Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis satisfied with Leyton Orient point
CREWE manager Steve Davis was left satisfied by his side's efforts as they battled back to earn a point at Leyton Orient.
The Alex were forced to show their fighting spirit after Lee Cook had given the in-form Londoners the lead in the 26th minute.
But despite Orient enjoying the better of the first period, Crewe went in at half-time level thanks to Byron Moore's equaliser seven minutes before the interval.
Davis' side upped the ante in the second half, but couldn't find a winner.
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"I thought it was a decent game," said Davis.
"It's a tough place to come to, we never seem to get a lot when we come down south, but we've got a point and I'm happy with that. We competed well.
"We reverted to our 4-4-2 system, we hadn't played that shape all season really and it's hard when you keep changing the systems, but the players have got to adapt."
Cook had opened the scoring, but Crewe had been under pressure from the start and on two occasions only the woodwork had saved them from falling behind.
Davis admitted: "We did better once we scored the equaliser. Up until then it had been a case of staying in the game to be honest.
"We had been lucky with them hitting the post twice and we could have been two or three down.
"They came very strongly at us at the start of the game and we certainly rode our luck in that period.
"But once we got back on level terms we then started to get back in the game and we showed a lot more confidence and grew into the match.
"At half-time we had to sort out a few problems we'd been having, their centre-forward kept drifting on to the full-backs and their wingers kept getting inside and we didn't cope with that very well.
"We managed to stifle that later in the first half and all of the second half in terms of how we set up.
"That's all we did that was different, we closed them down and were a bit more positive and tried to force them into making mistakes.
"In the second half we performed better and looked slightly the better team and then both teams had chances to snatch that winning goal and were very positive.
"Orient have got some good players and dangerous forwards, David Mooney was a threat all game, their wingers had their moments and we tried to do the same by causing them some problems getting the ball down the outsides."
Davis was particularly pleased with Moore's goal after he arrived unmarked at the back post to sweep home a Luke Murphy cross.
"We've been encouraging Byron Moore to get in at the back post and he had only done it once before," he added.
"It was a great delivery and another assist from Murphy, he's a big player for us and a key player and keeps getting in some great crosses."
Meanwhile, Orient boss Russell Slade could not believe his team had not taken all three points.
He said: "For me we should have been four or five-one up in the first period.
"I thought that we were absolutely excellent, we were forced to make changes, but after some of the football we played and some of the openings we created, the game should have been out of sight.
"That's a lucky side in that away changing-room at half-time knowing they had gone in at 1-1 because they should have been dead and buried.
"Our new player Charlie MacDonald was only denied by a post on his debut, I don't know how that stayed out and we've hit the woodwork twice.
"Their keeper was their best player, he's made three or four really good saves. We couldn't do much more.
"I thought our attitude and spirit coming off the back of two hard, tough, competitive games that we've just had was superb.
"I was really proud of the lads, they were fantastic. Lee Cook took his goal well and the only wonder was how we hadn't managed to score before then to be honest.
"Then Crewe scored with their first shot of the match and that gets them back in it and something to hang on to."