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Davis: Crewe have shown fight

Steve Davis admits Crewe have worked hard to move off the foot of League One, which they did with a 1-0 win over Peterborough.

A Marcus Haber penalty secured the Railwaymen their third consecutive win against a Peterborough side who finished with nine men after the dismissals of Michael Bostwick and James Baldwin.

"To get three wins is a great credit to the lads," declared Davis.

"It is very close down there and they have worked really hard to turn it around. They look a lot fitter and are putting in performances with a high level of energy.

"I rested George Cooper and played Marcus (Haber) up there and he gave us a little bit more height and strength. I thought Peterborough were very good and they made it hard for us even when they were down to 10 men."

Bostwick saw red when he held back Adam Dugdale as the defender tried to reach George Ray's header at a corner.

Haber despatched the resulting 31st-minute penalty and Posh were up against it. Baldwin added to their woes when he picked up a second yellow card in stoppage time.

"I watched the video and you can clearly see he (Bostwick) pulled Duggie back and they can't have any complaints about the second red card," Davis added.

While Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson felt Bostwick may have impeded the opposing centre-half, he blasted referee Jeremy Simpson for issuing the red card.

"Michael Bostwick could have possibly dragged him, but the red card is a terrible decision as their man is nowhere near the ball - he was never going to get it," said Ferguson.

"That changed the game. But I am proud of my players as they had a real go in the second half and if they play like that then they will win most games.

"We were cutting them to shreds at times and they couldn't cope with Marcus Maddison.

"We had so much authority at the time but we needed that goal. And the first time the ball goes in our box it's a goal."

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  • Steve Davis admits Crewe have worked hard to move off the foot of League One, which they did with a 1-0 win over Peterborough.

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  • Fergie praise for Maddison

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  • Peterborough push into top two

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  • Darren Ferguson watched Peterborough batter Crawley and felt they could have won by more.

  • Peterborough held by Oldham

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  • Ferguson fumes after stalemate

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