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Mixed emotions for Davis

4 August 2013

Crewe boss Steve Davis insists his players must stay calm and not panic after Lee Frecklington's last-gasp strike grabbed an unlikely 3-3 draw for newly-promoted Rotherham on the opening day.

Early goals from Anthony Grant and Max Clayton had put the Alex in control before Frecklington pulled one back.

Harry Davis stuck from the penalty spot to extend Crewe's lead but, as panic set in across the Alex backline, two goals in the final five minutes from Ben Pringle and Frecklington completed the comeback.

Davis said: "For 75 minutes I was more than happy. When we were 3-1 up with 10 minutes to go I thought we were going to be okay.

"But we got done on two long throws and we ended up panicking and losing the game rather than them winning it.

"Individuals panicked and we didn't have enough players being calm and commanding enough in that situation.

"The main problem was that the front four switched off and we couldn't get the ball up the pitch and keep it up there.

"If I was going to point the finger tactically that is where we lost the game - because if we can keep it up there it takes the pressure of the rest of the group."

Davis added: "They were outstanding in the first half and caused them a lot of problems so I was disappointed we couldn't keep that going.

"Taking the positives out of it we were very good for the first 45 minutes and were in control for the first 80 minutes.

"We don't want to be conceding three goals at home and we need to be better and more organised for those situations."

Frecklington could have had a hat-trick as, with Rotherham one-nil down, he shot wide in the sixth minute when it would have been easier to score.

Yet, Millers boss Steve Evans saluted his striker for bouncing back in impressive fashion.

He said: "Lee knows he should have got a leveller for us early on but he is like all top strikers in that he is never afraid to miss and was straight back in there with two goals.

"I was pleased that even though he missed that chance early on he wasn't afraid to bend one in with the outside of his foot in the 91st minute.

"It was the good, bad and ugly from us. Our defending wasn't great at times, but we've come away from home and dominated for large spells.

"We may have got a last-minute equaliser but if we had come away with nothing it would have been a travesty.

"Our start was down to bad defending but all bar that we were unfortunate to be behind and we showed our passion to come back."

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