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We Have To Match Eastleigh's Work Ethic

5 November 2015

Boss says his youngsters will have to earn the right to play their football.

Steve Davis says his Crewe Alexandra side will have to match the work ethic of our FA Cup opponents Eastleigh if we want to make sure we are in the hat for Monday’s draw. The Alex boss has already stated that it is going to be another difficult cup-tie to negotiate and Crewe’s record over lower league opposition in the FA Cup has not been encouraging over the last few years.

Davis and his coaching staff are fully aware of the Football League experience the majority of the Eastleigh squad possess and he has stressed the importance of earning the right to impose our own game on them.

Ahead of this weekend’s clash at the Alexandra Stadium, the Alex boss told “We know it will be a tough game and we are aware that a number of their players are very experienced. They have a number of players who have played in the Football League and some who have played at our level and some higher than that, so it will be difficult.

“We will have to match their work ethic and endeavour if we are going to impose our passing game on them. They have some big, powerful lads and we will have to stand up to that and make sure we stay solid, like we managed against Sheffield United last weekend.

“The players put together two really good halves against Sheffield United and produce a performance of high quality and we have to look to do the same again.

The boss added: “There will be no one here underestimating Eastleigh that’s for sure and as a club we want to be doing better in the FA Cup. It is a chance for the players to impress and get some exposure and we want to be making the headlines for the right reasons on Saturday.”

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