Alex boss gives us his post match reaction from Ashton Gate
"Saying that I was frustrated with the goals we conceded because I thought they were all avoidable. We could have cut the first one out, done better at the far post with the Flint header and Emmanuel-Thomas has walked the last one in."
"They were the better team and we have no excuses but we will be in the right frame of mind for Saturday. I've told the players at the end of the game not to dwell on that. We have to go again and get ready for the teams that are in and around us.
"Saying that this is the level we are trying to aspire to because Bristol and Preston are quality sides. We knew we would be against it but I couldn't fault the players effort. I have never questioned that. They worked hard to try and contain them as much as possible and offer something in their half of the pitch. They have a lot of quality and we were not good enough to create too much, but that was the case at home and we ended up winning 1-0 at Gresty Road thanks to Jamie Ness' moment of quality.
"We knew it would be tough and we set up to try and contain them because if we hadn't then they have the quality to pick you off and it could have been a really heavy one. I think we were realistic in our approach and we knew they would have a lot of the possession because this is Bristol City away, but we felt that if we could get balls into the back post for Marcus to win the headers against the smaller of the three centre-halves and get bodies forwards that we could create one or two opportunities. We had a couple drop on the edge of the box but we didn't have the legs to support the big lads enough and we didn't cause them too many problems in defence.
Following a 3-0 defeat to league leaders Bristol City this evening, Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis told the club's official web-site: "We knew that these two away games were going to be difficult against the top two teams in the league. Bristol City are running away with this league and they have some great players and are the best side at this level. They have good players who cannot even get in their squad of 18.