Steve Davis looking for Crewe Alexandra to continue away form at Bristol City

Davis urges Alex to go for broke in Bristol

Davis urges Alex to go for broke in Bristol

First published in Sport

By Toby Robinson

STEVE Davis wants his players to go for broke in Saturday’s crunch trip to Bristol City.

After claiming four points from a possible six over Easter, Crewe plan to take a massive step towards League One survival with victory at Ashton Gate.

The Alex lie one point clear of the drop zone with two games still to go, following Monday’s goalless draw at home to Colchester.

And Davis has demanded more creativity as his side target a fourth straight win on the road.

“The important thing over the two games was not to lose,” he said.

“I think I would have taken four points beforehand and although it would have been nice to get the extra two, I didn’t feel we deserved them.

“We didn’t have enough in the attacking third again and I’ve said that many times this season.

“I was pleased with the clean sheet, Ben (Garratt) didn’t have a lot to do and we kept our concentration at the back.

“But we didn’t create a great deal and huffed and puffed a bit.

“We didn’t have enough quality to win the game and that’s probably why we are where we are.

“The players are going to be nervous and don’t want to make any mistakes that might cost us.”

City manager Steve Cotterill has other ideas, calling on his players to dispatch Crewe en route to a top 10 finish.

Having inherited a side fearing the drop at Christmas, the old Alex nemesis has masterminded a remarkable transformation in fortunes.

However, Davis insists his team have nothing to fear.

“We’re still fighting and coming through our last two games unbeaten is a huge boost going into the Bristol game,” he added. “It is going to be tough test for us.

“But we’ll be positive and our away form is good so we have nothing to fear. We’ll rest this week and be ready to go again.

“The lads are fine, they’re disappointed that they should have done better and done more against Colchester. But they still believe in each other that they can get us safe.”

Both Brad Inman and Liam Nolan are expected to retain their places although Davis could opt for a more attacking formation.

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