Crewe Alexandra: We are in control of rivals' title hopes, says Steve Davis
STEVE Davis insists king-makers Crewe can still decide their own destiny while also dictating the fortunes of others in the League One shake-up.
The Railwaymen, who are 14th, will have a big say on how the table pans out as they play five of the top six teams in their final 11 games.
And that tough run-in could be a blessing, says manager Davis, whose side host title-chasing Sheffield United tonight (7.45pm).
He said: "I've looked at the games and we've got to take on three of the top six at home and two away, so we can have a big say for our own destiny and for other teams around the play-offs.
"Our form has slipped a little bit at home (losing three in a row in all competitions), but we've got three coming up here so we're due some decent results.
"In fairness, before our dip we were playing well at home, or getting good results certainly, so we want to get back to winning ways in front of our own fans.
"While there are points there to be had we'll keep fighting to get as near to that top six as possible."
A win this evening could see Crewe go within eight points of the play-off zone with two games in hand.
However, the Blades, who will be backed by at least 1,600 travelling fans, could go to the top of League One if they win and other results go their way.
The level of visitors' support could give Crewe their highest League One attendance of the season.
The current best stands at the 5,740 who saw the Railwaymen draw 0-0 with Tranmere in September, although 8,325 watched Crewe seal their Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern final win over Coventry last month.
Davis is relishing an electric atmosphere. He added: "It's important the players get the fans behind them, and do it right from the first minute, because they have really helped us in games this season."