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Davis optimistic about Alex future

2 September 2012

Crewe boss Steve Davis is proud of the way his young side have coped with the deadline-day loss of Ashley Westwood.

Westwood's move to Aston Villa on Friday left the Alex faithful worrying how they would cope without their talented captain.

But any doubts were erased by a superb team performance against Coventry, led by new skipper Luke Murphy and capped by Max Clayton's first-half strike.

Clayton netted his third goal of the season as the Railwaymen proved there is life after Westwood by beating the Sky Blues 1-0 at Gresty Road.

"Ashley going caught us out," said Davis. "Swansea were stalling and Aston Villa came in at the last minute and offered a great opportunity.

"My aim is to produce players that want to progress with us and take Crewe to a higher level, but every now and then you get one that has to move on. We certainly weren't going to stand in his way and we wish him well.

He added: "It was a fantastic result and a great team performance. Luke and Abdul (Osman) formed a great partnership in the centre and it bodes well for the future. The old Crewe may have looked nervous 1-0 up against a team like Coventry but this is the new Crewe, who once they get a goal in front don't look like losing.``

Sky Blues caretaker boss Richard Shaw felt his side's inability to take their chances, coupled with some poor defending, cost them the game.

"There wasn't much in it but it was a poor goal to concede and I was really disappointed with our defending for it," said Shaw. "We need to be stronger, maintain focus for 90 minutes and not switch off if we are to have any aspirations of doing well in this league.

"We made some changes at half-time and had a real go at them and felt we deserved something from the game, but we need more quality in the final third and more concentration at the back."

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