THERE is no glossing over it – Crewe boss Steve Davis is fuming after his side’s dull follow up to their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win.
The Railwaymen followed their 2-0 win over Southend in last Sunday’s JP Trophy final with a 2-0 defeat to promotion chasing Brentford on Wednesday night.
Davis was furious with a poor performance from his side, blasting their approach to the game and making it clear that winning at Wembley does not mean their season is over.
And he is insistent on an improved performance when table-topping Rovers visit Gresty Road tomorrow.
“The warm-up was poor and sloppy and that’s how we started the game,” Davis said.
“It’s always the same when they don’t prepare themselves physically and mentally right that they will start the game poorly.
“It’s happened before which is why I started going out in my kit with them and getting among it to make sure they were doing things in the right way.
“They were far too laid back and blasé about their approach.
“It’s not just about developing their performances, it’s their minds as well.
“They’ve got to be better prepared for what’s coming.
“Some of them looked a bit tired but I won’t make excuses for them because I expect better than what I got.”
Davis wants his side to finish the season strongly after successfully consolidating in League One following promotion last season.
And he has called upon his squad to show they are up for an even better assault on the third tier next term.
He said: “We’ve got to win as many games as we can and finish as high as possible in this league.
“We owe it to ourselves and the supporters to finish the season as strong as possible and hopefully carry that into next season.
“We don’t want this season to fizzle away because this is a crucial part.
“The lads have played a lot of games and might be carrying a few knocks but you’ve got to show you’re up for the fight and you can get through it.”
Despite their disappointment against Brentford, Davis believes his side are capable of upsetting leaders Rovers.
“It’s another tough game but if we go about it in the right manner and treat it as one we can win, then I think we could win it,” he said.