Oct 5 2013 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
CREWE Alexandra manager Steve Davis is backing the return of Adam Dugdale from a loan spell with Tranmere to act as a spur to help his team back to winning ways.
The Liverpool-born centre-back was recalled to Gesty Road at the start of the week after Crewe lost Harry Davis to a knee injury. Although Dugdale has not played a first team game for Crewe this season he is in line to feature against Notts County today.
Davis said: “Duggy needed to be playing games again and that was the reason for him going out to Tranmere for a month. We would have allowed it to be increased for a further month but Harry (Davis) was injured.
“He is that warrior type of player and the lads look up to him. He is popular around the place and is one who will stand up to be counted. He is always positive and he may well help us.”
Dugdale said: “I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Tranmere. I’d like to thank Ronnie Moore and John McMahon for giving me the chance to go and play some games. It is a great club and I wish them all the best. Just playing and enjoying football again put a big smile back on my face.
“I did not want to drop to League Two to play on loan, and after a really tough year the last thing I wanted to be doing was going down south and staying in a hotel five nights a week. So it was brilliant for me to go and play at Tranmere and it has given me confidence to prove I can do a good job.”