if Paul was fouled but he seemed to be in the wrong position and punched it into the net. It is never easy coming into a situation like that, off the bench.

“There was no one around Ben and it wasn’t a challenge. He just felt his shin and he couldn’t put any weight on it so he had to come off. We will have to get that checked out but we are hoping it is a muscular think more than anything.

He added: “This should be a wake-up call to all of those today because I’ve been saying that we have a lot of work to do. The easier part is getting out of the bottom four, the hard part is to keep winning games, picking up points and remaining out of it.”

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