Date: 24th September 2016 at 1:18pm
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Unless you`ve been living under a rock as a Crewe fan, I`m pretty sure you have realised that Steve Davis and his men have managed to get into the automatic promotion places in league 2. But what has been the ‘magic secret` to Crewe`s rejuvenation after last season`s relegation?

Steve Davis and the board have done a brilliant job over the summer in bringing in the right player`s quality wise, but also the right players mentally. The young guns of the 2015/16 campaign were crying out for an experienced big head to set them straight while also coaching them in the right direction for their career, and who better to bring in than the lustrous loud mouth Ryan Lowe and the journeyman Chris Dagnall. Needless to say, as well as their obvious talent, that both have been the spearhead to Crewe`s early promotion charge this season due to some extra footballing knowledge that the younger lads can only thrive off. As well as the two Liverpudlians the re-signing of French left back Zoumana Bakayogo, formerly of Leicester, is another experienced player who only bolsters The Alex`s senior squad. It`s not only experience that Davis has brought in to the side either. Alex Kiwomya and Liam Smith were also additions from the loan market from Chelsea and Newcastle respectively. Although Smith has had a loan spell plagued by injury, Kiwomya has been a huge danger to other sides with his pace and skill, helping him to net 4 times this season already as well as also assisting 3. Alex is currently out with a shoulder injury but I`m sure that he will be back better and stronger after his small set back. Moving back to experience however the former Pompey midfielder Danny Hollands signed a 6-month contract in August to wrap up Crewe`s summer spending. Highly rated back on the south coast Hollands is known for being a simple type of player who does the basics right and keeps a midfield in shape and after last season, that was one thing the team needed.

Davis has used the least number of players in the football league this season and he labelled his small squad as a ‘band of brothers` earlier in the week when asked on what the key is to Crewe`s early success. Team morale is one thing that you can`t buy in football and such statement was proved enough from last season`s premier league champions. You could see this last Saturday from skipper Ryan Lowe at the final whistle how much that win meant to him and the team. Jumping on the back of the unsuspecting soul of James Jones as the squad gathered towards the away end of Blundell park to a rapturous applause from the 173 travelling fans as they left the seaside town of Grimsby with all 3 points. On the topic of Grimsby, as a fan who also travelled that day, it was so nice as I played the drum to see every supporter around me for that second half clapping and chanting and even dancing in some cases to get the lads over the line. For 45-50 minutes all fans in that cold away end were a unity just as much as the team is this season.

Let`s all remember however that the season is still young and there is plenty of time for this early form to die out but for once let`s not be pessimistic hey? Let`s just enjoy it. Am I really, as a Crewe fan, happy with the team!? Surely this is unheard of but yes, yes I am.