Club captain says that only a positive performance and result can help ease the pain of Saturday's hugely disappointing result.
Luke Murphy says that only a good performance and result at MK Dons this evening can take away the pain of losing Saturday’s crucial game against Fleetwood Town.
Crewe Alexandra needed to get closer to one of the teams currently out of the relegation drop zone, but after a disappointing 3-1 home defeat we find ourselves now 12 points adrift of safety with just six games remaining.
Midfielder Murphy, who came through as an Academy player to win promotion in 2012 and captain us to success in the Football League Trophy a year later, is feeling the ‘pain and hurt’ as keenly as anyone this season.
The 32-year-old, who later went on to complete a £1 million move to Leeds United before later returning to Crewe two seasons ago, said: “When you have a poor result like we did on Saturday then it is hard to take because we knew what was at stake at this stage of the season and we didn’t do enough to win the game. We played well in patches again but when you concede goals like we did then you don’t deserve to get anything.
“It is a horrible feeling to see where we are and you do take it home with you. It is never as nice coming into training when you have lost or when you are on a poor run like we are. Momentum in football is massive and it works both ways and we need to get a positive result and quickly because we are going the other way and it is difficult to halt. Only we can fix it and change it and that is what we have to do as a team on Tuesday.
“We have another game, against another of the top teams in the division and we have to go there and try and fight the tide that is against us. That is easier said than done because it is a tough place to go and they have the momentum going the other way and like I’ve said when you are on that type of run and confidence is high, you cannot wait for the next game. We had it when we won promotion when I was here the first time.
Murph added: “In the short-term we want to give our fans something to cheer and feel optimistic about and it is up to all of us as a team to pull the shirt back on and fight for the club and for them.”