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On loan striker Chuks Aneke hoping to fire Crewe Alexandra to safety

13 March 2014

By Tony Leighton

Chuks Aneke's timely goal-burst is helping to keep Crewe Alexandra's survival hopes alive in a tough Sky Bet League 1 season for the Railwaymen.

Ten of the on loan Arsenal striker's 14 goals this season have come in the last 14 games as Steve Davis' team battle to haul themselves out of the drop zone.

Only five of those 14 outings have been won, however, and with just 10 matches remaining it looks set to be a tense run-in to the end of the campaign.

But Aneke, who is in his second season on loan at Gresty Road from the Gunners, is confident that the Railwaymen will retain their League 1 status.

The 20-year-old striker told football-league.co.uk, "We're not going down - that's my mindset, and I'll be fighting to the very last kick to get us out of trouble.

"It's the same with the rest of the team. We're all pushing to get us out of the situation that we're in, and we all believe that we can stay up."

If Crewe are to stay up then they will need Aneke to keep scoring, because none of his team mates are getting goals at a rate anywhere near his own.

Fellow striker Byron Moore is the club's second highest scorer in the current campaign, but he has hit the net a meagre four times.

Aneke, who himself has reached double figures in a season for the first time in his still fledgling career, said: "Scoring goals is a really good feeling.

"It's a feeling that you want to get all the time and it makes you want to push on and on. And as long as I'm helping the team, I just want to keep going."

Aneke scored eight goals last term, during which the Railwaymen performed well to finish 13th after gaining promotion from League 2 via the Play-Offs.

But they have failed to kick on in the current campaign, to the puzzlement of the young Gunner.

"I don't really know (why we've struggled) to be honest, " he said.

"But I do think that the division is a lot stronger this season than it was last year, and picking up points has certainly become a lot more difficult.

"We've played every team in the division and we know where we stand, but we also know we've got enough quality to get us out of the situation we're in.

"It's just about trying to eradicate some of the mistakes we've been making at times, and that's what we'll be working hard to do in our last few games."

If they can cut out their mistakes then the Railwaymen, currently third bottom, should be able to give themselves every chance of retaining their League 1 status.

Seven of their final 10 games of the 2013/14 campaign are against teams who are currently either below them or no more than five points above them, right up to 14th in the table Coventry City.

On Saturday they visit 18th-placed Oldham Athletic and Aneke said: "We've got to go all out for three points, not just on Saturday but in every game we've got left."

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