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Steve: "It Was A Horrible Afternoon"

3 May 2015

Steve Davis gives us his reaction after Alex survive on the final day again.

.Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis reflected his relief as results elsewhere meant our club will be playing League One football again next season. Crewe didn't produce the result we needed to make sure we were in control of our own destiny but late goals elsewhere meant Crewe survived on 52 points. The Alex boss was disappointed that we didn't do it ourselves on an exciting final day at the bottom of League One but he stressed that his players deserved great credit for turning our season around after a poor start to the campaign. One win in the opening 11 games had many critics writing us off, but a united club has managed to prove the doubters wrong once again

He added: "It was horrible. We were up and down and then up again. It was not nice and with five minutes to go those late goals have changed it.  It was not a nice feeling and there was a lot of pressure involved in it but that's the job and I thrive on it. I want to do better for the fans, they were terrific for us today."

"The boys have had a real go and I never questioned their commitment and effort. They have fought to keep us in this league.

"We have got to recruit our own and recruit good players and we can do that then you get an improved team. It's as simple as that. This league is hard and it gets harder each year with the teams coming into it but this is the league we want to be playing in. I would imagine we will one of the favourites to go down again next season but I want to prove people wrong again. It is a challenge and against adversity we rise to the occasion.

"It has taken great fight and spirit to come back from the situation we found ourselves in at the beginning of the season and I've never questioned their effort because they have all worked hard and given their all. Some teams collapse and after Christmas they are virtually out of it but this group didn't. We have had some tough days and some tough moments and we have come back from that situation. We have managed to keep that spirit up and come back from defeats and great credit to the players for that.

"We don't want to be doing this every season and we have to make sure our recruitment is better in the summer. We didn't recruit well enough last summer and had to get players in from the outside. Those lads have helped us but we know we have to do better in the market.

After the 1-0 defeat to the Bantams, the Alex boss told the club's official web-site: "I am relived and underwhelmed at the moment because we didn't win the game and do it ourselves. I don't feel like celebrating of what we have achieved and it is an achievement when you look at what we were doing in September and October, after those 11 games. It is a massive turnaround in two thirds of the season and it had to be to give ourselves a chance of going into these last few games.

Davis described the tension of the afternoon as 'horrible' as a 1-0 defeat left Alex staff and fans scanning their phones and listening to radio reports of goals going in elsewhere.

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