Sheffield United: Davis in a positive frame of mind

Crewe Alexandra: Manager Steve Davis
Crewe Alexandra: Manager Steve Davis

Steve Davis, the Crewe Alexandra manager, has ordered his players to go for the jugular when Sheffield United visit Gresty Road tonight, writes James Shield.

The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners enter this re-arranged League One fixture looking to arrest miserable run of form which has seen them lose all four of their outings since beating Southend at Wembley.

However, Davis insisted he could detect signs of a revival against Yeovil Town last weekend, saying: “I want the team to replicate that type of performance against Sheffield United.

“I thought we played well at Yeovil and I was pleased with the performance. I couldn’t really ask for any more effort from them.

“We lost concentration in the opening minute and that was vital. Scoring the first goal is vital in this division and that was disappointing but after that I thought we defended reasonably well.

“We didn’t convert our chances and we met a goalkeeper in top form. We create some good opportunities that we either wasted or the keeper has made a good save.

“On another day we would have got something out of it.”

Crewe, who are 14th in the table, conceded the only goal of the game in the first minute of Saturday’s contest at Huish Park.

United slipped to sixth when they were beaten 3-0 by Portsmouth three days ago; a result which ended the South Yorkshire club’s hopes of snatching automatic promotion.

Davis, whose side drew 3-3 with the visitors earlier this term, added: “It was a really good game at their place and I would take the same type of entertaining game again with us just edging it.

“I want us to go out there and set about our business in a positive manner. Show what we are capable of and come away with the right result.”

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