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Derby-day delight for Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis

22 February 2014

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis felt his team should have won by an even wider margin after a 3-1 derby victory over Port Vale.

Goals by Mathias Pogba, Chuks Aneke and Brad Inman secured three vital points in Alex's battle against relegation and dented the Valiants' already fading hopes of reaching the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs.

Davis was delighted with the overall display of his side, who recovered from a shaky period just before half-time to claim an impressive victory.

He said: "It was a local derby I enjoyed because we started very well and I thought we were more than full value for the win.

"The way we approached the game was right. The players were brave and I thought that was the way to go. We set out to be very attacking and we should have scored a lot more goals.

"Chuks (Aneke) should have been taking the match ball home with him - we created a lot of chances. I felt Chuks and Pogs (Pogba) could cause the Vale defence problems and they did.

"Everyone played their part. We passed the ball well from midfield and got the link off the strikers. It was very pleasing all round and I'm happy for the supporters to get the bragging rights.

"What we have to do now is build on this. We go to Stevenage on Tuesday and I'll be looking for the players to roll their sleeves up and show some character.

"As long as we play to the quality and with the tempo we produced here we will be okay."

Tom Pope, who saw a header hit the crossbar in the first half, netted a consolation goal his performance deserved but it was too little, too late for Vale.

Valiants boss Micky Adams had no complaints about the result.

He said: "Crewe deserved their win and we can't deny them that. I was disappointed with some aspects of our play more than others.

"I thought going forward and creating chances we did okay, but defensively we were bang average.

"It was a derby game and we needed people with cool heads who could make the right decisions. Our players didn't do that and we've paid the price for it.

"I made a double substitution in the first-half because I wasn't prepared to do nothing. People might say they were the wrong decisions because we've lost the game, but if we had kept going as we were I felt we could have conceded another goal.

"We had a good go towards half-time and could have got back on terms, but the penalty just after the break was a big moment in the game. Lofty (Doug Loft) thinks it was harsh, but I've looked at it and I think it was a penalty."

Loft conceded the penalty three minutes after the interval when he tripped Matt Tootle inside the box.

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