Crewe Alexandra angered by John Coleman comments

Accrington manager John Coleman
Coleman is one of the longest-serving managers in the Football League

Crewe players and manager Dario Gradi have responded to comments made by Accrington manager John Coleman after the Alex won 2-0 at the Crown Ground.

Coleman said his team "should be beating teams like Crewe at home".

Gradi told BBC Radio Stoke: "I think he preceded that by saying 'no disrespect' and when people say that, you can be sure they'll show disrespect."

Keeper Steve Phillips added: "He lives in a dreamland if he thinks he should be beating anybody in this division."

Early goals from AJ Leitch-Smith and Byron Moore gave Crewe their first league win away at Accrington since January 1961.

"Everybody can beat each other [in League Two] and I thought it was a disrespectful old cliche," said Phillips, who kept his third clean sheet in six matches on Saturday.

Gradi added: "I'd be pleased if all the other managers of the teams we play all feel the same way. That will hold us in good stead, I would have thought."

The Alex, who have won four of their last five league matches, face Port Vale in a local derby at Gresty Road on Saturday.

BBC Radio Stoke will have live commentary of Crewe v Port Vale on 94.6FM from 1500 BST on Saturday, 24 September.

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