Boss Steve Davis revealed Crewe are on course to beat their target for the season after they earned a 2-1 victory at Oldham.

Mark Ellis grabbed the decisive goal six minutes from time as the Railwaymen, promoted to npower League One last season via the play-offs, made it three wins in four games.

"I wanted us to be on 30 points at this stage, but we have exceeded that target by six points," said Davis. "We are in a good league position and we will keep pushing ourselves to make sure we keep improving.

"We'll lose games and have our bad days, but it's important not to get disheartened. You have to build consistency and put little runs together, which is what we are trying to do.

"The game was scrappy but both sides tried to play football in difficult conditions. We came with a plan to deal with Oldham's big lad up front (Matt Smith) because he was bound to be a threat. It was a bit of an onslaught at times, but we did that."

Crewe who went in front after 61 minutes as Pogba's 20-yard blast took a deflection and flew inside the right-hand post. Oldham levelled after 82 minutes when substitute Dan Taylor seized on a defensive mistake and drove a shot into the far corner from 12 yards out.

Yet Crewe regained the lead within two minutes, Ellis converting a close-range header from Byron Moore's left-wing cross.

Oldham have lost four consecutive games, dragging them back towards the relegation zone and increasing the pressure on boss Paul Dickov.

But Dickov said: "I have faith in the squad and I know the board have faith in me. Nobody feels more disappointed than I do when we don't win games. I understand the fans' frustration but deep down people can see the performance levels are there.

"In two home games we've created a lot of chances and played some good football, but it's the same old story for us. We have to take our chances and we have to stay positive and start picking up results."