Crewe 0-2 Wycombe: Davis slams Alex failing

Steve Davis slammed his side for failing to understand the magic of the FA Cup after suffering a shock 2-0 exit to Wycombe.

It was a miserable evening for the Alex boss, who watched his side follow Saturday’s 5-0 humbling at the hands of Brentford with a comfortable defeat to the League Two side.

The visitors opened the scoring on 48-minutes when Steven Craig netted from the penalty spot after being felled by ‘keeper Ben Garratt.

And with twenty minutes left, Wanderers secured the victory as former Norwich man Gary Doherty slid home to score from a well worked corner routine.

And at full-time, Davis blasted: “At the moment, I’m struggling to get the best out of all of them.

“Obviously we’ve got a few missing, but the team should have been good enough to win the game.

“They should have done better and it’s disappointing that they haven’t.

“We let the supporters down big style tonight, because I really wanted to do well in this competition.

“They haven’t realised the opportunity that you can get in the FA Cup, what it brings and the magic of the competition.”

The game had looked destined to end 0-0 as a turgid first half saw both teams struggle to complete passes, let alone create chances.

It was the visitors who carved out the two best efforts though, with the lively Cowan-Hall involved in both.

The winger’s first opportunity came with just seven minutes on the clock as he raced onto an inch perfect through ball before scuffing well off target.

And then at the end of the 45, the highly rated 23-year old skipped past several tackles before tamely shooting straight at ‘keeper Ben Garratt from close range.

At the other end, Wycombe ‘keeper Matt Ingram cast a lonely figure for much of the opening 45 minutes as he was called into action only twice, saving comfortably Max Clayton and Ajay Leitch-Smith.

But after the break, Wycombe moved up a gear and secured a comfortable win and a passage into the second round where they’ll face Preston North End.

It wasn’t until the final ten minutes when they allowed the home side any chances of note, with substitute Brad Inman testing Matt Ingram from inside the box.

And Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth beamed: “That was very pleasing, I’m very proud.

“The way we set up and prepared for this game, it was a very professional performance by every single player on the pitch.

“I’m just very proud of the whole commitment over the last two days that the lads have shown me.

“I thought we were awesome from front to back.

“It’s fantastic and the lads have thoroughly deserved to get through.”


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