Crewe manager Steve Davis praised giant striker Chuks Aneke after his injury-time equaliser salvaged a share of the spoils from a thrilling 2-2 draw at Walsall.

The Arsenal loanee went on as a second-half substitute and the move proved its worth in the 92nd minute as Aneke darted to the far post to head in a perfect cross from the dangerous Mathias Pogba.

Davis said: "I told him before the game he should score more goals and he needed to get into the box. He's 6ft 3in and he doesn't head it, so I was pleased to see it go in. It was a nice little move and a decent header at the end of it.

"I think Chuks has found it hard getting into the pace of this league. I wanted him to get forward in the build-up and be in a position to score a goal, and he did."

Aneke has now scored twice in seven appearances for the Alex, and the 19-year-old said: "I was just delighted to get on the pitch and score a goal. It would have been terrible if we had lost after that second-half performance."

Davis thought Crewe should have had a penalty in 82nd minute when Pogba was brought down by Andy Taylor, but the referee waved aside claims.

And Walsall manager Dean Smith felt the official was right to turn it down.

He said: "It was just the two players coming together and the lad went down rather extravagantly. I thought the ref could have been more consistent and probably played to Crewe's reputation. But they are a good team with similar principles to ourselves.

"It's frustrating not to win after being two ahead, and I think the first half was the best we have played, we could have scored more.

"It was a good game of football between two sides who like to play. But when we were two goals up we should have closed the game out. We have a lot of young players who are learning the game and getting experience, but we are capable of getting results."