CREWE Alexandra manager Steve Davis has urged his side to score first in upcoming fixtures, starting with Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient, kick off 3pm.

The Alex slipped to their first home defeat of the season on Saturday against Yeovil Town, who came away from Gresty Road with a 1-0 victory.

Davis believed his side had the chances to go ahead in the first half but wasted opportunities proved costly later on in the game.

“There were still a lot of positives to take from Saturday’s game. We created enough chances to be one or two goal goals ahead at half-time and the first-half performance was decent,” he said.

“We limited them to two or three shots in the game and I couldn’t see them scoring until we gave away a silly free-kick.

“I thought it was the only way they would score; from a set-play or corner.

“I was disappointed with how the second half went for us though.

“We didn’t play as well in the second half and we lost our way a bit but we didn’t let them get in behind us and have chances.

“Daggers also hit the crossbar again with a header as we went in search of an equaliser.”

Matt Dolan’s free-kick just after the hour mark ensured The Glovers would make the long trip back to Somerset with three points.

Davis believes the game would have turned out in their favour had the first goal gone their way.

“Had we gone a goal up, it would have been completely different because they would have to come out more and we’re good at exploiting those gaps,” he said.

“When a team gets ahead against us they don’t give you any space. They are content to play for a 1-0 or even a 1-1 and that makes things difficult for any side you play against, regardless of what league you are in.

“That has surprised me about this league. Teams are content to sit on a 1-0 and not come out and try and score again.

“They are setting up against us to be hard to beat and it is up to us to find a way around that and get the advantage of the first goal.”

Off the pitch, Davis is expected to talk to Premier League club Chelsea about their young star Alex Kiwomya.

Kiwomya has been highly impressive since joining the Alex on loan and the manager hopes to keep the 20-year-old.

“We haven’t spoken to Chelsea yet but Alex is fully aware of it. He knows we would like to keep him and I’ve had a chat with him.

“It was all really positive, which is good. He is playing, enjoying his football and has been in good form for us.

“Hopefully, it will be possible to keep him but sometimes these decisions are out of our hands and that of the player.”

“Chelsea will do what they feel is right for his development and we will respect that but I know he is enjoying it here and that is important.”