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Cooper turns heads at Crewe

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By , October 23, 2014 8:38 am

The 17 year old English midfielder of Crewe Alexandra George Cooper is turning heads around with a string of impressive performances that has helped his League One club in securing a few victories but the coach, Steve Davis wants to keep Cooper on a low key and avoid attracting the attention of scouters or other clubs.

George Cooper at the age of 17 has already managed to prove his worth at the big stage as he is a regular performer for Crewe Alexandra in the main team and has even scored sublime free-kick goals with his goal against Coventry City a few days ago being an example of what the young player is capable of doing.

One of the latest league matches of Crewe Alexandra was against Coventry City where George Cooper made his first start at Gresty Road and what a way to make his debut in the home turf of his club as he scored the 2nd goal of his team at the 32nd minute which secured the victory for Crewe Alexandra with a splendid free-kick.

Coventry City never really managed to get back in the game and ultimately lost 2-1.

The manager of Crewe Alexandra, Steve Davis wants to keep George Cooper on the low key and avoid attracting unnecessary attention towards the young player as this can build pressure to the midfielder who only is 17 years old.

“We have to realize how early into his career he is and not spoil him. I’m not going to build him up in the Press to be a superstar, even though I’ve already said he has an influence because he takes our free-kicks and corners.  What George has got to do is concentrate on getting into the team and nothing else, just doing well enough in the week to earn his place on the Saturday, and then perform to the level he’s shown. The rest looks after itself’’

“We can’t control the scouting, and what other clubs see in him, but he’s been talked about for a while now.”  Crewe Alexandra’s Steve Davis told the media.

Davies On Verge Of Losing Job

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By , September 10, 2014 12:29 pm

Crewe Alexandra have one of the worst records in the football league right now after having lost six matches in a row. Their seventh defeat of the season came in the form of a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Rochdale in the Football League trophy. The recent form sheet does not make a good reading for the club and the manager Stephen Davies, who is on the verge of losing his job if results do not improve quickly. Crewe Alexandra were expected to struggle in the League One this season, but that would have been expecting the monumental collapse.

The season started with a 2-1 defeat against Fleetwood Town, but Crewe appeared to have pulled things together after a 2-0 away victory against Barnsley. Since then, the team has been going for a slide which has left Davies wondering at his next move. The manager said after the match that the defending was simply not up to the mark, but he is confident of turning around this difficult situation. The club only narrowly managed to avoid relegation last season and they were expected to face a series of struggles one more, but few would have expected struggles of this proportion.

The club goes into the match against Port Vale significantly low on confidence, but Davies is confident of getting a result. “The goals haven’t come about because they have opened us up with good play we have just gifted them the goals. The first, there was no pressure on the cross, Brad (Inman) doesn’t track the man and then he gets a free header. That’s been a culmination of how we’ve conceded goals last season and so far this season. You can’t gift goals like that at any level and you won’t win games conceding goals like that,” said Davis.

NOT A SERIOUS INJURY

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By , March 7, 2014 11:49 am

Crewe Alexandra have played down concerns that they are on loan goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has suffered a serious thigh injury, which would make him return to his parent club Fulham. Etheridge joined Crewe Alexandra only a few days ago on a loan deal till April 13. This is his second loan spell at the club after previously impressing under Steve Davis management. His presence provides a major boost to the team that is currently fighting against relegation after 34 matches of the season. Crewe Alex are 21st in the table of League One clubs.

Davis, though, has argued that the injury suffered by the Philippines international is not as serious as initially thought. This comes as a major relief for the club, who have had to go through a crisis in terms of goalkeepers over the last few months. Davis has been using his third choice goalkeeper prior to the arrival of Etheridge. This is due to the departure of his number one choice during the January transfer window under mutual consent. Etheridge was at the club during November on a loan deal, but it was cut down prematurely due to an injury.

He has now been included in the squad for the match against Stevenage, but this latest injury scare threatened to cut short his loan spell once again. Davis, though, says that it is not too severe.

“Neil came in at half-time complaining about his thigh. He was in discomfort but was keen to continue. We are hoping that the injury is nothing too serious. We will have to assess how he is and will remain in contact with Fulham. We have brought him back in because he is a good goalkeeper. He has played for his country a lot of times and did very well for us in his first loan spell. and has a lot of experience for a 24-year-old,” said Davis.

STRONGER

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By , January 17, 2014 1:20 pm

Crewe Alexandra has strengthened their squad by signing Watford’s Uche Ikpeazu on a loan deal. The 18 years old player has already scored over 25 goals in the youth academy that he was developed back in Reading. Ikpeazu still has not been featured in the main squad of Watford and will have to wait for a few more months before getting the chance to play with the main stars of Watford as he will be out on loan to Crewe Alexandra hoping to get them out of the bottom spots of the league.

The head coach of Crewe, Steve Davis stated that he is trying to bring back the forward Mesca and the goalkeeper Neil Etheridge on a loan deal from Fulham.

“We have a number of players we are considering and the Fulham pair fall into that category. Neil gave us a real presence in goal when he was here and it would be good to have him back if we could. And things are on-going with Mesca. A move for him is still under consideration and we haven’t ruled that out.”

Mathias Pogba came back from his injury on the right knee as he was being featured for the last 10 minutes of Crewe Alexandra’s match against Rotherham United and even though he failed to make any kind of significant impact, Steve Davies believes that his return from injury can help spark Crewe’s battle against relegation.

“Pogs coming back has given everyone a real lift and we introduced him late on to see if we could inspire a late comeback,”

“He has been out for six months and we have missed him, but his coming back has given us a boost. It was just nice to give him some game time. It will take a while to get match fit because he has missed a lot of football, but he still has time to play a major part in our season.” Davies stated.

TURN IT AROUND

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By , December 3, 2013 1:56 pm

The manager of Crewe Alexandra, Steve Davis, is hoping that things turn around for his team in the next game against Port Vale which is going to be played this Saturday.

Alexandra’s performance in their last 6 games has been very poor. They have just managed to secure a couple of points from those games and they are at the 22nd position in the League One points table at the moment.

In total, Alexandra has played 19 games in the ongoing League One so far and they have won just 4 out of them. In 11 games, they have suffered defeats, while, in the remaining 4 games, they have shared points.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Davis said, “Sometimes, the derby matches turn things around for you and I hope it’s the case with us. We put up a disappointing performance against Wycombe the other day, but, we need to forget that. There will be a lot at stake in the game against Port Vale and we will have to be our best in that game.”

“We have disappointed our fans on quite a few occasions this season. Now, it’s time to give them a bit of joy and there is no bigger occasion than derby to do that.”

When asked if the players are hugely gutted by that FA cup defeat a couple of days back, Davis said, “Yes they are and that’s obvious. When you lose such a big game, you have got to be disappointed. But, we can’t do anything about that now. It has gone. So, we should just focus on the upcoming derby.”

Crewe Alexandra had taken on Wycombe Wanderers in a FA Cup 1st round game at Alexandra Stadium on Saturday and had suffered a 1-2 defeat.

FIVE WITHOUT A WIN

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By , October 8, 2013 10:20 am

Crewe Alexandra went five matches without a win after the 4-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Notts County. After the match, a disappointed Steve Davies said that his team had a lot of opportunities and they were unlucky to come away with this heavy defeat. This increases the pressure on manager Davies, the club has fallen into the relegation zone following this defeat. Their last victory came in the 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley in the football League Trophy. One has to go all the way back to August in order to see Crewe Alexandra winning a league match.

Davies said after the encounter that the team made some silly mistakes, which were punished heavily by the opposition. He has recalled that the club had a couple of great opportunities to go in front early in the match. The outcome of the match would have been totally different had those goals gone in. Confidence is proving to be a major problem for the club, and they seem to be caught up in a vicious circle. The next match will be in the Football league trophy against Fleetwood Town and it will give Davies and his men a great opportunity to get back to form.

“If you haven’t been you’d think we’d been thrashed but if you have been you will have seen a much better performance. We had two or three great chances early on and if they had gone in it may have been different. I am hugely disappointed by the result but encouraged by the performance. Their goals were out of nothing  but we were punished for every little mistake, we are suffering for it. We are lacking confidence but the players can’t get their heads down they have to keep working at it,” said Davis after the match.