Steve says analysis shows that Ajose is not doing anything differently
Steve Davis is backing on-loan striker Nicky Ajose to end his barren spell in front of goal sooner rather than later. The on-loan Leeds man hit a remarkable 9 goals in just 11 games after arriving at Gresty Road in late November. His goalsoring prowess was a major factor in seeing Crewe exit the bottom four places in League One, but he has failed to score in the last seven matches and the Alex boss decided to rest the 23-year-old for a period of the game at league leaders Bristol City on Tuesday night.
Ajose played the final 22 minutes of Crewe’s 3-0 defeat at Ashton Gate after replacing Uche Ikpeazu.
Steve Davis has no doubt that the club’s leading scorer will be back amongst the goals soon.
Steve told the club’s official web-site: “If you judged Nicky’s goals over the amount of games he has played for us then it is impressive. I would have been happy with that when we signed him.
“He came here and hit the ground running. He had a flurry of goals very quickly and now he has had a bit of a barren spell, but I’m sure he will overcome that because he is a goal scorer.
“Nicky isn’t doing anything differently. He is still making the same runs, his movements are the same and he is getting in the same positions. Where it may have dropped for him in the past or a pass found him, it hasn’t over the last few games.
“He is still working hard for the team and I am pleased with his contribution. He is still confident and it will come for him again.
He is the same and he thrives on service. We know that if Nicky gets chances, then he will score goals. We just need to create more opportunities for him to get back amongst the goals. “If he wasn’t getting into the positions or making those clever runs then I would be concerned, but he isn’t.
He added: “I chose to give him a bit of a rest on Tuesday because Uche needed some game time after not playing too much towards the end of his loan at Doncaster. It gave Nicky a bit of time to sit back and recharge his batteries and I’m sure he is fresh and ready to go again.”