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Belief is growing - Davis

24 October 2012

Crewe boss Steve Davis insists he can feel the belief growing in his squad after the Railwaymen fought back and clung on to a hard-earned three points against Swindon.

Raffaele De Vita headed Town in front but Byron Moore found the back of net twice before the hosts survived a second-half onslaught to claim their first victory in three games.

"Every point in this division is hard earned but none as much as that," said Davis following his side's 2-1 win.

"Results haven't been going our way and I think one or two of the players were starting to doubt themselves at this level. But the fact we fought back to get a result on Saturday and then we have done it again shows they have belief and it is growing and it will do their confidence a world of good.

"There were good performances all over the pitch but our back four and goalkeeper were magnificent. Everyone of them could have got man of the match, they were like a brick wall."

Davis added: "I've waited two years for Byron to get in at the far post like he did for his first goal so I am delighted for him. He needs to get into double figures if he wants to kick on and prove himself at a higher level."

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio blamed skipper Alan McCormack and the club's transfer embargo for the defeat. "We showed desire and quality in the second half but Alan McCormack made mistakes which cost us in the first half," said the Italian.

"The embargo counts a lot as well as we have spent 45 minutes in their box and couldn't score. This team is capable of winning 10 games in a row but it is also capable of losing 10 games in a row because a lot of people need a rest.

"We need a striker but we also need someone in midfield who can create as well as others so we can save players' energy. We are paying the price for the embargo.

"The club knows my idea that I would love to have an academy like Crewe. They have five or six 18-year-olds they can bring in that are strong and skilful. When our squad is thin like it is now I could play a few youngsters too and it would help."

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