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Steve: "Players Responded Well Second Half"

24 September 2016

Alex boss gives his post-match reaction following 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

He added: "We are not going to win every game but we showed some character to make sure we didn't get beat to make sure our unbeaten continues. When we went on that great unbeaten run in League Two, we had some draws along the way and that was important to keep the confidence and belief high."

"It was a physical type of game for us, they are a big side and we stood up to that and our high line was very good. They didn't get in behind us and we controlled that very well. They had some big players who were a handful from set-plays but we stood up to the challenge well."

Steve told us: "If you look at that again (the disallowed goal), you can see that there is a player lying down on the floor playing everyone on side. Lowe is certainly level with the player on the floor and we felt it was a tight decision that could have gone our way.

The Alex boss was disappointed that Lowe's first half goal didn't stand as there was a Blackpool player on the floor who was playing him on side. 

"I think the fresh legs helped and I knew Billy and Callum would give us some energy  when they came on. "

"George has come on leaps and bounds this season and he can produce moments of quality like that. We have been on to him to get the ball out of his feet and whip it into the box.

"George showed a piece of real quality to create the goal for Ryan. He found that moment of quality and Ryan found the space and did what he does best. He helped it on and it was a really good finish. He was in the right place again. It was a great cross, great header and a great goal.

"What the players did show was some real fight in the second half. We came back into the game really well and with a bit of luck we could have won it. We put a lot of pressure on them in the last 20, 25 minutes but just couldn't find that second goal.

After the 1-1 draw, Steve told the club's official web-site: "I thought our second half performance was much better. First half we conceded an unfortunate goal because the lad Taylor was aiming his cross for was offside. It was an unfortunate goal to concede and it was just one of those things that you have to deal with.

Steve Davis says it was important that his Crewe Alexandra side dug in and made sure we didn't end up losing our unbeaten run against a stubborn Blackpool. Crewe had to cope with going behind early on through an unfortunate own goal from Jon Guthrie but responded well in the second half to take the game to the visitors.

The Railwaymen kept going and finally got their reward in the 70th minute when veteran Ryan Lowe superbly flicked home a cross from George Cooper to level things up. Crewe pressed forward looking for a late winner but we never really created that genuine chance that could have seen us nick all three points.

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