Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis calls on fans to cheer club to Wembley final
STEVE Davis has launched a mission-6,000 as Crewe aim for their biggest home gate in five-and-a-half years.
The manager wants a bumper crowd at Gresty Road tomorrow night when the Alex host Coventry in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final second leg (7.30pm).
Crewe lead the tie 3-0, but Coventry supporters have still snapped up 2,500 tickets in the belief they can turn the game around to reach Wembley.
Davis reckons more than double that amount should pack the home end as the Railwaymen close in on the first major trophy in the club's history.
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More than 4,000 seats have already been sold for the evening kick-off and a £10 ticket offer could see the attendance close to his target.
Davis said: "It would be disappointing if we didn't break the 6,000 barrier with our own supporters, on top of the 2,500 that Coventry will bring.
"Hopefully they will get behind us and cheer us on to something we can really celebrate.
"It will be difficult to replicate the atmosphere of the first leg (in front of more than 30,000 at the Ricoh Arena), but our fans can still make some noise."
A gate of more than 8,000 would be the biggest at Gresty Road since October 2006 when Manchester United were the visitors in the League Cup.
Davis says his players, most of whom won at Wembley in May last year, will relish the big-game buzz.
He said: "They are looking forward to it. That's every player's ambition if they've got something about them. They are desperate to progress and play at Wembley.
"It's a competition we realistically have a chance of winning and we have taken it seriously from the start. Now we want to finish the job."
Coventry will be playing under a different manager from the first leg after Mark Robins departed for Championship side Huddersfield Town.
Lee Carsley, below, has taken the job on a caretaker basis and won his first game in charge 2-0 at Bury in League One on Saturday.
The Sky Blues have also bolstered their defence by bringing in former Stoke City left-back Carl Dickinson on loan for a month.
Matt Tootle (toe) and Harry Davis (toe) are expected to be available for selection after both picked up injuries in recent pre-match warm-ups.
Tootle stood on fellow defender Davis's toe, while rookie keeper Ben Garratt did likewise to Tootle.
Mathias Pogba also came close to ruling out Adam Dugdale when he stood on his foot before last week's game at home to Bournemouth, but the centre-half only picked up bruising.
Jon Guthrie strained a groin in that same warm-up, leaving Steve Davis wondering the sudden streak of minor injuries was more than just coincidental.
"It's a bit of a freak spell, but perhaps we'll have to take a look at what we're doing in warm-ups ... maybe we'll just have to wrap them in cotton wool in the changing room until a minute before kick-off," he said.