Boss says his players will have to stand up to challenge on what will be a tough opener.
Crewe Alexandra start the new season away at Stevenage this weekend and Steve Davis wants his players to stand up to the challenge of League Two football. The Alex boss says that last weekend’s physical encounter at Lincoln City was the perfect audition for our trip to the Lamex Stadium and he is looking for a much better response from his players when the serious stuff kicks off.
Crewe have never beaten Stevenage from six previous meetings and haven't won away from home on the opening day of the season since 1994.
Ahead of the seasonal opener, Steve told crewealex.net: “Stevenage is always a tough game, especially away from home. It is never easy but it is a challenge we will be ready for.
“It is always a hard game. I remember when we went there when we were promoted last time and it was difficult. We had to wear their kit and Westy (Ashley Westwood) scored from a free-kick. We drew 1-1 and it was a good result for us at that time.
“We have to stand up to the challenge again. We cannot go toe-to-toe with physical teams. We have to stand up to it and be brave on the ball. We are not equipped to kick ourselves out of the league, we will have to play football and pass the ball.
He added: “We have to stick to our principles and philosophy and look to get positive results that way.”