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Steve: "It Was Tough Against A Stubbon Mansfield"

1 October 2016

Steve Davis gives his post match reaction following 1-1 draw with Stags.

"We found it difficult to get the ball into those pockets today and it was a tough afternoon for us. It wasn't easy and Mansfield didn't make it easy for us."

"He is a young lad, who came from Ilkeston and he is still learning his trade but maybe he should have gone down because there was certainly contact there. We were screaming on the touchline for him to go down because he was impeded. I think if there is contact then you should go down. Maybe a clever, more experienced player would have gone down there. We will speak to him because he is still learning and he was a bit naive there because it was a penalty if he had gone down.

"We had the edge in the first half and created the better of the chances and although we didn't have as many in the second half, we did have the best chance to win when Daniel (Udoh) got through. I said to him that if he wants to have an impact and have people talking about him then he has to put those in net and win us the game.

"They showed great character again to come back because it was a tough game. Mansfield set up to make things difficult and stop us playing and they did that well. We responded well and it was a great cross from Zooms ad Daggers got in there and got his reward today. The work he does doesn't get its reward sometimes but it did today. He has been brilliant for us since he came here. He has a tremendous work ethic and determination. That is four goals for him now and is one of the top assist players in the league with about five, so you can see how valuable he is for us. It is good when those types of players get their rewards.

Following the 1-1 draw, Steve told the club's official web-site : "It was important that we didn't lose the game today after drawing against Blackpool and then losing heavily at Wycombe on Tuesday night. When you are losing, we have fought back again and made sure we got a point. It was important we didn't lose today after going behind. Crewe Alexanda boss Steve Davis says his side found it difficult to break down a well drilled Mansfield Town team this afternoon but he was pleased that his side showed character to level things up after Pat Hoban had headed the visitors ahead. Chris Dagnall poached home his 100th career goal to earn Crewe a point after Zoumana Bakayogo had done superbly to deliver a cross from the by-line.

Crewe remain unbeaten at the Alexandra Stadium this season but Davis was left a little deflated that his side didn't create a glut of chances to really test our former goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

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