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Steve: "We Got Ourselves Going After Slow Start"

13 February 2016

Steve Davis gives us his post-match reaction following 1-1 draw with high-flying Saddlers

He added: "I thought it was an open game and end to end. It wasn't a tight game and was exciting for the supporters. Two teams having a go and trying to win the game."

"We have scored again from a set piece and I was surprised to see Brad head it in because I don't think I've seen him do that too many times in training! He finished it really well into the other corner and we were back in the game and then we were looking to win it but it was also important not to lose it.

"We were much better in the second half, had more possession and had a few chances to have won it but then again Ben has made some outstanding saves to keep us in it as well. The one from Bradshaw was in front of me and I  thought it was in - but he made an outstanding save.

"We were still in the game and thought that if we improved we would have a chance of getting something out of it. In the last five games, things have been tight and that is the encouraging thing to take forward. We have become tougher to beat and harder to score against even against teams that are up there.

"I think the penalty was a bit unfortunate. I didn't think there was intent there from George, but the referee gave it for handball and if he thinks so then its a penalty. Ben was even a bit unlucky not to keep the penalty out. He got a hand on it but its gone into the roof of the net.

"Because Walsall didn't take the chances, we were in the game and it gives you a chance. After the first 20 minutes, we gradually grew into the game and I thought we were doing okay, when we conceded the penalty.

Following the 1-1 draw, Steve told the club's official web-site: "I  thought it was encouraging and a good result. We could have been down early on in the game. They had some great chances and Ben (Garratt) has made some good saves to deny them. We started poorly and could have been two or three goals down in the opening 15 minutes. We spoke about making a positive start to the second half and we did that.

Brad Inman headed home an equaliser just minutes into the second period after Tom Bradshaw had given the visitors the lead via the penalty spot after George Cooper had been adjudged to have handled on the half an hour mark. It was a tale of two two halves, as Crewe stayed in the game and were much improved in the second half.

Steve Davis was pleased with the response of his Crewe Alexandra players as they fought back from a goal down at half-time to earn a point against promotion hunters Walsall. Crewe extended their little unbeaten run to five games,  - a feat that has not been achieved at the club since our promotion winning year of 2012.

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