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Steve: "We Couldn't See It Through"

17 February 2015

Alex boss disappointed his battling side just couldn't see it through for a point

Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis felt it was just perhaps one game too many for his squad as they were hit by a late sucker punch by Doncaster Rovers, with Richie Wellens hitting a last minute winner for Paul Dickov’s side.

minute but were undone by a free-kick bundled home by Dean Furman just after the hour mark before Wellens hit an unstoppable shot past Garratt to end Crewe’s winning streak.thCrewe gave everything they had to protect the lead that George Ray had given to us in the 7

After the 2-1 defeat at the Keepmoat, Steve told the club’s official web-site: “The players gave everything they had tonight. I cannot fault their effort but we just lacked a bit of quality in the second half to see it through.

“I thought we played well in the first half but we couldn’t sustain it into the second half and we didn’t retain the ball well enough. They switched into a diamond and our full backs, who were our out and our best chance of getting up the pitch didn’t do that. They didn’t offer us enough going forward and we got camped in our half and it was difficult.

“We had some tired bodies and minds out there, although the back three defended admirably and with five, ten minutes remaining I thought we might just see this through to get a point and I would have been pleased with that, especially after the way we played in the first half.

“We took the lead from something we had worked on from the corner, and we had two really good chances with Nicky and Marcus. You would have backed Nicky to take that chance. He had two stabs at it but couldn’t finish and then Marcus had a good chance at the far post.

“If we had managed to go in 2-0 up then it could have been different. I was disappointed with their first goal. We gave the free kick away and then we didn’t win the header and it has just dropped and Furman scrambled it home.

“The second goal was the only time they really got free, they had some half chances and hit the post and it has fell to someone with real quality and it was a quality finish to win the game.

“I was disappointed with the quality we showed in the second half because we can play better than that, but we cannot be too harsh on them because they had done brilliantly to go on that little run. Now we have to be mentally and physically ready for Barnsley on Saturday.”

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