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Steve: "Pleased For Everyone"

6 August 2016

Boss pleased that Alex make step forward after last season's relegation.

Steve Davis was delighted with his side’s performance as Crewe Alexandra recorded their first win on the road on the opening day of the season since 1994. A deserved 2-1 win over Stevenage saw Crewe start the new season with a victory and he praised his whole team for the way they handled the occasion.

Second half goals from Ryan Lowe and a solo effort substitute Alex Kiwomya gave Crewe their first ever win over Stevenage in seven attempts.

A pleased Alex boss said: “It was a good performance from us, especially in the second half. I didn’t think we got on the ball enough in the first half and needed to get a foothold in the game. We defended well though and at half time, we spoke about showing some more composure and take some risks. We did that, continued to be aggressive and showed some great energy, especially on a hot day.

“The two subs changed our fortunes and Alex showed two moments of quality to win the game, with the pass through to Lowe and then he scored his solo goal. He showed a burst of pace, some really quick feet and then some composure to finish it lovely in the corner. I thought he was going to smash it but he has finished it in the corner.

“It was in my mind to change it at the break and although the other two were fine, I just thought the fresh legs would get at that back four in the final 30 minutes and it paid off. We looked fit and strong and we kept the ball well after we scored that second goal.

“We had to earn the right to play. We weren’t going to come here and stroke the ball around in the sun. It is going to be tough but the players were up for it. We did well defensively and that is why I was disappointed to see that goal go in at the end. We wanted that clean-sheet but we switched off a bit in the final second.

He added: “I thought we thoroughly deserved to win and get the three points. I know it is the opening day and we have a long way to go but I am pleased for everyone that we have managed to get that first win. It is a small step after the last couple of seasons.”

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