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Steve: "We Played Some Good Stuff"

22 July 2016

Steve Davis gives us his post match reaction from our latest pre-season friendly.

The boss also saved some praise for Man-of-the-Match Billy Bingham, saying: "That was a good performance from Billy and he has raised the level now after that. He did some really good things and his passing was good. He showed what he was about. Now he has to hit that level again and go on and improve. We didn't see the best of him last season but we are hoping he will have a good season for us because he can be influential in there. "

"I was disappointed with their goal and I didn't think they would score. I thought we limited their chances, although Ben did have to male a good save in the first half. We will go over it again tomorrow and see what we did wrong for that because it came after a bit of a scramble.

"Lowe hasn't trained much because of his infection but he wanted to play for an hour and build his fitness up. He ran about and was a nuisance. Daggers work ethic is an example to them all. He never gives a defender a minutes' peace. He can drop off, he can run in behind and he can link up and we are really pleased with the way he has settled in and approached things. We know that we can create opportunities for Chris and Ryan that they will take them.

"Daggers had a really early chance and then a couple more but those really experienced goalscorers keep going and keep getting in those positions to make sure they get another chance. That is what he did and it was another composed finish. Those goal scorers have that composure in front of goal. Ryan Lowe has it as well.

"I thought it was a good game, and we played some good stuff at times. I thought we played some good football and we could have scored more than the one goal we did. We had chances and at this stage, it is all about creating chances and putting crosses in. I thought we did that. If you are not creating chances then you start to worry, but we are and I thought we were consistent throughout. 

"Liam got caught as he turned away and we don;t know the full extent of the damage. There is not a lot we can do tonight so we will wait and see how he is tomorrow but I would imagine he will have to go for an X-ray on it. We will have to see if he has suffered more than just rolling it but it has not swollen up quickly, so hopefully that's a positive sign. It is just unfortunate and we hope it is not as bad as it looked.

Following the 1-1 draw at Gresty Road, the Alex boss said: "I thought it was good and competitive. Obviously we didn't want to see Liam stretched off at the end but there were a few tackles going in and they came to win the game. They named a stronger team than I thought they would. There were a few experienced players out there and with a new manager coming in there they will want to do well and impress him.

Steve Davis was pleased with his side's 1-1 draw with a Bolton Wanderers XI side that was stronger than the Alex boss thought it was going to be. The likes of Ben Amos, Chris Taylor and Liam Trotter all featured for the League One side and the competitive edge to it even saw Ryan Lowe flare up with Lawrie Wilson mid-way through the second half!

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