Davis positive as Crewe shine
Last Updated: September 2, 2012 2:49pm
Davis: Happy with team form
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.
"I didn't know who to give the captaincy to as it is a really young team and they are a bunch of quiet lads, but I wanted to give Luke some responsibility. I didn't warn him, I just threw the armband to him in the dressing room. He didn't say anything, just put it on, got on with it and gave a great performance which showed great maturity.
"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."