Speaking after the match, manager Eddie Howe was quoted as saying on BBC Radio Solent: "I think that today's game was a difficult one for us. It was always going to be hard - we've had a lot of travelling, we've had a lot of games and Crewe have had a long time to prepare for us. Physically, I think today we looked a little bit leggy first-half, we looked like we didn't have our usual spring in the step that we've displayed at home so to come in at 1-0 up was really pleasing. Brett's worked hard. We've left him out a couple of times because we've tweaked our system but he's shown a great attitude to that disappointment. His goal scoring record is up there with the best of them so I'm really pleased for Brett and hopefully there's more to come".