Jennison Myrie-Williams’ last gasp strike piled the pressure on Crewe boss Steve Davis as Port Vale won this derby battle 2-1.
Over 2,000 travelling fans packed into Gresty Road to witness winger Myrie-Williams stab home an 83-minute winner as Alex allowed a cross to run right along the six yard line and fall to the former Bristol City man at the back-post.
And at full-time, Vale post Micky Adams beamed: “I knew we’d get stronger.
“We pride ourselves on our fitness and work ethic and we kept going and gradually wore Crewe down.
“The lads are working as hard as they possibly can to establish the side in the First Division, hopefully we’ll be on onwards and upwards.
“But we can never take it for granted.
“We have to perform, come out, roll our sleeves up and scrap every game.
Crewe had taken the lead on 34-minutes through a stunning strike from George Evans
The Manchester City loanee, who had earlier hit the post, received the ball 25-yards out and hit a wonderfully controlled volley, dipping the ball over Chris Neal and into the top corner.
That handed Alex a well deserved lead, but nine minutes later, Port Vale hit back as after having countless crosses cleared, the ball finally fell to Rob Taylor who stabbed the ball under debutant ‘keeper Neil Etheridge.
Byron Moore fired off target twice as Crewe looked to retake the lead, but after Etheridge had saved excellent from Doug Loft, Myrie-Williams grabbed a goal to break Alex hearts.
The pressure continues to mount on Steve Davis, who said: “We lost the game and I’m obviously disappointed to not win in the end.
“But I was pleased with the team. We were a team today, which we haven’t been in the past.”