Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis praises players after thrilling Sheffield United draw
CREWE boss Steve Davis felt his side played the better football after they held high-flying Sheffield United to a draw in an entertaining game at Bramall Lane.
Nick Blackman struck the leveller for United in the 51st minute after Alex had come back from two goals down to lead.
Shaun Miller's fortuitous finish and Harry Maguire's free header put the Blades in control after half an hour, but Alex raced back and turned the game around with goals from Mark Ellis, Mathias Pogba and Chuks Aneke.
Fulham loanee Lauri Dalla Valle almost won it for Davis' men before both sides were denied decent penalty claims.
Davis said: "I don't know how (Sheff Utd boss) Danny (Wilson) feels, but my voice has gone. He'll be the same, he'll be feeling a little bit hard done to with them being 2-0 up. I think he will have thought they were going to go on and get a big score.
"We showed great character and our lads didn't know they were beaten.
"They came back from 2-0 down to go 3-2 up and then I felt we might just win a game, but neither team could hold onto a lead, the game's wide open and it could have gone either way at the end.
"There were a couple of penalty appeals at both ends so it was a good game, great exciting game for the supporters, I'm sure ours will go home a bit happier."
Defender Ellis looped a shot over George Long three minutes before the break after captain Luke Murphy had rattled the crossbar from 25 yards and Pogba poked in the equaliser after Blades goalkeeper George Long flapped at Murphy's free-kick.
Aneke then side-footed Alex in front two minutes after the restart following Byron Moore's centre.
Davis added: "Part of my team talk was about set plays, we knew they were strong on set plays, the delivery and ability to get on the end of them. So it's obviously disappointing when they score the two goals from set plays.
"The first one I'm not sure he knew anything about, it just sort of hit him. And then the second one he's had a free header so we've got to do better in terms of marking from those situations.
"We don't sit back, we're not a sitting back team, we're a team that attacks and tries to go forward. It made for a great game and it was a great point for us in the end.
"We didn't lie down, it could've been four or five in the early part of the game, but we showed some quality and I felt we were the better footballing side.
"It was an open game and, like I say, penalty appeals at either end, it could have gone either way."
Blades boss Danny Wilson was disappointed with his side's defending and the performance of referee James Adcock and described the match as a 'neutral's dream'.
Miller finished with his shoulder after three minutes following Blackman's ball in and the latter was again the provider after 30 minutes when his corner picked out the unmarked Maguire.
Striker Blackman then got on the scoresheet himself six minutes into the second half to preserve United's unbeaten home record.
Wilson said: "We feel we should have had a penalty. And the DVD suggested it was a penalty, but we didn't get it so we're talking about something that's hypothetical really so we move on.
"Some strange decisions in the game I have to say, but the one thing the referee didn't do was defend for us and that's where our concern is more than anything." Wilson added: "Like I say, they could've won it, we could have, they could've won it, we could've won it. It was one of those games; it was a neutral's delight quite honestly.
"From my perspective there were areas where we didn't perform like we have been doing and defensive areas we made some bad decision at times, but I'm not going to sit and criticise them because it's the first time we've looked vulnerable defensively this season."