By , January 11, 2017 10:07 am

Jon Guthrie insists Crewe Alexandra’s players must now show the stuff they are made of as they look to resuscitate their poor run this season.

An excellent start to the current campaign is becoming a history following their run of just two victories in their last 16 matches in all competitions. The poor run has left the Alex sliding down the League Two table. They occupied the 14th spot ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Cambridge United. Crewe remains just four points outside the play-off places but has issues that need to be addressed at both ends of the pitch. They’ve failed to score in three of their last four matches, and record only one clean sheet in eight consecutive games.

“It’s times like this you have to prove your worth,” said 24-year-old Guthrie. He admitted that it had not been a good period for the team, noting that their performance and result has been below expectations.

He added: “Football can change quickly, we started well, but now we need to go on a little run again. Everyone has to stick together, the whole club – the management, the fans, the players – we are in it together.”

The Alex appeared as though they had up their game by drawing at Barnet and then defeating Morecambe. But that brief performance was followed by a 4-0 thumping they suffered at Colchester. They had a weekend off to rest because of the FA Cup, and hopes were high that an adequately refreshed Crewe would rekindle the winning habit. However, their return to action compounded their woes as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Crawley last weekend, a defeat attributed defensive errors.

Guthrie is expected to line up at the heart of the Alex back four for the journey to Cambridgeshire. Crewe boss Steve Davis is anticipating the return of left-back Zoumana Bakayogo following a hamstring injury. His experience would also be crucial to help Crewe handle the free-scoring Cambridge attack.



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