Date: 5th April 2013 at 5:24pm
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Manager Steve Davis admits it’s inevitable there will be some very disappointed members of his Crewe Alexandra squad this weekend.

“I would see it as a bit of a kick up the backside to come back and do better” – Steve Davis

Davis appears to have plenty of decisions to make right across the pitch ahead of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final with Southend United at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Experienced goalkeeper Steve Phillips looks certain to return for Alan Martin, despite the Scot keeping a clean-sheet following a rare outing against Preston North End earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Matt Tootle and on loan Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kevin Stewart are contesting the left-back berth while the likes of Byron Moore, Brad Inman and Ryan Coclough challenge for wide positions further forward.

Added to those AJ Leitch-Smith, Chuks Aneke, Max Clayton and Nathan Ellington are rivals for a place up front along with leading marksman Mathias Pogba, if he can successfully pass a late fitness test.

“There will be one or two broken hearts, but that’s the nature of the game,” Davis told This is Staffordshire. “You get your highs in football when you are really enjoying it and you hope the lows will help you become a stronger character and a better player. That’s how I would take it if I was left out of the 16; I would see it as a bit of a kick up the backside to come back and do better.”

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