Crewe Alexandra will be playing Sky Bet League 2 football next season after losing 3-0 to Port Vale on Saturday afternoon.The Alex knew they needed to win to realistically have any chance of avoiding relegation, however an early goal for the Valiants proved a huge setback and Rob Page's men ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Vale Park.
Following results elsewhere in the division, the Railwaymen are now 16 points adrift of safety with only 15 points available from their remaining five fixtures.
Crewe return to Sky Bet League 2 after four seasons in the third tier.
After the Vale loss, manager Steve Davis told www.crewealex.net: “I have been relegated twice now and it hurts. We all share the emotions of today and for some of the young players this will be the first time they have experienced it.
"It could make them stronger and they know what they need to be to be at this level and higher. They shouldn’t want to feel what this is like ever again.
“We have been clinging onto our League 1 status for a few years now and we have managed to take it to the final day and survive. It hasn’t happened this time so now our ambition has to be to bounce back next season.
"That is what I want from them. I want them to do everything they can to make sure we are only in League 2 for one season. That has to be the ambition."