Aug 17 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
CREWE manager Steve Davis does not underestimate the potential for Gresty Road old boys Ryan Lowe and Stephen Foster to pull out all the stops in a Tranmere shirt this afternoon.
Davis admits he thought hard about trying to sign Lowe last season, when the experienced striker was in and out of the MK Dons side.
Lowe, 34, saw out the remainder of the season at MK Dons, scoring 12 goals in 51 appearances and was allowed to leave in the summer by mutual consent to join Tranmere on a free transfer.
Davis said: “Ryan is a good player and a player we have discussed in the past. He has been a goal scorer at this level over many years and he is a clever player with his movement in and around the box.
“Foz (Stephen Foster) is also now at Tranmere and he was here for a lot of years. He has been a consistent defender and served Burnley and Barnsley well after leaving here. He is an accomplished defender and a really good lad. They are both good lads.
“Tranmere have made an indifferent start to the season and like us have had a draw and a defeat, but they are a good side and it will be a good game.”
Davis says he has a lot of respect for opposite number Ronnie Moore.
“I like Ronnie and have a lot of respect for the jobs he has always done,” he said. “He has a good eye for a player and always seems to assemble a good team and a good squad wherever he has been.
He added: “He is a proper football guy and he does a good job, on what is usually a restricted budget. He often loses his better players and it is hard to replace them all the time, but his recruitment is good and he gets the best out of his players.
“It will be another tough game because you know that a team managed by Ronnie Moore will be organised.”
Crewe will have summer signing Lee Molyneux available after a three match ban.
The 24-year-old was ruled out of the opening three games of the season following his sending-off for Accrington Stanley against Oxford United on the final day of last term.