Cherries Put Crewe's Season To Rest
Defensive errors cost Crewe another three points as Bournemouth's 2-1 win at Gresty Road most likely consigns the Alex to another season in League Two.
Bournemouth's veteran striker Steve Fletcher put Bournemouth ahead half way through the first half with a poorly defended header before turning provider in the second half, his shot forcing Steve Phillips parry right into the path of Anton Robinson.
Despite substitute Luke Murphy pulling a goal back with a classy volley from the edge of the area on the 66th minute, there was little sign of us completing the comeback.
Post match Dario was typical in his response, happy with individual performances and not too downhearted through defeat, speaking to crewealex.net:
'We have no reason to be upset, we're disappointed we didn't win - but the players gave their all and it was a decent game of football and a decent game overall.
'In the end though the old man did us twice and that was the difference. I think if he had been playing for us we would have won the game.
'I'm not criticising the players though, I thought Carl Martin came on and was immaculate, I'm delighted with him, and that is probably the best I have seen Luke Murphy play for a while. You wouldn't put money on Luke to score a left footed shot like that too often.'
The defeat leaves Crewe eight points off the play-offs, with most around us having a game in hand or two, and 14 points off the relegation spots. Any faint play-offs hopes have now well and truly been extinguished, leaving us to play out the rest of the season as mid-table fodder.
It once again raises the question of where we go from here. Is Dario still the right man for the job? Can the club build a good enough squad for next season? Or will the summer bring quick fire sales?
The debate will no doubt rage on as more and more fans become disillusioned over everything going on at the club. Unfortunately we're still waiting for a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.