Attacking is the only way we know, says Alex boss Steve Davis

By Ged ScottBBC Midlands Sport
Steve Davis

Crewe boss Steve Davis insists his team will not alter their attacking approach at home to Aldershot on Saturday as they seek the point that would book their League Two play-off place.

Thanks to Nick Powell's late equaliser last week at Torquay, stretching their unbeaten run to 15 games, the Alex need only a draw to secure seventh spot.

But Davis insists: "We're not going to sit back. We can't do that at Crewe.

"We only need a point. But we're going to set up to win the game and attack."

As things stand, even if they fail to get the point they need against mid-table Aldershot at Gresty Road, they would still finish seventh if main rivals Oxford United fail to win at nearby Port Vale.

The Alex would then finish seventh and play whichever of Crawley and fourth-placed Torquay miss out on automatic promotion. But Southend are still in the picture, if they win and both Crawley and Torquay fail.

And, with a goal difference only seven worse than sixth-placed Cheltenham, a heavy win for Steve Davis's men against the Shots could even yet see them line up next week against the side finishing fifth.

That is a tall order, however, which also requires a Cheltenham defeat. And Davis's side are focused only on their result which the Crewe boss hopes, after going 11 games unbeaten in front of their own fans, will be a win, rather than just a draw.

"It's in our hands," Davis told BBC Stoke & Staffordshire. "We know what we have to do.

"We've got this far. And, with the momentum we have, now we've just got to go and finish the job.

"All I can do is try and keep things calm and relaxed and ease the pressure and excitement and the nerves, not so much here but in the crowd. We cannot control that.

"All we can control, to a certain degree, is trying to guide the players in the right direction.

"What you've got to remember is that a lot of our players haven't been in this position before. A lot of them are young boys.

"But I am confident in the players' ability to cope with it all, as they have done all season."

Although Davis is aware that there could be anxiety in the stands, he also points out what a big part the fans can play.

"We can hopefully get our best gate of the season," he said. "And, if they can roar us on to a win or a draw, then we'll have succeeded in reaching the play-offs.

"Aldershot have nothing to play for and will be nice and relaxed," he warns. "There are no easy games in this division, as the results always suggest."

Team selection will depend on whether "50/50" skipper Dave Artell recovers from his hamstring strain, having missed the trip to Torquay.

But Davis is hopeful that Ashley Westwood will be fit, having been nursed through a foot injury this week, while fellow midfielder Danny Shelley is also back in contention.

Crewe boss Steve Davis was talking to Radio Stoke sports editor Graham McGarry.

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