Steve Davis: Crewe Alexandra squad full of goals
STEVE Davis has faith in his fringe men to supply the goals to keep Crewe moving up the table in the second half of the season.
The manager is in negotiations to keep Lauri Dalla Valle, whose loan ended on Saturday, providing Fulham agree to the 21-year-old striker being used more in a rotation system.
Davis sees goals elsewhere within his ranks too, with Chuks Aneke returning instead of hot-shot Brad Inman after a period on the bench to find the net against Stevenage in the weekend 2-1 defeat.
Ryan Colclough and Max Clayton were also introduced as substitutes and Davis believes they give him a healthy arsenal of forwards.
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Davis said: "We know Ryan can get in great positions and get a goal, that's why we put him on.
"He missed a free header from close range at the end and at Crewe we don't see many headed goals very often, so maybe it's something we need to work on.
"Chuks was fresh. I felt Brad was very tired against Carlisle United after playing four games in 10 days and Chuks is capable of being a big threat too.
"He picks up nice positions and it was a good finish from him, showing good technique as you'd expect when the ball was bobbling all over the place.
"I was pleased he scored and thought he had a half-decent game.
"We weren't far off getting the second goal we more than deserved."
Dalla Valle has scored five goals in 12 appearances since joining the Railwaymen on loan in November, primarily as cover for the injured Ajay Leitch-Smith.
Davis now has a rare free week with his squad before a trip to Leyton Orient on Saturday.
The Alex, in 11th, are still only three points off the play-off spots, but only five points ahead of Orient, who sit in 16th.
Davis said: "It's nice to have a week to reassess the squad and look to see if we need to make any changes.
"If players haven't quite been playing to their potential it is a chance to do some work to iron things out. It's a chance to do some collective work, too.
"I'm more than happy with the squad I've got here and I was happy with the performance against Stevenage. We've just got to keep going, we are doing all right."