Steve Davis: Crewe boss trying to keep his calm at struggling club

Crewe manager Steve Davis
Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis hopes to celebrate four years in charge at Gresty Road in November

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis says he will accept mounting criticism from frustrated fans as he tries to keep things calm and protect his players at League One's bottom club.

After winning at Shrewsbury, then drawing at second-placed Walsall, the Alex looked to have turned the corner.

But successive home defeats have left them three points adrift at the bottom.

"The manager has to stay calm. Players don't want someone who'll panic and do something drastic," said Davis.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "They want someone who believes in them and trusts in them when things aren't going well. I've learnt over the last two seasons to stay strong even when things aren't going well. There's always a small minority of fans who don't want you there but the bigger percentage are with you.

Crewe's home record over the last seven months
Played 12 Won 0 Drawn 5 Lost 7 Goals F 11 Goals A 20

"Most of the real fans understand the difficulties and the restraints we have. Some get it. Some don't. I think that's the case in every club."

Having now lost their last four home games and picked up just two points out of 18 at Gresty Road this season, Davis is desperate to address a run of 12 games without a win at home which dates back to the 2-0 home win over Scunthorpe United on 7 March.

The 2013 Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners have a chance to end that home run away from league action on Tuesday night when they host to Wigan Athletic, twice former Football League Trophy winners.

And stand-in skipper David Fox, deputising following the loss of Harry Davis for six weeks after a knee operation, knows how much the Alex need a decent result.

"You can't hide out there. It's time for people to stand up, roll the sleeves up and put in a performance for the fans," he told BBC Radio Stoke. "They've been right behind us for most of the season. Things are starting to turn a bit now because they're not happy about where we are - and rightly so."

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