Davis grateful for terrace help

Date published: Wednesday 6th May 2015 10:20

The Alex slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Bradford on Sunday, meaning they needed help from other results to ensure they avoided dropping down into the fourth tier.

With fellow strugglers Colchester, Notts County and Crawley all winning at various stages of the afternoon, it seemed as though Crewe were heading for League Two.

However, despite chants of “we need to score or we’re going down’ from the Gresty Road End when they were in the bottom four, those same supporters erupted into cheers when Gillingham came from behind to beat Notts County and Coventry rallied against Crawley.

It meant that Davis and his players knew they had staved off relegation, despite their inability to defeat their own opponents on the day.

On the crowd’s emotions to various results elsewhere, Davis said: “They were more of a help than a hindrance.

“We were getting feedback from the stand. I think the crowd gave us the feeling that things were okay, which is great. I thought they were terrific.”

Although Crewe created few goalscoring opportunities against the Bantams, Davis did turn to strikers Nicky Ajose and Uche Ikpeazu from the bench.

And the Alex manager admitted he did go gung-ho in search of the win which would have meant they did not need favours from elsewhere.

“We tried different ways and different shapes to get a little bit more out of what we were doing going forward, we just couldn’t get that breakthrough,” he added.

“(Jon) Guthrie has had a great chance when he’s gone through from a free-kick and the keeper’s made a terrific save. Lauri (Dalla Valle) has had a chance but it didn’t quite drop for us, it was just one of those days where we had to rely on other things that went for us.”

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