Steve Davis surprised by Crewe Alexandra's control against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road
PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 November 2016
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Railwaymen boss delighted with players performance at former League One rivals in east London
Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis was delighted with the amount of control they enjoyed against Leyton Orient on Saturday.
The Railwaymen claimed all three points at Brisbane Road after first half goals from George Cooper and Harry Davis.
Although the O’s looked composed for the opening half an hour, Crewe dominated the rest of the League Two encounter and could have won by even more than.
Davis said: “We’ve always found it hard to come to Leyton Orient and not had a lot of luck over the years.
“We were surprised, not how easy it was, but at times we had a lot of control and we’ve never got that in any game here before.
“That was a lot down to our players and how we went about our job. Once we got a goal and two up, you could see the important of how to control the game. We got in front and second half we sat in and made it difficult for them.”
Crewe’s last win over O’s before the weekend was February 12 2008 when both were in League One.
Orient had won five of the following eight games until Saturday’s dismal showing at Brisbane Road.
Davis discussed the game plan they used in the second half where Alberto Cavasin’s team rarely trouble away custodian Ben Garrett.
“Getting the second goal enables you to get that little edge and comfort, but we still had a lot to do,” said the Crewe boss.
“We knew they’d make substitutions so rather than press and chase them, we thought we’d drop in and do a mid-press and keep our shape and discipline and force them into the longer balls and we did that very well.
“The lads were disciplined, the plan was there and they had to carry it out. We can work on it as much as we want, but once they cross the line they have to carry the order out and they did.”
It was another bad day for Orient and they have the second worst home record in the division currently with just three points from eight games at Brisbane Road.