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Davis: "Defeat Was Hard To Take"

10 November 2015

Boss admits he has never experienced such a low as he did at the final whistle on Saturday.

Steve Davis has told the club’s official web-site that Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Eastleigh in the FA Cup was one of his lowest points in his career. Crewe were beaten 1-0 by the non-league side with their captain Ben Strevens slotting home the winner from the penalty spot following a mistake from Danijel Nizic.

The on-loan Burnley goalkeeper had earlier been brought on for George Cooper following Ben Garratt's harsh red card.

Steve told “It wasn’t easy to take because I really wanted to progress in the FA Cup. We had a home draw against a non-league team and we couldn’t ask for better than that. We had that chance to get through to the second round and hopefully go on and we didn’t take it.

“It was a difficult experience to take. I’ve had a few low points in my career as both a player and a manager and it is probably the worst I’ve felt after a game because it was a missed opportunity for us.

“It was so disappointing to go out like we did and it hurts. It hurt me, the staff, the players and the fans.

“Sometimes in football you can have days when it doesn’t go for you. We had five good chances in the opening 20 minutes and didn’t finish one of them. I have watched it back again and can’t believe we didn’t score at least one of those chances.

“When you don’t finish those chances, the opposition gain confidence because they have survived and then they think it is going to be our day here.

He added: “So without seeing any real danger we then had Ben sent off and that plays a significant role in the outcome. We would have been entering the last half an hour with 11 men and then Danijel makes a mistake for the penalty. Those things go against you and from looking fairly comfortable even with ten men, you are out of the Cup.”

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