Jan 25 2014 by Nick Hilton, Sat WIR
CREWE manager Steve Davis insists his side can beat the drop as they prepare for a showdown with fellow strugglers Tranmere at Prenton Park this afternoon.
A 2-0 victory over MK Dons on Tuesday lifted the Alex out of the relegation zone for the first time since October.
Now Davis wants his players to take heart from the success as they go into three consecutive games against teams at the bottom end of the table.
After facing Rovers today, Crewe travel to Stevenage next Tuesday and then have a home encounter with Sheffield United on Saturday, February 1.
“To beat a team just outside the play-offs is very positive for us,” Davis said.
“Now we have some big games coming up against teams in and around us.
“It’s a relief to climb the table, but we still have a lot to do. There will be times when others win and we don’t and then the other way around.
“It will be nail-biting, but I’ve made the players realise we have to do it now.
“We need to get out of this predicament.”
Goals from Chuks Aneke and AJ Leitch-Smith either side of the break secured three crucial points against the Dons while goalkeeper Ben Garratt saved a 53rd-minute penalty.
“Chuks is very confident and that’s what he can do,” added Davis, who may to stick with an unchanged side today.
However, Crewe are hopeful teenager Uche Ikpeazu will be fit and available. The on-loan Watford striker missed out in midweek after suffering a sprained ankle against Leyton Orient the previous Saturday.
Fellow striker Vadaine Oliver remains a doubt with a hip injury. Ryan Colclough (hernia) and Max Clayton (ankle) are the club’s long term absentees.