Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis backs Chuks Aneke to shine
STEVE Davis expects new boy Chuks Aneke's raw power to get the Crewe Alex fans on their feet as he settles into the first team.
Aneke, signed on a month's loan from Arsenal on Friday, was given a half-hour run out at home against Tranmere a day later following a knee injury to Harry Bunn.
The 19-year-old was able to excite the Gresty Road faithful with a couple of moments on the ball and manager Davis thinks his direct play can get the crowd buzzing.
Davis said: "Chuks only really got to know the lads on Friday and I didn't think it was fair to throw him in at the deep end.
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"I wanted to introduce him later on in the game and I think he showed the fans his power in possession.
"He gave us one or two moments in the game and comes alive when he is on the ball.
"He will be able to have a week training with us and will only get better and improve as time goes on. I'm sure we will see a lot more from him."
With international action ruling out games in England's top two divisions, 17 scouts were in attendance in South Cheshire on Saturday to run the rule over Max Clayton and Co.
They witnessed the Railwaymen's first 0-0 in the league for 61 matches, including the three play-off fixtures at the end of their last campaign in League Two.
Amazingly, the sequence stretching back to March 2011 was not a club record, with the Alex having gone longer without a league bore draw five times in the past 120 years.
Crewe had no 0-0s in 131 games with Tom Bailey in charge from March 1932 to April 1935 and none in 150 under Dario Gradi from November 1990 to April 1994.
Davis is keen to ensure his side do not go without a goal again for a while and has vowed to give his squad extra set-piece training this week.
"I didn't think it was a drab 0-0 draw," said the boss, who is preparing to face Stevenage away on Saturday.
"We managed to keep a clean sheet against the club at the top of the league, so I was pleased with that aspect.
"What we have to do now is build on how we have defended, but become a threat at the other end as well. I thought our best bet for a goal was going to come from a free-kick or set-play, but our delivery was poor."