Crewe manager asks referees to protect Nick Powell

Crewe Alexandra teenager Nick Powell
Nick Powell has scored three goals in his last five appearances for Crewe

Crewe manager Steve Davis has asked referees in League Two to protect teenage midfielder Nick Powell.

Davis thought Powell was targeted by Northampton during their 1-1 draw on Saturday and plans to send a DVD of the game to the Referee's Assocation.

"We're trying to produce young and skilful English players," the former Nantwich boss told BBC Radio Stoke.

"If they're not going to get protection from referees, it's going to be difficult to produce those players."

Davis continued: "What I'm trying to do is outline that on a DVD in this particular game.

"I think in maybe half of the games we've played this season, I could probably have done the same thing.

"Nick just kept getting up and smiling. I said to him to keep his discipline and not get involved in anything.

"The best thing you can do is keep getting up, smiling in their faces and getting on with the game. He was terrific in his response.

"Obviously it's only my opinion, and football is based on opinions, but I think it's fair to put our point forward and show that we analyse the referee's performance as well as my player's performance."

England Under-17 international Powell has flourished in the first team at Gresty Road this season, scoring four goals in 18 appearances.