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Crewe set to appeal red

16 September 2012

Crewe boss Steve Davis felt a sense of injustice after loanee Chuks Aneke was dismissed on his full debut and Stevenage came from two down to grab a 2-2 draw.

Davis' side looked set to hand Stevenage their first league defeat of the season after an opening 10 minutes which saw Ajay Leitch-Smith net twice in quick succession.

However, Boro had other ideas and pulled one back before the break through Luke Freeman before Aneke, on loan from Arsenal, was dismissed for a lunge on Anthony Grant in the 73rd minute.

Less than 10 minutes later substitute Robin Shroot pounced to fire home the equaliser.

But boss Davis was not angry with Aneke and revealed he will be appealing the decision.

"Stevenage only really came into the game when Chuks got sent off. I felt it was a slip rather than going in two footed," said Davis. "So we will have a look at that and see if we can appeal it and get it rescinded. I didn't think it was malicious.

"I thought it was a really good spectacle from a neutral's point of view; two good teams really going at it. We obviously got a fantastic start which set us on our way. They were two great strikes from Ajay. We all know what he can do with his finishing, there are few better at the football club.

"I just wish he could keep going for 90 minutes. He had a fantastic start but couldn't really keep that up in the second half. So his challenge is to be a threat from the first whistle to the last."

The draw was Stevenage's third from three home games in the league this season, and boss Gary Smith was left ruing a missed opportunity to record a win.

"We did ever so well to get back in the game and I felt for long spells we dominated. We forced the issue with some really good openings and but for some poor decision making we might have won."


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