Crewe 2-2 Peterborough: Davis and Ferguson Happy With Point

Steve Davis insisted he would have taken a point before kick-off after Crewe’s 2-2 draw with high-flying Peterborough.

The result maintained the Alex’s unbeaten home record this season, but the Gresty Road boss also admitted his frustration at seeing his side let a two goal lead slip.

“I thought we’d see it through,” he said.

“I couldn’t see them breaching us. I was confident we’d see the second half through.

“I think with the position that we were in, it feels like a defeat.

“But I’d have taken a point at the start.”

It was the visitors who had the majority of the ball in the opening exchanges, but they failed to create any clear-cut chances.

And Darren Ferguson’s were made to pay as Vadaine Oliver handed Crewe the lead after just 15-minutes.

It was a real team goal from the home side, as Abdul Osman, Matt Tootle and Brad Inman were all involved in the build-up, with the latter sliding the ball across the six yard line for Oliver to slot home.

And six minutes later, Crewe doubled their advantage as they hit lacklustre Peterborough on the counter attack.

Oliver was again involved, as his tackle in the Alex half allowed Lee Molyneux to serge forward down the left.

The former Everton man then fired forward a stunning long ball, which landed perfectly for Ajay Leitch-Smith, who beat the advancing ‘keeper to the ball and slotted home.

And Davis admitted he was delighted with the two goals scored by his team.

“We’ve worked on quick counter attacks,” he continued.

“I think when you’ve got players of the calibre and quality of Peterborough, you get picked off if you pressurise too much.

“We like to do that at home, but I thought today we couldn’t.

“We needed to let them have it deep and close the gaps up a little bit and catch them on the break, which we did with two lovely goals.

“We didn’t do that second half, we weren’t able to get up the pitch and get those breaks.

“The lads were tiring and they couldn’t do it.

“But overall I was pleased.

“We haven’t been playing well, but we more than matched them.

“I thought it was a good performance against a team who’s going to be up there.”

The Crewe boss was however frustrated that his side couldn’t pick up their second successive win.

Peterborough were handed in a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when Tyrone Barnett reduced the deficit.

Alex ‘keeper Steve Phillips could only palm Mark Little’s shot into the 27-year old’s path, and he made no mistake with the finish as he rifled home his fourth goal of the season.

After the break, Crewe showed little intent on adding to their tally as they focused on protecting their lead.

It looked like their hard work would pay off when Phillips thwarted a towering header from Barnett, whilst Jack Payne and Lee Tomlin both wasted opportunities.

In second half injury time, Phillips then pulled off another excellent save from Tomlin’s long-range effort.

But from the resulting corner, Posh captain Michael Bostwick bundled the ball home to grab a last gasp point for the visitors.

And Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson was delighted to see his side sneak a point, especially following their defeat at Crawley last week.

“Whenever you’re 2-0 down in a game and you get something from it, you deserve credit,” he said.

“We kept going and scored late on, so credit to my players for coming back and getting something out of it.

“It was a brilliant start from us, we were in complete control of the game.

“Of course, goals change games and after their first two shots on goal, we were 2-0 down. It left us with a problem.

“But the goals on half-time and at the end got us a point.

“It’s important when you have a defeat that you don’t lose the next game, especially when you’re trying to achieve what we are this season.

“We couldn’t afford to lost two games on the bounce.”

The result leaves promotion chasing Posh in third place, two points behind table topping Leyton Orient, whilst Crewe have moved up to 17th.


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