Crewe Alexandra: It's not been plain sailing in League One, admits boss Steve Davis
STEVE Davis admits he and his players have made mistakes in their first two months back in League One, but has vowed to make sure they're not repeated.
Crewe lie 15th in the table just under a quarter of the way through the season, and ambitious manager Davis admits he hoped they would be better placed.
The Alex had gone six games without tasting victory during September, although a tight back line ensured four games in that sequence were drawn.
And now they have returned to form with two straight wins, beating Hartlepool in the league on Saturday followed by a 2-1 victory at Shrewsbury in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
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Davis says everyone in the Gresty Road camp is now clear they have to bring their A game to every outing if they are going to get the right results.
He said: "The players realise they've got a challenge in this division. Teams are harder to break down than in League Two and if you make a mistake you're more likely to be punished.
"It's not something they've experienced before, but they have to go through to improve.
"They have made mistakes and I have as well. You have to learn quickly from them.
"We have a rule here that if you make a mistake once we allow that, if it happens a second time we question it and if happens for a third time something is wrong.
"They have done reasonably well and the character and spirit is very strong. That has not faltered and hopefully it can carry them through the months ahead too."
Crewe make the long trip to take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Davis is confident they can mix it with anyone they come up against on their travels.
He said: "We've got 13 points after 11 games and that's a little bit behind a target I set myself for this stage of the season – a couple behind, but we aren't far away.
"The win on Saturday was important to get us back on track, but apart from the Oldham and Brentford games the performances have been good.
"We have had chances to win every game, but we need to keep improving and if we can score more goals and keep it tight as we have been doing we will be fine."